The tenth Flavia de Luce mystery begins with the wedding of Flavia’s older sister, Ophelia, who is getting married at long last. But, this being a Flavia de Luce novel, you just know something horrible is going to happen. And, of course, it does: when Ophelia cuts into her wedding cake she discovers a severed human finger. Yuck!
Of course, this fickle finger of Fate energizes 12-year-old chemist extraordinaire Flavia de Luce to launch an investigation. Flavia and her trusty gardener, Dogger, form a private detective agency. And sure enough, their first client–who hires them to find some missing letters–ends up dead. Flavia uses her knowledge of chemistry to crack the case and explain all the mysterious happenings. If you’re in the mood for some off-beat and quirky crime-solving, I highly recommend The Golden Tresses of the Dead. GRADE: A