If you recall my last review of this series, I expressed concern as to where the series was going. I worried that it all might be coming off the rails. You will be happy to note that I was being unnecessarily pessimistic.I really enjoyed seeing Flavia out of her element and adapting to circumstances around her in only the way that a precocious 12 yr old can.
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust finds Flavia de Luce on her way to a boarding school in Canada. She feels that she has been banished, but bodies follow Flavia wherever she goes and on her very first night a body, quite literally, drops into her room. Suspects are everywhere and Flavia pursues answers all while navigating the social minefield that is an all girl’s school. It doesn’t take Flavia long to discover that girls from the school tend to disappear… oh, and Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy might have a ghost. The ghost of Harriet de Luce has also followed Flavia to Canada. It is no surprise that plucky Flavia is up to all tasks, even additional chemistry lessons with an acquitted murderess.
This book was refreshing. It is hard to love a series and worry about where it is going. I should have trusted that Bradley would take the story where it needed to go and throw in a few surprises along the way. After reading this book I found myself excited for the next installment. THAT is the mark of a great series… each book should leave you wanting more. And I do.