This novel is the eighth in the series featuring Flavia de Luce, our favorite preteen English chemist and solver of murder mysteries in rural England in the mid 1950s. I have inhaled the whole series, and I loved this book.
Shortly before Christmas Flavia arrives back at Buckshaw Manor (having been ejected from the girl’s school in Canada) to find that her father is in hospital with a very bad case of pneumonia with no visitors allowed, and that her sisters seem not to have noticed she was even away.
Upon taking her faithful steed Gladys (her bicycle) to the vicarage, she is asked to convey a message to Roger Sambridge, a reclusive woodcarver. However, when she arrives, the woodcarver is very dead, hanging head downward in a rack on the back of this bedroom door with his arms and legs in the shape of an X. Flavia is naturally pleased to have found a corpse, and sets herself to finding out what happened, and also finding out why the old man had a full first edition set of the children’s classic books by the late Oliver Inchbald in his bedside bookcase.
I loved this book, and hope to soon read another Flavia de Luce novel.