A Red Herring Without Mustard is the 3rd book in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. I have enjoyed all of the Flavia mysteries that I've read so far - they're exciting, fun and educational.
Flavia is an 11 year old girl living in an old stately ancestral home in Bishop's Lacy, a small British village during the 1950's. There's something very special about Flavia though - she loves chemistry! Having no mother and a bit of an absent minded father, Flavia amuses herself in the laboratory left behind by a deceased relative, mixing potions, concocting chemical pranks against her sisters and identifying the chemical make up of items as simple as chicken soup.
When a carnival comes to the village and a gypsy fortune teller's tent catches on fire, a whirlwind of events erupts in Flavia's little village and she once again finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery investigation. I can't say anymore without giving away too much, but it's great fun!
Though the protagonist of Bradley's books is a young girl, I've enjoyed these books immensely! They're clever, sometimes funny and very entertaining! Each story is wildly different from the other and the setting is so descriptive, you feel as though you're living in 1950's rural England. The characters feel like neighbors the history of the de Luce family builds and builds with each novel. These books are definitely for adults, however I think they'd be a worthwhile read for young teens as well!
What have you been reading lately? Anything good?