I’ve always enjoyed series books from my earliest days since my parents read me the Little Grey Rabbit books by Alison Uttley. Then as I grew up I read other series on my own and enjoyed detective series like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. Now I am enjoying a current mystery series – the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley. Flavia is a young motherless girl growing up in 1950s England in a run down mansion with her father and two sisters. Her great interest is chemistry and she often uses this a way to solve the mysteries that she comes across. What I enjoy most about this series is that Flavia actually grows up and matures unlike Nancy Drew who solved thousands of mysteries all at the same age.The next book in the series, The Golden Tresses Of The Dead, will be published in January 2019 and I can’t wait to to read it!
Even though One Of Us Is Lying is marketed to young adults, I’m an adult and I loved it. The author describes it as ‘the breakfast club with murder.’ Five high school teens get detention – Bronwyn the brain, Addy the beauty, Nate the criminal, Cooper the athlete and Simon the outcast. Before detention ends Simon is dead. He had made lots of enemies by publishing students’ personal secrets on his app and was about to publish secrets about the four others in detention. This means that when foul play is suspected they are all suspects in his murder. So, who killed Simon and why?
This is one of the few books I read recently that I can call a page turner and I stayed up until around 4:00am one night to finish it. The characters are well drawn and individualistic and I was hoping that none of them was the killer. The ending was a big surprise and something that I hadn’t been expecting at all. If you’re looking for an enthralling read try this book.
I don’t think I’ve ever consumed an entire series as quickly as I did this one: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. (The Chronicles of Narnia are a very close second, because I inhaled those as well, though in light of a recent rereading, I would have to put the Incorrigibles at the top.*) To be perfectly honest, I only learned of it and picked it up because they’re illustrated by none other than Jon Klassen, but I’m so glad I did!
The series is a delightfully written mystery that will keep you making connections between all the little details Wood drops left and right at every turn, whether it be the mysterious howling on Ashton grounds or the oddly coincidental wolf theme popping up at the bequest of a certain…. A.? Wood keeps you guessing with every book at how things are connected: was it really just a chance ad in the papers that got Penelope Lumley working for the Ashtons? Were the Incorrigibles actually raised by wolves? And what’s with Old Timothy? Just whence does Penelope Lumley’s seemingly infinite pluck come?
I won’t go too much into detail because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but Wood definitely keeps you on your toes and grabbing for the next installment. I personally quite enjoyed the asides, along with the fast pace and wit, but where I think Wood really excels is where this series has something to appeal to a variety of age groups. (The last book in the series, The Long-Lost Home, is set for release next June, and we’ve placed it on order, so beat the lines and put yourself on the waiting list now!)