Flavia de Luce is a young girl who lives in a 1950s quiet English village with her two older sisters and philatelist father. This book sets Flavia off on her adventures as she becomes the town's resident detective, despite the real detectives in town telling her to keep out of trouble. With the help of her chemistry set in her cold side of the house, she manages to solve this first mystery and goes on to solve many more throughout the series. Bradley's writing keeps the plot twisting making this one book you won't want to set down, and the rest of the series follows in suit.
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion and Flavia's father becomes the main suspect.