First Audiobook of the Year

these bottles are supposed to represent the chemistry in the book :)

When I was in college, I could always justify spending money on books. Perhaps it was the expensive textbooks that numbed me to the cost. In any case, I decided that books were educational and I should never feel guilty about buying them or having more. The expense was justified for reasons of education, but also for reasons of comparison. The money I spent on books gave me a much better feeling than when I spent money on fast food or tchotchkes. The irony of the situation is that now that I have more money, I am reluctant to spend it on things I can get for free. In college, had I not realized there were libraries?

That preamble explains why I "read" my first audiobook of the year! The Flavia DeLuce books that were recommended to me were available for free through my library's Overdrive app. The book, A Red Herring Without Mustard, was delightful as an audiobook. In fact, I am uncertain as to whether I would have liked a print version as well. The narrator did a great job, and I really got into it. She did adult voices as well as male and female voices. She even used a different voice as narrator vs character (Flavia is the narrator).

For those of you who don't know, Flavia DeLuce, is an 11-year old sleuth/detective/chemist. While this is the only book in the series I've read, I gather that her shtick is to play dumb, act like a normal 11-year old, and run around solving mysteries and doing chemistry. She accomplishes this through equal amounts of manipulation and bravery.

The story isn't a thriller, but it also isn't predictable. The reader spends a lot of time getting to know the character and her backstory. I won't write about the mystery itself as I wouldn't want to ruin it, but if you can get your ears on this book, I would recommend it.

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