Yes, I’m reading them out of order, but it really doesn’t matter. I love the protagonist of these books! Perhaps it’s the absolutely delightful audio presentation, but I have no difficulty believing in Flavia, as some readers seem to. I know, she’s only eleven, but I just want her to be real so much that–for me, she is! It could also have something to do with my lifelong penchant for books with precocious and adventurous young protagonists. :)
I have a little more trouble with some plot aspects of the novel than I do with the character. A bit too much exposition here and there, for sure, and some loose threads. But still a lovely read!