This book is simply astounding--wrought so beautifully I actually marveled as it unfolded. The P-word--precocious
--no doubt appears in nearly every description of the protagonist and narrator, the eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, but that description is entirely too dismissive of the amazing character Flavia is. Flavia is a chemistry enthusiast, a fan of poisons, and has an incurable curiosity that propels her through the events that unfold upon her discovery of a dead man in her family's cucumber patch. (That he is found in the cucumber patch amuses me to no end, though I lack the ability to articulate why, exactly.) I also took much delight in the enigma of Inspector Hewitt.
There is apparently to be a sequel, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.