What If Mary Russell Met Flavia de Luce?

I had just finished reading “The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag” by Alan Bradley, and started on “The Moor” by Laurie R. King.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan BradlyFor some reason, I thought, what if Flavia de Luce bumped into Mary Russell on a hill like how Mary met Holmes? Would Flavia find Mary an old and strange person?

Since no one else in Flavia’s life seemed to be interested in her “elemental explorations” and otherwise, Mary’s presence would be a great comfort to her, like Holmes was to Mary.

I believe Mary can see through Flavia’s innocent act and perhaps stop Flavia from all her attempts to poison her sisters. And may be Flavia would come to see Mary as a mother/grand mother and a teacher.

the moor by Laurie R. KingAnd because of their brilliant minds and adventurous spirit, they will get a long well. Flavia won’t think Mary is stupid and Mary won’t get frustrated waiting for Flavia to catch on. And although they both are strong-willed, with a 40-year age difference, Mary would have the wisdom to tame Flavia’s rebellious nature.

I hope they will meet someday, with Flavia on her bike and Mary on her walk, on a green hill somewhere outside of London, some time in the past.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

A Flavia de Luce Mystery
by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce is a 11-year-old year who knows her poisons. Her love of chemistry and her unstoppable curiosity brought me back to my childhood.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce MysteryShe is a typical girl who hates her older sisters but she is unique because she applies what she knows to all the problems she encounters. In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, her quest for answers helped her understand her father as a human and solve two murder cases at once.

Although I admire her spunkiness and intelligence, I find it a little difficult to like her since there is darkness in her personality. She reminds me of Dr. Temperance Brennan from the TV series, Bones. And to see the same traits in a young girl reminds me to consider each child as a individual.

I enjoyed going on the detective adventure with Flavia and hope she will grow into a well-rounded lady who chooses to use her power for good.