Yes, Flavia de Luce is a precocious little sleuth but it took until halfway through the book before one of the characters keeled over and the pace picked up. I found the story slow going until then. If the first half of the book was as good as the second I would have given it four stars. I hadn't read anything by the author before and this was good enough for me to try another book in this series. I find it interesting that Encyclopedia Brown, that teenage detective of days gone by also used to dabble in chemistry. Homage by the author to his first introduction in mysteries perhaps?