I buy most of my books second hand. There are a couple of reasons behind this book buying philosophy.. firstly, if the book isn't so good that I want to keep it and reread it, at least I didn't pay full price, and secondly, I read a lot. If I was to buy all of my books brand new I'd be stony broke.
However, once in a blue moon, I potter in to Waterstones, lulled in by the promise of fresh new pages and the weird new book smell that you get. On one such trip I picked up A Red herring Without Mustard. I fell for the title instantaneously. I read the blurb (extravagant names, a gypsy, a corpse, a mystery) and was sold. I happily parted with my £7.99.
It was definitely worth it! I absolutely loved this book. The main character, Flavia de Luce, amused me, the story is really well written, plenty of suspense and intrigue and twists. It's set in England in the '50's and I think it's aimed at younger readers than myself (the main character is 11 and their are reading group notes at the back) but I really did enjoy it. Also, it's part of a series so now I'm on the look out for more of the Flavia de Luce series!
Have any of you guys read any of the series?