A gypsy fortune teller reveals a dark secret about Flavia´s dead mother in the third in Alan Bradley´s award-winning whimsical period crime series.
´You frighten me,´ the Gypsy said. ´Never have I seen my crystal ball so filled with darkness.´
So begins eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce´s third adventure through the charming but deceptively dark byways of the village of Bishop´s Lacey. What the fortune teller in fact claimed to see was a vision of Flavia´s mother, Harriet, who died on a mountainside in Tibet when Flavia was less than a year old. ´She´s trying to come home,´ the old woman intones. ´And she needs your help.´
For Flavia, the old gypsy´s words open up old wounds and new possibilities - not all of them nice. Is she a faker, or is there some truth to her powers, and the message she brings back from the other side? And when the village is rocked by another ghastly murder, how will a growing fascination with gypsy lore help Flavia to solve it?