The grave's a fine and private place [electronic resource] Alan Bradley.
- ISBN: 9780345540010 (electronic bk)
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|Summary, etc.:|| "The world's greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth" (The Seattle Times), Flavia de Luce, returns in a twisty new mystery novel from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia's mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.Advance praise for The Grave's a Fine and Private Place"Outstanding . . . As usual, Bradley makes his improbable series conceit work and relieves the plot's inherent darkness with clever humor."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "There's only one Flavia. . . . Series fans will anticipate the details of this investigation, along with one last taste of Flavia's unorthodox family life."—Library Journal (starred review) "Bradley's unquenchable heroine brings 'the most complicated case I had ever come across' to a highly satisfying conclusion, with the promise of still brighter days ahead."—Kirkus ReviewsAcclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Award, and Arthur Ellis Award"If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."—USA Today "Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes."—The Boston Globe "[Flavia] is as addictive as dark chocolate."—Daily Mail
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 November #1
Who but Flavia de Luce could dangle her hand in the river on a boating outing and hook a human corpse in the mouth? Death seems to follow the 12-year-old chemist-sleuth everywhere, even on this excursion planned by longtime family servant Arthur Dogger as a diversion for a household still grieving the unexpected death of the de Luce patriarch. The body turns out to be that of actor Orlando Whitbred, son of the canon hanged for murdering three elderly ladies by serving them communion wine laced with cyanide. Surreptitiously, Flavia retrieves fluids from Orlando's lungs and a puzzling note from his pocket. Then, in league with Dogger, Flavia is out to determine how Orlando died, andâwhile she's at thatâto look into the canon's crimes, too. Relationships with her two difficult older sisters improve, with literary Daphne interpreting pertinent poetry for Flavia, and Ophelia and her fiancÃ© coming to the young sleuth's rescue in the nick of time. A promising partnership is ahead for the irrepressible Flavia, whose cozy escapades hold appeal for all ages. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
Alan Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, and The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, as well as the ebook short story “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.”
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