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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (2018)

by Alan Bradley

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Series: Flavia de Luce (9)

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""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 against her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself as 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. Acclaim 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"--""The world's greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth" (The Seattle Times), Flavia de Luce, returns in a new mystery novel from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley"--… (more)



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9th in the series... I love this series, btw - but this one is the weakest. 2 1/2 stars - it was somewhere between 'it was ok' and 'I liked it'. When I reread the series I may just skip over this one.

I enjoyed how Flavia's relationship with her sisters transitions into something more like an alliance - all three girls bring something different to the table in regards to skillsets. I look forward to seeing where this goes in the next books.

I always love the dabbling with chemistry. And the characters were fun.

But WTH was the chapter where she has this psychic vision of what may have happened to the church ladies. Sweet jebus. This is where the book completely lost me. And I found it difficult from this point on to follow how she was getting to her conclusions. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
A body is found in a pond, which leads Flavia to investigate. ( )
  addunn3 | Jun 23, 2020 |
Audiobook narrated by Jane Entwistle. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
This book took a nosedive from what my usual joy of a Flavia de Luce book normally has. I think without having her normal whereabouts and her regular townspeople, that we have grown to know and love, this book is not tethered. Yes, her sisters are ephemeral as usual and thankfully she still has Dugger but it's just not up to par. There is a lot of chemical this and chemical that but her normal impishness of sneaking from her family to solve the mystery is not there. She is older, melancholy and not as excitable...dare I say more like her sisters? :( ( )
  whybehave2002 | Apr 14, 2020 |
Twelve year old Flavia and her sisters are dealing with the death of their father. He wasn't overly involved with them, but he was an anchor for the family.

Per their mother's will, who died when Flavia was still a baby, the family estate is now Flavia's. Aunt Felicity has other ideas and has come from London to see to the sale of the mansion and what is to happen to each of the girls. Her plans are drastic and not what anyone, but Aunt Felicity, wants.

Dogger decides that six months is long enough for mourning and arranges for the girls to go on holiday to get away from their aunt. They arrive in a small country village and start to relax. For Flavia, this isn't quite what she had in mind.

While floating down the river, Flavia is dragging her hand in the water and daydreaming. When her fingers snag on something unusual, things change drastically. That 'unusual' item is a drowned body! Flavia is once again on the hunt.

It isn't just a matter of who and how, it is also solving why and what other matters are related to this body, and the previous poisoning of three ladies. Flavia meets quite a cast of characters in this book, which adds more twists and turns.

I was not disappointed with this book, as I haven't been disappointed with any of the previous books! ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Oct 28, 2019 |
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The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
-- Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress (1681)
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