The Grave's A Fine and Private PlaceBook - 2018
"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.
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nwhite1 Sep 11, 2018
When I picked up the ninth installment of the Flavia de Luce series - my favourite 12 year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and solving murders in 1950s England - I had forgotten that her beloved father had passed away in the last book. I was uncertain about where the story would go and if... Read More »
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“We! Dogger and me. The two of us, on the case together.
My heart began to glow like a potbellied woodstove in a logger’s cabin.”
“How I longed to hug him! Not just for thinking of how to provide a makeshift test-tube, but for still thinking of the Rolls as belonging to my late mother.”
“I loved it when Dogger talked like this. It made me feel that we were partners.
That we were equals.
It made me feel grown up and appreciated. It made me feel wanted.”
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