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Sunny skies, sleep water...and a sinister corpse Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse. Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearSunny skies, sleep water...and a sinister corpseFlavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse. Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper.Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church, and to keep her sisters out of danger. But what could possibly connect the son of an executed killer, a far too canny police constable, a travelling circus, and the publican's mysteriously talented wife?Praise for the historical Flavia de Luce mysteries: 'The Flavia de Luce novels are now a cult favourite' Mail on Sunday 'A cross between Dodie Smith's I Capture The Castle and the Addams family...delightfully entertaining' Guardian...

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  • Petra
    2019-05-09 09:42

    NOTE: I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest review.This is a bittersweet story. On the one hand, Flavia is growing up and maturing. It's wonderful to see the person she is becoming emerge. On the other hand, Flavia is changing and that's always a bit sad. Childhood is ending. I am enjoying how the relationships between the sisters is being exposed in the last couple of books. Also, Flavia's relationship with Dogger is more focused on and it's a delight to see. The mystery is, like always, interesting and fun. Another fun time with Flavia. I loved the chemistry experiments that were rigged up to help solve this case. I look forward to more books in future. Flavia's future is very much at a crossroads. With her interests and abilities, she can go anywhere she wants to.

  • JulieDurnell
    2019-05-11 12:53

    3.5 Stars. This turned out to be not my favorite Flavia mystery. She seems to be borderline ghoul at times! Don't get me wrong I still love her-she is changing though or maturing maybe. Her knowledge of chemistry and other esoteric information is incredible, a child prodigy in essence. Flavia has a lot of discernment, which coupled with Dogger's, they are a fantastic detective duo. Dogger really shines in this story, his vast knowledge is also incredible. Her relationship with her sisters is mellowing out a bit which is part of the maturing I'm sure. I look forward to the next one with great anticipation as always.

  • Casey Frank
    2019-05-03 09:54

    4.5 stars rounded up After 9 books centered around this precocious main character, you know exactly what kind of story you'll be getting. But it's the familiar (but not formulaic) style and well-loved characters that make me want to return again and again to the world of Flavia de Luce.I assume the 9th book is not going to be the first book someone picks up, but if in case you're new to the series, start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and enjoy the adventure from the start. A spoiler from the end of the last book is coming:I wasn't sure what to expect from this book given that Flavia's father died at the end of the previous book. What would happen to the three sisters? How would Flavia handle the loss?The answer turned out to be a long family vacation led by Dogger, especially meant to keep Feely occupied while she waits for her postponed wedding, and a lot of British stiff-upper-lip.As usual, Flavia quickly finds a dead body, and discovers more than one mystery in the town they're visiting. With Flavia's father gone, we get a chance to see just how much paternal and sleuthing influence Dogger has on Flavia.Reading these books feels like getting to visit a dear friend you haven't seen in a year, you want to spend time with them for who they've already proven to be, and you want to spend time with them to see who they've become while you were apart. This book ended with a hint at what could be a truly marvelous setup for the final book of the series. If Flavia's suggestion comes to pass, then readers will easily be able to imagine the fulfilled life that Flavia and Dogger will get to carry out long after the last page.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an early copy of this book!

  • LJ
    2019-05-17 13:52

    First Sentence: I am on my deathbed.Flavia de Luce, her two sisters and Dogger, their loyal family servant, go on holiday to the hamlet of Volesthorpe. Drifting in a boat on the river, hand in the water, Flavia becomes snagged on what she imagines is Hemingway’s great marlin from “The Old Man and the Sea.” Even more to Flavia’s style, is the discovery that her hand caught in the mouth of a corpse. The dead man was the son of the local church’s Canon, who was hanged for poisoning three of his parishioners; the church ladies. But was the Canon really guilty? And who killed his son? What better than a murder investigation to take Flavia’s mind off her troubles?The first thing one should remember about Flavia is that she is 14 years’ old, brilliant and highly dramatic. She is also wonderfully written by Bradley who has created the perfect voice for her, and the perfect opening. As with most series, one does best to read the books in order. However, Bradley ensured first-time readers are fully introduced to the characters, their roles, and are brought quickly up to date.Some may find Flavia’s viewpoint a bit uncomfortable—“Most people probably never stop to think about why our burial places are so green. But if they ever did, their faces might turn the very shade of that graveyard grass… For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return,” the Bible tells us. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” says The Book of Common Prayer. But both of these books, having been written mostly in good taste, fail to mention either the stinking jelly or the oozing liquids and the gaseous phases through which each of us must pass on our way to the Great Beyond.” Yet for others of us, it is that perspective which makes her unique and delightful, and the way in which Flavia comes across the first body is very bit Flavia.Bradley’s use of humor shows through in most situation, including his metaphors—“But, believe it or not, at that very instant, an idea came flying out of nowhere and landed on my head, like a pigeon on a statue of Lord Nelson.” The inclusion of rare and unusual bits of information, such as how one can cause oneself to blush, add to that which makes Bradley’s writing so delightful.We do see changes and growth in the characters. It is nice that we see a new side of Flavia’s sister, Feeley, at the same time as does she. We realize that Dogger is, in some ways, an older and more experienced version of Flavia. Although set in the 1950s, we are made aware of how recent was WWII, and of its impact through Dogger’s incidence with PTSD. It’s nice to see him develop as a character who is coming into his own. He is observant, rather wise; a father-figure, friend and advisor to Flavia—“I love it when Dogger talked like this. It made me feel that we were partners.” Flavia is gaining some self-awareness and is maturing, yet Flavia is a character one either loves, or finds rather terrifying, or both.In spite of the title and the humor, this is no cozy. The mystery, and the investigation, is well-plotted and executed, with red herrings and well-done suspense. Bradley always plays fair with the readers, laying out the clues as we read. “The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place” is a captivating and delightful read, with a maturing Flavia, and a wonderful ending that leaves one very anxious for the next book.THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE (Hist Mys-Flavia de Luce- England-1952) – VG+ Bradley, Alan – 9th in series Delacorte Press, Jan 2018

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    2019-04-29 13:06

    Thanks, Petra!Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense.

  • Jeanette
    2019-05-03 10:47

    Certainly, for me anyway, more entertaining than the last #8 was. But it lost an entire star by not having the plot make any logical or practical sense whosoever. If you like snarky thoughts and self-evaluations at a speed of multiples a second per every situation or interaction with/ re Flavia, then you will love this one. It's so long in that category that at page 300, with some of the lengthy departures into poetry and symbolism- the entire became so stretched as to be tedious.No Gladys at all! A sacrilege. And yet Dogger with a few new characters like Mrs. Palmer and Claire made the entire readable for me. All of my most loved Flavia characteristics shone the most only during the diatom and other testings portions that she managed with Dogger. Hob was just left hanging for any conclusions or after effect. HUH? And several other characters were just not set well into the continuity of the whole tale or the ending of it at all. Like the Constable- but not only one or two. Three I can think of. With all that length- why?Much better in spirits of interchange between the sisters than the last 2 books were- but droves behind the sharpest chemistry nuance and unique eyes to what slithers all across the fields or places she roams within the Bishop's Lacey district of those first 3 Flavia books. The jolts between Flavia "eras" are severe in this series, book to book. And now we see what is coming up next in the last paragraph here of this longish novel for the scenario of the future/ next. And I'm afraid that this series has just about lost me for its flow. It's gotten like a stand up comedian who makes the exact form of joke about 2 or 3 subjects over and over again.

  • Donna
    2019-05-22 09:53

    Alan Bradley is a master storyteller. This book is the 9th book in the Flavia de Luce series. I think I like Flavia more and more with each new installment. What I love the most, is how the characters evolve in each book. I'm glad the the author propels them all forward and that the reader is getting to know them more and more with each book. The different stories also seem new with each book and aren't falling into the "formulaic" trap that is often prevalent in other books/series. This book was a little more calm than the one that preceded it....I'm glad for that. And I love Dogger.He is a great anchor....but I really want him to open up. I'm glad we will be seeing more of him in future books.

  • Jan
    2019-05-05 11:06

    As a fan of this series, I was underwhelmed by book 8. This book could very well be the best yet and sets up the story line for new adventures to come!

  • Melanie
    2019-05-17 10:44

    I remember reading my first Flavia De Luce mystery 4 years ago and being instantly hooked. Everything from the disheveled manor house, the horrid sisters, the housekeeper/cook that cannot really cook nor keep house, the general factotum Dogger… to last but not least Flavia herself, 11 year old chemist, lonely and very precocious.Now, imagine my surprise when I recommended this series to a friend and she did not like it because of Flavia. I nearly took offense, because at times, we do take insults to favourite fictional characters rather personal. Yet, thinking about it, I can see that Flavia may split the lovers and haters quite distinctly.I adore her. I laugh out loud reading it, I am often feeling very sad for her. I know there is a huge part of me that can identify my own 11 year old with Flavia.The series also captures a certain post-war mood in 1950ies Britain, the manors of the former rich now broke were falling apart, rationing was still going, it just did not really feel like a war had being won.I was delighted when I got send a digital ARC for book 9 in the series. Ecstatic. Delirious. And I immediately sat down and read it. The De Luce girls are on a little holiday, punting along a river, when Flavia accidentally (is there any other way) dead body floating in the river. More cannot be said about the plot as this is an ongoing series.Naturally, I highly recommend this. But start at the beginning. If you hate precocious children, this may not be for you. Otherwise, find a comfy chair, make yourself a cuppa and fetch a plate of biscuits and enjoy.I certainly did.

  • Alisha
    2019-05-14 10:49

    In the latest offering in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, the mystery is a bit of a slow affair, but the characters are as interesting as ever.After the events of the previous book, Flavia and family required a bit of a break (no spoilers, of course!). The main strength of this book is to reaffirm the relationships that are important to Flavia, particularly with her father's old best friend Dogger and her sisters.When the family is out for a row along the river, they get entangled with...a body. After some, in my opinion, rather too anatomically detailed investigation (this is Flavia, after all, and she has a stomach of iron), the story gets underway and introduces a cast of characters for this riverside town.The most interesting one (though given far too little page time) is Hob, the undertaker's young son. He's younger than Flavia and she neatly steps into the role of cool older kid. Not that she overdoes it. But it does allow her to exercise her growing-up skills in a new way that I thought was well done.I really liked the brief appearance at the end of one of Flavia's mentors, as it allows the reader to see just what kind of a niche she has now carved out for herself and how she is not the friendless child that she may have imagined herself at the very beginning of the series. Flavia has come a long way in spite of only aging a couple of years. I look forward to seeing what's next.***Thanks to Delacorte Press/Random House through NetGalley for my advance review copy of this!!

  • Judy Lesley
    2019-05-16 17:05

    I received an ARC of this novel through the Amazon Vine Voices program and Delacorte Press. Thank you.I am so very pleased to see that book #10 in the Flavia de Luce series is back to 5 star status for me! Alan Bradley has given readers a twelve year old girl and a mystery situation we can fully accept and enjoy. This story picks up six months after the sad ending of the previous story and Flavia, Ophelia, Daphne, Dogger and Mrs. Mullet are suffering under their grief and the rigid decrees from Aunt Felicity. Everyone's future has been mapped out by that dynamic woman, but nothing says they all have to like it. It is Dogger who manages a holiday, a trip paddling down the river. With lazy days, picnics on the river bank and nights spent in inns along the way. Should anybody be surprised when they come to St.-Mildred's-in-the-Marsh, location of the "Poisoning Parson's" murders, and Flavia finds a dead body?This story is brimming full of the innocence and inventiveness of that chemist-cum-detective, Flavia. These people need to heal from their tremendous grief and this story gives each of them a way to do that. The improvised chemical experiments are exactly what I always enjoyed so much in most of the previous stories. In addition, the mystery is very much worth reading as well as giving the reader the opportunity to solve along with those involved. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so glad to have "my" Flavia back.

  • Cindy Rollins
    2019-04-29 14:01

    I literally love these books. I love how Flavia has one set of skills in chemistry, but she is surrounded by poets, too. The matter-0f-fact COE worldview and the nonchalant quoting of scripture always make me smile. I love the pathos and the humor. I love Dogger and I love how this book recognizes that a family has bloomed out of the bitter seeds of the past and now something new is happening. Perhaps the mystery was a bit weak...but spending time with Flavia made up for it.

  • Susan Johnson
    2019-05-04 10:48

    3.5 stars Flavia and her two sisters are trying to deal with the loss of their beloved father. Their busy body aunt tries to take over and redo their lives so they flee with their faithful helper, Dogger, on a short river trip to catch their breath.Almost immediately they discover a dead body and are involved in solving the crime along with a famous murder that happened years ago. The three sisters actually work together and help each other out. They mystery was OK but it is the sweetness of the characters that make this a nice series. These girls are smart. I feel stupid compared to their knowledge of chemistry and poetry. Set in 1952, these girls are not involved in TV and the computer. They are actually studying and learning. I enjoy this series and look forward to seeing what will happen to Flavia. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  • Suzze Tiernan
    2019-05-04 14:47

    While on a getaway trip with Dogger and her sisters, Flavia finds a dead body. Of course she must investigate.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-25 14:11

    2.5 stars. Just above OK. I love Alan Bradley's series, but this one seemed to drag on and on for most of the book. Too many random events and relationships. I couldn't understand how Flavia ever came up with her conclusions, based on what happenined in the story. The only part I enjoyed was the personal side to the story, Dogger's evolution and the family dynamics between the sisters.

  • Elyse
    2019-05-03 12:00

    NetGalley ARC.A 3.5 but I rounded to 4 because Flavia! I'e been fortunate enough to get ARCs of books 6-9 through NetGalley but I fully intend to buy this series in paperback when it's complete. I can't believe we're up to #9! I heard Bradley plans on a 10-book series. So this is the penultimate book! :O Nooooo!! Book 8 ended on an extremely shocking, sad note but this book is surprisingly not as sad. The de Luces and Dogger find ways to occupy themselves. I loved the relationship between Flavia and Dogger in this book, it was utterly delightful. Our main characters are in a different town so we don't see any of the familiar side characters that we know and love. The reason for the 3.5 rating is because of the ending. I felt it was incredibly rushed. Once the inspector came it was boom, boom, boom, book is done! I would've like to have seen the inspector interviewing the suspect even though Flavia deduced the reasons behind the murder. I don't know, it just felt way too quick. It could've used another 20-30 pages to come to a good ending. I enjoyed it nevertheless because I adore Flavia!

  • Kristy
    2019-05-18 11:12

    In the ninth (! - how is that possible?) Flavia de Luce mystery, we see Flavia away from her home turf, as she and her sisters have been sent away from Buckshaw on a holiday to try to help them recover from the death of their father. But instead (of course) Flavia discovers a dead body. As the gang is boating, she drags her hand along the water, it snags on something and boom - she catches her fingers on a corpse. Only our Flavia! Of course, Flavia isn't content to leave things to the local Constable. The dead man is named Orlando, and his death leads Flavia into a world of a traveling circus, a famous Canon renowned for poisoning three women, and much more. I am an unabashed fan of Flavia and this book didn't disappoint. It has all the staples of an excellent Flavia novel-- a strong mystery to unravel and a bunch of clever, witty, and surprisingly uncanny lines from our beloved protagonist. By now, our dear twelve-year-old Flavia has been through a lot. She's more mature, and she's as feisty and clever as ever. I admit that some of the chemistry in these novels goes over my head (I'm not as smart as Flavia, and I'm completely fine admitting that). But I love the mystery plots, and more than that, I love Flavia. I've felt protective of her since the first novel, even though the thought of that would anger her more than anything. There's a good eclectic cast of supporting characters in this one, including an aged actor, an undertaker's son, and a woman who used to know Dogger. And, of course, we get some appearances from Flavia's ever-suffering sisters, Daffy and Feely. The best part of this novel, however, for me, was the strengthening relationship between Dogger and Flavia. Their bond is one of the highlights of the book. I love those two. By now, Flavia and Dogger feel like friends, or even family. It's a sign of how well Bradley writes and creates these characters that you feel so attached to them. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. If you're a fan of Bradley's series, you probably will as well. If you haven't picked up this series, I do suggest starting near the beginning, as you'll form a better bond with the characters. But you will be able to jump in with this book, too, as the mystery stands alone. The ending of this one also leaves me excited and looking forward to what I hope will be book #10. I was very excited to receive a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review; this novel is available in the U.S. as of 01/30/2018. You can read my review of book #8 in the series here. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  • Kathy
    2019-05-02 12:09

    Flavia de Luce is one of the best characters to come along in mystery fiction. I've been hooked on this precocious eleven, now twelve-year-old, since the first book in the series, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia's brilliant mind in chemistry and solving murders has filled each book with a magical presence. The setting, largely at her rundown family estate Buckshaw outside of the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey in the 1950s adds charm to the quirky stories of murder and deceit in which Flavia seems to find herself. And, then the last book, Thrice the Branded Cat Hath Mew'd, has placed the series in a seemingly darker than usual place where readers looked to the current book, The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, to answer questions of what was to become of Flavia and her two tormenting sisters, Feely and Daffy, and the rest of the endearing household. Of course, no reader expects all her questions to be answered, but I very much needed a sense of direction from The Grave's a Fine and Private Place. I can't say that this was a favorite book in the series for me, but I do think Flavia grew up a lot in this book and is in a good place to take control of her destiny back into her own hands. It felt like a necessary book, to advance the direction of those characters we've come to love who reside at Buckshaw. For the rest of this review, please visit my reading blog at

  • Krissy
    2019-05-06 12:50

    Oh Flavia!! I absolutely love this series. While my favorite novels in the series take place at Buckshaw, I enjoyed the new location of this one. After a difficult few months, the de Luce family and Dogger take a vacation to a town that holds many secrets. Of course Flavia uncovers a mystery to be solved and we go along for the ride. I was overjoyed that Dogger played a bigger role in this story than any so far because he is one of my favorite characters. I have read several articles that state there will be 10 books in this series and I hope that is true. I need at least one more installment. I have only one word for this book....Yahrooooo!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-19 13:56

    I just loved this so much--or more accurately, I love Flavia so much and it's such a pleasure to spend time with her. I didn't totally follow the mystery in this one, but it didn't even matter because being inside Flavia's head was such a delight. I love her curiosity and her mix of casual arrogance and admitted naivete about certain matters. Her relationship with Dogger also really shone in this book. I highly recommend this series (start at the beginning though) and encourage everyone to listen to them on audio rather than reading them. Jayne Entwistle is the perfect narrator to bring Flavia to life!

  • Kaethe
    2019-05-07 14:57

    Received a copy courtesy of Goodreads: I love this STEM girl.***I didn't read and/or finish any books for a month. This is the book that broke my draught. For that reason alone or will probably be the new book I read all year.

  • Beth Cato
    2019-05-11 15:58

    I received an ebook from the publisher via Netgalley.I adore the Flavia series. It is one of my all-time favorites, and my expectations are so high at this point, it can be difficult for each new book to live up to them. That said, I found this 8th entry in the series to be slightly weaker... though it is still an excellent mystery. I don't think there is such a thing as a bad Flavia book!I will skirt around spoilers, and state that the de Luce family has undergone some catastrophic shifts in the past few books. This novel begins with Flavia feeling quite morose as she endures a summer holiday with her sisters and Dogger.... but Flavia's spirits are revived by the discovery of a dead body, the latest tragedy in a village that recently experienced a rather sensational triple murder during church services. While I did miss the family home of Buckshaw and the usual village, it was fun to explore a quirky new setting with Flavia. Her relationships with her sisters and Dogger evolved quite a bit as they all joined in to solve the mystery this time around. I'm already sad that I must wait so long for the next book.

  • J.S.
    2019-04-23 13:04

    "Have you ever stuck your hands into the pockets of a corpse? Perhaps not. I myself have done it on only a couple of occasions, and I can tell you that it's not always the most pleasant of occupations."Flavia and her sisters are enjoying a lazy river trip (actually, they're bored to death by it) when they happen to float by the church where 3 elderly spinsters were poisoned by their priest two years earlier. As Flavia drags her hand in the water, she catches something large and heavy. Pulling it to the surface, it turns out to be a body, and thus begins a new Flavia adventure.Flavia is back to her old self in this latest book (I wasn't as impressed by the last 2 books) and chemistry is once again a considerable part of the story. What I enjoy most, however, is the absolutely hilarious comments she makes, and it's the kind of book I'd love to read slowly and savor... but unfortunately, I keep reading as quickly as I can to find out what happened. I thought the end was a bit abrupt (and slightly vague, but maybe that's because I've been reading too many Agatha Christie novels lately) but it was still an enjoyable return to the old Flavia.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-12 15:49

    Thank you Random House and NetGalley for the digital ARC. Flavia is back! Oh, how I missed her! This new adventure picks up six months after the last book ended. Flavia and her sisters have been dealt a rough blow and it's up to Dogger to help them through it. It's nice to see Dogger play a bigger role in the books. He's been under-utilized in past outings. Without giving anything away, I look forward to what future adventures await Flavia, her sisters, and Dogger.The major criticism I have of the book is that the ending is incredibly abrupt. The mystery aspect of the plot is somewhat neglected and the characters that are drawn in such loving detail are just swept aside with no real closure.

  • verbava
    2019-05-12 14:05

    do i enthuse too much? very well, then, i enthuse too much.флавія каже ці слова, коли ловить себе на захопленій розповіді про ціаністий калій і його ефекти, і, мабуть, саме так можна описати мій захват від книжки. у нас із флавією є слабкості: її зачаровують отрути й покійники, мене – словесні забавки алана бредлі. як і належить затишному детективові, стилістика тут не менш важлива, ніж загадки; і, на відміну від загадок, після феєричного початку їй вдається не втратити рівня.

  • Danette
    2019-05-02 15:10

    Flavia is back! Loved seeing more of Dogger. The ending is wide open for another sequel. Read in an evening. 2018 - A book published in 2018

  • Shiloah
    2019-04-22 14:49

    Nooooooo! Why did I have to devour it wholly and so quickly?! This was Mr. Bradley’s finest in the series. Every page a delight. You get the full Flavia-no holding back. I loved it! 💗

  • Sherrie
    2019-05-04 18:04

    Flavia is at the top of her game and the family has a great adventure. Yaroo!!

  • Denice Barker
    2019-05-16 17:47

    I think we are missing the point on Flavia DeLuce. I recently read an article in the Jan./Feb. 2018 issue of Smithsonian magazine titled Girl Power. The article itself featured Madeline L'Engle and the impact A Wrinkle in Time had on giving girls the power. She is quoted as saying, "I'm a female, why would I give all the best ideas to a male?" The article highlighted in a side bar a list of heroines. Rebels with a cause. Girls who are brave and smart and rule breakers and, oh yeah, children. Among others, there is Laura Ingalls, Jo March, Ramona Quimby, Scout Finch, Cassie Logan, Experanza Cordero, Hermione Granger, Liesel Meminger, Harriet Welsch, Nancy Drew. As I read the article my brain kept screaming, “Don’t forget Flavia!” She’s smart, spunky, brave, certainly breaks the rules and twelve years old (in this book.) Not even a teenager yet.So, why aren’t these Flavia DeLuce books marketed to children like the others? I don’t know. I’m glad adults are being treated to these books because maybe we will read about Flavia and then steer our girls to be more like her. Not afraid of but embracing science, giving them freedom to use their brains to figure things out on their own. And while Flavia finds herself in the middle of murders to solve, solve them she does with a freedom of movement that is lost on our children. I used to be able to hop on my bike and be gone all day with not a care in the world, but our children aren’t and never will again. We are convinced there is a boogey man on every corner and so have clipped our girls’ wings. In this book Flavia and her sisters are set adrift after a family tragedy. With all good intentions, Dogger, the family servant takes the girls on a boating outing and as they travel past a church where the Vicar has been hung for the deaths of three parishioners by poison (Flavia’s specialty) Flavia’s fingers dangling in the water bring up a body. That’s all she needs. Flavia is on to this and as in the past we are carried along with her thought process and we can only cheer her on and applaud at the end.But like I said, I think we are missing the point on Flavia DeLuce. There is absolutely NO reason not to let your girls read about this smart, spunky, brave young girl. If we loved Nancy Drew, let your girls love Flavia. Please.

  • Angela
    2019-05-13 18:05

    Four stars for the sheer pleasure of reading another Flavia mystery. It was a bit loose and manic, but terrific fun, as always. However,......not exactly a spoiler but........ something you may not be pleased to know:Is this The End??! Say it isn't so. The last page contains a symbolic rainbow of promise for a bright future. It is so uncharacteristic of the last thought in a usual Flavia story, yet almost as sad and frustrating, if it means what I think it means. Then come the acknowledgements, where Mr. Bradley talks about coming to the end of a long journey...