The Grave's A Fine and Private Place

The Grave's A Fine and Private Place

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"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."--
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385678445
Branch Call Number: BRADL
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 22 cm.


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Flavia de Luce, book #9

List - Winter 2018
Gill_library Jan 12, 2018

If your physician doesn't recommend an annual Flavia De Luce book, get a new physician.

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Jul 12, 2018

If Flavia gets much smarter these books are going to be over my head. I still can't figure out how this 12 year old has accumulated so much knowledge, especially since she doesn't go to school! Although Daphne and Ophelia did not feature much in this book, I enjoyed the change in Flavia's relationships with them from antagonistic to collaborative. I wonder if it will last or will Flavia soon be scheming how to poison their face creams again. I agree with other reviewers that the ending and solution to the mystery was quite convoluted. It was a bit of hard work to figure it out and there were some loose ends which I am hoping will be tied up in the next installment. I can't wait to find out!

Jun 17, 2018

Back on form - Delightful, sly & witty plus sense of clear vision for characters moving forward.

Jun 02, 2018

Flavia is becoming an adolescent...and it's not becoming to her or this book. She rhapsodizes about Dogger who doesn't realize that spending hours alone with a 12-year-old girl in an inn bedroom is unwise. She still speaks of "adoring" Antigone, but that's all.

May 27, 2018

Unfortunately Alan Bradley has allowed his winning formula to become old and tired. Why, or earth, is our beloved Flavia still only 12 years old? Maybe if Bradley had allowed her to age he would have found fresh material to inject into this lovely literary series.

May 15, 2018

This latest Flavia is more like the original ones - more entertaining than the past two. Fun to find out more about Dogger. The wrap up seemed hastily put together, however.

Apr 09, 2018

Alan Bradley is back on his game with this installment. I am looking forward to seeing how Flavia will navigate with the Buckshaw heritage now that her father is no longer around.

Mar 28, 2018

Flavia's doings are always intriguing; however, as others noted, the conclusion was a bit confusing. I had to read the ending chapter twice, yet there were still many loose ends, almost as if the author had to rush the ending. Also, I wouldn't exactly call this a stand-alone book due to the family retinue, who are fleshed out and quite complex in the preceding volumes; i.e., you would miss a lot.

Mar 27, 2018

There’s nothing like a new Flavia de Luce mystery to brighten a cloudy day. A cloudy rainy day is a perfect day to read this series by Alan Bradley. I suggest you start with the first one in the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, because the stories need the foundation of the previous book. In this one, Dogger comes into his own, as a person troubled by the past but with strengths that make him Flavia’s equal. I’m guessing from the ending that Flavia’s going to wrest the control of her inherited and beloved home, Buckshaw. Bradley has been able to create in Flavia, a strong-willed, 11 year old detective who loves butting into police investigations to solve murder cases.

Mar 06, 2018

"The Grave's a Fine and Private Place" by Alan Bradley was really fun to read. It's a cozy mystery with corpses everywhere. The plot doesn't make much sense, though. The plot and the perp leaves me perplexed. How did the perp actually off 'The Three Graces?' When was the cyanide added to the reserved communion wine? Why would the perp assume that the cyanide would be offered exclusively to 'The Three Graces?' The opening premise that Canon Whitbread murdered them really does make much more sense.

Mar 05, 2018

This novel had all the distinguishing features of the previous novels, except the conclusion in this novel still remains a mystery to me.

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Jun 10, 2018

“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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