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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Characteristics: 363 pages ; 20 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780345539991 (hardback)
Call Number: FICTION BRADLEY

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Travel
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.

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1_Great_Book
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.

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KatherineHere
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.

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brangwinn
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.

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horthhill
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.

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gloryb
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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LMR9
Feb 25, 2018

#9 Flavia de Luce mystery was worth the wait. She's preternaturally cunning, droll, and endlessly entertaining.

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badgirls
Jul 09, 2017

Attention Flavia fans-latest book in the oh so addictive series.
We have to wait, not published until Jan/18... :(

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