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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
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Flavia de Luce (Girl), Student, Precocious, Has older sisters who pick on her; being raised by her father; eavesdropper; able to pick locks; has a fully equipped chemistry lab; obsessed with corpses
Family relationships
Family tragedy
Unidentified bodies
Murder investigations
England - Europe
Time Period
1950s -- 20th century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Fans of Bradley's crime-solving chemistry prodigy Flavia de Luce will find much to enjoy in her latest post-WWII adventure, which, like previous series titles, is enlivened by actor Entwistle's flawless interpretation of the plummy-voiced, aristocratic, slightly brattish British schoolgirl. Twelve-year-old Flavia and her two older sisters, whiny Daphne and moping Ophelia, are depressed after their father's fatal bout with pneumonia. The family retainer, Dogger, whom Entwistle endows with a gruff, avuncular delivery, arranges for a seaside holiday for them. But as they travel down the river, Flavia discovers a corpse, partly submerged in the water. Together she and Dogger, acting as her Watson, are drawn into a tricky murder investigation. They meet an assortment of colorful villagers, including a patronizing, too-shrewd constable; a country-accented innkeeper and his wife; a stern, humorless chemist; and a very proper undertaker. What elevates this mystery is less the disclosure of whodunit than the alluring appeal of Entwistle's on-target rendition of Bradley's precocious yet charming young detective. A Delacorte hardcover. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "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 author Alan Bradley. <br> <br> 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 her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself 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.<br> <br> Praise for The Grave's a Fine and Private Place <br> <br> "Outstanding . . . As usual, Bradley makes his improbable series conceit work and relieves the plot's inherent darkness with clever humor." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) <br> <br> "There's only one Flavia. . . . Series fans will anticipate the details of this investigation, along with one last taste of Flavia's unorthodox family life." -- Library Journal (starred review) <br> <br> "Bradley's unquenchable heroine brings 'the most complicated case I had ever come across' to a highly satisfying conclusion, with the promise of still brighter days ahead." -- Kirkus Reviews
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