The Golden Tresses of the Dead

The Golden Tresses of the Dead

Alan Bradley / Aug 26, 2019

The Golden Tresses of the Dead Flavia de Luce the twelve year old chemist and amateur detective with better than an average brain is eager to turn professional She and her father s valet Dogger have founded a detective agency

  • Title: The Golden Tresses of the Dead
  • Author: Alan Bradley
  • ISBN: 0345540026
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Flavia de Luce, the twelve year old chemist and amateur detective with better than an average brain, is eager to turn professional She and her father s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia s wedding reception.After an eventful ceremony with a mi Flavia de Luce, the twelve year old chemist and amateur detective with better than an average brain, is eager to turn professional She and her father s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia s wedding reception.After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out the bridal cake contains a severed human finger Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring, and the slope of the fingernail, she ll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim but also point a finger at a killer Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 330 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Delacorte Press More Details ISBN 0345540026 ISBN13 9780345540027 Edition Language English Series Flavia de Luce 10 Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Golden Tresses of the Dead, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Will this be the final book in the series 4 likeslike 5 months ago See all 2 answers Roberta About a month ago, Alan Bradley was asked in an interview how many books would be in the series and he answered I don t think that Flavia or I will About a month ago, Alan Bradley was asked in an interview how many books would be in the series and he answered I don t think that Flavia or I will ever run out of ideas He also said At first, I thought there would be three volumes then six then ten I ve just completed the tenth, and Flavia still wakes me up in the middle of the night with strange snippets and intriguing insights less flag See all 6 questions about The Golden Tresses of the Dead Lists with This Book 2019 The Year Without TV 283 books 12 voters Titles with 5 words or 522 books 11 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 25, 2018 Judy Lesley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves amateur sleuth, british, favorite author, series Our little girl is growing up and, frankly, I m glad to see it Flavia is still only 12 years old but life hasn t been kind to her so this is the book where she is allowed to grieve for all the heartaches in her young life Add to that the marriage of her sister Ophelia and Flavia needed this investigation to get her through some tough times Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations tells us all we need to know about where this book is headed Dogger has always been one of my f Our little girl is growing up and, frankly, I m glad to see it Flavia is still only 12 years old but life hasn t been kind to her so this is the book where she is allowed to grieve for all the heartaches in her young life Add to that the marriage of her sister Ophelia and Flavia needed this investigation to get her through some tough times Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations tells us all we need to know about where this book is headed Dogger has always been one of my favorite characters in this series but he seemed too often to be held down by his wartime troubles to ever be of prime use as a major character Luckily Alan Bradley rehabilitated Dogger just enough to make him the perfect partner in investigations with Flavia Dogger helps to keep things on of an adult footing but his intimate knowledge of Flavia s personality allows him to gently guide her along a reasonable path of searching for and interpreting the clues they find They make a brilliant pair.My reason for a four star rating instead of five stars is that I found myself slightly confused about some of the clues and information uncovered by Dogger and Flavia I m not 100% sure I quite got the solution and have a feeling I might need to read the book again I did go back over several sections while I was reading but that didn t feel like it helped much There seems to be information that this was always intended to be a ten book series and with this book being the tenth it will mark the end of our time with Flavia and the others I have to say the ending did not give me the feeling at all that the series was wrapping up Instead it feels as if Flavia and Dogger have now established their working detecting relationship and they are set to carry on for a good long while I certainly would love to see that happen.Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an eGalley of this novel flag 24 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Judy Lesley Thanks, Brittany I m looking forward to reading your reviews.Judy Jan 30, 2019 12 36AM Brittany You wlcome Jan 30, 2019 12 37AM Jan 11, 2019 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2019 THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD starts off with Flavia s sister Ophelia getting married Flavia is delighted when Ophelia discovers a severed human finger in the cake and she rushes away to examine itWhose finger is it to and why has it been placed in the wedding cake READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION flag 20 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Kristy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook, netgalley, arc, ballantine, mystery, read in 2019, series, random house, thriller Flavia s sister, Feely, is finally getting married But at the wedding, as Feely and Dieter cut their cake, Feely slices into a human finger How very Flavia It s certainly a case for Arthur W Dogger Associates, with Flavia being the main associate, of course And, not long after, the two are hired by a Mrs Prill to help track down some missing letters Flavia and Dogger barely know where to focus first Then someone else winds up dead with Flavia and Dogger in the thick of things and Flavia s sister, Feely, is finally getting married But at the wedding, as Feely and Dieter cut their cake, Feely slices into a human finger How very Flavia It s certainly a case for Arthur W Dogger Associates, with Flavia being the main associate, of course And, not long after, the two are hired by a Mrs Prill to help track down some missing letters Flavia and Dogger barely know where to focus first Then someone else winds up dead with Flavia and Dogger in the thick of things and things spiral from there Aside from that except for the human remains it was a beautiful occasion So says Flavia of Feely s wedding, in very Flavia fashion By now, if you ve read the first nine books in this series, this one will feel quite familiar and sweet to you Flavia is her usual fun, clever self, and I can t help but love her to pieces She s up to her usual tricks in her laboratory and busy working away with her beloved Dogger, who may be the best butler sidekick friend in the history of mystery novels I d like to remark at the outset that I m a girl with better than an average brain These books are always wonderfully descriptive, and I love seeing the world from Flavia s unique point of view I don t know if you ve ever dissected a rat, but to me, there was only one word for it exhilarating Flavia and Dogger have two cases to solve here and they intersect quickly We get plenty of Flavia and Dogger time, which is great Unfortunately, Feely is shipped off on her honeymoon, and we barely see any of Daffy I missed the usual sarcasm and biting wit that comes with de Luce sister time. There is of Flavia s cousin, Undine, who I admit is growing on me and perhaps Flavia She will be a good companion Flavia, I think Sadly, though, I ve read in several places that this is the last of the Flavia de Luce series If so, this book felt woefully unresolved on several fronts for me The mysteries felt underwhelming, as if the loose ends didn t really tie together I was confused about how it all wrapped up in the end And if this is really the last book, it just didn t seem as if it did our amazing heroine justice Flavia went out with a whimper, not a bang I would have liked to see finality, resolution somehow, instead of some partially ended cases and no real conclusion It just didn t feel like a satisfactory end to what has been an amazing series featuring such a plucky girl who has been through so very much Still, I m really glad I ve had a chance to read this series, and I certainly enjoyed this book and all of Flavia s adventures She s such a fun, unique character, and I can t recommend this lovely series enough 3.5 stars I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review thank you Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Kerstin Gunia Thank you Kristy, I will see what I can find at my public library Your excellent review definitely piqued my interest Jan 27, 2019 02 22AM Deanna Excellent review Jan 27, 2019 11 46PM Sep 29, 2018 Holly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, netgalley Its so nice to catch up with Flavia After the death of her father and her oldest sister getting married, she and Dogger set up their own investigative agency Something is up in Bishop s Lacey and Flavia sets out to find out what Two missionaries from Africa are staying at Buckshaw but Flavia thinks there s something not right about the two ladies Leave it to Flavia to be curious and want to snoop Her and Dogger are quite the team It s no secret that I love Flavia and I m always ready fo Its so nice to catch up with Flavia After the death of her father and her oldest sister getting married, she and Dogger set up their own investigative agency Something is up in Bishop s Lacey and Flavia sets out to find out what Two missionaries from Africa are staying at Buckshaw but Flavia thinks there s something not right about the two ladies Leave it to Flavia to be curious and want to snoop Her and Dogger are quite the team It s no secret that I love Flavia and I m always ready for a new adventure with her I did miss the interactions with her sisters Feely is on her honeymoon and Daphne stays in the library writing reading and we never get a chance of Flavia being with Daphne We do get to see everyone else though Mrs Mullet, Undine, the vicar s wife, and so one Another cute installment in the series Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 14 likesLike see review Sep 20, 2018 Beth Cato rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, ebook, flavia de luce, netgalley, mystery I received this galley via NetGalley To be clear about my excitement about this 10th book in the Flavia series, let it be known that I stalked NetGalley for the past several weeks, checking every few days to see if this book had shown up yet When it did appear, I immediately put in my request When it was approved a few hours later, I squealed with glee.So yeah, you might say my expectations were high The Golden Tresses of the Dead revives all of the best elements of the Flavia books I say th I received this galley via NetGalley To be clear about my excitement about this 10th book in the Flavia series, let it be known that I stalked NetGalley for the past several weeks, checking every few days to see if this book had shown up yet When it did appear, I immediately put in my request When it was approved a few hours later, I squealed with glee.So yeah, you might say my expectations were high The Golden Tresses of the Dead revives all of the best elements of the Flavia books I say that, as some of the past books have been somewhat off for me and my mom, who is also hooked on these books This series is at its best when Flavia is at home at her family estate of Buckshaw, rolling about the nearby village of Bishop s Lacey on her beloved bicycle steed, Gladys This book uses that setting to the fullest, bicycle and all I should add that even an off Flavia book is a fantastic read and still better than the average book As I said a few paragraphs up, my expectations run high for this series.This book doesn t begin with a murder, but with a surprise in the wedding cake of Flavia s sister The action picks up from there as Flavia and her loyal family bat man, Dogger, acquire a client for their new discreet investigations business There are dark plots, dead bodies, and of course, chemistry work in Flavia s lab I m charmed at how Flavia is maturing in such a realistic way It s especially funny to see her interactions with her cousin Undine, who is essentially Flavia s Mini Me Flavia gets a taste of her own medicine, there.If you ve been disillusioned by some of the recent Flavia books, pick up with this one It will restore your faith If you re like me, and loyal to Flavia through all, rejoice This book will deliver fresh baked delight courtesy of the Buckshaw Aga with a dash of murder and justice flag 12 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Jeanette rated it liked it So Flavia 10 is fun Much funnier than the last few, for sure I could have given it a 4 stars for the growth aspect of a few pages in which Flavia has the thought that hits her similar to St Paul being struck off his horse on the road to Damascus for a dawning of understanding that she does and will need other people If not now, eventually.Saying that the plot is silly to ridiculous is why I can t go 4 stars after all is said and done though Funny, filled with spoof type and hidden cavi So Flavia 10 is fun Much funnier than the last few, for sure I could have given it a 4 stars for the growth aspect of a few pages in which Flavia has the thought that hits her similar to St Paul being struck off his horse on the road to Damascus for a dawning of understanding that she does and will need other people If not now, eventually.Saying that the plot is silly to ridiculous is why I can t go 4 stars after all is said and done though Funny, filled with spoof type and hidden cavity enclaves boot of a car, behind a bed or bench, scrunched up behind a potting shed shelf etc galore Undine and Flavia almost continually seeking a bolt hole or two And for another reason, as well Because regardless of all the church association going to volunteer events Flavia is virtually an orphan and everyone of relationship by blood is obscured, than secondary Dropped out of the picture for all intents and purposes And that made me feel cheated Entirely Because they helped make the best of this series.And it actually IS All said and done that is Finito This is the last Flavia he says he ll write Although after expanding upon that intent, it was also denied But IMHO, Alan Bradley painted himself into a corner about 3 books ago In than one way this and the other last few books, but especially this one is cored both in eyes and in lyrical prose upon the event of universal death How we all die and all else dies and that nature or chemistry physics continue to what directions it will and may Dark humor always as alteration of life forms and are there changed forms of after body is a relentless truth And therefore the following is what I think about the finale itself in its particulars.Enjoyable Great fun often hilarity with language and especially metaphor delights she was an elderly sparrow etc etc etc abound Flavia becomes full blown as the owner and the director diva of Buckshaw itself Dogger is free to release at least half of his than considerable skills and past exploits And the resulting team association business they have deployed is mighty It becomes not at all cartoon like but of a universal them such as in graphics works of classics comics Relentless purpose thrives Of course it dwells within experiments of great chemistry some quite complex in Uncle s lab and also within and between the folks of Bishop s Lacey Also Flavia comes eye to eyeball against another who is as directive and intrepid as she.Daffy gets all the reading she wants 90% out of sight and not taking company and Feely is off on her honeymoon and for foreseeable futures Both of which make Flavia giddy.But best of all, Gladys has core use, gets a true rehabilitation and restore and escorts both Flavia and Undine to what and where and why Some of the paragraphs of metaphor, reaction, description are pure 5 stars I hope Alan Bradley can continue his flip within some other series, or even better yet and probably much compatible to some future superior situation comedy on the telly That s if comic reaction or comedy outside of condescending ridicule and scorn can survive in our future correctness at all And no less than in our media or entertainment of public view.4 full stars for all the laughs and reread pages in this one And a full 1 2 star for the rat But overall just a 3.5 stars and certainly not as good as Flavia in the first 3 to 5 books Never innocent, but still always literal flag 11 likesLike see review View all 5 comments May 17, 2018 Elyse rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves free net galley ebook arcs, 2019 a z author challenge, 2019 a z title challenge, 2019 netgalley arcs challenge, 2019 publication, 2019 winters respite readathon, 2019 challenge, 2019 mount tbr challenge, genre mystery thriller NetGalley ARC.Word is that this will NOT be Flavia s last adventure phew Now that that is out of the way I haven t listened to a Flavia audiobook since Speaking from Among the Bones but I still have Jayne Entwhistle s charming Flavia voice in my head She s delightful, listen to the audiobooks Arthur W Dogger Associates swoon I LOVE Dogger and Flavia so so much Everyone seems to have moved on fairly well from the traumatic events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew d Feely s g NetGalley ARC.Word is that this will NOT be Flavia s last adventure phew Now that that is out of the way I haven t listened to a Flavia audiobook since Speaking from Among the Bones but I still have Jayne Entwhistle s charming Flavia voice in my head She s delightful, listen to the audiobooks Arthur W Dogger Associates swoon I LOVE Dogger and Flavia so so much Everyone seems to have moved on fairly well from the traumatic events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew d Feely s getting married, Daffy s working on her memoirs, and Flavia, along with Dogger, has opened an amateur investigative firm Oh and Undine is still hanging around But she may have potential There was a whole lot of sleuthing going on in this book I didn t know which end was up, it was very convoluted There are some beautiful quotes that I will share on pub day, from my uncorrected proof I hope they still made it into the finished product flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 04, 2019 Sophia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 audio challenge, 2019 coyer winter, 2019 new release challenge, audio books, historical mystery suspense, review requests Flavia s sister, Ophelia, is getting married and not even a macabre incident gets in the way Flavia is interested in this incident than caring about her sister s marrying and moving on Then, the detective agency she and Dogger, her father s former valet, open has their first customer But, it isn t long when a case to find missing letters turns into a murder investigation I have been meaning to try this series for a long time And, in retrospect, jumping in at book ten was not a great id Flavia s sister, Ophelia, is getting married and not even a macabre incident gets in the way Flavia is interested in this incident than caring about her sister s marrying and moving on Then, the detective agency she and Dogger, her father s former valet, open has their first customer But, it isn t long when a case to find missing letters turns into a murder investigation I have been meaning to try this series for a long time And, in retrospect, jumping in at book ten was not a great idea, but luckily, I did just fine I can see how this series progressed on the personal story front over the course of the series so I definitely will be going back.Now, as to The Golden Tresses of the Dead, I had a great time getting to know Flavia the twelve year old wonder at poisons, chemistry, and solving crime, Dogger whose dark past and sharp mind make him a stalwart aid to Flavia, and the rest of the regular cast around Buckshaw the de Luce house and the nearby village Flavia and Dogger are engaging characters and Flavia s wit and cleverness are tempered with humor and joie de vivre because she enjoys detecting and doing her chemical analysis She has lost both parents since her father s death not long before, but it was not like she was ever close to him or the rest of her eccentric family Dogger respects her as a partner and he is an adult that she can also respect and feel a connection with and look after in her own way because of his PTSD from a wartime POW situation he endured It s tough on her being intelligent that almost everyone around her Her bookworm sister still remaining at home can give her a run for her money, but she prefers hanging out in the library and writing her memoirs None of the de Luce sisters are affectionate or close I saw shadows of Holmes and Mycroft in that dynamic which I loved.I loved the English country setting and the modern historical time period of the twentieth century for this one The added element of a few players having just come back from equatorial Africa having met Albert Sweitzer as missionaries that the vicar s wife asks Flavia to put up at Buckshaw, a group of cricket playing school lads staying at the vicarage one of which forms a connection with Flavia, along with a few other colorful characters into quack medicine lent an interesting dynamic.The mystery was not an easy one with a few twists and turns and plenty of suspects The motive was obscure as were several clues until they were dug up in the latter half of the book so my accurate guess was really just that a guess based on very little fact.This was my first occasion to enjoy the narrative work of Jayne Entwhistle, but she was sensational voicing Flavia s young teen girl voice, other young folks including boys, several other characters, and even a German accent in the mix She caught onto Flavia s excitement and even her melancholy with good timing and emotion I hope she narrated the whole series so I can catch of her work as Flavia.All in all, this was fabulous and I can t believe I waited so long to try this series Flavia is young, but this is not a YA Fans of historical mysteries are the target group.My thanks to Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition 12 year old Flavia is back with another crime to solve this time when a severed finger is found in her sister s wedding cake Precocious chemist whiz kid Flavia and wise mentor Dogger are on the case I love everything about this great team, their shenanigans, banter and clever reasonings Bradley is a master of witty dialogue and distinctive turn of phrase Thanks to Random House Ballentine for the ARC in exchange for my honest review Bradley never disappoints flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 28, 2019 Julie rated it really liked it review of another edition Quite simply, I loved it Flavia is on top form and I truly enjoyed her detective work with Dogger and the camaraderie that they share Narrator Jane Entwistle voices Flavia perfectly flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Wendi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, england, fiction, mystery, netgalley So now we do definitively see here have the final Flavia And it is quite flat for me I m never going to complain about a heavy focus on Dogger, which the tenth and final book in the Flavia series gifts us Same with Gladys, who acted in the same endearing way she always does But they were the only two characters other than Flavia herself who were the most present originals Flavia is virtually an orphan in this story, which is likely intentional and a pointed gesture to her growing up So now we do definitively see here have the final Flavia And it is quite flat for me I m never going to complain about a heavy focus on Dogger, which the tenth and final book in the Flavia series gifts us Same with Gladys, who acted in the same endearing way she always does But they were the only two characters other than Flavia herself who were the most present originals Flavia is virtually an orphan in this story, which is likely intentional and a pointed gesture to her growing up and how her life is changing, but it just felt to me like the rest of her family was unceremoniously ushered off the stage too early Undine flashes in and out but I never liked her, have mostly chosen to ignore her, and she s a recent addition anyway It felt like when you watch a television sitcom or drama and while you finish it all out, afterwards you realize that by the end they d rotated the majority of the original cast out and it all just leaves you feeling bitter and sad and slightly cheated Back when I reviewed 9 The Grave s a Fine and Private Place , I indicated that that one may have been the final in the series and I remember feeling like I was quite fine with that I liked where that one ended and it was bittersweet and lovely and finely ended I still feel that way This one, while I acknowledge has much of the same characterizations and lovely writing readers have grown to love, felt like well, it felt a bit like a contract being fulfilled, without much thought given to it being the last book It felt like one of the three stars in the middle of the series that I didn t regret reading, certainly, but was unmemorable and not quite fulfilling everything I ve come to love about bright and dark and witty Flavia Random House generously provided an ARC The book is released on January 22, 2019 Should you read it, particularly if you ve read the entire series Certainly why not, if you ve come this far And it s not as if there aren t fantastic moments with Flavia and with Dogger and the two of them together Just, unfortunately, don t expect it to be as good of an ending to the series as 9 was flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Megan rated it liked it review of another edition In this 10th installment life for Flavia is full of changes The most noticeable is her sister Feely s marriage The subtle is changes in Flavia herself as she is on the verge of becoming a teenager Never fear though, Flavia is still a girl that loves chemistry and solving crimes Imagine her excitement when a human finger is found in her sister s wedding cake She views it as the perfect first case for her and Dogger to investigate, which unsurprisingly leads to the inevitable tangled and In this 10th installment life for Flavia is full of changes The most noticeable is her sister Feely s marriage The subtle is changes in Flavia herself as she is on the verge of becoming a teenager Never fear though, Flavia is still a girl that loves chemistry and solving crimes Imagine her excitement when a human finger is found in her sister s wedding cake She views it as the perfect first case for her and Dogger to investigate, which unsurprisingly leads to the inevitable tangled and sinister mystery.As for a rating I have mixed feelings As usual I enjoyed the writing style and characters It s always fun to spend time in Flavia s head In this case, her confusion over her pendulum of emotions such as confidence to uncertainty, or joy to deep sadness felt realistic and relatable It s also great that Flavia now has Dogger as a full time partner in crime solving that she can confide in However, I felt rather indifferent about the actual mystery While the science was fascinating, I never was overly concerned with figuring out what was going on Even when the mystery was explained, the motives and chain of events weren t very clear to me.Overall, it was a good continuation of the series, but I doubt it would be a compelling read to someone who hadn t read the first 9 books Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Ballantine for providing me with a digital review copy flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 11, 2018 Alisha rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ongoing series I always enjoy an excursion into the world of Flavia de Luce, the chemistry whiz kid and mystery solver extraordinaire of rural 1950 s England The mystery in this installment took a back seat to the characters and there were really only two to focus on, Flavia, and her father figure crime solving partner Dogger These two interact beautifully, and Flavia continues to mature emotionally in small ways as she s growing up.The book did suffer a bit from feeling TOO focused on just Flavia and Dogge I always enjoy an excursion into the world of Flavia de Luce, the chemistry whiz kid and mystery solver extraordinaire of rural 1950 s England The mystery in this installment took a back seat to the characters and there were really only two to focus on, Flavia, and her father figure crime solving partner Dogger These two interact beautifully, and Flavia continues to mature emotionally in small ways as she s growing up.The book did suffer a bit from feeling TOO focused on just Flavia and Dogger Flavia s cousin Undine is there, but her moments lack a certain punch Also, there is too little of Flavia s sisters Granted, the oldest one has just gotten married and is simply absent for most of the book But even Daphne, though physically present, feels very vague I miss Flavia s family and extended family.That said, I did enjoy the book and found the writing witty and interesting Examples Great music has much the same effect upon humans as cyanide, I managed to think It paralyzes the respiratory system I have noticed that it s the same with all petty officials Once they catch you breaking a rule they lecture you, not just until the cows come home, but until the cows have eaten dinner, hauled on their flannel pajamas, climbed into bed, listened to a bedtime story, put out the lights, and drifted off to sleep to dream of pastures new Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the digital review copy flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Carolyn rated it really liked it review of another edition It is always a pleasure to find a new book in the Flavia de Luce series This may not be the strongest book in the ten book series, but the characters and plots are so unique each one is a joy to read Twelve year old Flavia is a chemistry expert, with a particular fascination for poisonous substances She is also a sleuth and busybody She is focused and not as annoying as in previous books but seems to be growing conceited from all her talents and success Life has become dull for Flavia It is always a pleasure to find a new book in the Flavia de Luce series This may not be the strongest book in the ten book series, but the characters and plots are so unique each one is a joy to read Twelve year old Flavia is a chemistry expert, with a particular fascination for poisonous substances She is also a sleuth and busybody She is focused and not as annoying as in previous books but seems to be growing conceited from all her talents and success Life has become dull for Flavia at Buckshaw manor With both parents dead, her sister Fenny s wedding and sister Daffy absenting herself in her room to read and write her memoirs, Flavia is becoming bored Luckily, she has Dogger, her late father s friend and handyman gardener, as a partner in their new detective agency Dogger s talents are a revelation He seems to match Flavia in knowledge of chemicals, and when aware of them keeps her worst impulses in check He displays a wonderful way of conducting interviews in criminal investigations I enjoyed her annoying younger cousin, Undine She is like a little, unrestrained Flavia mini me She has a lot of potential Maybe a book featuring Undine as Flavia matures and grows up Nothing gives Flavia greater joy than discovering a murdered body and searching for clues before the local police solve the crime At Feeny s wedding reception the new bride is shocked and hysterical when she cuts into the cake and sees a severed finger Flavia is delighted to now have a new crime to investigate and convinces Feeny that she was mistaken in what she saw A woman becomes their new detective agency s first client, requesting them to track down some missing letters she says were stolen from her This leads Flavia and Dogger to discover a body, dead from poisoning The investigation is convoluted but clues are found which lead them to a conspiracy of medical fraud A mystery set in the 1950s in a small English village with idiosyncratic characters and unusual crimes Recommended The child sleuth chemist is always a delight flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Joyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio, gentle read, historical, humor, mystery, science, sense of times I ve listened to and enjoyed the entire series, and it s a series for which I always look forward with great anticipation to the next entry This one is particularly satisfying because, with the establishment of Arthur Dogger Associates, the investigation firm that Flavia s father s valet and gardener has set up, we glimpse the Flavia s future, solving cases with no end in sight Here too Bradley expands the role and character of Undine, Flavia s young and equally precocious cousin She s I ve listened to and enjoyed the entire series, and it s a series for which I always look forward with great anticipation to the next entry This one is particularly satisfying because, with the establishment of Arthur Dogger Associates, the investigation firm that Flavia s father s valet and gardener has set up, we glimpse the Flavia s future, solving cases with no end in sight Here too Bradley expands the role and character of Undine, Flavia s young and equally precocious cousin She s less of an irritation and even shows the possibility of being an asset in investigations Maybe This is another lovely cozy mystery, despite the killings and Flavia s perhaps inappropriate glee in poisons and rather ghoulish pursuits Lots of period details 1950s in English Midlands small town life but with a 12 year old who now owns the family home and spends her time solving crimes and becoming an annoyance, rather than a quirky and companionable asset, to local police Humor abounds, sometimes in situations but often in characters and certainly in Flavia s distinctive flair with language, particularly alliteration If I call it old fashioned, I mean that in the best possible way Certainly the setting qualifies, but really it has that lovely feel and is totally satisfying in the way it engages readers and immerses us in another time and place, where things do work out, despite difficulties along the way flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Renae Davis rated it it was amazing Flavia de Luce, the twelve year old chemist and amateur detective with better than an average brain, is eager to turn professional She and her father s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia s wedding reception After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and be Flavia de Luce, the twelve year old chemist and amateur detective with better than an average brain, is eager to turn professional She and her father s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia s wedding reception After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out the bridal cake contains a severed human finger Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring, and the slope of the fingernail, she ll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim but also point a finger at a killerI love this series but I have mixed feelings As usual I enjoyed the writing style and characters It s always fun to spend time in Flavia s head In this case, her confusion over her pendulum of emotions such as confidence to uncertainty, or joy to deep sadness felt realistic and relatable It s also great that Flavia now has Dogger as a full time partner in crime solving that she can confide in However, I felt rather indifferent about the actual mystery While the science was fascinating, I never was overly concerned with figuring out what was going on Even when the mystery was explained, the motives and chain of events weren t very clear to me flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 16, 2018 Fran rated it really liked it review of another edition Flavia is back and better than ever It is an adjustment, having the formerly reticent Dogger as such a vocal main character, but the relationship between them is delightful as always The mystery was sound and I enjoy the recent story arcs much than the previous outlandish spy tangent flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Kristen Beverly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves received from publisher After finding a finger in Ophelia s wedding cake, Dogger and Flavia team up to investigate As they investigate foul events are afoot Can Dogger and Flavia figure out who dun it before anything else bad happens Dogger comes to life in this latest installment of the Flavia de luce series and that is really fun to see It is a very mystery driven plot and not so much on the character development side for Flavia, which I had been enjoying in the last few books Nevertheless, Alan Bradley nev After finding a finger in Ophelia s wedding cake, Dogger and Flavia team up to investigate As they investigate foul events are afoot Can Dogger and Flavia figure out who dun it before anything else bad happens Dogger comes to life in this latest installment of the Flavia de luce series and that is really fun to see It is a very mystery driven plot and not so much on the character development side for Flavia, which I had been enjoying in the last few books Nevertheless, Alan Bradley never disappoints with his Flavia books flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Angie Boyter rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Flavia goes pro When I burst out laughing just reading the description of a book, I have high hopes for an enjoyable read Of course, since I have read the nine previous Flavia de Luce novels, I would have high hopes already And I will leave you in suspense no longer The Golden Tresses of the Dead is a fine continuation of the adventures of twelve year old Flavia de Luce, amateur chemist and no longer amateur detective The book, narrated by Flavia herself, opens with two major life events F Flavia goes pro When I burst out laughing just reading the description of a book, I have high hopes for an enjoyable read Of course, since I have read the nine previous Flavia de Luce novels, I would have high hopes already And I will leave you in suspense no longer The Golden Tresses of the Dead is a fine continuation of the adventures of twelve year old Flavia de Luce, amateur chemist and no longer amateur detective The book, narrated by Flavia herself, opens with two major life events Flavia and family retainer Dogger have formed the private inquiry firm of Arthur W Dogger Associates, and Flavia s older sister Ophelia better known as Feely is getting married The tone is set for the wedding when the groom himself sings a beautiful solo by Franz Schubert, which leaves Flavia breathless and causes her to reflect that Great music has much the same effect upon humans as cyanide It paralyzes the respiratory system Such good feeling cannot last long, however, and a bizarre event at the reception launches Dogger and Associates into their first investigation Almost immediately, though, their caseload doubles when they are approached by their first real client, Mrs Anastiasia Brocken Prill, the daughter of a renowned homeopathic doctor She hires them to recover some stolen letters, but their search soon leads them to a body And a nursing home, and graveyards, and the tale of the London Necropolis Railroad There are lots and lots of apparently loose ends, but Arthur W Dogger Associates pursues the connections and ties everything up in a neat denouement that is a bit outlandish but completely in line with the tone of the story As always, Flavia is able to take advantage of her extensive knowledge of chemistry and her great uncle Tarquin s chemistry apparatus and library, and Dogger contributes significantly with his Sherlockian powers of observation There is the usual supporting cast Flavia s trusty sidekick, her bicycle Gladys, is around to provide the lift she needs in her investigation, and many of the townspeople we know from earlier books are back, like her cousin Undine, the vicar s wife Cynthia Richardson, and Inspector Hewitt Feely is gone, though, off on her honeymoon, and Flavia surprises herself by missing her sister very much Musings like this show a depth to our heroine s character that is often lacking in humorous mysteries.Humor abounds, and I made a marginal note early on that the book has way too many fun passages to highlight When housekeeper Mrs Mullet tells the sad story of a townswoman of her acquaintance, Er usband run off with a tart from the Bunne Shop the day after they got ome from their oneymoon in Hastings , Flavia cannot resist replying, If it were me, I d have run off with an apple pie The word is that this will be the last Flavia de Luce book, and as the book ends there is no foreshadowing of what may lie ahead for Dogger and Associates On the other hand, there is also no indication that Flavia and her companions will not continue to have the adventures that delight her many fans I know I am not ready to say farewell to Flavia, but if I must I would agree with her closing thoughts, It is pleasant to think that we have in this way or that, for better or worse reached out and touched one another That, in the end, is what chemistry is all about, isn t it And that is what a good book is all about, also.My thanks to Netgalley for an advance review copy of this book flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 22, 2018 Sarah Booth rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was an advance reader s copy that happened to purloin with limitless glee as this is my favorite series and I had searched for it for quite a while and had co workers keep an eye out for it for me I love our heroine Flavia and the way she views the world Tween or is she 13 yet Chemist extraordinaire with wonderful deductive reasoning and a vast array of knowledge she s gleaned from reading and her sisters, she is the complete package.Once Flavia de Luce is involved with a case and This was an advance reader s copy that happened to purloin with limitless glee as this is my favorite series and I had searched for it for quite a while and had co workers keep an eye out for it for me I love our heroine Flavia and the way she views the world Tween or is she 13 yet Chemist extraordinaire with wonderful deductive reasoning and a vast array of knowledge she s gleaned from reading and her sisters, she is the complete package.Once Flavia de Luce is involved with a case and this time she s teamed up with Mr Dogger the family s caretaker as her partner in a genuine business venture under his name I m a bit surprised that Aunt Felicity hasn t put her back in school somewhere, but she s quite the autodidact Two events keep Flavia and Dogger occupied the presence of a finger in Feely s wedding cake and Mrs Prill s request that some missing letters be looked into Add two missionaries being billeted at Buckshaw and the occasionally worrisome presence of Undine and it s another wonderful tale with lines such as The Old Ones This was becoming truly interesting First Poisons, and now malevolent supernatural spirits And it wasn t even ten o clock in the morning Although Miss Lavinia and MIss Aurelia were both in their seventies, and well past the age when most females traipse to the alter, hope still burned eternal, apparently, in their respective withered breasts These two ancient sisters shot off their respective shooting sticks like ancient skyrockets, and fell upon the flowers as hounds upon the fox, clawing and hissing at each other as if it were a catfight rather than a celebration of Holy Matrimony Blows and several shocking words were exchanged It was not a pleasant spectacle To cheer myself up a bit, I began to whistle that silly song about whistling while you work But I found myself wondering if, by whistling about whistling while you work, while you were actually working, you would cause some odd bit of the universe in some unknown dimension, to fold in upon itself rather like a Klein bottle, which has no inside or outside causing you to disappear up your own posterior in a cloud of probably invisible orange smoke I have noticed that it s the same with all petty officials Once they catch you breaking a rule they lecture you, not just until the cows come home, but until the cows have eaten dinner, hauled on their flannel pajamas, climbed into bed, listened to a bedtime story, put out the lights, and drifted off to sleep to dream of pastures new There are wonderful informational paragraphs about Chemistry, Literature and all manner of interesting subjects in a Flavia de Luce story and one feels not only wonderfully entertained but also painlessly educated I can t tell you how much I love these stories Read the first ones though this book could probably stand alone Either way you re in for some enjoyable reading and even enjoyable characters flag 2 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 11, 2018 Lady Jayme, rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook format, murder whodunits Utterly charming and gleefully ghoulish, The Golden Tresses of the Dead is another knockout Flavia de Luce I ve seen this described as being the final book in this series, which is a bit sad but I ll deal with it by restarting the series and reading it all over again The Golden Tresses of the Dead starts off with a momentous occasion Feely is getting married Huzzah However, when the wedding cake is cut, a severed human finger is found inside How deliciously gruesome A church is a wonderf Utterly charming and gleefully ghoulish, The Golden Tresses of the Dead is another knockout Flavia de Luce I ve seen this described as being the final book in this series, which is a bit sad but I ll deal with it by restarting the series and reading it all over again The Golden Tresses of the Dead starts off with a momentous occasion Feely is getting married Huzzah However, when the wedding cake is cut, a severed human finger is found inside How deliciously gruesome A church is a wonderful place for a wedding, surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made and broken at the altar Pure poetry Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations, have had their very first case delivered right to them Flavia neatly pockets the finger for further investigation while Feely is overcome by the vapors Then, right after Feely s wedding day, Flavia and Dogger s newly minted firm receives their very first client The Case of the Clue in the Cake and the Case of the First Paying Client are a go The clues lead Flavia and Dogger on railway adventures to cemeteries, to the lab for testing severed fingers and poisons, and to various places for picking locks and snooping Flavia, of course, is in hog heaven hanging out with Dogger and conducting chemical tests in her beloved laboratory A big plus about this installment is that Flavia returns to Buckshaw and Bishop s Lacey, a setting I definitely missed in the last book And while Feely has moved on to her honeymoon and new life, Undine has of a presence in this book and I enjoy her and Flavia s rivalry Some favorite quotes First poisons, and now malevolent spirits And it wasn t yet ten o clock in the morning I had been quite looking forward to a jolly good old fashioned case of grave robbing I don t know if you ve ever dissected a rat, but to me, there was only one word for it exhilarating Isn t Flavia the absolute best Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Vicki rated it really liked it review of another edition I ve enjoyed every book that I have read in the series I was captivated by the character of Flavia de Luce right from the very first Her character has grown considerably even though she is still only twelve years old.She is still working with her poisons which continue to captivate her but she is also actively solving mysteries as part of the Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations group of two Dogger and herself With the maturing of the group, there has been a change i I ve enjoyed every book that I have read in the series I was captivated by the character of Flavia de Luce right from the very first Her character has grown considerably even though she is still only twelve years old.She is still working with her poisons which continue to captivate her but she is also actively solving mysteries as part of the Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations group of two Dogger and herself With the maturing of the group, there has been a change in how the mysteries are being solved.Dogger has emerged as a kind of Sherlock Holmes type character He seems to the the individual who comes up with conclusions while Flavia is of a Watson type who has access to her laboratory for testing bits and pieces for poison, et al She sits in admiration as Dogger states the case, proposes action, and comes up with solutions He also seems to know the chemical essentials of what Flavia will be testing, so Flavia is relegated to almost a technician status.However, she is still front and center as the character of note in the fun and funny happenings that seem to surround this area of England The character of her cousin, Undine, was a taste of the first Flavia but on steroids Undine is even younger, is rather obnoxious at times, is incredibly smart with a photographic memory and has, for her age, a rather regrettable knowledge of the bad elements of the world.The story is interesting but the solution is just a tad off While the whodunnit is solved, there is no reference to punishment or proof other than Dogger and Flavia s say so Without going into the end, I wish that it was a bit expanded upon While it may be that it would be done in the future, the books do not seem to capture what is decided in the courts at later dates.Still, this is a series that I enjoy and I look forward to the next book If it is the eleventh book in the series or the first in a new one, I will certainly be reading it.I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Lori L She Treads Softly rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley is the very highly recommended 10th Flavia de Luce novel Twelve year old Flavia has formed a private detective agency with Dogger and the two take on their first case and client.Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations, is now in business at Buckshaw Flavia and Dogger discover their first case at her sister Ophelia s wedding in the chapel at Bishop s Lacey How did a severed finger end up in the wedding cake and who does it belon The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley is the very highly recommended 10th Flavia de Luce novel Twelve year old Flavia has formed a private detective agency with Dogger and the two take on their first case and client.Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations, is now in business at Buckshaw Flavia and Dogger discover their first case at her sister Ophelia s wedding in the chapel at Bishop s Lacey How did a severed finger end up in the wedding cake and who does it belong to Then they take on their first client when Anastasia Prill asks them to find some stolen letters belonging to her father The case deepens when something happens to Miss Prill and two missionaries, Doris Pursemaker and Ardella Stonebrook, end up staying at Buckshaw While Flavia and Dogger are applying their detective skills to the cases, Flavia s cousin, Undine, seems intent to be in the way.Flavia is well established as a chemistry prodigy in the series set in 1950s England It s always nice to see a strong female character with a gift for science featured in a novel At this point she is a well developed character and it is entertaining to follow along the plot as she deduces clues, works in her lab, and follows leads to solve the case Flavia and Dogger work great together and it s nice to see him gently helping Flavia I would predict that Undine is going to begin to play a much larger role in the books and will take over Flavia s former bratty persona, as in this outing Flavia is definitely maturing and growing up It almost seems that she is older now and might need another birthday soon.These are all well written novels and are Bradley inserts a fair amount of humor in the narrative that makes these novels even enjoyable than simply a who done it While not YA, all of the Flavia novels are suitable for teens to adults They should be read in order so you have Flavia s whole backstory and family history The word is the Bradley will be continuing the series, so expect cases for Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations in the future.Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random Housetp shetreadssoftly 2019 0 flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 25, 2018 Laura Hill rated it really liked it review of another edition Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion Book to be released on Jan 22, 2019 Writing 4 5 Plot 3.5 5 Characters 3.5 5New word to me deliquescence the process by which a substance absorbs moisture from the atmosphere until it dissolves in the absorbed water and forms a solution Shakespeare s sonnet on grave robbers starts Before the golden tresses of the dead which gives a hint as to the subject matter of this Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion Book to be released on Jan 22, 2019 Writing 4 5 Plot 3.5 5 Characters 3.5 5New word to me deliquescence the process by which a substance absorbs moisture from the atmosphere until it dissolves in the absorbed water and forms a solution Shakespeare s sonnet on grave robbers starts Before the golden tresses of the dead which gives a hint as to the subject matter of this delightful installment of the Flavia De Luce series For those of you who haven t met Flavia before, she is the precocious pre teen with a penchant for poisons and passion for chemistry and now the owner of Buckshaw the somewhat decaying family estate in Bishop s Lacy This episode was internally referred to as the Curious Case of the Clue in the Cake said clue was the finger bone of a recently deceased Spanish guitarist found in Flavia s sister s wedding cake but the digit based investigation uncovers a deliciously evil plot swirling around homeopathic distillations and murder.Bradley s writing is fun every volume is full of arcane references in the fields of literature, history, anthropology, architecture, and of course Flavia s favorite chemistry My favorite line Like a sponge the human brain can only absorb so much before it begins to leak This one is pretty good too Great music has much the same effect upon humans as cyanide, I managed to think It paralyzes the respiratory system You can certainly read this one without the others or really start anywhere you like in the series, though there is a nice progression to going in order flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Kate kate_reads_ rated it really liked it review of another edition I love getting to return to this world and spend time with Flavia If you aren t already a fan of the series, this is the tenth book in the Flavia de Luce series that started with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Flavia is a 12 year old who is very interested in chemistry, poisons and crime investigation It s hard to describe what s so wonderful about this series because for me it isn t much about the individual cases but really is about getting to spend time with Flavia She remind I love getting to return to this world and spend time with Flavia If you aren t already a fan of the series, this is the tenth book in the Flavia de Luce series that started with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Flavia is a 12 year old who is very interested in chemistry, poisons and crime investigation It s hard to describe what s so wonderful about this series because for me it isn t much about the individual cases but really is about getting to spend time with Flavia She reminds me of a pre teen Veronica Mars living in 1952 England always ready for the next case she stumbles across Delightful isn t a word I normally use but it s the best word to describe this reading experience I so often find myself smiling at the pages as I read I love that Flavia can move in the span of a few pages from a serious crime investigation to speeding down the road on her trusty bike Gladys, pretending to be in a submarine The case in this book wasn t my favorite but that didn t take away from my enjoyment at all I can t wait for the next book and the opportunity to continue seeing what Flavia, Dogger, Undine, Gladys and the rest get up to next Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for the advance review copy in exchange for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Gregg Narber rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the 10th of Alan Bradley s Flavia de Luce mysteries I have read Whenever there is a new one, I pretty much drop everything to read the newest Flavia de Luce mystery, as I did with this one it just came out I don t know if these books really have literary merit but they are addictive This was no exception Flavia is a wonderful character with just the right mix of precocity and pre teen naivet I always highly recommend these books and do this one, although it is fun to start t This is the 10th of Alan Bradley s Flavia de Luce mysteries I have read Whenever there is a new one, I pretty much drop everything to read the newest Flavia de Luce mystery, as I did with this one it just came out I don t know if these books really have literary merit but they are addictive This was no exception Flavia is a wonderful character with just the right mix of precocity and pre teen naivet I always highly recommend these books and do this one, although it is fun to start the series at the beginning and watch her grow up I also recommend doing that the first book is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Here, Flavia and Arthur Dogger, a longtime family retainer with whom she agreed to form a professional detective agency at the end of The Grave s a Fine and Private Place 9 get their first client shortly after an embalmed, severed female finger shows up at the reception in her sister Ophelia s wedding cake Dogger gets ever interesting and wise he always was just so here as they unravel a number of related mysteries And we have an orphaned cousin now living with Flavia of whom we can hope to hear of Flavia s small village English setting reminds one of Agatha Christie s Miss Marple, but better I hope Alan Bradley keeps writing these Fun flag 1 likeLike see review Inken I m glad that you like these books, because I started listening to them as audio books, which completely put me off because the reader was so incredib I m glad that you like these books, because I started listening to them as audio books, which completely put me off because the reader was so incredibly bad So I haven t read any of them for quite a while However, reviews like yours, which are so wonderfully enthusiastic, do you make me want to start them up again Jan 27, 2019 08 00PM Jan 29, 2019 Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery Oh happy day Flavia is back and better than ever What a relief this was because after devouring and falling in love with books 1 8, book 9 was a stinker, a dud, a massive let down, the pitsdo I need to go on OK it was really, really crappy.I truly feared that our intrepid and mischievous little chemist was gone for good So I started this book with obvious trepidation but within the first few pages, I knew that Flavia was back in all her precocious glory.Apparently after dialing in the Oh happy day Flavia is back and better than ever What a relief this was because after devouring and falling in love with books 1 8, book 9 was a stinker, a dud, a massive let down, the pitsdo I need to go on OK it was really, really crappy.I truly feared that our intrepid and mischievous little chemist was gone for good So I started this book with obvious trepidation but within the first few pages, I knew that Flavia was back in all her precocious glory.Apparently after dialing in the last book, Bradley sat down and got back in touch with what makes this series so delightful to read It is all there my friends the pithy dialogue, the great characters, many laughs Oh Undine you slay me and a few moments of poignancy that really tear at your heart So, without further ado, rush to your nearest library or bookstore and pick this one up You will be happy you did flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Joan Happel rated it really liked it Flavia de Luce is back In The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Flavia has returned to solve mysteries This time around Flavia has teamed up with her late father s valet, Arthur Dogger, to form a detective agency so her sleuthing can be done officially The action begins at her sister Ophelia s wedding where an unpleasant surprise is found in the wedding cake Then Arthur Dogger and Associates are hired by Anastasia Prill to recover sensitive letters relating to her father s homeopathic practic Flavia de Luce is back In The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Flavia has returned to solve mysteries This time around Flavia has teamed up with her late father s valet, Arthur Dogger, to form a detective agency so her sleuthing can be done officially The action begins at her sister Ophelia s wedding where an unpleasant surprise is found in the wedding cake Then Arthur Dogger and Associates are hired by Anastasia Prill to recover sensitive letters relating to her father s homeopathic practice Flavia and Dogger are soon caught up in an hilarious adventure that includes a dead guitarist, two female missionaries who have just returned from Africa, a retiree who may or may not be faking his own mental deficiencies and the village regulars who pepper this snarky and witty series Fans old and new of these delightful books will rejoice in Flavia s return and relish this new adventure.Thank you to NetGalley for an EGalley of this novel flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Jane rated it really liked it review of another edition I didn t really enjoy reading the last few Flavia de Luce novels, but this latest book is really good Flavia is back at home, and has formed an alliance with Dogger to investigate sensitive matters for clients Their first client is a local woman who believes some very important letters have been stolen Meanwhile, Feely marries Dieter and a finger is found in their wedding cake Poor Feely Flavia is able to convince Feely it was only a vienna sausage so that Feely can head off on her honeymo I didn t really enjoy reading the last few Flavia de Luce novels, but this latest book is really good Flavia is back at home, and has formed an alliance with Dogger to investigate sensitive matters for clients Their first client is a local woman who believes some very important letters have been stolen Meanwhile, Feely marries Dieter and a finger is found in their wedding cake Poor Feely Flavia is able to convince Feely it was only a vienna sausage so that Feely can head off on her honeymoon Flavia and Dogger work brilliantly together solving their client s case and figuring out who would put a finger in Feely s wedding cake The humor is black and both Flavia and Dogger seem to be thoroughly enjoying their collaboration flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 23, 2018 Jenni rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Thanks so much to Netgalley for providing me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I was lucky enough to get the previous book as well, and am happy I didn t have to wait till publication for this one I enjoyed this installment of the series much than the last one I feel like Flavia is at her best when she s at home And I love Dogger, and was glad to see that he is featured even in this episode The mystery was interesting, the chemistry informative, and Fla Thanks so much to Netgalley for providing me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I was lucky enough to get the previous book as well, and am happy I didn t have to wait till publication for this one I enjoyed this installment of the series much than the last one I feel like Flavia is at her best when she s at home And I love Dogger, and was glad to see that he is featured even in this episode The mystery was interesting, the chemistry informative, and Flavia is a delight as always I was also enthralled by Undine her scenes are always fun to read Overall, a really enjoyable series I was sad to read that this is the final book in the series I highly recommend reading all of them flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Alan Bradley 6,505 followers Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute now Ryerson University in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute now Ryerson University in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild His children s stories were published in The Canadian Children s Annual, and his short story, Meet Miss Mullen, was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children s Literature.For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division at both beginner and advanced levels.His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio.He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings Here, he met the late Dr William A.S Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, Ms Holmes of Baker Street This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as a firestorm of controversy.The release of Ms Holmes resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto s Harbourfront His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.His book The Shoebox Bible McClelland and Stewart, 2006 has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr God, This is Anna In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the British Crimewriter s Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce, which has since won the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,the 2010 Dilys Award,the Spotted Owl Award, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has also been nominated for the Macavity, the Barry, and the Arthur Awards.Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats Readers Also Enjoyed

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      • Alan Bradley

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute now Ryerson University in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute now Ryerson University in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild His children s stories were published in The Canadian Children s Annual, and his short story, Meet Miss Mullen, was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children s Literature.For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division at both beginner and advanced levels.His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio.He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings Here, he met the late Dr William A.S Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, Ms Holmes of Baker Street This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as a firestorm of controversy.The release of Ms Holmes resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto s Harbourfront His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.His book The Shoebox Bible McClelland and Stewart, 2006 has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr God, This is Anna In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the British Crimewriter s Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce, which has since won the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,the 2010 Dilys Award,the Spotted Owl Award, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has also been nominated for the Macavity, the Barry, and the Arthur Awards.Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats


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    1. Our little girl is growing up and, frankly, I m glad to see it Flavia is still only 12 years old but life hasn t been kind to her so this is the book where she is allowed to grieve for all the heartaches in her young life Add to that the marriage of her sister Ophelia and Flavia needed this investigation to get her through some tough times Arthur W Dogger Associates, Discreet Investigations tells us all we need to know about where this book is headed Dogger has always been one of my f Our little [...]


    2. THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD starts off with Flavia s sister Ophelia getting married Flavia is delighted when Ophelia discovers a severed human finger in the cake and she rushes away to examine itWhose finger is it to and why has it been placed in the wedding cake READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION


    3. Flavia s sister, Feely, is finally getting married But at the wedding, as Feely and Dieter cut their cake, Feely slices into a human finger How very Flavia It s certainly a case for Arthur W Dogger Associates, with Flavia being the main associate, of course And, not long after, the two are hired by a Mrs Prill to help track down some missing letters Flavia and Dogger barely know where to focus first Then someone else winds up dead with Flavia and Dogger in the thick of things and Flavia s sister [...]


    4. Its so nice to catch up with Flavia After the death of her father and her oldest sister getting married, she and Dogger set up their own investigative agency Something is up in Bishop s Lacey and Flavia sets out to find out what Two missionaries from Africa are staying at Buckshaw but Flavia thinks there s something not right about the two ladies Leave it to Flavia to be curious and want to snoop Her and Dogger are quite the team It s no secret that I love Flavia and I m always ready fo Its so n [...]


    5. I received this galley via NetGalley To be clear about my excitement about this 10th book in the Flavia series, let it be known that I stalked NetGalley for the past several weeks, checking every few days to see if this book had shown up yet When it did appear, I immediately put in my request When it was approved a few hours later, I squealed with glee.So yeah, you might say my expectations were high The Golden Tresses of the Dead revives all of the best elements of the Flavia books I say [...]


    6. So Flavia 10 is fun Much funnier than the last few, for sure I could have given it a 4 stars for the growth aspect of a few pages in which Flavia has the thought that hits her similar to St Paul being struck off his horse on the road to Damascus for a dawning of understanding that she does and will need other people If not now, eventually.Saying that the plot is silly to ridiculous is why I can t go 4 stars after all is said and done though Funny, filled with spoof type and hidden cavi So Flavia [...]


    7. NetGalley ARC.Word is that this will NOT be Flavia s last adventure phew Now that that is out of the way I haven t listened to a Flavia audiobook since Speaking from Among the Bones but I still have Jayne Entwhistle s charming Flavia voice in my head She s delightful, listen to the audiobooks Arthur W Dogger Associates swoon I LOVE Dogger and Flavia so so much Everyone seems to have moved on fairly well from the traumatic events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew d Feely s g NetGalley ARC.Word i [...]


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