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The golden tresses of the dead, Alan Bradley

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The golden tresses of the dead
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The golden tresses of the dead
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Alan Bradley
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eng
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"Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop's Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce's sister Ophelia is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. "A church is a wonderful place for a wedding," muses Flavia, "surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar." Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, which has sharpened her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve--not so simple an endeavor with her odious, little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia's wedding cake: a human finger"--
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Loan Stars Favourites, 2019
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Prepare for Arthur Dogger and Associates’ first official case, in which 12-year-old Flavia de Luce finally becomes a professional sleuth, with the able help of family gardener and all-around problem solver Dogger. The roller-coaster ride that transpires begins with tears at the wedding of Flavia's sister, Ophelia, prompted by a severed finger in the wedding cake, and extends to death by poisoning (Flavia’s special area of expertise), even drawing in some sweet lady missionaries from Africa. Ever self-evaluating, Flavia notes her preteen mood swings, which cleverly mirror the puzzling tangles she and Dogger set out to unravel. The 1950s frame is aptly set with a wealth of period details, including the quaint village of Bishop’s Lacey, with its vicarage and altar guild, and ​Flavia’s old-fashioned bicycle named Gladys. Despite the novel's patently improbable plot, Flavia’s over-the-top use of alliteration (“ghastly goings-on at the graveside"") and proudly precocious, sesquipedalian vocabulary (“I delight in deliquescence”), along with the thoroughly endearing cast of characters, make this series' tenth installment a laugh-out-loud winner. Fans of the brainy Flavia, who “dotes on death,"" will also enjoy the precocious child narrators and mysterious, twisty plots that abound in Annie Hartnett's Rabbit Cake (2017) and Maria Semple's Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2012). -- Jen Baker (Reviewed 12/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 7, p30)
  • /*Hall of Fame selection*/ Follow the delightful hijinks of the precocious Flavia and her faithful Dogger as they take on their first case as private investigators. Although this is the 10th Flavia de Luce adventure, it is one of those rare mysteries you don't have to read in series order. -- Abby Hardison, Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC. (LibraryReads, January 2019)
  • /* Starred Review */ A ghoulish question is at the heart of Bradley’s excellent 10th Flavia de Luce novel set in 1950s England (after 2018’s The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place): “How had an embalmed finger found its way from the hand of a dead woman in a Surrey cemetery into the heart of a wedding cake at Buckshaw?” Though only in her early teens, chemistry prodigy Flavia has formed a private detective agency with Arthur Dogger, her late father’s valet, at the family estate of Buckshaw. The discovery at her sister Ophelia’s wedding of the severed digit—which turns out to have come from the corpse of a guitar impresario—presents Flavia and Dogger with her first case. Meanwhile, the sleuths get their first client when Anastasia Prill asks for their help in recovering some sensitive stolen letters relating to her father’s homeopathic practice, an inquiry that turns into a homicide investigation. Bradley, who has few peers at combining fair-play clueing with humor and has fun mocking genre conventions, shows no sign of running out of ideas. Agent: Denise Bukowski, Bukowski Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/19/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 47, p)
  • Flavia de Luce hasn't lost a sister, she's gained a case—and what a case. Whatever tears the preteen chemist/sleuth might have shed over her dislikable sister Ophelia's wedding to Dieter Schrantz, whose career in the Luftwaffe was ended when his plane was shot down by Reggie Mould, the Royal Air Force pilot who's now his best man, are squelched by two more momentous events: the appearance of Anastasia Prill, the very first client of Flavia's professional partnership with Arthur W. Dogger, her late father's valet, and Flavia's discovery of a severed finger stuck into Ophelia's wedding cake. The shared abilities of Flavia and Dogger (The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, 2018, etc.) quickly identify the finger as that of recently deceased guitarist Mme. Adriana Castelnuovo, but the investigation of Arthur W. Dogger & Associates into the theft of the threatening letters focusing on the work of Miss Prill's father, distinguished homeopathic practitioner Dr. Augustus Brocken, hits an unfortunate snag when someone feeds the client a fatal dose of physostigmine. Since Dr. Brocken, whose age-related infirmities have confined him to Gollingford Abbey, can offer no evidence as useful as a complete spoken sentence, Flavia and Dogger are very much on their own—except of course for Flavia's cousin Undine, who's even younger and snarkier than she is, and Doris Pursemaker and Ardella Stonebrook, two missionaries Flavia, now the Chatelaine of Buckshaw, agrees through gritted teeth to accept as guests under pressure from Cynthia Richardson, the vicar's beleaguered wife. Luckily, Flavia's inquiries also lead her to a kindred spirit: Colin Collier, the late guitarist's son, who also turns out to be the late client's nephew. Perhaps the most consistently hilarious adventure of the alarmingly precocious heroine, who's capable of confiding in her readers with a perfectly straight face: "I don't know if you've ever dissected a rat, but to me, there was only one word for it: exhilarating." (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
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10748793
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1938-
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Bradley, C. Alan
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.4.B7324
LC item number
G65 2019
Literary form
fiction
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Series statement
A Flavia de Luce novel
Series volume
0010
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  • De Luce, Flavia
  • Child detectives
  • Murder
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a Flavia de Luce novel
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The golden tresses of the dead, Alan Bradley
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Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780345540027
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(hardback : alk. paper)
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2018039374
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First edition.
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327 pages
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9780345540027
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(hardback : alk. paper)
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2018039374
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