The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse.Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper.Flavia needs to put...

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Title:The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
Author:Alan Bradley
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  • Casey (caseyrosereads)

    4.5 stars rounded up

    After 9 books centered around this precocious main character, you know exactly what kind of story you'll be getting. But it's the familiar (but not formulaic) style and well-loved characters that make me want to return again and again to the world of Flavia de Luce.

    I assume the 9th book is not going to be the first book someone picks up, but if in case you're new to the series, start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and enjoy the adventure from the start. A spoile

    4.5 stars rounded up

    After 9 books centered around this precocious main character, you know exactly what kind of story you'll be getting. But it's the familiar (but not formulaic) style and well-loved characters that make me want to return again and again to the world of Flavia de Luce.

    I assume the 9th book is not going to be the first book someone picks up, but if in case you're new to the series, start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and enjoy the adventure from the start. A spoiler from the end of the last book is coming:

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book given that Flavia's father died at the end of the previous book. What would happen to the three sisters? How would Flavia handle the loss?

    The answer turned out to be a long family vacation led by Dogger, especially meant to keep Feely occupied while she waits for her postponed wedding, and a lot of British stiff-upper-lip.

    As usual, Flavia quickly finds a dead body, and discovers more than one mystery in the town they're visiting. With Flavia's father gone, we get a chance to see just how much paternal and sleuthing influence Dogger has on Flavia.

    Reading these books feels like getting to visit a dear friend you haven't seen in a year, you want to spend time with them for who they've already proven to be, and you want to spend time with them to see who they've become while you were apart. This book ended with a hint at what could be a truly marvelous setup for the final book of the series. If Flavia's suggestion comes to pass, then readers will easily be able to imagine the fulfilled life that Flavia and Dogger will get to carry out long after the last page.

    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an early copy of this book!

  • Judy Lesley

    I received an ARC of this novel through the Amazon Vine Voices program and Delacorte Press. Thank you.

    I am so very pleased to see that book #10 in the Flavia de Luce series is back to 5 star status for me! Alan Bradley has given readers a twelve year old girl and a mystery situation we can fully accept and enjoy. This story picks up six months after the sad ending of the previous story and Flavia, Ophelia, Daphne, Dogger and Mrs. Mullet are suffering under their grief and the rigid decrees from

    I received an ARC of this novel through the Amazon Vine Voices program and Delacorte Press. Thank you.

    I am so very pleased to see that book #10 in the Flavia de Luce series is back to 5 star status for me! Alan Bradley has given readers a twelve year old girl and a mystery situation we can fully accept and enjoy. This story picks up six months after the sad ending of the previous story and Flavia, Ophelia, Daphne, Dogger and Mrs. Mullet are suffering under their grief and the rigid decrees from Aunt Felicity. Everyone's future has been mapped out by that dynamic woman, but nothing says they all have to like it. It is Dogger who manages a holiday, a trip paddling down the river. With lazy days, picnics on the river bank and nights spent in inns along the way. Should anybody be surprised when they come to St.-Mildred's-in-the-Marsh, location of the "Poisoning Parson's" murders, and Flavia finds a dead body?

    This story is brimming full of the innocence and inventiveness of that chemist-cum-detective, Flavia. These people need to heal from their tremendous grief and this story gives each of them a way to do that. The improvised chemical experiments are exactly what I always enjoyed so much in most of the previous stories. In addition, the mystery is very much worth reading as well as giving the reader the opportunity to solve along with those involved. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so glad to have "my" Flavia back.

  • Jenny

    Thank you Random House and NetGalley for the digital ARC.

    Flavia is back! Oh, how I missed her! This new adventure picks up six months after the last book ended. Flavia and her sisters have been dealt a rough blow and it's up to Dogger to help them through it.

    It's nice to see Dogger play a bigger role in the books. He's been under-utilized in past outings. Without giving anything away, I look forward to what future adventures await Flavia, her sisters, and Dogger.

    The major criticism I have of t

    Thank you Random House and NetGalley for the digital ARC.

    Flavia is back! Oh, how I missed her! This new adventure picks up six months after the last book ended. Flavia and her sisters have been dealt a rough blow and it's up to Dogger to help them through it.

    It's nice to see Dogger play a bigger role in the books. He's been under-utilized in past outings. Without giving anything away, I look forward to what future adventures await Flavia, her sisters, and Dogger.

    The major criticism I have of the book is that the ending is incredibly abrupt. The mystery aspect of the plot is somewhat neglected and the characters that are drawn in such loving detail are just swept aside with no real closure.

  • Suzze Tiernan

    While on a getaway trip with Dogger and her sisters, Flavia finds a dead body. Of course she must investigate.

  • Kristy

    In the ninth (! - how is that possible?) Flavia de Luce mystery, we see Flavia away from her home turf, as she and her sisters have been sent away from Buckshaw on a holiday to try to help them recover from the death of their father. But instead (of course) Flavia discovers a dead body. As the gang is boating, she drags her hand along the water, it snags on something and boom - she catches her fingers on a corpse. Only our Flavia! Of course, Flavia isn't content to leave things to the local Cons

    In the ninth (! - how is that possible?) Flavia de Luce mystery, we see Flavia away from her home turf, as she and her sisters have been sent away from Buckshaw on a holiday to try to help them recover from the death of their father. But instead (of course) Flavia discovers a dead body. As the gang is boating, she drags her hand along the water, it snags on something and boom - she catches her fingers on a corpse. Only our Flavia! Of course, Flavia isn't content to leave things to the local Constable. The dead man is named Orlando, and his death leads Flavia into a world of a traveling circus, a famous Canon renowned for poisoning three women, and much more.

    It has all the staples of an excellent Flavia novel-- a strong mystery to unravel and a bunch of clever, witty, and surprisingly uncanny lines from our beloved protagonist. By now, our dear twelve-year-old Flavia has been through a lot. She's more mature, and

    I admit that some of the chemistry in these novels goes over my head (I'm not as smart as Flavia, and I'm completely fine admitting that).

    I've felt protective of her since the first novel, even though the thought of that would anger her more than anything.

    There's a good eclectic cast of supporting characters in this one, including an aged actor, an undertaker's son, and a woman who used to know Dogger. And, of course, we get some appearances from Flavia's ever-suffering sisters, Daffy and Feely.

    Their bond is one of the highlights of the book. I love those two. By now, Flavia and Dogger feel like friends, or even family.

    If you're a fan of Bradley's series, you probably will as well. If you haven't picked up this series, I do suggest starting near the beginning, as you'll form a better bond with the characters. But you will be able to jump in with this book, too, as the mystery stands alone. The ending of this one also leaves me excited and looking forward to what I hope will be book #10.

    I was very excited to receive a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review; this novel is available in the U.S. as of 01/30/2018.

    You can read my review of book #8 in the series

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  • J.S.

    Flavia and her sisters are enjoying a lazy river trip (actually, they're bored to death by it) when they happen to float by the church where 3 elderly spinsters were poisoned by their priest two years earlier. As Flavia drags her hand in the water, she catches something large and heavy. Pulling it

    Flavia and her sisters are enjoying a lazy river trip (actually, they're bored to death by it) when they happen to float by the church where 3 elderly spinsters were poisoned by their priest two years earlier. As Flavia drags her hand in the water, she catches something large and heavy. Pulling it to the surface, it turns out to be a body, and thus begins a new Flavia adventure.

    Flavia is back to her old self in this latest book (I wasn't as impressed by the last 2 books) and chemistry is once again a considerable part of the story. What I enjoy most, however, is the absolutely hilarious comments she makes, and it's the kind of book I'd love to read slowly and savor... but unfortunately, I keep reading as quickly as I can to find out what happened. I thought the end was a bit abrupt (and slightly vague, but maybe that's because I've been reading too many Agatha Christie novels lately) but it was still an enjoyable return to the old Flavia.

  • Petra

    NOTE: I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest review.

    This is a bittersweet story. On the one hand, Flavia is growing up and maturing. It's wonderful to see the person she is becoming emerge. On the other hand, Flavia is changing and that's always a bit sad. Childhood is ending.

    I am enjoying how the relationships between the sisters is being exposed in the last couple of books. Also, Flavia's relationship with Dogger is more focused on and it's a delight to see.

    The mystery is,

    NOTE: I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest review.

    This is a bittersweet story. On the one hand, Flavia is growing up and maturing. It's wonderful to see the person she is becoming emerge. On the other hand, Flavia is changing and that's always a bit sad. Childhood is ending.

    I am enjoying how the relationships between the sisters is being exposed in the last couple of books. Also, Flavia's relationship with Dogger is more focused on and it's a delight to see.

    The mystery is, like always, interesting and fun. Another fun time with Flavia. I loved the chemistry experiments that were rigged up to help solve this case.

    I look forward to more books in future. Flavia's future is very much at a crossroads. With her interests and abilities, she can go anywhere she wants to.

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    Thanks, Petra!

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense.

  • Alisha

    In the latest offering in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, the mystery is a bit of a slow affair, but the characters are as interesting as ever.

    After the events of the previous book, Flavia and family required a bit of a break (no spoilers, of course!). The main strength of this book is to reaffirm the relationships that are important to Flavia, particularly with her father's old best friend Dogger and her sisters.

    When the family is out for a row along the river, they get entangled with...a

    In the latest offering in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, the mystery is a bit of a slow affair, but the characters are as interesting as ever.

    After the events of the previous book, Flavia and family required a bit of a break (no spoilers, of course!). The main strength of this book is to reaffirm the relationships that are important to Flavia, particularly with her father's old best friend Dogger and her sisters.

    When the family is out for a row along the river, they get entangled with...a body. After some, in my opinion, rather too anatomically detailed investigation (this is Flavia, after all, and she has a stomach of iron), the story gets underway and introduces a cast of characters for this riverside town.

    The most interesting one (though given far too little page time) is Hob, the undertaker's young son. He's younger than Flavia and she neatly steps into the role of cool older kid. Not that she overdoes it. But it does allow her to exercise her growing-up skills in a new way that I thought was well done.

    I really liked the brief appearance at the end of one of Flavia's mentors, as it allows the reader to see just what kind of a niche she has now carved out for herself and how she is not the friendless child that she may have imagined herself at the very beginning of the series. Flavia has come a long way in spite of only aging a couple of years. I look forward to seeing what's next.

    ***Thanks to Delacorte Press/Random House through NetGalley for my advance review copy of this!!

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