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Publisher's Summary

"The world's greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth" (The Seattle Times), Flavia de Luce, returns in a twisty new mystery novel from award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.
In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly, something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia's mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder - although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.
©2018 Alan Bradley (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce." (USA Today)
"Delightful...a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes." (The Boston Globe)
"Longtime series narrator Entwistle knows her characters and deploys their divergent personalities to excellent effect. She also nicely colors other parts, from village undertaker to grand dame, and aces multicharacter conversations. Flavia fans will be delighted." (AudioFile)  
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mothermersnerd on 02-05-18

Flavia is in the thick of it

As usual Flavia finds a conundrum of a death & doggedly works to solve it, this time without the help of her friend Inspector Hewitt. With Dogger by her side she teases out the threads of the tale to solve the mystery. Jayne Entwistle gives voice to the characters as only she can do. A fun tale of daring do & murder most foul.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gail N. on 02-20-18

Poor Flavia Can't Catch a Break

While this story is a vast improvement over "Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mewed", it does not live up to the high bar set by "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie". I liked the closeness Flavia finds with both new and old characters. She is as feisty as ever and even more clever. But the horrors the author contrives for our heroine are to me, quite hard to bear. Still the good news is that we fans have cause to hope for better things ahead.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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