The Golden Tresses of the Dead

The Golden Tresses of the Dead

A Flavia De Luce Novel

Book - 2019
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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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345540027
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 20 cm


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Jun 08, 2019

Another great adventure with Flavia the intrepid detective and brilliant chemist. In this episode, the relationship between Flavia and Dogger develops and I was glad that she has someone watching over her so diligently. Over the series I have enjoyed the love-hate relationships Flavia had with her sisters, but in this book Feely goes off on her honeymoon and Daffy is nearly invisible, so I missed those sibling interactions. Once again the ending is not really tied up in a neat bow and a few questions linger. It's part of the charm of this series and I hope there is more Flavia to read in the future.

Apr 18, 2019

Not my favorite book in the series. Flavia and Dogger are much more developed characters than appear in this book.

noramw Mar 28, 2019

Flavia continues to be a delight! Her sharp, analytical mind paired with her still-vulnerable preteen self and hilarious turns of phrase make her an unforgettable heroine. This latest installment brings her comradeship with Dogger to the fore (a cheer from me) and lets the pair revel in their respective areas of expertise as they investigate poisons, curious medicines, and small town intrigues.

Mar 08, 2019

Bradley's fans of novels about the character, Flavia de Luce, will find his recent novel filled to capacity with cliques, similes, allusions, quotes, chemical names, and definitions of Greek and Latin words. Somewhere amongst this verbiage is a plot. Flavia and Dogger solve 2 murders, but, with all of the above distractions acting as fillers and thus extending the novel, the plot isn't that thrilling. Bradley's fans probably enjoy his books more for his clever use of English and his characterization of the child detective, Flavia, than for the plot. This novel could be read as a stand alone, but the relationships among the characters, which have been built throughout the series, would not be as clear.

Feb 28, 2019

Excellent addition to this marvelous series.

Tigard_AnnieS Feb 28, 2019

While cutting the cake at her wedding reception, Flavia's oldest sister Ophelia discovers a severed human finger. In true fashion Flavia is on the spot and ready to begin an investigation with her partner Arthur Dodger. This installment focuses heavily on their professional relationship, and really, who doesn't want to know more about Dodger? Accessible writing helps the story move along quickly

Feb 03, 2019

Flavia fans will not be disappointed.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 31, 2019

I consider any book that opens with a severed finger inside a wedding cake to be excellent reading, and this was happily the case with this one. I love the Flavia de Luce series -- she has such a distinctive narrative voice (and, omg, if you have never listened to one of these books on audio, you must -- Jayne Entwhistle is a PERFECT Flavia) and yet Bradley has continued to develop her character over the course of the series, as one would expect of a character who was little more than a child when the series began (and is still only a teenager). May there be many more adventures for Flavia to come.

Dec 07, 2018

You obviously need a few more copies of this edition.


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