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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Alan Bradley's mystery novel The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place is the latest in his Flavia de Luce series and sees the twelve-year-old trying to solve a murder mystery.

Alan Bradley

 

In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-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 against her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself as 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. (From Doubleday Canada)

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place is available in January 2018. 

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