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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place | Alan Bradley
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'The Flavia de Luce novels are now a cult favourite.' Mail on Sunday SUNNY SKIES, SLEEPY WATER ... AND A SINISTER CORPSE. Twelve-year-old Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with friends. 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 corpse is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper. Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the crime and keep her and her friends out of danger. But what could connect the village undertaker, his silent daughter, a canny police Constable and the publican's talented wife?
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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place is the ninth novel in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. Flavia, for those unfamiliar with the series, is a twelve-year-old girl, a chemist, and an incredibly precocious investigator of murders. With her sisters Daphne and Ophelia, her loyal servant and companion Dogger--he served in WWII with Flavia's father, ending up with Mr. de Luce in a POW camp--⬇️

UnabridgedPod and an array of familiar, small town characters from her British village. In book 9, Flavia and her family are traveling and, as often happens, Flavia becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. As she navigates a cast of unfamiliar suspects, Flavia--as narrated by the fabulous Jayne Entwistle, deploys false humility and inner monologue with complete abandon. I love listening to these books SO much. ⬇️ 2w
UnabridgedPod This series is perfect for those who want to dip into a series with familiar characters but books that can stand alone (though of course I recommend listening to them in order!).⠀

Who are you favorite audiobook readers? What books are made better by the audiobook experience?
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SheilaChew
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Just checked out five books for my kindle - you know, just in case I run out of reading material! ❤️📚

rather_be_reading 👏👏 4w
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JoyBlue
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This installment is not among my favorites, but it's good. I especially liked the increased participation of Dogger.

jb72 I‘ve read two of The Flavia books. I really like her. 2mo
emz711 I bought them all too! Paperback though, I did the math on hardcover and couldn't bring myself to do it. Love the rainbow on my shelf 2mo
JoyBlue @jb72 It's so cool to have a young, smart, girl scientist in a series. I wish she had been around when I was growing up! 😁 2mo
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JoyBlue @emz711 I tend to put them on my gift wish lists. I still don't have the 10th book. I'm hoping someone will finally buy it for me this season. 😉 Do you ever listen to the audio editions? Jayne Entwistle narrates them all. 2mo
emz711 @JoyBlue I never have! Any good? 2mo
JoyBlue @emz711 I like them. Occasionally there will be a jarring sound, but I've come to recognize her voices for the recurring characters and I find it comforting in its consistency. I can't remember if I've seen any of her film work. If I do now, I wonder how I'll feel about the comparison. Will I be able to separate it from her Flavia audio? 😂 2mo
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janeycanuck
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I freaking adore Flavia. I didn‘t pick this one up as quickly as I normally would after the way the previous one ended but I was pleasantly surprised at how the story carried on. Flavia continues to delight and Bradley continues to weave the most intriguing mysteries.

Book 10 for #14books14weeks (and the last one I squeaked in during the 14 weeks!)

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janeycanuck
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I‘m taking on the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge - I‘m hoping to finish the first, second and third perils. So I pulled a bunch of titles that‘ll work to pick from over the next two months. #ripxiv #readersimbibingperil

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Catt
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Love! Love! Love! It‘s been a rocky time for our sweet Flavia de Luce and this book had me a bit weepy eyed at the end because Flavia is getting her feet under her. How I love her! I hope Mr Bradley writes us through her whole life until she is a crusty old diabolically fantastic spinster. I shall read each book with glee. (I enjoyed her at my favorite family retreat in Island Park, Idaho—seen here)

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nvhXesq
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A series I often turn to when all else fails. This is obviously one of those connector books & I didn‘t find the actual mystery that interesting, but the way everyone came together was awesome. I‘m excited about the future of the series. #audiobooks #libraries #favoriteseries #cozymysteries

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Plaidsticks
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#cottoncandy #audiobook The ending on this one was a bit weird. I actually went back to listen thinking I missed something, nope, just a bit of a jumpy conclusion.

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Shuga
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Oh my Flavia,. You are such a precocious child. She's smart beyond belief. I love her sometimes the books are a little long winded but there's a learning lesson in them all. Can't wait to get my hands on the newest release

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IndyHannaJones
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(Ignore all the non pretty junk on the table...although the Muse of Nightmares snuck into the photo) Albeit a very windy day, it is also very peaceful. I'm meal prepping something healthy for the weak--while drinking a coke and eating cheezits--and using this cookbook my dad gave me for my 16th birthday to get ready for tonight's dinner. Flavia is telling her story as I chop brussel sprouts, and despite a turbulent world outside, it's lovely.

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IndyHannaJones

As I am listening to this on Audible, I'm having a lot of thoughts. These novels can be long winded and sometimes the murder plot almost feels like an afterthought. That's because these stories are not about murder; they are about Flavia. About how a little girl, in the wake of the world's tragedy of WW2, grows up and is influenced by her own tragedies and experiences. It's really hitting home in this one that Flavia is growing up...

IndyHannaJones You could write a whole damn thesis about this book series and Flavia's growth. 11mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Snowy day reading with my favorite adorable reading companion 📖🐶❤️❄️

JoScho Those sweet eyes ❤️ 12mo
TheBookkeepersApprentice I always think her eyes are just the sweetest ❤️❤️ We just came in from a quick walk in the snow (it‘s getting really cold and the wind is really picking up) so now it‘s time to finish this book! 12mo
elyseh So cute!!! 12mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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So good! Unfortunately wasn‘t feeling my best yesterday-glad to have a doctor‘s appointment to get a second opinion and hopefully figure out what is going on with my health-so didn‘t get to read as much as I would have liked, but am about a third of the way through.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Love this series, and I‘ve got an ARC of the new one coming out on Tuesday!

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GinEyre22
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Last night's #boozeandbooks

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Libby1
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Thank you, Alan Bradley.

This book represents a return to a more light hearted tale for Flavia and co.

Imagine being in a boat. You trail your hand through the water and suddenly catch the jaw of a corpse that has floated to the surface.

It could only happen to Flavia!

Booksnchill Good to hear! 1y
batsy I'm glad to hear it's more light-hearted! I'm going to include it in my year-end reading :) 1y
Libby1 @Booksnchill and @batsy - I was relieved, too. I was glad to laugh, and think it would be a great year end read. Daffy comes into her own a bit here, too, which is delightful. 14mo
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Libby1
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“‘Keep the money,‘ I said. ‘I don‘t take bribes. I‘m not that kind of person.‘

‘What kind of person are you?‘ she asked, and I could see that she was offended.

‘I‘m the kind of person who is going to make a difference in the world,‘ I told her. ‘As soon as I get rid of my braces.‘”

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I love you, Flavia.

LMJenkins She is one of my favorite characters! 1y
Libby1 Me too, @LMJenkins . So funny and brave and brilliant and naive all at the same time. 1y
Cathythoughts Love this quote ❤️👍🏻 1y
Libby1 @Cathythoughts - I can‘t believe I‘ve now read all the Flavia books in print. Hurry up, Alan Bradley! 1y
Libby1 @Cathythoughts - I just checked and the next one arrives in January! 1y
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LauraBrook
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My first Dewey‘s book is all finished! Wonderful as always, this book finds Flavia & Co on a small vacation, where, of course, Ms de Luce finds a corpse in the river. A lovely cast of characters in the town, and involving more of her sisters and Dogger than we‘ve seen before. Such fun to read!

In other news, my house guest is still sleeping, I had to take an hour nap myself, and I‘m stuck between disturbing Chico and reaching a new 📗. 😳

Mdargusch That looks like a tough choice. 😻 1y
Readerann Such a pretty kitty. ❤️🐱 Way to go on finishing a book! 1y
Lcsmcat Kitty! 😻 1y
batsy 😻😻 1y
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LauraBrook
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1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
2. The tagged book. But I‘m looking forward to all the books, really!
3. Dill and garlic cheese curds. Yum!
4. I‘ve been doing the Readathon for over a decade, I‘m mom to a very cuddly 15 y.o. cat, Chico, and I have a friend staying at my house this weekend. Fun distraction!
5. My different thing this time will be sleeping. I fell asleep around 4 AM and am just getting started now, over 2 hrs late! 😳
#readathon

Readerann Dill and garlic cheese curds - well now, that sounds mighty tasty. I have to go out for a bit (dang previous commitment), and am thinking I might have to stop and pick up a little fun snack. I shopped for food early, but then ate all my snacks the last two days! 😬 1y
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Mdargusch
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Flavia de Luce #9 and she is better than ever! While on holiday, she finds a dead body (of course). With help from Dogger and even her sister, Flavia solves another murder using her chemistry skills and knowledge of poisons while her plucky personality shines. I‘m anxious to see where the next installment goes!

suvata Flavia Rocks! 1y
emilyhaldi You‘re on a roll with pictures today 😍 1y
Litsi Wait just one DARN minute! That was the title of onenof my favorite books by Peter S Beagle! 1y
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Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 💚 1y
Mdargusch Interesting! @Litsi I‘m glad I didn‘t tag the wrong book. 1y
Mdargusch Yes! @suvata 👍🏼😁👏🏼 1y
Reviewsbylola I always love these covers! 1y
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Redjewel_7734
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I can‘t get enough of Flavia de Luce. In this story her family is still dealing w/their grief & the impending dissolution of their family when, of course, Flavia finds a corpse. Flavia makes friends w/the locals; there‘s a murdering priest who maybe isn‘t, dramatists, blackmail & so much of what makes these stories great. I 💜seeing more of the Dogger & Flavia‘s relationship & if Flavia‘s idea @ the end is where the series is going, I‘m all in!!!

gossamerchild This is, I think literally, the only series I have managed to keep up with and read as soon as it's published. Flavia is the best! #flaviaforever 1y
Mdargusch This is one of the only series I follow too. I‘m halfway through this book @gossamerchild 1y
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Cedricsmom
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I‘m pretty sure this is the only series I‘ve ever read and I‘m doing it all on audio. Jane Entwistle is Flavia deLuce and I wouldn‘t miss her for all the poisons on the planet. Any other Flavia fans here?

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thea-block
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So many wonderful quotes in this Flavia mystery! I really enjoyed the new perspectives that the new setting brought. It‘s amazing how Bradley can flesh out new characters in such a short book!

If you‘ve never read these mysteries, I heartily recommend the series, especially on audio. Flavia is one of the most clever and spunky characters in fiction today!

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Jamber
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Vocabulary Lesson
Nimbus; page 12
The luminous "halo" that appears surrounding a holy being or Saint.

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mom2bugnbee
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I just love Flavia. That's all.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #24in48 @24in48

Libby1 SHE IS WONDERFUL!!!!! Sorry for appearing to scream at you. That was my attempt to shout it from the rooftops! 1y
mom2bugnbee @Libby1 Haha! No worries! And I love that we're seeing more & more of her humanity & child-ness as the series continues. 1y
suvata 👍🏻 1y
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mom2bugnbee
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Whoop! The new Flavia just came in my library loans! #currentread #currentlyreading

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I really wanted to love this latest in the Flavia de Luce series but it just didn‘t do it for me unfortunately. The behavior of some of the characters didn‘t seem fitting to their personalities in past books. Maybe this was a way of showing their evolvement over the years but it felt like a heavy handed way of steering the series towards another direction. It was still a fast, light read but fell a little flat.

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Librarybelle
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Another fine addition to the Flavia de Luce mystery series! Flavia is on a bit of a getaway when she stumbles across a body...of course. But, there‘s more than meets the eye in this town, and everyone seems to have secrets. Jayne Entwistle once again does a brilliant job narrating the story.

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leahbird
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I collect the Delacorte hardcovers (left) for this series but have been seeing some amazing artwork on alternate editions. These Orion paperbacks (right) are BEAUTIFUL! If they came in hardcover I might have been tempted to swap out by copies.

PS: I'm a totally cover art sucker.

Mdargusch I love them both! 2y
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leahbird
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I am a HUGE fan of Flavia de Luce and every other regular character in these books. They are PERFECTION. The overarching plot is totally compelling too. The individual mysteries in each book are not always as interesting and this one falls into that category a bit. It's not bad but it drags a bit and the resolution feels underwhelming.

However, the narrative ending of this one provides a ton of excitement on what it might mean for the series!

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PrezBookster
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New sign for my happy place! #porchlife #readinginwestracine

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Pamwurtzler
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Yay my #Goodreads display is fixed and I can count my May books. 19 total, 3 of my favorites in the photo. I think I counted 15 women authors, and it was all fiction except for The Year of Living Danishly. #maywrapup #readingresolutions

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Ruthiella
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As a series I love the #colorfulcovers on all the Alan Bradley Flavia de Luce mysteries 🤩 I enjoy looking at them all lined up! #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

BookaholicNatty @Ruthiella this series looks absolutely beautiful on the shelf like that!!! 😍😍😍❤️ 2y
Ruthiella @BookaholicNatty Thanks 😊I honestly do get a lot of pleasure from just looking at them! 2y
BarbaraJean Sooooo preeetty!! 2y
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Ruthiella @BarbaraJean Thanks 😊 2y
inthegreensandblues I've been wanting to try this series, and I think you've just convinced me to go hardcover instead of ebook. 😊 2y
Ruthiella @inthegreensandblues If you like collecting books then these do look lovely on the shelf ! 😀 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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1. Tagged! I love this series.
2. Probably my mom, she read a lot and I can‘t remember not reading.
3. Any time, all day
4. I know I post about Louise Penny all the time, but I love the characters in her books!
#manicmonday

JoScho I still haven‘t read any Louise Penny. 2y
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Leelee08
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Am I the only one that thinks this looks like heaven?😍📚

britt_brooke 😍😍👏🏻 2y
Mommamanzi Oooh I want to live there! 2y
OrangeMooseReads That does look lovely 2y
Craftylikefox 😍😍 2y
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Chronic_Reader
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Mehso-so

Finished up the latest Flavia de Luce novel this evening! I really enjoy the characters in this series, but each book lags a bit in solving the mystery. Despite the so-so/average rating of most Flavia books, I‘ve always been drawn to continue the series. Overall an enjoyable, clever plot with early chemistry forensics from a precocious young girl who‘s quickly growing up and understanding the world.

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CGeorge
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As always I adore Flavia, but I loved the tidbits of Dogger‘s backstory in this one.

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wallacereads
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I am seriously late to the #readathon party but will try to squeeze in a couple hours before bed.

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MaureenMc
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Yet another fun installment in the Flavia de Luce series! I loved getting to know Dogger a bit better, and seeing more of his relationship with Flavia. I‘ve had difficulty in recent years sticking with a series, but that hasn‘t been the case with this one.

dsfisher This was just a lovely addition to the series! 2y
MaureenMc @dsfisher Agreed! 2y
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I practice a specialized kind of witchcraft called thinking. It's a very mysterious power. Quite unknown to the average person.
Common sense not so common. Haha 😉😂

Elle_Skeldon Fantastic! 2y
Louise 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Well stated! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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SeeJulieRead
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A snowy/rainy Saturday afternoon read. What will Flavia get up to this time?

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amma-keep-reading
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I enjoy this series so much! I'm so glad we get to focus on the unique relationship between Flavia & Dogger. Excited for the next installment.

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Jess_Read_This
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5⭐️ Alan Bradley is superb in this 9th installment of the Flavia de Luce series. His detail into forensics, chemistry, and poisons is more intense in this one than others.

A holiday for Flavia doesn‘t mean a reprieve from murder. She is put to the test without her laboratory but is aided by Dogger and a few other new characters. A fantastic mystery with hauntingly poignant moments that will tug on fans of the series heart strings. ❤️🚲🔬⚗️🔍⚰️❤️

Jess_Read_This P.S. Disclaimer: Previously taken pic as I‘m not indulging in wine at 10am.. 😉 #FlaviadeLuce #Whodunit #MysteryLover (edited) 2y
Miss_Kim 😂📖🍷 2y
monkeygirlsmama 🤣 It would have been our little secret. 2y
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Mdargusch Yay! I can‘t wait to read it and I love your photo! 2y
Booksniffer A series I have considered. Thanks for review. 2y
Jess_Read_This @monkeygirlsmama Hehehe! I knew I liked you! You are a soul of discretion! 😂 2y
Jess_Read_This @Mdargusch Thank you!! It was so good. I just adore this series and each installment just gets better and better. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Booksniffer You are welcome! I hope you come to enjoy and love the series as much as I do. It‘s one for me where the regular characters just stole my heart. 2y
thea-block Great review! I‘m so looking forward to reading this one! Just waiting for my hold to come in! 📕 2y
Jess_Read_This @thea-block I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on it when you have read it! I really enjoyed it. It‘s different than the other books too...older yet still the same Flavia. It‘s such an amazing series. 2y
KatieCarpenter I love this series so much! Flavia is goals! (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This @KatieCarpenter Yes!! 🙌🏼 She‘s just the greatest. I‘ve loved every book in this series. 2y
KatieCarpenter @Jess_Read_This me too!!! They are just super! 2y
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PJPeski
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It‘s always fun when a new Flavia de Luce novel appears in the bookstore!

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jz4usc
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This was an excellent read and I loved the main character of Flavia de Luce. I have not read such an enjoyable murder mystery in a long time! I will definitely be reading the others in the series!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 🖐😁 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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jz4usc Thank you! 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy! 2y
ReadingOver50 Yes I have read one book in the series and want to read more 😄 2y
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josie281
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Library hold available today!! Woohoo!

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AngieAvers
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An excellent book. The 9th book in Bradley's Flavia series.Dogger plays a bigger role in it, because he takes the girls on a trip to take a trip. This is an example, for me, of a book that I couldn't wait to finish, but dreaded being finished because I enjoyed it so much. quote: "How could you possibly know that?" "Feminine intuition," I replied. Which was an outright lie. Feminine intuition is no more than an acceptable excuse for female brains.