The Grave's A Fine and Private Place

The Grave's A Fine and Private Place

Large Print - 2018
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"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."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432847029
Characteristics: 457 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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JCLBreAnnaB Aug 26, 2020

Enjoyed the ride in this Flavia murder mystery! Loved the deepening connection between Flavia and Dogger, a father figure and fellow adventurer. The rare moments of truce between the de Luce sisters are hopeful and endearing. Last page has me intrigued to see what the next novel holds!

Apr 24, 2020

Flavia is on a boating holiday with her sisters when she discovers a skeleton in the river. But who could it be? The village they find themselves in are strangely mum and send her on a jolly goose chase. Flavia is on another case!

sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


How sad that after waiting for so long for the next book in the delightful Flavia de Luce series that I should read it in one sitting! It was impossible to put it down – and now I have to wait for however long again for the tenth, and final book in this wonderful series!

Flavia and her sisters are in the grip of profound grief after the events in the last book transpired. Dogger, their loyal family servant, decides that a diversion is in order and organizes a boating trip for them. As Flavia trails her hands through the water as their punt drifts along, her hand brushes against something. She grabs onto it, thinking it’ll simply be a stinky old fish but when she raises her hand out of the water, she’s holding a head, attached to a body! Oh, glorious day! Just what she needs to get her mind off her sorrow – a mystery to solve.

Flavia pulls out all the stops in this investigation and we’re treated to a marvelous chemistry lesson as she gathers the evidence and analyzes the clues. All the while, she’s putting herself in danger and this time, she just might not escape from it.

Aug 24, 2019

Alan Bradley's Flavia (make sure you say it right - she will let you know), is one of the all time finest detectives in the whole of the English detective genre. Smart. Funny. Outrageous. Absurd. Sad. Hopeful and hopeless. She's always in trouble but always ahead of the game. Bradley has added a wonderful character to the world of detection.

Feb 13, 2019

To hep Flavia and her sister recover from her father's death, Dogger plans a restful holiday in the country. How could it be that Flavia catches a murdered body while boating? Always adventurous, a delight an full of surprises, enjoy the heroine detective.

Dec 29, 2018

*Spoiler Alert* After being disappointed in some of the middle novels, namely which prominent characters have passed away, I feel I am reinstated as a fan of this series after this addition. Flavia is an fantastic representation of what many women are: intelligent and passionate. Her connection with Dogger, in all its subtleties, is powerful. Although Bradley repeats punch-line phrases a few times, which seems to damper the tone (surely with he and Flavia's expertise, there are more ways to express what he has) this book is well worth the read for an original fan. If you skipped some of the middle novels, come back!

nwhite1 Sep 11, 2018

When I picked up the ninth installment of the Flavia de Luce series - my favourite 12 year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and solving murders in 1950s England - I had forgotten that her beloved father had passed away in the last book. I was uncertain about where the story would go and if I'd want to go along for the ride. However, I didn't need to worry. This book did not disappoint. In fact, it was one of my favourites. So much Dogger! And it was great to see the relationship between Flavia and her sisters evolve. If you enjoyed any of the last eight books, you love this one too.

Aug 29, 2018

This book is both hilarious and profound.

Aug 03, 2018

This was my first go at a Flavia de Luce mystery, and for the most part, I found it quite enjoyable. Granted, as others have noted, I was at a considerable disadvantage not having read the previous novels. There was a lot of catching up to do and not much background info was given in this book to go on. But I soldiered on because I found Flavia to be such an interesting character - one minute your typical bratty younger sister and the next being impossibly brilliant (and just a bit smug about it).

The book has flaws. There are indeed confusing loose ends and at the conclusion, one is left with almost more questions than answers. But perhaps such confusion is intentional by the author and offered as a sort of cliffhanger to drum up interest in the next episode.

I will pick up one or two of the earlier books and fill myself in on the history of the characters and their relationships. Then I shall be ready for the next installment.

Jul 12, 2018

If Flavia gets much smarter these books are going to be over my head. I still can't figure out how this 12 year old has accumulated so much knowledge, especially since she doesn't go to school! Although Daphne and Ophelia did not feature much in this book, I enjoyed the change in Flavia's relationships with them from antagonistic to collaborative. I wonder if it will last or will Flavia soon be scheming how to poison their face creams again. I agree with other reviewers that the ending and solution to the mystery was quite convoluted. It was a bit of hard work to figure it out and there were some loose ends which I am hoping will be tied up in the next installment. I can't wait to find out!

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Jun 10, 2018

“We! Dogger and me. The two of us, on the case together.
My heart began to glow like a potbellied woodstove in a logger’s cabin.”

“How I longed to hug him! Not just for thinking of how to provide a makeshift test-tube, but for still thinking of the Rolls as belonging to my late mother.”

“I loved it when Dogger talked like this. It made me feel that we were partners.
That we were equals.
It made me feel grown up and appreciated. It made me feel wanted.”


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