The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9) by Alan Bradley

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. 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 dead man 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 murder of three ...

Details The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

TitleThe Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

  • Petra
    NOTE: I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest review.This is a bittersweet story. On the one hand, Flavia is growing up and maturing. It's wonderful to see the person she is becoming emerge. On the other hand, Flavia is changing and that's always a bit sad. Childhood is ending. I am enjoying how the relationships between the sisters is being exposed in the last couple of books. Also, Flavia's relationship with Dogger is more focu...
  • Barbara
    This is the ninth addition to the 'Flavia de Luce' series, set in 1950s England. You could read the book as a standalone, but for maximum enjoyment (and minimum spoilers) the series is best read in order. Flavia de Luce is a supremely self-confident twelve-year-old girl who's deeply interested in two things: chemistry and detective work. In her young life Flavia has frequently used her scientific expertise - and native smarts - to solve murders. ...
  • JanB
    This series remains delightful. I'm a huge fan of Flavia and this, the 9th in the series, was terrific. I love how smart and precocious she is - her snark and wit, and how she employs her love and knowledge of chemistry to solve the crime. Flavia has had some hard knocks in the last few books and it was nice to see the relationship between Dogger and Flavia develop in this book. The book's ending is the perfect set-up for where the author will ta...
  • Julie Durnell
    3.5 Stars. This turned out to be not my favorite Flavia mystery. She seems to be borderline ghoul at times! Don't get me wrong I still love her-she is changing though or maturing maybe. Her knowledge of chemistry and other esoteric information is incredible, a child prodigy in essence. Flavia has a lot of discernment, which coupled with Dogger's, they are a fantastic detective duo. Dogger really shines in this story, his vast knowledge is also in...
  • Kevin
    “possibilities are so much more thrilling than certainties”Warning: I am going to gush. I adore Flavia DeLuce!! Honestly this now 14 year old precocious chemist is someone I wish were a friend or maybe I could be her brilliant uncle...maybe my favorite character in all fiction! In a word, delightful!A couple of my favorite quotes from this series..."Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth cultivating as a friend.""Tell them we may not be ...
  • Casey Frank
    4.5 stars rounded up After 9 books centered around this precocious main character, you know exactly what kind of story you'll be getting. But it's the familiar (but not formulaic) style and well-loved characters that make me want to return again and again to the world of Flavia de Luce.I assume the 9th book is not going to be the first book someone picks up, but if in case you're new to the series, start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pi...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: I am on my deathbed.Flavia de Luce, her two sisters and Dogger, their loyal family servant, go on holiday to the hamlet of Volesthorpe. Drifting in a boat on the river, hand in the water, Flavia becomes snagged on what she imagines is Hemingway’s great marlin from “The Old Man and the Sea.” Even more to Flavia’s style, is the discovery that her hand caught in the mouth of a corpse. The dead man was the son of the local chu...
  • Jeanette
    Certainly, for me anyway, more entertaining than the last #8 was. But it lost an entire star by not having the plot make any logical or practical sense whosoever. If you like snarky thoughts and self-evaluations at a speed of multiples a second per every situation or interaction with/ re Flavia, then you will love this one. It's so long in that category that at page 300, with some of the lengthy departures into poetry and symbolism- the entire be...
  • Jackie
    2.5 stars. Just above OK. I love Alan Bradley's series, but this one seemed to drag on and on for most of the book. Too many random events and relationships. I couldn't understand how Flavia ever came up with her conclusions, based on what happenined in the story. The only part I enjoyed was the personal side to the story, Dogger's evolution and the family dynamics between the sisters.
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Thanks, Petra!Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense.
  • Holly
    Some books just make you happy because characters have become like friends or family to you.....this series is like that for me. I love Flavia and I hope to hear more from her.
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    I remember reading my first Flavia De Luce mystery 4 years ago and being instantly hooked. Everything from the disheveled manor house, the horrid sisters, the housekeeper/cook that cannot really cook nor keep house, the general factotum Dogger… to last but not least Flavia herself, 11 year old chemist, lonely and very precocious.Now, imagine my surprise when I recommended this series to a friend and she did not like it because of Flavia. I near...
  • Kathy
    Flavia de Luce is one of the best characters to come along in mystery fiction. I've been hooked on this precocious eleven, now twelve-year-old, since the first book in the series, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia's brilliant mind in chemistry and solving murders has filled each book with a magical presence. The setting, largely at her rundown family estate Buckshaw outside of the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey in the 1950s a...
  • Donna
    Alan Bradley is a master storyteller. This book is the 9th book in the Flavia de Luce series. I think I like Flavia more and more with each new installment. What I love the most, is how the characters evolve in each book. I'm glad the the author propels them all forward and that the reader is getting to know them more and more with each book. The different stories also seem new with each book and aren't falling into the "formulaic" trap that is o...
  • Jan
    As a fan of this series, I was underwhelmed by book 8. This book could very well be the best yet and sets up the story line for new adventures to come!
  • Cindy Rollins
    I literally love these books. I love how Flavia has one set of skills in chemistry, but she is surrounded by poets, too. The matter-0f-fact COE worldview and the nonchalant quoting of scripture always make me smile. I love the pathos and the humor. I love Dogger and I love how this book recognizes that a family has bloomed out of the bitter seeds of the past and now something new is happening. Perhaps the mystery was a bit weak...but spending tim...
  • Sheila Beaumont
    This is the ninth entry in Alan Bradley's delightful Flavia de Luce series. As usual, there's a puzzling mystery to be solved, lots of interesting and quirky characters, plenty of suspense, and just the right amount of dark humor. It's 1952 and King George VI has just died, Flavia is now 12 years old and growing up, she and her older sisters are getting along better with one another, and more is revealed about the wise and mysterious Dogger. This...
  • Alisha
    In the latest offering in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, the mystery is a bit of a slow affair, but the characters are as interesting as ever.After the events of the previous book, Flavia and family required a bit of a break (no spoilers, of course!). The main strength of this book is to reaffirm the relationships that are important to Flavia, particularly with her father's old best friend Dogger and her sisters.When the family is out for ...
  • Judy Lesley
    I received an ARC of this novel through the Amazon Vine Voices program and Delacorte Press. Thank you.I am so very pleased to see that book #10 in the Flavia de Luce series is back to 5 star status for me! Alan Bradley has given readers a twelve year old girl and a mystery situation we can fully accept and enjoy. This story picks up six months after the sad ending of the previous story and Flavia, Ophelia, Daphne, Dogger and Mrs. Mullet are suffe...
  • Jess
    Gosh. Alan Bradley consistently knocks it out of the park with each addition to his Flavia de Luce series. He writes so eloquently and fills each book with tidbits on chemistry, forensics, music, literature, and then there is the amazing story! I was struck at the end of this one by the constant character evolution we see from book 1 to this most recent book 9. This was amazing. I enjoyed the countryside descriptions of the summer holiday Flavia...
  • Kristy
    In the ninth (! - how is that possible?) Flavia de Luce mystery, we see Flavia away from her home turf, as she and her sisters have been sent away from Buckshaw on a holiday to try to help them recover from the death of their father. But instead (of course) Flavia discovers a dead body. As the gang is boating, she drags her hand along the water, it snags on something and boom - she catches her fingers on a corpse. Only our Flavia! Of course, Flav...
  • Ashley
    Sigh. When is the right time to give up a long-running series? Last I heard there were only going to be nine books in the series, but this is book nine, and no end in sight*? I'm just not enjoying them like I used to. Which is weird, because I still love Flavia, her family and friends and assorted hangers-on. But the mysteries and plots just don't do it for me anymore. I find myself having a really hard time keeping my attention on them. Even in ...
  • Susan Johnson
    3.5 stars Flavia and her two sisters are trying to deal with the loss of their beloved father. Their busy body aunt tries to take over and redo their lives so they flee with their faithful helper, Dogger, on a short river trip to catch their breath. Almost immediately they discover a dead body and are involved in solving the crime along with a famous murder that happened years ago. The three sisters actually work together and help each other out...
  • Elyse
    NetGalley ARC.A 3.5 but I rounded to 4 because Flavia! I'e been fortunate enough to get ARCs of books 6-9 through NetGalley but I fully intend to buy this series in paperback when it's complete. I can't believe we're up to #9! I heard Bradley plans on a 10-book series. So this is the penultimate book! :O Nooooo!! Book 8 ended on an extremely shocking, sad note but this book is surprisingly not as sad. The de Luces and Dogger find ways to occupy t...
  • Suzze Tiernan
    While on a getaway trip with Dogger and her sisters, Flavia finds a dead body. Of course she must investigate.
  • Aleshanee
    Mittlerweile ist es ja schon der neunte Band zu der Reihe und ich bin immer noch begeistert von diesem genialen Charakter der Protagonistin Flavia de Luce! Dieses Mal war es nicht ganz so mitreißend wie so mancher Vorgänger, aber trotzdem wieder eine - sehr akribische - aber dennoch spannende Jagd nach dem Mörder.Der Tote taucht wortwörtlich schon auf den ersten Seiten auf und Flavia erhält überraschend von Dogger viel Unterstützung zur Au...
  • Susan in NC
    I always enjoy my outings with Flavia, but the last few books have left me concerned where she (or rather, where Alan Bradley), was taking the series.After a heartbreaking tragedy leaves Flavia and her two sisters devastated, Aunt Felicity has swept in from London to restore order - and see the girls and Dogger off on a short holiday. Of course, Flavia comes across a dead body as they slowly float down river on a boating trip...I couldn’t help ...
  • Sarah
    I just loved this so much--or more accurately, I love Flavia so much and it's such a pleasure to spend time with her. I didn't totally follow the mystery in this one, but it didn't even matter because being inside Flavia's head was such a delight. I love her curiosity and her mix of casual arrogance and admitted naivete about certain matters. Her relationship with Dogger also really shone in this book. I highly recommend this series (start at the...
  • Cynthia Egbert
    I think Alan Bradley has lost me with this one and it will be my last visit with Flavia de Luce. The mystery made no sense and wrapped up without really wrapping up and the entire book just felt rather ridiculous. I am so disappointed. Yes, we have to suspend belief when we are reading, especially a murder mystery, but this one was so haphazard and loosey-goosey that I just could not wrap my mind around it. One of the problems was that there were...
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    Not the best of the series, but it was very nice to rejoin old friends. The "Flavia imagines the crime as it happened two years ago" bit was bizarre and didn't work for me. I understand that the author wanted to present an image of it, but I found it unconvincing. The later climactic bit was also a bit overblown. Don't know how I feel about Dogger and the way the ending points for the future - it's quite different - but we'll see. Enjoyed the nar...