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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Thanks, Petra!Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Melanie
    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...
  • Suzze Tiernan
    While on a getaway trip with Dogger and her sisters, Flavia finds a dead body. Of course she must investigate.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kaethe
    Received a copy courtesy of Goodreads: I love this STEM girl.***I didn't read and/or finish any books for a month. This is the book that broke my draught. For that reason alone or will probably be the new book I read all year.
  • J.S.
    "Have you ever stuck your hands into the pockets of a corpse? Perhaps not. I myself have done it on only a couple of occasions, and I can tell you that it's not always the most pleasant of occupations."Flavia and her sisters are enjoying a lazy river trip (actually, they're bored to death by it) when they happen to float by the church where 3 elderly spinsters were poisoned by their priest two years earlier. As Flavia drags her hand in the water,...
  • Jenny
    Thank you Random House and NetGalley for the digital ARC. Flavia is back! Oh, how I missed her! This new adventure picks up six months after the last book ended. Flavia and her sisters have been dealt a rough blow and it's up to Dogger to help them through it. It's nice to see Dogger play a bigger role in the books. He's been under-utilized in past outings. Without giving anything away, I look forward to what future adventures await Flavia, her s...
  • verbava
    do i enthuse too much? very well, then, i enthuse too much.флавія каже ці слова, коли ловить себе на захопленій розповіді про ціаністий калій і його ефекти, і, мабуть, саме так можна описати мій захват від книжки. у нас із флавією є слабкості: її зачаровують отрути й покійни...
  • Danette
    Flavia is back! Loved seeing more of Dogger. The ending is wide open for another sequel. Read in an evening. 2018 - A book published in 2018
  • Shiloah
    Nooooooo! Why did I have to devour it wholly and so quickly?! This was Mr. Bradley’s finest in the series. Every page a delight. You get the full Flavia-no holding back. I loved it! 💗
  • Sherrie
    Flavia is at the top of her game and the family has a great adventure. Yaroo!!
  • Denice Barker
    I think we are missing the point on Flavia DeLuce. I recently read an article in the Jan./Feb. 2018 issue of Smithsonian magazine titled Girl Power. The article itself featured Madeline L'Engle and the impact A Wrinkle in Time had on giving girls the power. She is quoted as saying, "I'm a female, why would I give all the best ideas to a male?" The article highlighted in a side bar a list of heroines. Rebels with a cause. Girls who are brave and s...
  • Beth Cato
    I received an ebook from the publisher via Netgalley.I adore the Flavia series. It is one of my all-time favorites, and my expectations are so high at this point, it can be difficult for each new book to live up to them. That said, I found this 8th entry in the series to be slightly weaker... though it is still an excellent mystery. I don't think there is such a thing as a bad Flavia book!I will skirt around spoilers, and state that the de Luce f...
  • Angela
    Four stars for the sheer pleasure of reading another Flavia mystery. It was a bit loose and manic, but terrific fun, as always. However,......not exactly a spoiler but........ something you may not be pleased to know:Is this The End??! Say it isn't so. The last page contains a symbolic rainbow of promise for a bright future. It is so uncharacteristic of the last thought in a usual Flavia story, yet almost as sad and frustrating, if it means what ...
  • Barb Martin
    Following the sad events in the previous book in the Flavia de Luce series, our poison-loving heroine and her family embark on a holiday. Of course, Flavia discovers a dead body.What follows is typical Flavia de Luce. Lots of chemistry revelations, some misunderstandings about "adult" matters and preening when she finds answers to the murder mystery.What's different this time is that Dogger plans a more overt role in the investigations, and Flavi...
  • lucky little cat
    I never finish one of the Flavia de Luce books without thinking "That should have been better." Just a few of the things I found troubling in this one:Would ever-reliable Dogger really fake a PTSD episode just so he could ride in the front seat with an old crush?Does it bother anyone else that the ever-reliable Dogger is uncomfortably similar to Dorothy L. Sayers' inimitable Bunter, just shamelessly lifted and renamed? Does it bother anyone else ...
  • Jeanine
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Tony Hisgett
    This is not the story I expected when I started the book. In the previous book her father dies and her Aunt Felicity has decided Buckshaw must be sold and Flavia will be ‘carted off’ to London. Before starting the book I assumed these problems would be the focus of the story, but instead there is a fairly insignificant murder.What makes these stories is the clever dialogue, especially Flavia’s internal conversations and her scientific ingen...