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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

(Flavia de Luce #8)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  18,036 ratings  ·  2,518 reviews
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia’s blasted sisters and insufferable cousin un ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Orion
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Shannon Martin Yes! I binge read all 7 Flavia DeLuce books and it is hard to wait for the next one.
Nicole I would suggest reading them in order. You really wouldn't understand a lot of what goes on (especially between Flavia & her sisters) without reading …moreI would suggest reading them in order. You really wouldn't understand a lot of what goes on (especially between Flavia & her sisters) without reading the series in order. And it's also important that her mother's story be read in order.(less)

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Feb 07, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Where is the Flavia TV series, BBC?!?
Primrose Jess
Flavia de Luce. One of my favorite literary sleuths and heroines. (She would most appreciate being called a heroine, I think). In all seriousness, I do simple adore this series. As I've read each book, I love Flavia little bit more... and dare I say even Feely and Daffy. Bradley has created a brilliant evolution in Flavia's character over eight novels. Her intelligence, thirst for knowledge, frank observations on human nature, and deductive reasoning all add to Flavia's charm. The cast of chara ...more
Apr 18, 2016 marked it as to-read
cover and title, you have my attention.

now lemme go read the seven previous books...
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
First a disclaimer, that I love the Flavia de Luce series fare. Immensely. And each and every book, I do laugh and so enjoy Alan Bradley's writing skill re Flavia's thoughts as she is deducing. I especially love her descriptions of comparison in being shocked, or surprised, or physically reacting to extreme dislike or repulsion. Or of experiencing Gladys' functions as she rides in weather. So it was hard for me to rate this one only at 3 stars. It's fully a 3.5 star in character developments for ...more

- I fear our world is changing, Miss Flavia, and not necessarily for the better.

Wise old Dogger utters these prophetic words to Flavia in the first chapter, after she's come home from boarding school to no reception, her pet chicken gone, and her father in hospital with a bad case of pneumonia, no visitors allowed. But for our Flavia, now twelve and shaken up by it all, life goes on as usual mostly. She's pretty free to roam the countryside on her own, and one day discovers a dead body while
Richard Derus
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: Hailed as “a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes” by The Boston Globe, Flavia de Luce returns in a much anticipated new Christmas mystery from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.

In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this eighth book in the 'Flavia de Luce' series, the 12-year-old budding chemist and amateur detective is sent home to England from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy.

Though the story could be read as a standalone, it would be better to have read at least a few of the previous books - to fully appreciate the characters.


Flavia is sent home from school because her father, Colonel Haviland de Luce, is in the hospital with pneumonia. Flavia's sisters (Ophelia and Daphne)......

Flavia is back, and delightfully on home turf at Buckshaw. In rapid order, she's stumbled into another corpse, a slew of interconnected mysteries and a grand new group of eccentrically interesting Brits to investigate. Ah, pure pleasure!

I pondered how slowly this young miss has aged since I first became acquainted with her; in 2009, she first appeared in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, as an eleven year old wild child. Seven years later, Flavia is feeling a much matured twelve - and lit
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Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley.

This was the 8th in the Flavia de Luce series and one of my favorites. The author Alan Bradley is the winner of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, The Barry Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, the Dilys Award and the Arthur Ellis Award for the Flavia de Luce series.

Flavia has arrived home at Buckshaw after her stay at Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada. She arrives to a non existent celebration of her homecoming. Th
Judy Lesley
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: british, mystery
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine.

My rating for this novel is 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 because the writing is definitely better than deserving of only 2.5 stars. Unfortunately for me that's about all I can say that pleased me with this eighth novel in the series. The portions of this novel which caused me to lower my rating are the types of things which would be considered spoilers and I certainly don't want to spoil the book for a
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
My ARC courtesy of Random House and NetGalley - much thanks! The opinions are my own.

A stronger installment than the last - it was good to be back at Bradshaw and Bishop's Lacey.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
I know that I've said this before, but I just want to adopt Flavia and give her all my love. I'm also very happy that she's back at Bishop's Lacey! I didn't mind her so much in Canada but I missed all the secondary characters. It makes a difference when you have the whole gang back. Although, Flavia didn't get the welcome home that she deserved! You could definitely see her mature a little bit more in this book. She's only 12 but she's very smart for her age:) I never can understand any of the c ...more
How to know if you're reading a great book:
-longing and hungry anticipation for the publishing date
-after purchasing running your hands over the book and putting it on your "most-seen" book shelf
-putting off reading it for a week so you don't just open the cookies and eat all the cookies in one sitting
-finally being unable to put it off any longer, you open the book, and read it every possible minute until finished
-a hint of disappointment now that it is over and longing for the next in the ser
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
From Macbeth, by William Shakespeare:
1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the ca
Julie  Durnell
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england-uk, mystery
Reading a new Flavia story is always a treat! The incorrigible chemistry lab ace- girl sleuth has returned to Buckshaw and her unfeeling family, gamboling about Bishop's Lacey on her trusty bicycle Gladys, only to stumble upon a dead man. Nothing uplifts her spirits more than a corpse and to match wits with Inspector Hewitt!
Susan Johnson
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Twelve year old Flavia de Luce is rightly expecting a big welcome when she returns home from boarding school in Canada. She thinks the family will be there with banners and balloons when the ship docks in Southampton and she is excited. Reality is that there's only Dogger, family friend/right hand man, to greet her. Not only that but he has the bad news that her father is in the hospital with pneumonia.

Worried sick and thwarted in her efforts to visit him in the hospital, Flavia decides to vis
(3.5) A return to form after the misguided jaunt to Canada in As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, but not quite as good as The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, the best in the series so far. “It’s amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one’s spirits…murder made me feel so gloriously alive,” Flavia crows. This installment sees her jetting back and forth to London to investigate the mysterious death of a local children’s author. Multiple cases of false identity make for plenty of twists and ...more
Cindy Burnett
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5-4 stars

Flavia is one of my favorite child characters in literature. There are so many great and quirky things she says and does including referring to her bicycle as Gladys and giving the bike human qualities. In Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, Flavia was as much fun as ever, but I felt the story was a little slow at times. I did feel for Flavia with her father in the hospital and no one else to really look after her. The mystery was fine and had a satisfactory resolution, but Flavia is r
Olivier Delaye
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
First time for me to read a Flavia de Luce mystery and certainly not the last. I love her wits and personality, and the plot itself is extremely well-crafted, very reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s novels. A winner from start to finish!
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Flavia receives almost no welcome back from Canada, finds a dead body and solves the case. Bad news for the family at the end. This series is so entertaining. Flavia de Luce is such a character. I love her relationship with Dogger and Gladys (her bicycle ) too!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian-author
Visiting with Flavia is always fun. The audio narrations are wonderful.
I'm glad to see Flavia back in Buckshaw and Bishop's Lacey. It's where she belongs.
I'm really enjoying learning more of the De Luce family as the series progresses. Flavia, Feely and Daffy make a wonderful group. Undine adds to this vibrancy.
Such an ending! Where will the story go now?!
Flavia de Luce is as precocious as ever. Having been kicked out of the Canadian boarding school she is back home at Buckshaw. Upon her return she finds out that life has gone on in her absence. For one thing her beloved Esmeralda the chicken has been turned into soup to nourish her father who now resides in a hospital suffering from pneumonia. Flavia's thoughts are soon occupied by her discovery of a local wood cutter found dead upside down in an apparatus on his door. With her trusty bike Glady ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a return to form after the previous book. Flavia needs to be in Buckshaw, though I did miss the interaction with her sisters this time around. I'm developing a soft spot for that little monster cousin of hers, Undine. Flavia's wit is sharp but mellowing with age and her relationship with Dogger and a few of the other adult characters is wonderful. She's so prickly and unsentimental but she needs the love. Flavia is growing up and learning (more than ever) about the muck and m ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flavia, so good to have you back in England where you belong. As always, it's the pleasure of your company, not the mysteries themselves, that make these novels such a treat. The admixture of brilliance, precocious maturity and flashes of childishness that mean you are unpredictable and utterly charming keep me turning the pages so quickly that I rarely remember the premise of the mysteries you solve from one book to the next. It never matters though -- it's you I'm coming back to spend time wit ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I love this series. They keep ending on a cliffhanger, too. This one made me shed a tear, and then BAM acknowledgements. Really? What sort of torture is this? Now I have to wait for the next book. Well played, Mr. Bradley, well played. In a way, this was fairly easy to figure out, despite being exceptionally convoluted. At the same time, the actual murderer is not as easy to discern. This one also has a lot less science to it, which was a little disappointing. Overall, I definitely recommend it, ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
So far, so good.

Every Flavia de Luce mystery I have read so far has kept my interest, entertained and amused me, and provided me with hours of reading enjoyment.

Flavia is just as resilient and creative as ever. Still loving her chemical experiments, her ‘first love’ continues to be investigating murders and once again she is thrown upon the scene of a suspicious death.

Flavia returns from Canada cautiously expecting a warm welcome from her family, hoping against hope that someone has missed he
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-a-thrill
The Flavia books keep getting better.
I started to figure out a couple of the plot twists well before they were explained, and the mystery itself was not so compelling as the interactions were. It's interesting to analyze Flavia's world: she's on the brink of growing up, and this constantly surprises her. She's starting to understand why you have to do small talk, why it helps to show sympathy to people, and how to be self-controlled. She's gained a few allies in the adult world around her, and
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I’m delighted that after a brief stint in a Canadian boarding school, Flavia is back in her beloved Bishop's Lacey and Buckshaw. As is true with most long-running series, the themes and formulas are similar in each book but they never grow old, because it’s the characters one grows to love. Flavia is charming, precocious, and, as an amateur sleuth, is utterly delightful. I love a 12 year old female protagonist that loves chemistry and is whip-smart.

The mystery this time is rather convoluted and
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Precocious 12-year-old Flavia de Luce has encountered more dead bodies in a single year than most small-town coroners in several years. Flavia, who has just returned home after being ejected from her mother's alma mata in Canada. She discovers that her father is seriously ill in the hospital. Unable to visit him yet, she decides to lift her spirits by visiting the vicar's wife. When she asks if Flavia would deliver a message to a local woodworker, she eagerly agrees. When she arrives, no one ans ...more
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With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where

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