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The Golden Tresses of the Dead

(Flavia de Luce #10)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective "with better than an average brain," is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia's wedding reception.

After an eventful ceremony with a m
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Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Roberta About a month ago, Alan Bradley was asked in an interview how many books would be in the series and he answered "I don’t think that Flavia or I will…moreAbout a month ago, Alan Bradley was asked in an interview how many books would be in the series and he answered "I don’t think that Flavia or I will ever run out of ideas." He also said "At first, I thought there would be three volumes…then six…then ten. I’ve just completed the tenth, and Flavia still wakes me up in the middle of the night with strange snippets and intriguing insights." (less)

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Judy Lesley
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Our little girl is growing up and, frankly, I'm glad to see it. Flavia is still only 12 years old but life hasn't been kind to her so this is the book where she is allowed to grieve for all the heartaches in her young life. Add to that the marriage of her sister Ophelia and Flavia needed this investigation to get her through some tough times. Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations tells us all we need to know about where this book is headed. Dogger has always been one of my f ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Its so nice to catch up with Flavia:) After the death of her father and her oldest sister getting married, she and Dogger set up their own investigative agency. Something is up in Bishop's Lacey and Flavia sets out to find out what. Two missionaries from Africa are staying at Buckshaw but Flavia thinks there's something not right about the two ladies. Leave it to Flavia to be curious and want to "snoop". Her and Dogger are quite the team! It's no secret that I love Flavia and I'm always ready fo ...more
Beth Cato
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this galley via NetGalley. To be clear about my excitement about this 10th book in the Flavia series, let it be known that I stalked NetGalley for the past several weeks, checking every few days to see if this book had shown up yet. When it did appear, I immediately put in my request. When it was approved a few hours later, I squealed with glee.

So yeah, you might say my expectations were high.

The Golden Tresses of the Dead revives all of the best elements of the Flavia books. I say th
NetGalley ARC.

Word is that this will NOT be Flavia's last adventure!!! *phew*

Now that that is out of the way! I haven't listened to a Flavia audiobook since Speaking from Among the Bones but I still have Jayne Entwhistle's charming Flavia voice in my head. :) She's delightful, listen to the audiobooks!

Arthur W. Dogger & Associates. *swoon* I LOVE Dogger and Flavia so so much. Everyone seems to have moved on fairly well from the traumatic events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. Feely's g
Flavia's sister, Ophelia, is getting married and not even a macabre incident gets in the way. Flavia is more interested in this incident than caring about her sister's marrying and moving on. Then, the detective agency she and Dogger, her father's former valet, open has their first customer. But, it isn't long when a case to find missing letters turns into a murder investigation.

I have been meaning to try this series for a long time. And, in retrospect, jumping in at book ten was not a great id
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ongoing-series
I always enjoy an excursion into the world of Flavia de Luce, the chemistry whiz-kid and mystery-solver extraordinaire of rural 1950's England. The mystery in this installment took a back seat to the characters--and there were really only two to focus on, Flavia, and her father-figure/crime-solving-partner Dogger. These two interact beautifully, and Flavia continues to mature emotionally in small ways as she's growing up.
The book did suffer a bit from feeling TOO focused on just Flavia and Dogge
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
So now we do (definitively: see here) have the final Flavia.

And it is quite... flat for me.

I'm never going to complain about a heavy focus on Dogger, which the tenth and final book in the Flavia series gifts us. Same with Gladys, who acted in the same endearing way she always does.

But they were the only two characters (other than Flavia herself) who were the most present originals; Flavia is virtually an orphan in this story, which is likely intentional and a pointed gesture to her growing up
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
In this 10th installment life for Flavia is full of changes. The most noticeable is her sister Feely's marriage. The more subtle is changes in Flavia herself as she is on the verge of becoming a teenager. Never fear though, Flavia is still a girl that loves chemistry and solving crimes. Imagine her excitement when a human finger is found in her sister's wedding cake! She views it as the perfect first case for her and Dogger to investigate, which unsurprisingly leads to the inevitable tangled and ...more
Renae Davis
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective "with better than an average brain," is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia's wedding reception.

After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and be
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Flavia is back and better than ever. It is an adjustment, having the formerly reticent Dogger as such a vocal main character, but the relationship between them is delightful as always. The mystery was sound and I enjoy the recent story arcs much more than the previous outlandish spy tangent.
Kristen Beverly
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
After finding a finger in Ophelia’s wedding cake, Dogger and Flavia team up to investigate. As they investigate more foul events are afoot. Can Dogger and Flavia figure out who-dun-it before anything else bad happens? Dogger comes to life in this latest installment of the Flavia de luce series and that is really fun to see. It is a very mystery-driven plot and not so much on the character development side for Flavia, which I had been enjoying in the last few books. Nevertheless, Alan Bradley nev ...more
Angie Boyter
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Flavia goes pro!
When I burst out laughing just reading the description of a book, I have high hopes for an enjoyable read. Of course, since I have read the nine previous Flavia de Luce novels, I would have high hopes already…. And I will leave you in suspense no longer: The Golden Tresses of the Dead is a fine continuation of the adventures of twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce, amateur chemist and no-longer-amateur detective.
The book, narrated by Flavia herself, opens with two major life events. F
Sarah Booth
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an advance reader's copy that happened to purloin with limitless glee as this is my favorite series and I had searched for it for quite a while and had co-workers keep an eye out for it for me.
I love our heroine Flavia and the way she views the world. Tween (or is she 13 yet?) Chemist extraordinaire with wonderful deductive reasoning and a vast array of knowledge she's gleaned from reading and her sisters, she is the complete package.

Once more Flavia de Luce is involved with a case and
Lady Jayme,
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Utterly charming and gleefully ghoulish, The Golden Tresses of the Dead is another knockout Flavia de Luce! I've seen this described as being the final book in this series, which is a bit sad but I'll deal with it by restarting the series and reading it all over again.

The Golden Tresses of the Dead starts off with a momentous occasion: Feely is getting married! Huzzah! However, when the wedding cake is cut, a severed human finger is found inside. How deliciously gruesome. "A church is a wonderf
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve enjoyed every book that I have read in the series. I was captivated by the character of Flavia de Luce right from the very first. Her character has grown considerably even though she is still only twelve years old.

She is still working with her poisons which continue to captivate her but she is also actively solving mysteries as part of the Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations group (of two – Dogger and herself.) With the maturing of the group, there has been a change i
Laura Hill
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Jan. 22, 2019.
Writing: 4/5 Plot: 3.5/5 Characters: 3.5/5

New word (to me): deliquescence — the process by which a substance absorbs moisture from the atmosphere until it dissolves in the absorbed water and forms a solution.

Shakespeare’s sonnet on grave robbers starts “Before the golden tresses of the dead…” which gives a hint as to the subject matter of this
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love getting to return to this world and spend more time with Flavia! If you aren’t already a fan of the series, this is the tenth book in the Flavia de Luce series that started with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Flavia is a 12 year old who is very interested in chemistry, poisons and crime investigation. It’s hard to describe what’s so wonderful about this series because for me it isn’t much about the individual cases but really is about getting to spend time with Flavia. She remind
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't really enjoy reading the last few Flavia de Luce novels, but this latest book is really good! Flavia is back at home, and has formed an alliance with Dogger to investigate sensitive matters for clients. Their first client is a local woman who believes some very important letters have been stolen. Meanwhile, Feely marries Dieter and a finger is found in their wedding cake. Poor Feely!! Flavia is able to convince Feely it was only a vienna sausage so that Feely can head off on her honeymo ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks so much to Netgalley for providing me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was lucky enough to get the previous book as well, and am happy I didn't have to wait till publication for this one. I enjoyed this installment of the series much more than the last one. I feel like Flavia is at her best when she's at home. And I love Dogger, and was glad to see that he is featured even more in this episode. The mystery was interesting, the chemistry informative, and Fla ...more
Paula Lyle
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Flavia de Luce continues to be a top-notch detective but her circumstances are changing. Dogger has become her partner in a detective agency. This should allow the series to continue on with a new vitality. Dogger has always been a favorite character and it is good to see him investigating with Flavia. The book starts with Feeley's wedding, but she and Daffy are mostly absent from the plot. I was glad to see Flavia thaw a little towards Undine. She, like Flavia, has had a tough young life and ne ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for an honest review.

The much-loved Flavia is back for the tenth installment, and as with each previous book, she's grown a little. Sure, she's still unsettlingly precocious, but the more responsibility and weight that's settled on her shoulders, the less annoying I find it. There are a lot of characters and elements to the investigation in this book. The ending and the putting together of all the pieces was done really quickly, and
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
With both parents now dead, things are finally moving on in the de Luce house as Flavia's sister, Ophelia, is finally having the wedding of her dreams. But the wedding doesn't even end before Flavia and her new partner, Dogger, get their first case for the newly established, Arthur W, Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations, in the form of a human finger found in the wedding cake! Though only 12, Flavia has already solved her fair share of mysteries in Bishop's Lacey and it isn't long b ...more
Melissa Dee
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flavia de Luce is at it again, with her associate Dogger, of "Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations.” Flavia is a character to inspire and warm the heart of any young woman who has known, since childhood, that she could do a better job of investigating crime than the boneheads who do it regularly in books, on television, and in movies. Flavia’s specialty is chemistry, and her practical chemistry skills are wizard. She is a delight, and if this is your first in the series, yo ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, mystery
My most sincere thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for the chance to read Flavia's newest adventure early and review it.

I adore Flavia - her curiosity, her calculating mind, and her thirst for adventure. I also loved Dogger in this one and how he had a main role. Like Flavia says, he has said more words to other people during this investigation than he's said in all the others combined. Another great case for Flavia - these just keep getting better and better.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, e-books, mystery, cats
This is a new author for me and I understand it is the end of this series. I was lost with the characters as I was unable to connect with them. Regular readers will enjoy the book.
At the wedding of Flavia older sister, Flavia finds a finger in the cake. This started a new adventure for the team of Dogger and Flavia. She learned about the various abilities of the chemicals. They managed to visit an elder person in a retirement home to look for some missing letters. Flavia meets a couple of missio
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was a massive disappointment.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
It doesn't seem that long ago when I read the first newly released Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and now we are on number 10! Flavia is growing up but still solving crimes. Now she's working alongside Dogger as an associate of Arthur W. Dogger & Associates (Discreet Investigations), and I'm loving this fabulous duo. While the mystery part of the book was just OK, visiting with all my favorite characters more than made up for it. More please Mr. Bradley, and th ...more
Laura M
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had a rough time with the last few books in this series, but they have been inching closer to the origins and this one is pretty close to the Flavia I know and love! In this book, Dogger and Flavia open a detective agency. Sadly, their services are required sooner rather than later when a severed finger is found in Feely’s (Flavia’s sister, Ophelia’s) wedding cake. Flavia has a lot to deal with, what with the new agency, a finger without a body, her sister’s wedding and absence from the house, ...more
Theresa Larson
The Golden Tresses of the Dead
By: Alan Bradley
Random House Publishing- Ballantine
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
4 Stars

Like many other Flavia fans, I’ve been anxiously looking forward to reading the latest novel in this series, and the book did not disappoint. Alan Bradley shows the reader the difference between a good writer and a great writer with his writing style. I found myself rereading passages just to enjoy the richness of the writing again.
“I was expecting her voice to be a harsh b
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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

Other books in the series

Flavia de Luce (10 books)
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)
  • Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce, #8)
  • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)