The Golden Tresses of the Dead
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 fo ...more
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The book did suffer a bit from feeling TOO focused on just Flavia and Dogge ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
"Somewhere, a corner of the universe clicked into place, and the day brightened. I knew that things hereafter were never going to be the same."
The 10th entry in the Flavia de Luce series couldn't arrive soon enough for her ardent fans, which says something about the comforting fun these books continue to provide. This latest frolic doesn't disappoint, provided the reader is fully satisfied with the familair rhythm of a Bradley mystery. ...more
In his latest Flavia de Luce novel, Bradley deftly conjures a Flavia that is at once a young, carefree girl (scampering about on her trusty bicycle, Gladys) and a more mature young woman coming of age. The story begins with Feely’s wedding, which ends rather abruptly, throwing Flavia and her crew into one mystery after another, each seemingly separate, but perhaps tied together in some way. There isn’t quite as much of a sense of urgency to thi ...more
Rumors say that I must, but this is a series that I really hate to let go. The final offering in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries was a satisfying conclusion. I did miss the interaction with despicable sisters but the loathsome cousin Undine did her best to fill in. I am enjoying new antagonisms and perhaps companionship that will evolve between the characters even though I know the developments wi ...more
In the latest entry in the Flavia de Luce series, Flavia and her mentor (and father figure), Dogger, have started a private investigation business. This was a much less dark book than the last few books. Flavia had some cause to celebrate with her oldest sister getting married, but of course there is a mystery to solve, and she and Dogger are on the case with her trusty bicycle Gladys making appearan ...more
Immediately upon cutting the cake, Ophelia discovers someone's bloody finger. And everything snowballs from there. Flavia is thrilled to partner up with Dogger (an amazing man that I could read about for ever), and the ub ...more
I will miss reading this series since this is the final book. I enjoyed Alan Bradley’s similes, his familiarity of historical facts, and his knowledge of human nature and philosophical logic. I especially liked his endin ...more
Author Allan Bradley wisely allows Flavia’s life story to develop, but ...more
I have enjoyed following Flavia in the Alan Bradley series. In this 10th installment, the reader sees the now teenage Flavia begin to mature and take on a more adult approach to matters. She and Dogger form a detective agency and solve their first case. Although she has successfully solved other mysteries by herself, Flavia is now more comfortable collaborating with others.
While this mystery is not dependent on the previous books, it would be helpfu ...more
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I do miss reading about Flavia's extended family, but her dad has since died and the older sister is now off and married. Still another fun read and I always look forward to the witty humor i ...more
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 ...more