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US: Delacorte, January 2018
US Audio: Random House
US Large Print: Thorndike
Canada: Doubleday, January 2018
UK: Orion
UK Audio: W.F.Howes
Finland: Bazar
Italy: Sellerio
Germany: Blanvalet/Penhaligon
Russia: AST

ABOUT ALAN BRADLEY

Alan Bradley (Photo: Jeff Bassett)
(Photo: Jeff Bassett)

Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. The Flavia de Luce mystery series has been sold in 39 territories and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. The books have been bestsellers in Canada, the USA, Germany, Russia, Brazil, China, and Holland, appearing on bestseller lists in The New York Times – where the first two books appeared simultaneously – and Der Spiegel – for four months.

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place

by Alan Bradley

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

THE NINTH BOOK IN THE NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLING FLAVIA DE LUCE SERIES – FROM THE WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD, BARRY AWARD, AGATHA AWARD, MACAVITY AWARD, DILYS AWARD, AND ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD

OVER THREE MILLION COPIES OF THE SERIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

“Series fans will anticipate the details of this investigation, along with one last taste of Flavia’s unorthodox family life.” LIBRARY JOURNAL starred review

“As usual, Bradley makes his improbable series conceit work and relieves the plot’s inherent darkness with clever humor.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review

“This heroine is maturing just fast enough for readers to enjoy keeping up.”
 — THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Despite a climactic attempt on her life, Bradley’s unquenchable heroine brings “the most complicated case I had ever come across” to a highly satisfying conclusion, with the promise of still brighter days ahead” KIRKUS REVIEW


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In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill the empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a river trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had not so long ago dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes against her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself as Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia’s grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If there’s anything that could take Flavia’s mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.


 

PRAISE FOR ALAN BRADLEY'S FLAVIA DE LUCE SERIES

“Delightful…a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.”  — THE BOSTON GLOBE

“[Flavia] is as addictive as dark chocolate.”  — DAILY MAIL

“Alan Bradley has created one of the most endearing protagonists the traditional mystery genre, typified by the works of Agatha Christie, has seen in a very long time … The book is beautifully written, with fully fleshed characters … The descriptions are vivid and lyrical … With this, his third novel in the Flavia de Luce series, Bradley, a Canadian who now lives in Malta, secures his position as a confident, talented writer and storyteller.”  — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Flavia de Luce is still the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.”  — THE SEATTLE TIMES

“Take the precociousness of Harriet the Spy, the deductive reasoning skills of Sherlock Holmes and the chemistry prowess of Marie Curie and you’ll have Flavia de Luce, the adorable heroine of Alan Bradley’s mystery series. ”  — THE WILKES BARRE TIMES LEADER


The Grave's a Fine and Private Place — German edition

 

MORE TITLES IN THE FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY SERIES

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
Book #8
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
Book #7
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
Book #6
Speaking from Among the Bones
Book #5
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
Book #4
A Red Herring Without Mustard
Book #3
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Book #2
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Book #1

      

 

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