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US: Delacorte, Sep 2016
US Large Print: Thorndike
US Audio: Random House
Canada: Doubleday, Sep 2016
UK: Orion, Sep 2016
Finland: Bazar
Germany: Blanvalet/Penhaligon
Italy:Sellerio
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.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

by Alan Bradley

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

BOOK #8 IN THE 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

“Child detectives can irritate, but Flavia's a winner, a mix of sparky irreverence and wrathful propriety who evades the preciousness endemic to the species.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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

“Mystery fans seeking novels with wit, and immersive English countryside setting, and rich characterizations will be rewarded with this newest entry in the award-winning series. ”
 — LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review

“Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS

“There is such a thing as willing suspension of disbelief brought on by sheer outlandish charm, and that’s what Bradley and some delicious writing have tapped.” 
— LONDON FREE PRESS

"Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce is one of the most amusing female sleuths in mystery fiction, not in the least because Bradley’s humorous narrative style is the best in the business. May Alan Bradley live to be a hundred and write a new book every year, and may Flavia never grow up." — NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

"Flavia's first-person narration reveals her precocious intellect as well as her youthful vulnerability. As she shares the clues leading to the case's conclusion, she offers foreshadowing of what we hope is another chapter from Flavia's world." 
— SHELF AWARENESS, Starred Review

“Readers of all ages will revel in the accomplishments and share in the sorrow of Flaiva, a perennial charmer.” — BOOKLIST

“An eleven-year-old prodigy with an astonishing mind for chemistry and a particular interest in poisons, Flavia de Luce has little to occupy her time in the crumbling manor house she calls home and is reduced to using her talent to wreak revenge against her bullying older sisters. (Ever wonder if you could infuse lipstick with poison ivy?) But when the quaint English village of Bishop’s Lacy starts conveniently coming up corpses, Flavia turns her skills to solving crimes. Whizzing about on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, she collects clues, tracks suspects, and irritates the local law enforcement.” — THE STRAND

“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

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd - coverFlavia returns from Canada to Buckshaw, only to find that her father is in hospital and forbidden visitors, and her dastardly sisters are shunning her. Then she discovers the corpse of a village woodsman in Bishop’s Lacey crucified upside down on a door.

The novel playfully satirizes (without mentioning them or their authors by name) all the old children’s books based on real children -- books that subsequently ruined their lives -- from A.A. Milne to Alice in Wonderland to Peter Pan. One such child exacts revenge (thus the dead body in question).

The book includes a bevy of eccentric characters – some of whom have changed their identities in order to hide away – as well as a number of false leads and annoyances, such as Flavia’s interfering cousin Undine, all of which necessitate Flavia’s many excursions to London and elsewhere, often on her trusty bike Gladys. By the end she has of course solved the crime, but soon after suffers a heartbreaking personal tragedy.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd - UK cover

 

MORE TITLES IN THE FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY SERIES

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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