I was thrilled to receive an e-ARC from NetGalley of the eighth Flavia de Luce mystery, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley. The book comes out officially in September. The Flavia de Luce series has been one of my favorite series of all time, and I absolutely love her. The Boston Globe calls her a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes and this is accurate, though they are leaving out her remarkable chemistry skills so maybe some Marie Curie in there would help.
In the latest adventure, twelve-year-old Flavia is home at Buckshaw after being thrown out of her Canadian boarding school. She arrives home to the news that her father is in the hospital with pneumonia, and her sisters are deep in their usual self- obsessions. But don’t worry about Flavia, she quickly finds another dead body, sending her off on a brand new escapade to distract her from being sad and lonely.
The mystery this time involves a reclusive wood-carver, a children’s book author, and all of our favorite townies in Bishop’s Lacey. There are twists and turns and red herrings aplenty, and I laughed out loud more than I have in a long time. The writing is, as always, beautiful; and the humor helps with the fact that very sad things are happening in our young heroine’s life. If you have never read any of these, start at the beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – you will definitely thank me later.
Grade – B+