The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9) by Alan Bradley

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse.Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper.Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three ...

Details The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

TitleThe Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

  • Petra
    NOTE: I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest review.This is a bittersweet story. On the one hand, Flavia is growing up and maturing. It's wonderful to see the person she is becoming emerge. On the other hand, Flavia is changing and that's always a bit sad. Childhood is ending. I am enjoying how the relationships between the sisters is being exposed in the last couple of books. Also, Flavia's relationship with Dogger is more focu...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Thanks, Petra!Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense.
  • Judy Lesley
    I received an ARC of this novel through the Amazon Vine Voices program and Delacorte Press. Thank you.I am so very pleased to see that book #10 in the Flavia de Luce series is back to 5 star status for me! Alan Bradley has given readers a twelve year old girl and a mystery situation we can fully accept and enjoy. This story picks up six months after the sad ending of the previous story and Flavia, Ophelia, Daphne, Dogger and Mrs. Mullet are suffe...
  • Casey (caseyrosereads)
    4.5 stars rounded up After 9 books centered around this precocious main character, you know exactly what kind of story you'll be getting. But it's the familiar (but not formulaic) style and well-loved characters that make me want to return again and again to the world of Flavia de Luce.I assume the 9th book is not going to be the first book someone picks up, but if in case you're new to the series, start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pi...
  • Suzze Tiernan
    While on a getaway trip with Dogger and her sisters, Flavia finds a dead body. Of course she must investigate.
  • Alisha
    In the latest offering in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, the mystery is a bit of a slow affair, but the characters are as interesting as ever.After the events of the previous book, Flavia and family required a bit of a break (no spoilers, of course!). The main strength of this book is to reaffirm the relationships that are important to Flavia, particularly with her father's old best friend Dogger and her sisters.When the family is out for ...
  • J.S.
    "Have you ever stuck your hands into the pockets of a corpse? Perhaps not. I myself have done it on only a couple of occasions, and I can tell you that it's not always the most pleasant of occupations."Flavia and her sisters are enjoying a lazy river trip (actually, they're bored to death by it) when they happen to float by the church where 3 elderly spinsters were poisoned by their priest two years earlier. As Flavia drags her hand in the water,...
  • Jenny
    Thank you Random House and NetGalley for the digital ARC. Flavia is back! Oh, how I missed her! This new adventure picks up six months after the last book ended. Flavia and her sisters have been dealt a rough blow and it's up to Dogger to help them through it. It's nice to see Dogger play a bigger role in the books. He's been under-utilized in past outings. Without giving anything away, I look forward to what future adventures await Flavia, her s...
  • Kristy
    In the ninth (! - how is that possible?) Flavia de Luce mystery, we see Flavia away from her home turf, as she and her sisters have been sent away from Buckshaw on a holiday to try to help them recover from the death of their father. But instead (of course) Flavia discovers a dead body. As the gang is boating, she drags her hand along the water, it snags on something and boom - she catches her fingers on a corpse. Only our Flavia! Of course, Flav...
  • Elyse
    NetGalley ARC.A 3.5 but I rounded to 4 because Flavia! I'e been fortunate enough to get ARCs of books 6-9 through NetGalley but I fully intend to buy this series in paperback when it's complete. I can't believe we're up to #9! I heard Bradley plans on a 10-book series. So this is the penultimate book! :O Nooooo!! Book 8 ended on an extremely shocking, sad note but this book is surprisingly not as sad. The de Luces and Dogger find ways to occupy t...
  • Susan Johnson
    3.5 stars Flavia and her two sisters are trying to deal with the loss of their beloved father. Their busy body aunt tries to take over and redo their lives so they flee with their faithful helper, Dogger, on a short river trip to catch their breath. Almost immediately they discover a dead body and are involved in solving the crime along with a famous murder that happened years ago. The three sisters actually work together and help each other out...
  • Kaethe
    Received a copy courtesy of Goodreads: I love this STEM girl.***I didn't read and/or finish any books for a month. This is the book that broke my draught. For that reason alone or will probably be the new book I read all year.
  • Beth Cato
    I received an ebook from the publisher via Netgalley.I adore the Flavia series. It is one of my all-time favorites, and my expectations are so high at this point, it can be difficult for each new book to live up to them. That said, I found this 8th entry in the series to be slightly weaker... though it is still an excellent mystery. I don't think there is such a thing as a bad Flavia book!I will skirt around spoilers, and state that the de Luce f...
  • Clara
    Alan Bradley's latest Flavia de Luce mystery (#9) is a welcome addition to the series. There are some stunning surprises that shake up Flavia's world in The Grave's a Fine and Private Place. I suspect that Bradley is setting the stage for a "new and improved" scenario, a Flavia 2.0 as it were. I like to see a writer shake things up from time to time, as Bradley does here, but never fear, the headstrong, occasionally conceited, but always good-hea...
  • Robyn
    The Grave’s a Fine and Private PlaceBy Allen Bradley The release date noted as: January 30th 2018First of all my Thanks goes to Random House Books and to Goodreads for the giveaway. This is my first Allen Bradley book that I have read. The first in the series for me, which actually is book number 9 in the series. I will have to go back and start the series at book one; as I am intrigued how the characters started. I am also interested in more a...
  • Shari
    Flavia de Luce is one of my all-time favorite characters. In this one, she, Dogger and her sisters try to take a little vacation to recover from the shock of their father dying and Flavia quickly comes across a dead body in the water. Of course, Flavia has to investigate. What makes this volume a little different from previous volumes is that Flavia has to now be responsible for her sisters and has to figure out what the future for her family is ...
  • Kerry Pickens
    I received a copy of this book from Goodreads as an ARC. I went back and read the first book in the series before I read this one so that I would know what was going on. I was glad that I did that because the series is about a family with a single father and 3 teenage daughters. This book in the series starts after the father's recent death. The main characters is the tales is Flavia, the youngest daughter and a chemistry nerd. I relate to her qu...
  • Denice Barker
    I think we are missing the point on Flavia DeLuce. I recently read an article in the Jan./Feb. 2018 issue of Smithsonian magazine titled Girl Power. The article itself featured Madeline L'Engle and the impact A Wrinkle in Time had on giving girls the power. She is quoted as saying, "I'm a female, why would I give all the best ideas to a male?" The article highlighted in a side bar a list of heroines. Rebels with a cause. Girls who are brave and s...
  • Annie
    Flavia de Luce cannot go anywhere without discovering a dead body. In her ninth adventure, The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, by Alan Bradley, is no exception. Flavia is on a holiday with her sisters and the faithful Dogger when she sticks her hands into a drowned man’s mouth while boating. Her sisters are, naturally, distressed. Flavia and Dogger go right to work. They identify a number of clues before the local constable can even get to ...
  • Linda
    I do love Flavia. I was in a hurry to read this one because of the way that #8 ended - with a shocker. I was hoping for clarification or explanation but there really wasn't one. That didn't diminish my enjoyment of this book. Her relationship with Dogger deepens. Her relationships with her sisters is maturing, although there was another recollection of Flavia getting back at one of her sisters that had me laughing outloud. She has spunk.
  • Leslie
    Nine books into the series, and it's a relief that Flavia is back on English soil (after being sent to a Canadian boarding school). This isn't at her beloved Buckshaw, but it's set in another small English town, and there are some nice improvements in the relationships with her sisters and a tricky mystery, which Dogger helps her solve.
  • Dawn
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was not compensated in any way and my review is entirely my own.I'll be honest, I'm not sure how to review this book. I have loved this series from the start, so to give it any sort of less than glowing praise feels disloyal, somehow. I suppose I will just jump right in with the "bad" so that I can follow it with the "good," because there definitely was still good. Cutting to the chase, I wasn't crazy ab...
  • Laura Hill
    Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Characters: 4#FunFlavia is back! I mean the real Flavia - not the one masquerading as Flavia in the last two disappointing books. Not only does this title bring us back to full-Flaviaciousness but the ending prepares an excellent path forward (no cliffhangers, I promise).If you aren’t familiar with the character, whose motto might be “better detecting through chemistry”, it is summed up nicely by her answer to a young cha...
  • Chaitra
    I love Flavia. It's one of the few series that I've actually caught up on. I have no idea how old she is in The Grave, but I do know that she has grown from her 12 year old self in Sweetness. She has also endured things, but nothing stops her from enjoying a good dead body. She's ghoulish, but incredibly charming in her ghoulishness. I've liked every Flavia book except for The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, and that only because I missed Bishop La...
  • Annette
    It sounds like The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, at number nine, may be the final Flavia de Luce novel. And I am so going to miss her!If you are at all a fan of murder mysteries and haven't experienced Flavia, I strongly encourage you to pick one of these books up. She's a very precocious and intelligent young lady that will keep you in stitches. Any fan of chemistry (and especially poisons) will fall in love.In The Grave's a Fine and Private...
  • Rachel
    I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.Another wonderful chapter in Flavia de Luce's life story! After the horrible aftermath of how the last novel ended (I won't spoil it if you haven't read it yet....) Flavia, Daffy and Feely need to get away from Buckshaw and Aunt Felicity to have a bit of a break so Dogger takes them to a wonderful little town to relax. But of course we all know THAT is...
  • Rebecca
    Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for the advance copy in a giveaway in exchange for an honest opinion!I've made no secret that while I enjoyed the first couple of Flavia books, I ended up not reading the middle books in the series because I struggled with Flavia's precocity. I came back to the series in book 7, and now find her to be, if not exactly charming, an endearing, maddening, familiar character. The Grave's a Fine and Private Plac...
  • Lady Jayme,
    A new Flavia de Luce mystery - now with more bodies! More Dogger! Flavia literally hooks a corpse! Read now to find out how!The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place opens with Flavia and her sisters on a boat with Dogger, listlessly “enjoying” a holiday. Everyone is still grieving what happened in the last book, and the vacation is supposed to take their minds off of it…with mixed results. Flavia trails her hand in the water besides the skiff...
  • Janet
    Book #10 of the Flavia DeLuce series proves that change can be a good thing. Last we met these fine characters, they had just suffered a tragic loss. Now, six months later, they are still unmoored and facing a future dictated by the exacting and less than warm Aunt Felicity. In need of a getaway, Dogger takes the sisters deLuce on a summer boat ride along a quiet village. This turns out to be the answer to their troubles as Flavia manages to get ...