The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

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 Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing i...

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Title:The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
Author:Alan Bradley
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1409172880
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:365 pages pages

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place Reviews

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Sep 18, 2017
    While on a getaway trip with Dogger and her sisters, Flavia finds a dead body. Of course she must investigate. ...
  • Kristy
    Jan 15, 2018
    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...
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    Mar 16, 2018
    Not the best of the series, but it was very nice to rejoin old friends. The "Flavia imagines the crime as it happened two years ago" bit was bizarre and didn't work for me. I understand that the author wanted to present an image of it, but I found it unconvincing. The later climact...
  • LJ
    Mar 02, 2018
    First Sentence: I am on my deathbed. Flavia de Luce, her two sisters and Dogger, their loyal family servant, go on holiday to the hamlet of Volesthorpe. Drifting in a boat on the river, hand in the water, Flavia becomes snagged on what she imagines is Hemingway?s great marlin from...
  • JanB
    Mar 14, 2018
    This series remains delightful. I'm a huge fan of Flavia and this, the 9th in the series, was terrific. I love how smart and precocious she is - her snark and wit, and how she employs her love and knowledge of chemistry to solve the crime. Flavia has had some hard knocks in the last fe...
  • Susan in NC
    Mar 18, 2018
    I always enjoy my outings with Flavia, but the last few books have left me concerned where she (or rather, where Alan Bradley), was taking the series. After a heartbreaking tragedy leaves Flavia and her two sisters devastated, Aunt Felicity has swept in from London to restore order ...
  • Kevin
    Mar 18, 2018
    ?possibilities are so much more thrilling than certainties? Warning: I am going to gush. I adore Flavia DeLuce!! Honestly this now 14 year old precocious chemist is someone I wish were a friend or maybe I could be her brilliant uncle...maybe my favorite character in all fict...
  • Kathy
    Feb 04, 2018
    Flavia de Luce is one of the best characters to come along in mystery fiction. I've been hooked on this precocious eleven, now twelve-year-old, since the first book in the series, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia's brilliant mind in chemistry and solving murders has filled ea...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Dec 14, 2017
    Thanks, Petra! Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense. ...
  • Cynthia Egbert
    Mar 14, 2018
    I think Alan Bradley has lost me with this one and it will be my last visit with Flavia de Luce. The mystery made no sense and wrapped up without really wrapping up and the entire book just felt rather ridiculous. I am so disappointed. Yes, we have to suspend belief when we are reading...
  • Ashley
    Mar 13, 2018
    Sigh. When is the right time to give up a long-running series? Last I heard there were only going to be nine books in the series, but this is book nine, and no end in sight*? I'm just not enjoying them like I used to. Which is weird, because I still love Flavia, her family and friends ...
  • Jan
    Mar 03, 2018
    As a fan of this series, I was underwhelmed by book 8. This book could very well be the best yet and sets up the story line for new adventures to come! ...
  • Petra
    Nov 25, 2017
    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. Childho...
  • Alisha
    Nov 07, 2017
    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...
  • Barbara
    May 02, 2018
    This is the ninth addition to the 'Flavia de Luce' series, set in 1950s England. You could read the book as a standalone, but for maximum enjoyment (and minimum spoilers) the series is best read in order. Flavia de Luce is a supremely self-confident twelve-year-old girl who's dee...
  • Sheila Beaumont
    Mar 10, 2018
    This is the ninth entry in Alan Bradley's delightful Flavia de Luce series. As usual, there's a puzzling mystery to be solved, lots of interesting and quirky characters, plenty of suspense, and just the right amount of dark humor. It's 1952 and King George VI has just died, Flavia is n...
  • Cindy Rollins
    Feb 23, 2018
    I literally love these books. I love how Flavia has one set of skills in chemistry, but she is surrounded by poets, too. The matter-0f-fact COE worldview and the nonchalant quoting of scripture always make me smile. I love the pathos and the humor. I love Dogger and I love how this boo...
  • Julie  Durnell
    Feb 06, 2018
    3.5 Stars. This turned out to be not my favorite Flavia mystery. She seems to be borderline ghoul at times! Don't get me wrong I still love her-she is changing though or maturing maybe. Her knowledge of chemistry and other esoteric information is incredible, a child prodigy in essence....
  • Judy Lesley
    Oct 13, 2017
    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 situatio...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Feb 10, 2018
    I remember reading my first Flavia De Luce mystery 4 years ago and being instantly hooked. Everything from the disheveled manor house, the horrid sisters, the housekeeper/cook that cannot really cook nor keep house, the general factotum Dogger? to last but not least Flavia herself, 1...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jan 24, 2018
    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 dis...
  • Jackie
    Feb 08, 2018
    2.5 stars. Just above OK. I love Alan Bradley's series, but this one seemed to drag on and on for most of the book. Too many random events and relationships. I couldn't understand how Flavia ever came up with her conclusions, based on what happenined in the story. The only part I enjoy...
  • Elyse
    Jan 19, 2018
    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 t...
  • Jeanette
    Feb 13, 2018
    Certainly, for me anyway, more entertaining than the last #8 was. But it lost an entire star by not having the plot make any logical or practical sense whosoever. If you like snarky thoughts and self-evaluations at a speed of multiples a second per every situation or interaction wi...
  • Donna
    Jan 30, 2018
    Alan Bradley is a master storyteller. This book is the 9th book in the Flavia de Luce series. I think I like Flavia more and more with each new installment. What I love the most, is how the characters evolve in each book. I'm glad the the author propels them all forward and that the re...
  • Holly
    Mar 26, 2018
    Some books just make you happy because characters have become like friends or family to you.....this series is like that for me. I love Flavia and I hope to hear more from her. ...
  • Casey Frank
    Nov 03, 2017
    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 ...
  • Aleshanee
    Jul 02, 2018
    Mittlerweile ist es ja schon der neunte Band zu der Reihe und ich bin immer noch begeistert von diesem genialen Charakter der Protagonistin Flavia de Luce! Dieses Mal war es nicht ganz so mitreißend wie so mancher Vorgänger, aber trotzdem wieder eine - sehr akribische - aber dennoch...
  • Jess
    Apr 12, 2018
    Gosh. Alan Bradley consistently knocks it out of the park with each addition to his Flavia de Luce series. He writes so eloquently and fills each book with tidbits on chemistry, forensics, music, literature, and then there is the amazing story! I was struck at the end of this one by th...
  • Sarah
    Feb 25, 2018
    I just loved this so much--or more accurately, I love Flavia so much and it's such a pleasure to spend time with her. I didn't totally follow the mystery in this one, but it didn't even matter because being inside Flavia's head was such a delight. I love her curiosity and her mix of ca...