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The Golden Tresses of the Dead

The gripping tenth novel in the cosy Flavia De Luce series

Alan Bradley



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27 August 2019
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I do like a dose of Flavia! Her whimsical mix of naiveté and knowingness, her innocence and incorrigible self-confidence all make for a charming diversion. In this new mystery Flavia and the mysterious Dogger investigate why a severed finger appeared in her sister's wedding cake, and why a local woman was poisoned and of course, by whom. Throw in an assortment of quaint characters, English rural village settings, poison and a sense of jolly fun, and you have another thoroughly enjoyable adventure which will not disappoint Flavia's multitude of fans! Lindy Jones


THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia's wedding reception.

After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out - the bridal cake contains a severed human finger.

Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory. By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring, and the slope of the fingernail, she'll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim - but also point a finger at a killer.
By:   Alan Bradley
Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781409172925
ISBN 10:   1409172929
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   27 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alan Bradley was born into a family of storytellers who never stopped talking about the old days 'back home' in England - for which he is eternally grateful. He is a former professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where he lectured on screen writing. Alan is the author of a memoir, THE SHOEBOX BIBLE in addition to the bestselling Flavia de Luce series. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in the Isle of Man. To find out more, visit www.flaviadeluce.com.

Reviews for The Golden Tresses of the Dead: The gripping tenth novel in the cosy Flavia De Luce series

The Flavia de Luce novels are a cult favourite. - Mail on Sunday Flavia is mercilessly addictive. - Daily Telegraph At once precocious and endearing, Flavia is a marvellous character. Quirkily appealing, this is definitely a crime novel with a difference. - Choice This is a clever, witty and totally gripping read with lots of surprises. - Essentials The 1950s frame is aptly set with a wealth of period details, including the quaint village of Bishop's Lacey, with its vicarage and altar guild, and Flavia's old-fashioned bicycle named Gladys. Despite the novel's patently improbable plot, Flavia's over-the-top use of alliteration and proudly precocious, sesquipedalian vocabulary, along with the thoroughly endearing cast of characters, make this series' tenth installment a laugh-out-loud winner. - Starred Booklist A best-selling international crime author, (...) Alan Bradley is famous for his series of books, featuring the character Flavia de Luce - Manx Independent

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