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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Book 8 Hardcover – 22 Sep 2016
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Praise for the cosy crime Flavia de Luce Mysteries - perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders: The Flavia de Luce novels are now a cult favourite (Mail on Sunday)
Certain to become a national treasure (Daily Mail)
Delightfully entertaining (Guardian)
Flavia is enchanting (New York Times)
A breath of fresh air to the world of period-piece sleuthing (Independent)
Flavia is mercilessly addictive (Daily Telegraph)
A clever, witty and totally gripping read with lots of surprises (Essentials)
At once precocious and endearing. Flavia is a marvellous character. Quirkily appealing, this is definitely a crime novel with a difference (Choice)
It's like entering the lost world of the Mitford sisters where the girls are allowed to run completely wild (Crime Squad)
Hilarious, eccentric and mischievous (Deadly Pleasures)
Cosy crime historical mysteries featuring Flavia de Luce - the teenage amateur sleuth you'll never forget. Perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.See all Product description
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With her observations of the corpse and its surroundings complete, Flavia sets about delving into the dead man’s life and unearthing various juicy bits of village gossip as well as some little-known family ties. And talking of family, Flavia’s father is in hospital; gravely ill with pneumonia. Although initially set on visiting her father at the earliest juncture, her investigations into the dead man soon take precedence and see Flavia making semi regular excursions to London. I found this somewhat unrealistic. I appreciate that Flavia has always been given a great deal of latitude but swanning off to London seemed implausible to me.
There are some musings about what Flavia will do when she formally inherits Buckshaw as well as some candid observations about her sisters but the main thrust of the story sees Flavia picking apart the dead man’s life and times and deducing how he came to meet his end. For the most part, Flavia’s findings are a joy to follow and there are plenty of nods to chemistry and chemists to keep Flavia in clover.
As in previous books, there is much made of Flavia’s father’s precarious finances. Being that he lives in a manor, is raising three daughters and employs two members of staff, I’ve always found this aspect to be hard to rationalise.
On the whole, an enjoyable romp for Flavia.
What a disappointment! Had this been my first De Luce mystery on audio, (or at all) it would have been my last. the poor delivery totally distracted from the story.
Anyway, i love these stories, they definitely make me want to step into a Tardis or Delorean (which is capable of time travel obvs) and go to that exact place at that exact time :)