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The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel

Flavia de Luce Series, Book 10
Written by: Alan Bradley
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times).

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister, Ophelia, is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding”, muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” 

Flavia is not your normal 12-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, sharpening her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve - not so simple an endeavor with her odious little moon-faced cousin Undine constantly underfoot. 

But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger. 

Praise for The Golden Tresses of the Dead

“Delightful.... The mysteries in Mr. Bradley’s books are engaging, but the real lure is Ms. de Luce, the irreverent youngster.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“A ghoulish question is at the heart of Bradley’s excellent tenth Flavia de Luce novel.... Bradley, who has few peers at combining fair-play clueing with humor and has fun mocking genre conventions, shows no sign of running out of ideas.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review)

©2019 Alan Bradley (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • Deb
  • 2019-07-01

Young heroine flavia continues to enchant

My husband and I listened to this audiobook during a long car ride cross country. We have both listened to all the previous Flavia deLuce adventures and thoroughly enjoyed them. Flavia, the 13-year old heroine, is precocious, intelligent and very observant but vulnerable as well, an interesting combination. In this one she is beginning to grow up, noticing her own new and unusual thoughts and feelings. Dogger, the deLuce's butler and general handyman, plays a larger role in this novel than in previous stories. and he is an excellent, sympathetic supporter of young Flavia during the solving of this complicated mystery. All in all, a compelling audiobook. Hope Allan Bradley has more of these stories up his sleeve!

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Brilliant

The relationship between Flavia & Dogger is so heart warming! As always the story is woven with such wonder & tremendous insight into the human condition.

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  • Jayne s.
  • 2019-01-24

Newest Alan Brady

The newest Flavia de Luce novel is a superb example of Mr Bradley’s ability to speak as a precocious child. The only problem I had is Dogger is beginning to be so much more eloquent . In prior novels Dogger had too many difficulties to have attained the eloquence that is evident in this novel. However because of the wonderful and fully formed relationship that he and Flávia have, I have little trouble accepting it. I can only look forward to the next Installment. Please keep Flavia front and center, Mr Bradley. It is her acceptance and growing understanding that draws the reader.

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  • Rebecca, the Untangled Writer
  • 2019-01-23

Flavia does it again!

I've listened to every Flavia de Luce novel to date and this one is a good'un. The last couple were not up to Alan Bradley's normal standard, but he's back with this one. The narrator is so perfect for Flavia that I cannot imagine reading the book.

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  • COLLEGEMOM
  • 2019-04-03

A Real Let-Down

I've listened to every one of the FDL novels as audiobooks. Jayne Entwistle's voice always brings a smile to my face and would do so reading the Nightly Business Report. But our esteemed author Mr. Bradley has really let us down this time. Phoned it in. Dropped the ball. It's as if he got behind and his publisher was hounding him so Bradley decided to wrap it up 2/3 of the way through. It needed another 5 chapters, and another pass through the whole book to tighten it up, to be on a par with earlier works. I suppose his dedicated fans will have to read it regardless, but I warn you to lower your expectations.

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  • High Altitude Gardener
  • 2019-02-27

Sublime

The combination of Alan Bradley, Flavia de Luce and Jane Entwistle is simply sublime. This series is one of my all time listening pleasures.

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  • Marily
  • 2019-02-02

A Partnership of vast knowledge

I want another book "spit spat".
I love these books, tongue in cheek humor, enjoyable "words and phrases".
Flavia and all the complicated people of Bishop Lacy are back for such a short interlude. I almost wish I had just discovered these books so I didn't have to wait and wait for the next.

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  • Kathleen S. Renfroe
  • 2019-01-30

Another great Flavia DeLuce

the series continues to be great. i like that the narrator has stayed the same throughout the series as she captures the precociousness of Flavia.

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  • Charlene
  • 2019-08-07

not my favorite

I love how Flavia is growing, maturing, and overall rounding out! there were many scenes in this book, though, that felt repetitive... very unlike her to repeat that, for instance, shock... and question Duggar a second time about him expecting a prank. they had that discussion...
I did, though tear up more than once... so good job 😀

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  • cjbrown
  • 2019-08-04

What a awesome det. Agency!

F. And D. Made a pair fit to compare to Watson and Homes but more human.

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  • Laurie Freeman
  • 2019-06-21

Perfection.

Another excellent tale in the series. Can't wait for the next story. Love that Flavian.

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  • Sara E. James
  • 2019-06-16

Better than the previous installment

I found this case to be more interesting than the previous one. I felt I missed a few connections during the final wrap-up, though. it was nice to see the often mentioned Inspector's wife actually make an appearance. I still feel that the death of a character in book 8 has spoiled the series for me in many ways, by making the current state of Flavia's life implausible to me. She's not even 14 yet, I don't think, but essentially emancipated. I don't buy it. Aunt Felicity would have moved in, in reality, and seen to the girls' upbringing.
Still, the characters retain some charm and if there are more books, I'll likely keep reading.