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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
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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 winning tenth mystery.” (People)

“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

“Flavia’s over-the-top use of alliteration...and proudly precocious, sesquipedalian vocabulary...along with the thoroughly endearing cast of characters, make this series’ 10th installment a laugh-out-loud winner.” (Booklist, starred review) 

“Flavia de Luce hasn’t lost a sister, she’s gained a case - and what a case.... Perhaps the most consistently hilarious adventure of the alarmingly precocious heroine.” (Kirkus Reviews)

©2019 Alan Bradley (P)2019 Random House Audio

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Kathleen S. Renfroe
  • Lancaster, PA United States
  • 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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  • Marilyn
  • Aurora, CO, United States
  • 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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  • Sjm
  • 2019-02-01

Confused

I have read all these books. But was some confused how dodger came to play such a big role. And how he totally changed form a man that shyness to a man that took charge.
I understand this is the last book. I will miss these characters.
Thanks for a very original character in Flavia deluce.

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  • stephen
  • lago vista,texas
  • 2019-01-31

Like an old friend coming to visit only better.

Like an old friend co in big to visit only much better. Flavia and her buddy extraordinaire Doggah on the case once again. I've read all of Alan Bradley's Flavors De Luce novels. like the first, it takes toy in and me get lets you go. great story line and rich characters

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  • Heather Bishop
  • 2019-01-31

So entertaining!

The author keeps your attention caught from start to finish! I don’t know how a man can nail the emotions of a young girl but he does brilliantly! Flavia is such a great colorful character, she feels like a real person! Love way science and other facts are woven into the story. Truly a great read! Can’t wait for the next book!!

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  • karen santiago
  • 2019-01-23

another great Flavia adventure!

I think this one is my favorite, well, besides The Sweetness at the bottom of the pie. I absolutely love the narrator too! she really brings the story to life!

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  • Gail N.
  • 2019-01-30

Nonsensical bordering on silly

I barely could hang on till the end, even listening at double speed. The talents of the incomparable narrator, Jayne Entwistle, are totally wasted on this dud. The plot is absurd and trivial - it simply makes no sense. The prose is repetitive and the characters, even Flavia, are uninteresting. What happened to the Alan Bradley who wrote "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie", the novel which got me hooked on the De Leuce family? It has sadly been down hill from there. So utterly disappointing.

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