The Golden Tresses of the Dead

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We come at last to what we’re told is the final book in the Flavia de Luce series, The Golden Tresses of the Dead (I will continue to hold out hope that Flavia will stubbornly insist on more books; don’t mind me). She has had many adventures in just a few short years, and I truly enjoyed this latest installment.

Flavia and Dogger, who had been her father’s trusted valet and friend, have formalized their bond by founding Dogger and Associates, a detective agency, and their first case comes when a finger is discovered in the cake at her sister Feely’s wedding. They make a great team, with scientific reasoning, smooth talking, and a few risks taken along the way, and they almost seem to have a telepathic connection at times.

I’ve also enjoyed how Flavia has continued to grow. She is showing an increasing ability to consider the feelings and perspectives of others around her, even those she does not necessarily care for. At the same time, though, she continues to be a tenacious spitfire (no wonder Undine likes her so much), who will stop at nothing to solve a murder.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.
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Flavia de Luce is at it again, with her associate Dogger, of "Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations.”  Flavia is a character to inspire and warm the heart of any young woman who has known, since childhood, that she could do a better job of investigating crime than the boneheads who do it regularly in books, on television, and in movies.  Flavia’s specialty is chemistry, and her practical chemistry skills are wizard.  She is a delight, and if this is your first in the series, you will enjoy going back in time to “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” and reading from beginning to end!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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"That, in the end, is what chemistry is all about, isn't it?"

What a perfect line to end such a wonderfully written series!  I will admit that I did tear up a bit when I read those words.  We have watched Flavia go through so much, and now to know this part of her story is over, (I'm hoping for another series set in the future when she is older) I can't help but already miss it.

This story is about the newly founded Arthur W. Dogger & Associates.  Discreet Investigations.  The mystery starts with the finding of a finger in her sister's wedding cake, and ends up so much more.  With the common place chemistry and the newer, more mature Flavia, this story draws you in from the start.

I loved how Dogger came to his own, so to speak, in this story.  I feel he is the father figure that Flavia has lost, and the friend that she never really had.  The way the two of them work together shows how strong of a friendship the two of them have.

Overall I give this book a 5 star rating.  The plot was excellent, the character were entertaining as they always are in this series, and I felt that The Golden Tresses of the Dead gave a solid, satisfying ending to this fantastic series of books.
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I'm so, so happy I was approved for this book! I've been with Flavia for many years now and am so glad that Alan Bradley has maintained the same wit and humor throughout the series. I loved that there was more of Dogger in this book, and the mysteries really grabbed me. This book was a great addition to the series, and I can't wait for it to be published so I can add it to my collection.
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We have come to the tenth, and unfortunately, final title in the delightful Flavia series.  Changes are abundant in the newest edition as Flavia's older sister is now married and you see less of both sisters in this installment.  Featured more prominently are Flavia herself and Dodger, her father's former butler who have teamed up to form their own detective agency.  They undertake their first case after an exciting yet gruesome discovery during the wedding reception.    While I missed some of the family elements more present in the previous editions I enjoyed the growth in the characters, particularly that of Dodger and Flavia.  The  typical elements (writing, well developed characters, and of course science) we have grown to look forward to over the years with this series are present however I will admit it took me awhile to understand some of the details at the conclusion of the mystery.   I truly did enjoy this story and will miss future adventures featuring the precocious Flavia. I do look forward to what the author has in store for the future.
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Alan Bradley is a master! He knows just how to plait humor, tension, intelligence, excitement, wit, hope, and interesting history all into one beautiful braid of a story.
Flavia de Luce is definitely one of my all-time favorite characters: she is smart, snarky, and willing to do anything for adventure; but she’s also deeply sensitive and so longs for strong, lasting relationships with people who she cares about. And as she grows, she gains depth of emotion that brings her even more to life. She’s a very complicated young girl, and that is exactly what makes her an amazing character. 
And I always learn the most interesting tidbits of history while enmeshed in a Flavia de Luce novel: reading them is like finding the chocolate covered peanuts in your Rocky Road–they add that little bit of awesome to take it to the next level.
If you’ve never read a Flavia de Luce mystery, you must! They are intelligent and charming reads that I can’t get enough of. And you have time to get caught up on the first nine books in the series before this tenth book hits the shelves on January 22, 2019. Hurry up and get to it! 
Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group/Delacorte Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!
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I love reading this series.!! Flavia is back at it again.  It's filled with charming characters and an engaging mystery that Flavia & Dogger team up to solve.
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Often the best  ook in a series is the first one. Often the quality is almost as good in the second and third books . Rarely does a series maintain its quality in subsequent books. Flavia de Luce is a wonderful character, but the bseries went downhill even before we learned about her mother'sdeath, i stopped buying the books  then. I read a library opy of the book covering her time in Canada and haven't read one since. Until I saw this one on NetGalley.  I won't read another. I wish the author would write about another character as original as Flavia.
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The Flavia series went a bit off-the-rails for me in the last few books; but The Golden Tresses of the Dead feels like a return to the early days of Flavia's delightful outlook on life.
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The Golden Tresses of the Dead, by Alan Bradley, is the tenth novel featuring precocious detective and chemist, Flavia de Luce. In this outing, Flavia is adjusting to her new role as (12-year-old) mistress of the family mansion and as partner in her newly formed Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations, with long-time family retainer, Dogger. So this is, of courses, the perfect moment for her sister to find a severed human finger in her wedding cake and a guest to ask her to find some missing letters.

Like the other novels in the series, The Golden Tresses of the Dead is a lightning fast read. Flavia’s delightfully ghoulish eagerness to investigate drives the novel like a locomotive. (Much to the dismay of the local police detective.) She rides her trusty bicycle, Gladys, while cheerfully singing songs she’s not supposed to know as she crosses the county in search of clues. Now that I think about it, this is kind of an indecently cheerful novel given how many people die in this book. That said, Flavia makes this book a hell of a lot of fun to read.

By the end, Flavia and her partner Dogger have uncovered a twisted scam based on homeopathy, involving a dodgy patent medicine manufacturer, a pair of possibly faux-missionaries, and the most terrifying woman in the village of Bishop’s Lacey. To say anything else would ruin the joy of trying to work out the mystery along with Flavia, so I’ll just sign off by saying that fans of the series will relish this new episode. The only problem is that these novels are so quick to read that the wait for the next novel to be published seems even longer.
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The Flavia Series continues to be one of my favorites! A precocious girl on the cusp of being a teenager with a sixth sense for solving mysteries such as....who put the finger in her sister's wedding cake?! These books have an uncanny ability to take you back to post war England and feel the breeze blow thru your hair as Gladys help you investigate a new clue. I am thoroughly enamored of all the supporting characters as well, Due to her success, she and Dogger have opened a detective agency, Authur W Dogger and Associates. Two missionary women have come to stay at Bradshaw and Flavia is immediately suspicious. After Flavia pockets the finger, she and Dogger are off on the Necropolis Railway to find its owner and  using a combination of chemical analysis, hunches and [;aim good detective methods, the culprit is uncovered.  
This was announced as a ten book series and this is the tenth installment. Hopefully, Mr Bradley will change his mind and allow Flavia to continue to grow up and become the wonderful woman we know she will be.  it would be quite an adventure to see Flavia in college, and at a high school dance.  So I shall be sad if this is the end, but know that Flavia will be available in the library for readers to enjoy for many years to come. 
I received this book in return for an honest review from NetGalley
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She's back! Yes, our favorite twelve year old sleuth, Flavia de Luce is back along with her father's valet, Dogger and her faithful bicycle, Gladys. Flavia and Dogger have decided to go professional and have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates. Their first case comes about when an embalmed finger is found in the wedding cake at her sister Ophelia's reception. It's a gorey, yet enthralling tale and I've given it a five crab rating! 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀
Due out January 22, 2019 #TheGoldenTressesOfTheDead #NetGalley
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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series in audiobook form, so this was my first time reading a Flavia de Luce mystery. While reading this, I could hear Jayne Entwhistle’s voice in my head, capturing the essence of Flavia’s youthful intelligence. 

With her sister Feely leaving home after her marriage to Dieter, Flavia de Luce is settling into her role as owner of Buckshaw and part of the team of Arthur Dogger & Associates.  When Feely finds a body part in her wedding cake, it is up to Flavia and Dogger to find out who it belongs to and who put it there. I enjoyed this novel just as much as the others in the series, and I especially appreciated seeing how Flavia has matured and how her feelings have become more a part of her investigations.
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The Golden Tresses of the Dead
By:  Alan Bradley
Random House Publishing- Ballantine 
Publication Date:  January 22, 2019
4 Stars

Like many other Flavia fans, I’ve been anxiously looking forward to reading the latest novel in this series, and the book did not disappoint.  Alan Bradley shows the reader the difference between a good writer and a great writer with his writing style.  I found myself rereading passages just to enjoy the richness of the writing again.
	“I was expecting her voice to be a harsh bird like cry, but when it came, it took me by surprise,
	for it was a voice like old mahogany polished with beeswax:  rich, warm, and surprisingly deep.”

He has also done an first-rate job of creating such a unique and memorable character in Flavia.  It’s always so hard to say goodbye to her and the end of each novel.

This time around Flavia and Dogger have created a detective agency, and just in time.  For at Feely’s wedding, a finger was found in the wedding cake.  However, before Dogger and Flavia can fully analyze this mystery, a woman approaches them to recover some sensitive letters.  Their investigations lead them from a Spanish guitarist, an incapacitated herbalist doctor, to a pair of recently returned missionary ladies.  

In this novel, we see Flavia still dealing with the pains of death.
	“I know it sounded silted, but conversations about death in one’s own family are always like
	that.  They are so close to the bone that we throw up a wall of words around them to deflect
	the arrows of hurt:  guarded words like ‘lose’ and ‘terrible blow’ when, in truth, you wanted to 
	lie down, hug your head, and howl.”

Flavia is also growing up and we can see this in her relationships with some of the other characters.  Her relationships with Undine, Mrs. Mullet, the vicar’s wife, and the inspector all mature. But, the most meaningful of all her relationship changes are with Dogger.   She is also growing up and we see this in her thinking process.  Instead of just acting on impulse, she is thinking before speaking and reacting.  She also seems to recognize her own faux pas.

Anyone who has enjoyed any of the great mystery writers or previous Flavia novels will enjoy this book!

Thanks to Net Galley and Random House Publishing – Ballantine books for an ARC of this book.  #NetGalley #TheGoldenTressesOfTheDead
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What can I say that hasn't already been said?  Mr. Bradley does it again!

So, once again we are immersed in the world of 1950's England, accompanying Flavia de Luce as she navigates yet another murder mystery, this time aided and abetted by the faithful Dogger.  Flavia's oldest sister is getting married, and it's a lovely wedding, right up until a finger is found in the cake!  With that disturbing discovery we are off on another adventure.

The maturing of Flavia from precocious youngster to blossoming young girl, the emergence of Dogger from his solitary, silent shell (the result of captivity as a POW during WWII) to become a quick witted and capable partner in sleuthing, and the informative science behind the working mind of Flavia and her chemical experiments that search for clues, all add up to a very satisfying romp thru the English countryside and the wonderful characters who inhabit it.

There's no better way to while away a sunny afternoon lounging in your back garden.  And no better people to spend your time with than Alan Bradley and Flavia de Luce.

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Flavia de Luce is the 12 year old heroine of a series of mysteries; this is the tenth installment. At this point, she is an orphan, with one sister marrying and one sister ensconced in the library. Her father figure is Dogger, her late father’s aide (and, I think, gardener), her partner in a private detective firm. He provides advice and, when needed, an adult presence when snooping is undertaken. 

At Ophelia’s wedding, things go awry right off- when she cuts the cake, she finds an embalmed human finger. Flavia spirits this off before the guests see it, and the party goes on. Despite Ophelia’s leaving, the house is not empty; two missionary women are staying with them, and they seem, well, odd. Then a couple of dead people turn up, and Flavia and Dogger’s investigation turns up even odder things. On top of that, they get their first paying case.

The story is fun, and I enjoyed it, even though things didn’t always seem to get properly tied up. I occasionally lost track of who was who, what with multiple plot lines running. With the young age of the protagonist, I assume it’s written for tweens, but the plot(s) are interesting enough to engage an adult. I enjoyed that a girl of 12 was that mature, and her proficiency in chemistry. Four stars.
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12-year old Flavia is back with another crime to solve; this time when a severed finger is found in her sister’s wedding cake. Precocious chemist/whiz kid Flavia and wise mentor Dogger are on the case. I love everything about this great team, their shenanigans, banter and clever reasonings. Bradley is a master of witty dialogue and distinctive turn-of-phrase.

*Will post online closer to publishing date and post links below.  Loved the story.
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Thanks so much to Netgalley for providing me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was lucky enough to get the previous book as well, and am happy I didn't have to wait till publication for this one. I enjoyed this installment of the series much more than the last one. I feel like Flavia is at her best when she's at home. And I love Dogger, and was glad to see that he is featured even more in this episode. The mystery was interesting, the chemistry informative, and Flavia is a delight as always. I was also enthralled by Undine - her scenes are always fun to read. Overall, a really enjoyable series. I was sad to read that this is the final book in the series. I highly recommend reading all of them!
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Flavia de Luce is a great character - a young woman who is a very smart scientist!   This book is amusing and fun, and a great addition to the series. 

Flavia and Dogger have started  a detective agency, "Arthur W. Dogger & Associates. Discreet Investigations".  The beginning of the book is the wedding of Flavia's sister Feely and Dieter, a German flyer who stayed on after being a prisoner.   When Feely begins to cut the wedding cake, a finger falls out.  Flavia quickly pockets it before anyone else notices.   Back home, Dogger immediately figures out it belongs to a Spanish woman who plays classical guitar.  He assumed it must belong to Mme. Adriana Castelnuovo, who was a guitarist who recently died.  Then, a local woman, Mrs. Prill their first client, shows up to ask them to find some missing letters.  Dogger realizes she is the daughter of Dr. Brocken (who was an herbalist) and is in a private hospital near to the Brookwood Cemetary where Adriana was buried.  Dogger and Flavia take a train to the cemetary where they find the finger must have been obtained before the burial, and that Dr. Brocken may not be as crazy as he was made out to be.  

Then, they find their client, Mrs. Prill, dead from poisoning by rare African beans.  Flavia is asked to allow two missionaries to stay at Buckshaw, and finds they have been in Africa and then stayed for three days with Mrs. Prill.   The police would like Dogger and Flavia to stay out of their cases, but they MUST continue sleuthing, and solve more than one puzzle.
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Another excellent edition to a wonderful series! Full of twists and turns that leaves you wanting more and enjoying each moment until the end when the killer is caught.
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