Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia De Luce Novel by Alan BradleyThrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia De Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia De Luce Novel

byAlan Bradley

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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Hailed as "a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes" by The Boston Globe, Flavia de Luce returns in a much anticipated new Christmas mystery from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty—and not empty enough. Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man's body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits. But what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core.

From the Hardcover edition.
ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. He coauthored Ms. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir, The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series, Bradley lives with his wife and two calculating cats in the Isle of...
Title:Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia De Luce NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.86 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385678436

ISBN - 13:9780385678438

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! If you haven't read any of the Flavia novel, you must! You can't help but fall in love with this young slueth. Flavia has returned home after a short stint in Canada at the boarding school that her mother attended. As she visits one of her dear friends at the church she is sent on an errand during which she of course discovers a corpse!! So endearing is she! and so an unexpected ending!
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Visiting with Flavia is always fun I'm glad to see Flavia back in Buckshaw and Bishop's Lacey. It's where she belongs. I'm really enjoying learning more of the De Luce family as the series progresses. Flavia, Feely and Daffy make a wonderful group. Undine adds to this vibrancy. Such an ending! Where will the story go now?!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is a great recovery from the last (slightly disappointing) novel (ACCTD). It was lively and fun, with tons of mystery and Flavia attitude. I would recommend buying this one, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavia is the Best!!! Flavia is such a fun character, she's intelligent and witty beyond her years and yet she still has moments when she behaves her age. This is a puurfect book to read over the holidays even if you've not read any of the other books in the series, Try this one and you'll want to go back to the beginning and read them all. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love this series; not this book I have been waiting with bated breath for the next Flavia de Luce book. This one was a bitter disappointment. The "surprise ending" other reviewers have mentioned seems like a very cheap shot to me. Not at all fitting with the "feel" of the series, and in my opinion, an unfair move on the author's part. I am hoping it is nothing but a bad dream. Please Mr. Bradley, stay true to our girl Flavia!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore Flavia Okay, hands up if you've been waiting (and not patiently) for the next entry in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. Well, the wait is over - the eighth book - Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd has just released. I've devoured it and will be waiting (and not patiently) for the ninth book in this absolutely wonderful series. Early 1950's. Twelve year old Flavia has been drummed out of Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada and sent packing back to England. She arrives home in time for the Christmas holidays, but much has changed in the few short months she's been gone. But what hasn't changed is Flavia's penchant for finding dead bodies. Or should I say that the bodies find Flavia? On an innocent errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia stumbles across yet another. And her reaction? "It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits." I'm drawn to the time period, the crumbling mansion the de Luces live in, the small village of Bishop's Lacey, the quirky inhabitants of the village, the characters and the whole idea of a very clever amateur girl detective. A younger cousin has been introduced in the storylines of the last two books. I'm not completely sure yet how I feel about her (and either is Flavia), but Undine is beginning to grow on me. The enigmatic family retainer, Dogger, is my favourite supporting character, turning up at just the right moment with just the right (or no) words. He sees past the clever front Flavia presents, to the sometimes lonely little girl often left to her own devices. (Did I mention the chemistry lab in the moldering east wing? Flavia is quite adept at poisons....) Lonely enough that her best friend is Gladys - her bicycle. Flavia often attributes her own feelings and thoughts to Gladys. "Gladys gave a little squeak of delight. She loved coasting as much as I did, and if there was no one in sight, I might even put my feet up on her handlebars: a bit of bicycle artistry that she loved even more than ordinary free-wheeling." "Gladys loved to pretend she was being abducted. She was being amusing, I knew, and because it helped pass the time until we reached the road, I did not discourage her." I enjoy the mysteries that Bradley concocts and this one is fairly complex - woodcarvers, witches, childhood storybooks and more, but it is Flavia that's the main event for me. I love her mind, her deductions and her outlook on life: "Life with my sister Daffy had taught me that you could tell as much about people by their books as you could by snooping through their diaries - a practice of which I am exceedingly fond and, I must confess, especially adept." "Thanks to my Girl Guide training, I was able to bluff convincingly when required. All those wet and windy Wednesday evenings spent in cold, drafty parish halls were paying off at last." "There is an art to staging a convincing accident. It is not as easy as you may think - particularly on short notice. First and foremost, it must look completely natural and spontaneous. Secondly, there must be nothing comical about it, since comedy saps sympathy." I've said it before and I'll say it again...."Flavia is one of the most endearing, captivating, curious, beguiling, precocious characters I've ever discovered in the pages of a book." I always wanted to be a detective (like Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy) when I was younger. In Flavia I get to imagine it all over again. "The world can be an interesting place to a girl who keeps her ears open." The mystery is solved by the final pages, (and really with Flavia on the case, was there ever any doubt?) and the door has been left open (a bit of a shocking ending really) for the next entry in this series. Each entry in this series answers question, but (happily for this reader) leaves just as many unanswered. The titles for Bradley's novels are always curiously interesting. This latest, if you've not already recognized it, is a line from the witch's scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Double, double, toil and trouble......
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Flavia classic! Alan Bradley is always on my to-read list. Flavia ranks in my top fictional characters list, and I love her adventures. "Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd" is another fun read, with a surprise at the end I didn't see coming! I can't wait to see what she gets up to next.
Date published: 2016-09-20

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerNew York Times Bestseller"There is such a thing as willing suspension of disbelief brought on by sheer outlandish charm, and that's what [Alan] Bradley and some delicious writing have tapped." —London Free Press"Mystery fans seeking novels of wit, an immersive English countryside setting and rich characterizations will be rewarded with this newest entry in the award-winning series." —Library Journal, starred review"Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you." —Kirkus Reviews"Flavia's a winner, a mix of sparky irreverence and wrathful propriety." —Publishers Weekly"Bradley's heroine is one of the most delightful, and one of the sharpest, sleuths to come along in a long, long time." —Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine"The preteen version of Miss Marple. . . . In addition to the meticulous investigations, what makes these novels, including this eighth in the series, so enjoyable is the personality of the primary character who, while being a murder investigator savant, is also an emotionally vulnerable little girl. It is a very unusual combination . . . and it works." —MysteryScene"A Flavia de Luce mystery is a bitter, dark and thoroughly scrumptious treat. . . . Highly recommended; don’t miss this!" —Historical Novel Society