The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Random House LCC US)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, the worlds greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth (The Seattle Times). Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishops Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luces 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 twelve-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 servenot 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 Ophelias wedding cake: a human finger. Praise for The Golden Tresses of the Dead Delightful . . . The mysteries in Mr. Bradleys 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 Bradleys 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) Flavias over-the-top use of alliteration . . . and proudly precocious, sesquipedalian vocabulary . . . along with the thoroughly endearing cast of characters, make this series tenth installment a laugh-out-loud winner. Booklist (starred review)  Flavia de Luce hasnt lost a sister, shes gained a caseand what a case. . . . Perhaps the most consistently hilarious adventure of the alarmingly precocious heroine. Kirkus Reviews