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The Golden Tresses of the Dead
The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel | Alan Bradley
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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). Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective "with better than an average brain," is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia's wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out--the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory. By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring, and the slope of the fingernail, she'll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim--but also point a finger at a killer.
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DrexEdit
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I finished this book last week. It was thoroughly enjoyable as all the Flavia books have been. I would hate to see it end here. Flavia is growing up so wonderfully. I would really like to know what happens to her next. I sure wish Flavia had been around when I was growing up. I'm sad to have reached the end of published titles for this series, but happy to tick off another completed (for now) series.

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Shuga
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I so love this series...but honestly Flavia is so much more mature than most her age....the series is a joy.

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thea-block
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Bittersweet (possible) end to the series! I‘ve listened to most of these in audio format, so as I read this one I kept hearing Flavia, Dogger, and Mrs. Mullet‘s voices in my head 🙃

A bit of a convoluted mystery, but beautiful interactions between Flavia and those whom she loves. She‘s growing up!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

emz711 Waaahhh? I don't think it will be. Will it be the end? 1mo
thea-block I know, right? Supposedly Bradley is taking a break, as he was originally contracted for a 10 book series, and he‘s 80 years old! But he hasn‘t necessarily said one way or another that he‘s done with Flavia... we will see! 1mo
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Plaidsticks
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Now I need to find a new #cottoncandy listen...#audiobook

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Libby1
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Flavia in all her glory.

When Flavia‘s sister finds a severed finger in her wedding cake it is Flavia who comes to the rescue. This book also has the most surprising set of villains.

This book is a delicious confection - unlike the aforementioned wedding cake!

rretzler I love the Flavia series! 6mo
CrazyLibraryGirl Ooh, haven‘t got to this one yet. Hopefully my local library gets it soon! 6mo
Libby1 @rretzler - so do I! 😃 6mo
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Libby1 @CrazyLibraryGirl - I nearly broke into a spontaneous tap dance when I saw this at the library! 🤣 I hope you‘ll find a copy soon. 6mo
emz711 The best! 5mo
Libby1 @emz711 - YES! I love this series. 💕 5mo
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Aimeesue
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The Loved One is one of my favorites too, Flavia.

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Aimeesue
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THANKS DOGS! I GET A WHOLE CORNER OF THE BED TO MYSELF! No idea where my husband‘s going to sleep.
#dogsoflitsy
#pibble

TheBee ♥️ 6mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 6mo
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Mdargusch
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Flavia is growing up. She and Dogger have gone into business together as detectives and their first case involves a finger found in her sister‘s wedding cake. As usual, the quirky characters of Bishops Lacey play a big part in the mystery. Alan Bradley has written another fun whodunit.

#popsugar19 #amateurdetective #jack

Aimeesue Flavia! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
KatieCarpenter I need to read this! 6mo
rretzler I love Flavia! One of my favorites! 💕 6mo
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TNbookworm Flavia💕 6mo
LeahBergen How are those sweet puppies doing? Are they driving you crazy? 😆 6mo
Mdargusch Yes! I‘m too old @LeahBergen 👵🏻 6mo
Mdargusch She is the best! This series always makes me happy. @Aimeesue @KatieCarpenter @rretzler @TNbookworm ☺️ 6mo
LeahBergen That‘s why I‘ve been afraid to get another dog. It‘s been about 18 years since I‘ve had a puppy. 😂 6mo
Reviewsbylola Bullet journal on point! 6mo
tpixie I still need to start the series! Hi cute little puppy! ♥️🐶♥️ 6mo
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umbrellagirl
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How I‘ve missed you, Flavia!

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bookwrm526
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Ah, Flavia, how I love her. She and Dogger are back at it, when a finger is found in Ophelia‘s wedding cake!! This one has some darker undertones as Flavia deals with the losses from previous books and the “loss” of her sister and their complicated relationship, but it still has the humor you expect from this series. This was my book featuring and amateur detective for #popsugarreadingchallenge

Mdargusch I just started this on audible today. She feels like an old friend and she really brightens my day. 💗 7mo
rretzler I love Flavia! 💕 One of my favorite series! 7mo
bookwrm526 @Mdargusch I was on hold at the library FOREVER for this one 7mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Just finished this audiobook. I heard a rumour that this might be the last Flavia book!?! I can't bear to think there won't be any further hijinks with Flavia and Dogger and Bishops Lacey! I so think I prefer reading these books on my own to the audiobook versions - not quite sure why - but this was still an enjoyable romp through Flavia's world!

janeycanuck I heard an interview with him on a podcast - it was originally planned to be an 8 book series but he expanded it out to 10. So yep - I think it‘ll be the last one 😢 7mo
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sherryvdh
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Got a new hold in! Temporarily putting aside my other hard copy read to read this one so I can return it asap.
#LoveMyLibrary #nslittens

emtobiasz I‘ve never seen a holds slip like that on a book! Great idea to keep the list moving! 8mo
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Tera66
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1. Saturday, don't have to go to work, or worry about going to work the next day.
2. Prince
3. Dinner and trip planning with a friend.
4. The Golden Tresses of the Dead - Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce Mysteries)
@pepsicola Thanks!🖤💛🖤

pepsicola Thanks for playing!! 8mo
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Cmf365
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Book number 10 in the ongoing series of Flavia and her mystery solving abilities. A great read. I wish I was like this little girl. Her spunk makes the story move along at a great pace.

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Ncostell
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I have mixed feelings on this tenth book of the Flavia de Luce series. While I always enjoy revisiting the quaint English town of Bishop‘s Lacey and spending time with the inquisitive Flavia, I felt this installment was all over the place at times and the resolution of the mystery left me with more questions. I‘ll read these books though as long as he continues to write them as they‘re still entertaining anyway.

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Libby1
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“I called Miss Daphne, but she says she doesn‘t want ‘er tea. She‘s got ‘er nose stuck in a book. USELESS, I think it‘s called, by some woman called Joyce.”

AlaMich 🤣🤣 8mo
rretzler I love Flavia! 8mo
kathedron Oh, that's fabulous! 😁 8mo
Libby1 Flavia is the BEST. This most recent instalment did not disappoint, @AlaMich , @rretzler , @kathedron ! 6mo
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Tera66
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This is my favorite book series. I love how the author has evolved Flavia over 10 books, she is still precocious, but is becoming a young lady dealing with the emotions of growing up through adversity. I just love these books so much😊😭🖤

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Suetara
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Flavia is an excellent lunch companion. 😊

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mom2bugnbee
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"And then Dogger did something that I will never forget until my dying day - if I live that long."

I love Flavia.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
#pop19 - a book published in 2019; a book featuring an amateur detective

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Pamwurtzler
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There‘s no one quite like Flavia. I really like these books! #seriescaughtup

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Avidreader25
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I will never get tired of Flavia de Luce & Dogger. This 10th addition to the series begins with the wedding of her sister. I adore the audio of these books. As always with this series, the plot matters less to me than the interaction between the main characters. I've heard this is the final book in the series & I hope that's not true.

“Humility is a most excellent barometer and ought to be looked for in all those we are made to look up to.”

wordzie ❤ the quote ☺ 8mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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#FebruaryWrapUp : 3 books off my shelf (I say off my shelf, they were all purchased in 2019 🤫) 1 library book and 8 ebooks for a total of 12 books! I‘M CURRENTLY AHEAD OF MY GOODREADS GOAL!!! 🥳

j.rye Amazing! I wish I could get into ebooks. I think it could really up my reading game. Hah! 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @j.rye, I was certainly on an ebook roll in February. It‘s pretty convenient having a kindle in my handbag ☺️ 8mo
lahousewyfe Woohoo! 8mo
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Foragingfantasy
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I can always count on Flavia to pull me out of a slump!

catebutler Same for me! She is so much fun! 8mo
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Mehso-so

I think I might be over this series. When I first read it I found it delightful. But now it seems like I have read many versions of the same book. This one is better then the previous two, I find that Flavia is at her best when she is sleuthing with Dogger. But there is just something missing.

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EadieB
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Flavia is at her sister's wedding. Feely cuts into her cake and finds a finger. Flavia and Dogger have founded a detective agency and Flavia has found their first case at her sister's wedding. By studying the skin, the indentation of a ring, and the fingernail, Flavia will be able to identity the victim and find the killer. All Bradley's books are quite unique. I look forward to the next one and recommend them to those who love cozy mysteries.

jb72 Flavia is so much fun to read. 8mo
margreads I really need to get back to this series 8mo
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RealLifeReading
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In this tenth book, Flavia has 2 cases to solve. One involves a finger found in her sister‘s wedding cake. Yes, Feely is getting married. As a result we don‘t see very much of her - or Daffy really. Instead it‘s become the Flavia and Dogger show with a side act of Undine, Flavia‘s cousin. As always, it was a delight to jump into a new mystery with Flavia, severed finger and all.

AshleyHoss820 That ripple afghan makes me happy!! (edited) 8mo
ReadingMeagan I just started this one today! 8mo
RealBooks4ever @readingmeagan I just discovered Jonah's Hands on YouTube this morning. Have you seen him? I don't know the difference between a knitted piece and a crocheted piece but he was impressive. 8mo
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RealLifeReading @AshleyHoss820 thank you! I made this one for my 5yo 8mo
RealLifeReading @ReadingMeagan hope you enjoy it! 8mo
RealLifeReading @RealBooks4ever I have! He‘s everywhere nowadays! 8mo
batsy I just finished The Night Tiger, too; I get your comment about book serendipity 😂 #severedfingerseverywhere 8mo
Avidreader25 Can‘t wait to read this one! 8mo
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amma-keep-reading
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Flavia does it again! I thoroughly enjoy this series and cannot wait for next installment.

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mom2bugnbee
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YAY! My hold on the newest Flavia came in! Gotta finish Beartown first, though.

wordzie 🙌 9mo
MaureenMc I just started this about an hour ago. Great minds! 😄 9mo
TNbookworm Awesome! Can't wait to read this, love Flavia❤ 9mo
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RealLifeReading
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Earlier today. The book almost matches my banana berry smoothie bowl

MrBook Look, @BookBabe ! 9mo
BookBabe 😋👌🏻 9mo
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YouBookMe
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“Great music has much the same effect upon humans as cyanide. . . . It paralyzes the respiratory system.”

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RealLifeReading
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Happy weekend you guys! I‘m starting off my Saturday with more Flavia and a homemade sausage bun. We don‘t have any firm plans for the weekend but the kids have swim class and maybe we might go for a nice drive somewhere. What about you? What are you up to?

lynneamch You're making me hungry for one of those. Curretly enjoying this audio where sausage rolls keep appearing at every opportunity 9mo
LMJenkins No plans yet. It‘s a rainy day and I‘m in bed with coffee and my iPad, reading and gaming. One kiddo is at lifeguard Re-Certification class and the other is here on his xbox. 9mo
KatieMiller Went skiing until one of us got injured. Now I have a good excuse to stay in bed and read books😉 9mo
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RealLifeReading @KatieMiller oh no! Hope the injury isn't too bad?? 9mo
RealLifeReading @lynneamch that's such a great read! 9mo
RealLifeReading @LMJenkins sounds like a great day to read! 9mo
kspenmoll Lazy morning with coffee, a book, & Litsy. Soon picking up my husband‘s birthday cake, a library visit. Birthday celebration tonight. ❤️ 9mo
BarbaraJean I‘ve been reading and Litsy-ing in bed, because it‘s cold in the house and I don‘t want to get up! My one goal for the day is to clean the house—book club here tomorrow! 9mo
tracey38 Well, it's raining here (and has been forever!), and I have another cold, so I am staying in bed and reading this weekend. 💜 9mo
RealLifeReading @kspenmoll a couple of days late but happy birthday to your husband! 9mo
RealLifeReading @BarbaraJean hope you had fun with your book club! 9mo
RealLifeReading @tracey38 hope you‘re feeling better ❤️ 9mo
tracey38 @RealLifeReading yes, getting better, thank you! 💜💜 9mo
kspenmoll @RealLifeReading You are so thoughtful! Thank you! We had dinner & cake at home. It was lovely. 9mo
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Librarybelle
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The new adventure in the Flavia de Luce mystery series finds Flavia solving yet another crime in Bishop‘s Lacey, with the help of Dogger. It‘s another good installment of the series. Jayne Entwistle narrates this so well - she‘s a great Flavia on audio!

TNbookworm ❤ Flavia! 9mo
Crazeedi You know I've only read the first flavia, I really must read more! My daughter loves this, her kitty is flavia de luce 9mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi How cute! 9mo
janeycanuck Audiofile podcast had a bonus interview episode with Bradley and Entwhistle about a week ago. You should check it out, I don‘t listen to the audios and I still loved hearing them talk about the books and how Jayne brings them to life. 9mo
Librarybelle @janeycanuck Thanks for the recommendation! 9mo
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RealLifeReading
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Last night‘s dinner - grilled hamachi kama, stirfried cabbage, a ground pork, green peas and potato stew of sorts. And the latest Flavia installment!

nelehelen Looks delish!! 9mo
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Pandalibrarian
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Loved the new installment of the Flavia series. The collaboration between Flavia and Dogger is a wonderful addition to the series. The narrator of the audiobook did a fantastic job bringing Flavia to life.

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Shemac77
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Flavia, Dogger, and Gladys. This series is wonderful.

Suzze I read an arc in September and I‘m ready for a New one!!! The biggest problem with advance copies. (edited) 9mo
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rabbitprincess
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Another enjoyable installment in the Flavia series. She is a delight.

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Bibliogeekery
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Shemac77
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Post night shift baileys and coffee and snow day reading in front of the fire. Sounds like a good day to me.

Mccall0113 I feel so crappy after a night shift. Kudos to those who do them on the regular! 9mo
Cathythoughts Well done ! Enjoy your time.. night shift is over 👍🏻♥️ 9mo
Aimeesue Flavia! Flavia! Flavia! ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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Bibliogeekery
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A little Flavia and snow watching before work! ❄️

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️❄️❄️love this 9mo
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I finished the latest book in the Flavia deLuce mystery series this weekend while visiting my mother. Flavia and Dogger are working on their first case since starting their own detective agency. This mystery involves herbal medicines- with a sick twist. Any book that involves botany gets a thumbs up from me. 👍

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Librarybelle
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I know what I‘ll be listening to in the car on the way home from work today!

batsy 😍 9mo
IndyHannaJones Ohhhhh 9mo
IndyHannaJones I'm listening to the one before tbis on audible. I had mixed feelings about the narrator at first but now i love her 9mo
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Swe_Eva I'm in lthe queue at my library! 👍🏻 9mo
Librarybelle @IndyHannaJones I enjoy the narration...she has the perfect voice for Flavia! 9mo
Librarybelle @Swe_Eva 👍 Yay! 9mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Flavia old girl, it was lovely to see you back at Buckshaw. I hope this isn't your last adventure.
.https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/01/25/to-alan-bradley-flavia-is-very-much-real.html

TNbookworm I love Flavia so much❤ She is one of my favorites! 9mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @TNbookworm She's just so plucky! I love how she calls her bicycle Gladys and the very Englishness of series. 9mo
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Shemac77
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FLAVIA!!!!!

Lynnsoprano Reading #2 now and fighting the urge to binge read this series. 9mo
Suzze I understand your excitement! 9mo
Laura317 I‘m trying to parcel these out like I do the Louise Perry books. I don‘t want the series to end! 9mo
catebutler I just finished #4 and loved it! She‘s one of my favorite characters! I have this one sitting on the shelf (just arrived) to read, need to catch up! 9mo
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Amie
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Flavia is as entertaining as always in her latest adventure.

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VioletBramble
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My planned reads for February. They are all for Category challenges at #LibraryThing except the poetry and the graphic novel. The poetry is for my own yearly challenge of reading one book of poetry a month. Usually I read all the graphic novels on my shelves in February. This year I'm going to spread them out.

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Bibliogeekery
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Starting the audiobook of the latest Flavia mystery while watching someone ski down my street. Feels like a very Canadian moment! 🇨🇦

saresmoore Bahaha! Seems like good exercise? 9mo
Becker Nice way to spend a Canadian winter afternoon👍(from a fellow Canadian who wishes they were doing the same) 9mo
Bibliogeekery @Becker skiing or watching the skiing? 😂 9mo
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gradcat I‘m so jealous! I love cold weather!! ❤️ 9mo
Tamra 👍🏾👍🏾 9mo
CouronneDhiver Ha! Perfect 👌🏽 9mo
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Ruthiella
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Just bought the last in the Flavia de Luce series for my colorful collection 🌈 🤩

Freespirit Gorgeous 10mo
Ruthiella @Freespirit Thanks 😊 10mo
batsy 😍 9mo
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Ruthiella @batsy 😊 9mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Beautiful! I wish I had stared buying them early! 9mo
Ruthiella @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Thanks! No doubt there will be a boxed set some day on offer to tempt bibliophiles 😀 9mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Gah, the email that I thought was telling me that my book was on its way - was actually an email telling me that the book had been released by the publisher to the book sellers warehouse... GAHHHHHH! I‘ve since had word that the book is for real on its way to me now... but not fast enough for my liking! (It‘s rough when you love a series so but they don‘t have a publisher in your country)

gradcat True that...I used to have the same problem with Susan Hill books 📚 🏤 🤨 10mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable Kermit! 10mo
Dragon 🐸💚🐉 10mo
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mydearwatson
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So, while this may not have been the strongest book in the series, it was enjoyable, and it was as "random" as ever. If Mr. Bradley ever chooses to write anymore Flavia novels, I'll be ready to read them.

(full review at https://mydearwatsonbooks.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/the-golden-tresses-of-the-dea...)

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Omg - I‘m scared to find out what ‘chooses to write more‘ means - is it the end? 10mo
mydearwatson It doesn‘t say that in the book; I was just thinking that there‘s already a lot of them, and Mr. Bradley is in his 70s, I think. 10mo
mydearwatson Correction: he‘ll be (or already is) 81 this year. 10mo
mydearwatson And according to Wikipedia (you know, because it‘s always so accurate 😉), there were only going to be six books at first, but that got extended to ten. Maybe they‘ll extend it again? I‘d be satisfied if this was the last one, though...he did a good job with the ending. 10mo
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Mrsann2000
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I am so excited!! After many entries — I won!!

Linear I keep forgetting to do these. Congratz! 10mo
Monica5 Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
TNbookworm You lucky duck! I love Flavia💕 10mo
Swe_Eva I‘m behind on my Flavias - must catch up soon! 10mo
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