Waiting On Wednesday (105)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Golden Tresses of the Dead
A Flavia de Luce Novel #10
Alan Bradley
Delacorte Press, January 2019
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

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 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 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.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? From the very first moment I “met” Flavia, I fell in love and the bloom has not come off the rose. Flavia is a little older now and a little wiser, finally setting up shop with Dogger as professional detectives and I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for this charming and extremely precocious child of post-WWII Bishop’s Lacey, a small British village with an awful lot of murders. The Boston Globe pegged Flavia with a perfect turn of phrase—“Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes” and I couldn’t have said it better.

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