The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place


Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse.

Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper.

Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church, and to keep her sisters out of danger. But what could possibly connect the son of an executed killer, a far too canny police constable, a travelling circus, and the publican's mysteriously talented wife?

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  • Petra

    NOTE: I won this book in a GR Giveaway in return for an honest review.This is a bittersweet story. On the one hand, Flavia is growing up and maturing. It's wonderful to see the person she is becoming ...

  • JanB

    This series remains delightful. I'm a huge fan of Flavia and this, the 9th in the series, was terrific. I love how smart and precocious she is - her snark and wit, and how she employs her love and kno...

  • Julie  Durnell

    3.5 Stars. This turned out to be not my favorite Flavia mystery. She seems to be borderline ghoul at times! Don't get me wrong I still love her-she is changing though or maturing maybe. Her knowledge ...

  • Casey Frank

    4.5 stars rounded up After 9 books centered around this precocious main character, you know exactly what kind of story you'll be getting. But it's the familiar (but not formulaic) style and well-loved...

  • LJ

    First Sentence: I am on my deathbed.Flavia de Luce, her two sisters and Dogger, their loyal family servant, go on holiday to the hamlet of Volesthorpe. Drifting in a boat on the river, hand in the wat...

  • Kevin

    “possibilities are so much more thrilling than certainties”Warning: I am going to gush. I adore Flavia DeLuce!! Honestly this now 14 year old precocious chemist is someone I wish were a friend or ...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    Thanks, Petra!Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Charming as ever, but part of the plot could make more sense....

  • Jeanette

    Certainly, for me anyway, more entertaining than the last #8 was. But it lost an entire star by not having the plot make any logical or practical sense whosoever. If you like snarky thoughts and self-...

  • Melanie

    I remember reading my first Flavia De Luce mystery 4 years ago and being instantly hooked. Everything from the disheveled manor house, the horrid sisters, the housekeeper/cook that cannot really cook ...

  • Donna

    Alan Bradley is a master storyteller. This book is the 9th book in the Flavia de Luce series. I think I like Flavia more and more with each new installment. What I love the most, is how the characters...