The Golden Tresses of the Dead

The Golden Tresses of the Dead

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...

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Title:The Golden Tresses of the Dead
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The Golden Tresses of the Dead Reviews

  • JanB

    Despite her recent heartaches and troubles Flavia is still her usual precocious, chemistry-loving self, and she remains one of my very favorite fictional characters. Life is full of changes, and in this installment her sister Feely is getting married. The festivities grinds to a halt when a severed finger is found in the wedding cake. Feely faints dead away but, of course, Flavia is delighted at this turn of events. She surreptitiously whisks the finger away, and she and Dogger have a new case f

    Despite her recent heartaches and troubles Flavia is still her usual precocious, chemistry-loving self, and she remains one of my very favorite fictional characters. Life is full of changes, and in this installment her sister Feely is getting married. The festivities grinds to a halt when a severed finger is found in the wedding cake. Feely faints dead away but, of course, Flavia is delighted at this turn of events. She surreptitiously whisks the finger away, and she and Dogger have a new case for their fledging business, Arthur W. Dogger & Associates.

    I'm delighted that she and Dogger have joined forces, as they are my two favorite characters. Dogger is able to gently channel Flavia's impulsivity and they make a fabulous team. Honestly, the mysteries interest me less than the interactions between the characters. I did miss the sarcasm and wit between Flavia and her sisters but Flavia has met her match in her cousin Undine, and I hope we will be seeing more of her in future books.

    There has been speculation that this is the final book in the series but I can see quite a future for Flavia and Dogger in their working relationship as private investigators. The series is fun, humorous, and charming and I hope it continues for a long while.

    The narrator of the audiobooks is excellent, and even when reading the print copy the voice of Jayne Entwistle is in my head as I read. She IS Flavia to me and if she hasn't won an Audie award she should. Her narration enhances the story.

    *I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Judy Lesley

    Our little girl is growing up and, frankly, I'm glad to see it. Flavia is still only 12 years old but life hasn't been kind to her so this is the book where she is allowed to grieve for all the heartaches in her young life. Add to that the marriage of her sister Ophelia and Flavia needed this investigation to get her through some tough times. Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations tells us all we need to know about where this book is headed. Dogger has always been one of my f

    Our little girl is growing up and, frankly, I'm glad to see it. Flavia is still only 12 years old but life hasn't been kind to her so this is the book where she is allowed to grieve for all the heartaches in her young life. Add to that the marriage of her sister Ophelia and Flavia needed this investigation to get her through some tough times. Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, Discreet Investigations tells us all we need to know about where this book is headed. Dogger has always been one of my favorite characters in this series but he seemed too often to be held down by his wartime troubles to ever be of prime use as a major character. Luckily Alan Bradley rehabilitated Dogger just enough to make him the perfect partner in investigations with Flavia. Dogger helps to keep things on more of an adult footing but his intimate knowledge of Flavia's personality allows him to gently guide her along a reasonable path of searching for and interpreting the clues they find. They make a brilliant pair.

    My reason for a four star rating instead of five stars is that I found myself slightly confused about some of the clues and information uncovered by Dogger and Flavia. I'm not 100% sure I quite "got" the solution and have a feeling I might need to read the book again. I did go back over several sections while I was reading but that didn't feel like it helped much. There seems to be information that this was always intended to be a ten book series and with this book being the tenth it will mark the end of our time with Flavia and the others. I have to say the ending did not give me the feeling at all that the series was wrapping up. Instead it feels as if Flavia and Dogger have now established their working - detecting - relationship and they are set to carry on for a good long while. I certainly would love to see that happen.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an eGalley of this novel.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    starts off with Flavia's sister Ophelia getting married. Flavia is delighted when Ophelia discovers a severed human finger in the cake and she rushes away to examine it...Whose finger is it to and why has it been placed in the wedding cake?

  • Kristy

    Flavia's sister, Feely, is finally getting married. But at the wedding, as Feely and Dieter cut their cake, Feely slices into a human finger! How very Flavia! It's certainly a case for Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, with Flavia being the main associate, of course. And, not long after, the two are hired by a Mrs. Prill to help track down some missing letters. Flavia and Dogger barely know where to focus first. Then someone else winds up dead--with Flavia and Dogger in the thick of things--and

    Flavia's sister, Feely, is finally getting married. But at the wedding, as Feely and Dieter cut their cake, Feely slices into a human finger! How very Flavia! It's certainly a case for Arthur W. Dogger & Associates, with Flavia being the main associate, of course. And, not long after, the two are hired by a Mrs. Prill to help track down some missing letters. Flavia and Dogger barely know where to focus first. Then someone else winds up dead--with Flavia and Dogger in the thick of things--and things spiral from there..

    So says Flavia of Feely's wedding, in very Flavia fashion. By now,

    . Flavia is

    , and

    . She's up to her usual tricks in her laboratory and busy working away with her beloved Dogger, who

    .

    These books are always

    , and I love seeing the world from Flavia's unique point of view:

    Flavia and Dogger have two cases to solve here--and they intersect quickly. We

    . Unfortunately, Feely is shipped off on her honeymoon, and we barely see any of Daffy.

    There is more of Flavia's cousin, Undine, who I admit is growing on me (and perhaps Flavia?). She will be a good companion Flavia, I think.

    Sadly, though, I've read in several places that this is the last of the Flavia de Luce series.

    for me. The

    ; I was confused about how it all wrapped up in the end. And if this is really the last book, it just didn't seem as if it did our amazing heroine justice.

    . I would have liked to see more finality, more resolution somehow, instead of some partially ended cases and no real conclusion. It just

    .

    Still, I'm

    , and I certainly enjoyed this book and all of Flavia's adventures. She's such a

    , and I can't recommend this lovely series enough. 3.5 stars.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you!).

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  • Marni Port

    Perhaps Alan Bradley has tired of his ingenue, Flavia. Those of us who fell in love with Flavia in the earlier books have come to expect her effervescent personality, her deep curiosity, and the childish awkwardness that comes from having a brain much more advanced than her social/emotional skills.

    Flavia expressed her usual love of all things science, but missing was the precociousness that made her so endearing in earlier books Frankly, she's mature compared to cousin Undine, who exhibits much

    Perhaps Alan Bradley has tired of his ingenue, Flavia. Those of us who fell in love with Flavia in the earlier books have come to expect her effervescent personality, her deep curiosity, and the childish awkwardness that comes from having a brain much more advanced than her social/emotional skills.

    Flavia expressed her usual love of all things science, but missing was the precociousness that made her so endearing in earlier books Frankly, she's mature compared to cousin Undine, who exhibits much of the vim and vigor Flavia is missing.

    The mystery was underwhelming. Plot points barely make sense, and we get no real feel for any of the suspects or victims. The appearance of the finger in the wedding cake, the badly burned Reggie, the boys from the Vicar's Vestry...all appearing for no real purpose, not red herrings, not furthering the plot in any way.

    The newly formed investigative agency of Dogger and Associates (Flavia!) is an interesting way to continue a series now that Flavia is getting older. And I enjoyed getting to see more of Dogger. But at still just 12 years old, I would have expected more info about Flavia's domestic life. She clearly shares a house (that she now owns) with her sister Daffy (who barely makes an appearance), cousin Undine and Dogger, but missing entirely is her Aunt. What is happening with all the secret spy work alluded to in earlier novels? Sister Feely is quickly married off and moved out of the story in the very beginning. Undine gets a few brief moments to display how annoying she is, but Flavia's domestic and familial situation is barely given a glance. Even Gladys, Flavia's beloved bike, barely gets a chance to fly!

    Whereas Flavia's ungainly charm may have carried previous entries in the series, this one has neither decent plotting or the unbridled joy that we've come to expect in Flavia story.

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