Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce Series #8)

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce Series #8)

by Alan Bradley

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ISBN-13: 9780345539977
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Flavia de Luce Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 75,134
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alan Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, and Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, as well as the ebook short story, “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.”

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in this series. Bradley's character won my heart and admiration.
TheBookishHooker 4 months ago
Flavia is by far my favorite mystery gal. She's full of spunk and wit and is no stranger to mishaps. In this installment of the series, we find her newly returned from Canada to find that things have changed in the De Luce home. Flavia is on the cusp of growing up and is experiencing all of the awkwardness that accompanies that time in our lives. The mystery is, as always, unique and full of intrigue and plot twists. This one was slightly easier to guess the outcome than previous books. However, the sad cliffhanger at the end was completely unexpected. I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Death of a Woodcarver There are four series I am listening to on audio, and I was trying to rotate them. That fell by the wayside based on availability this year, and I wound up getting up to date on the Flavia de Luce mysteries. Naturally, that meant that I made a point of listening to Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d as soon as it came out, which coincided with as soon as my library got the audio version. Twelve-year-old Flavia has returned from Canada. However, her welcome home in December of 1951 wasn’t nearly what she’d hoped it would be. She arrives home to the news that her father is in the hospital with pneumonia, and he is so sick that he can’t receive any visitors. Her sisters are as obnoxious as ever, and her young cousin is annoying Flavia as well. So when Cynthia, the vicar’s wife, asks Flavia to deliver a message to a woodcarver in the next village, Flavia jumps at the chance. She arrives to find the woodcarver hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door dead. Naturally, Flavia is delighted at this turn of events. But can she figure out who would kill an old woodcarver? Those who missed Flavia’s family and the English village setting while she was in Canada in the previous book will be delighted with the return to Bishop’s Lacey here. Even though I enjoyed the last outing and the different setting, I was glad to get back to the usual characters and setting. These characters are a fun group. Of course, Flavia is the real star of the series. I’m enjoying seeing some growth and maturity in her. No, it’s not enough to change her character, but it is refreshing to see that she is growing into a young woman who is slightly more sympathetic and mature. And I get a kick out of Flavia’s interactions with her young cousin. Flavia can’t figure out why this girl annoys her so much, but she is so much like Flavia it adds a comic touch to things. The mystery is much more the focus here than in some of the previous books in the series. It’s not the best element of the series usually, and that’s the case again here since I figured out some of what was happening long before Flavia did. Still, it is interesting and kept me engaged the entire way through. As always, Jayne Entwistle is fantastic at bringing the story to life. She is engaging and perfect as Flavia without overwhelming the story at all. Seriously, if you are looking for a great audio book to try, this is the series for Jayne’s narration. The bad part of being caught up on a series is that you now have to wait impatiently for the next in the series to come out, and I will definitely be doing that for the next in tise series. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d will please fans of this unique detective.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Flavia seems much more grown up after her return from her so-called banishment to Canada in the last book. Picking up as she arrives home, Dogger is the only one to meet the train and relates that her Father is hospitalized with pneumonia. However, Gladys is up to a visit to the vicarage the next morning and I was quickly caught up in another of Flavia’s adventures. The death of a local carver sparks Flavia's interest immediately. Flavia's voice and witty observations are what keep me coming back to this series as soon as they are published.
Palegirl More than 1 year ago
Oh, Flavia, how good it is to have you back! Without doubt, Flavia de Luce is my favorite female sleuth ever. (Spare me the Nancy Drew comparisons--not even.) In this eighth Flavia mystery, she is older and wiser, but also smarter. She is sharper of wit, and her macabre sense of humor is still intact, but her good heart still shines through. This time around she is solving the bizarre and grisly murder of an odd old woodcarver. But does he have another identity? As Flavia winds her way around the case and countryside, she gets herself into and out of scrapes, with the help of her usual pals (my favorite being Dogger). Alan Bradley writes with wit and warmth and makes not only Flavia, but all of his characters, major and minor, come off the page fully-fleshed. Old friends have returned and new folks are introduced. I can't even begin to recommend this series enough. (Thank you to Random House/Ballantine and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel.)
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
Admittedly a devotee of audio books let me say up front that I’m also a devoted fan and head cheerleader for Jayne Entwistle who is the voice of Flavia de Luce. Somehow she has captured the tenor and tone of this precocious 12-year-old’s voice - for my ear Flavia’s exuberance, audacity, naivete are all perfectly captured. Entwistle has won Earphone Awards and a Voice Arts Award for her narrations - rightly so! What a joy it is to press a button and hear Flavia come to life again. With Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d we find our young heroine back in England at Buckshaw, her family’s rundown estate. Should come as no surprise to anyone that Flavia has been booted from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada. Needless to say she does not shed tears about her ousting but simply wants to hug her beloved father. More easily said than done as she learns that Col. Haviland de Luce has been hospitalized with pneumonia. Of course, she wants to rush to his bedside and escape her dreadful older sisters, Ophelia and Daphne (whom she refers to as Feely and Daffy.) Good hearted Flavia agrees to run an errand for the vicar’s wife which she believes shouldn’t take long at all. Not so. For instead of a routine errand she finds the body of woodworker Roger Sambridge who has been crucified upside down on the bedroom door of his cottage. Of course, Flavia loves nothing better than a mystery, she’s immediately on the alert and begins to investigate. She finds a set of Oliver Inchbold’s children’s books - rather uncommon reading for a 70-year-old man. She also finds a woman’s signature in one of the books. Flavia continues to probe and question observed by her old friend Inspector Hewitt. She’s puzzled but couldn’t be happier nor could I with the latest in this incredible young girl’s adventures. Thanks to Alan Bradley for creating such an endearing heroine. Enjoy!
Twink More than 1 year ago
Okay, hands up if you've been waiting (and not patiently) for the next entry in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. Well, the wait is over - the eighth book - Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd has just released. I've devoured it and will be waiting (and not patiently) for the ninth book in this absolutely wonderful series. Early 1950's. Twelve year old Flavia has been drummed out of Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada and sent packing back to England. She arrives home in time for the Christmas holidays, but much has changed in the few short months she's been gone. But what hasn't changed is Flavia's penchant for finding dead bodies. Or should I say that the bodies find Flavia? On an innocent errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia stumbles across yet another. And her reaction? "It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits." I'm drawn to the time period, the crumbling mansion the de Luces live in, the small village of Bishop's Lacey, the quirky inhabitants of the village, the characters and the whole idea of a very clever amateur girl detective. A younger cousin has been introduced in the storylines of the last two books. I'm not completely sure yet how I feel about her (and either is Flavia), but Undine is beginning to grow on me. The enigmatic family retainer, Dogger, is my favourite supporting character, turning up at just the right moment with just the right (or no) words. He sees past the clever front Flavia presents, to the sometimes lonely little girl often left to her own devices. (Did I mention the chemistry lab in the moldering east wing? Flavia is quite adept at poisons....) Lonely enough that her best friend is Gladys - her bicycle. Flavia often attributes her own feelings and thoughts to Gladys. "Gladys gave a little squeak of delight. She loved coasting as much as I did, and if there was no one in sight, I might even put my feet up on her handlebars: a bit of bicycle artistry that she loved even more than ordinary free-wheeling." "Gladys loved to pretend she was being abducted. She was being amusing, I knew, and because it helped pass the time until we reached the road, I did not discourage her." I enjoy the mysteries that Bradley concocts and this one is fairly complex - woodcarvers, witches, childhood storybooks and more, but it is Flavia that's the main event for me. I love her mind, her deductions and her outlook on life: "Life with my sister Daffy had taught me that you could tell as much about people by their books as you could by snooping through their diaries - a practice of which I am exceedingly fond and, I must confess, especially adept." "Thanks to my Girl Guide training, I was able to bluff convincingly when required. All those wet and windy Wednesday evenings spent in cold, drafty parish halls were paying off at last." "There is an art to staging a convincing accident. It is not as easy as you may think - particularly on short notice. First and foremost, it must look completely natural and spontaneous. Secondly, there must be nothing comical about it, since comedy saps sympathy." I've said it before and I'll say it again...."Flavia is one of the most endearing, captivating, curious, beguiling, precocious characters I've ever discovered in the pages of a book." I always wanted to be a detective (like Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy) when I was younger. In Flavia I get to imagine it all over again.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley is the highly recommended eighth book in the popular Flavia de Luce series. Twelve-year-old chemist Flavia de Luce is back! After being banished to Canada and sent to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, Flavia has now been re-banished back home to England at her family estate at Buckshaw and the village of Bishop's Lacey. All is not well, however, when Flavia is met at the dock by Dogger and told that her father, Col. Haviland de Luce, is in the hospital with pneumonia. The reunion with her older sisters Ophelia and Daphne (Feely and Daffy) and her younger cousin Undine, Flavia is ready to jump on her trusted bike, Gladys, and sets off to see Cynthia Richardson, the vicar's wife. When Flavia consents to running an errand for Cynthia, she is sent to deliver a message to wood carver Roger Sambridge. Once at his home, Flavia knocks but no one answers. She tries the door and discovers it is unlocked. Further investigation leads to her discovery of the reclusive man crucified upside down on the back of the bedroom door in his cottage. Naturally, Flavia examines the body and the crime scene. Her discoveries have her off and running on a new investigation Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd is another winning addition to Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. As with the other books in this series, the current addition is extremely well written and clever. Flavia is an appealing, intelligent girl full of wit, logic, and scientific experiments to help her solve the mysteries she investigates. Flavia, as most readers of the series realize, is a unique character and definitely acts more mature than you would predict anyone her age would act. (I tend to ignore her given age at this point and mentally place her as older than 12.) Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd ends with another cliffhanger, so be forewarned to look for the next adventure. Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, but oh, the ending!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And neither is mine because I haven't read the book. Wanted to find out about the book., but there's nothing there.