The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley is the latest novel in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. For those who have yet to meet this precocious young female detective, I recommend a gander at this series.
In this novel, Flavia, the family friend Dogger, and her two sisters take a boating holiday after the unexpected death of the girl’s father. As they gently cruise along the river, Flavia’s hand dangling overboard in the water catches something – the corpse of a dead man! This discovery leads Flavia and Dogger on a new quest to solve not one, but four mysterious deaths in a small town in England.
This is an engaging mystery with poetry, poison, and pessimism when Flavia finds herself unable to unravel the clues. All is not as it seems because the townspeople tell many conflicting stories.
I have enjoyed previous Flavia de Luce novels. Even though I liked this one a bit less, I will look forward to future installments in this series!