Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

“The world is an interesting place for a little girl with big ears.”

The wait at the library for this Flavia de Luce mystery wasn’t as long as I’d anticipated! Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d is the eighth book in the series. The ninth (The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place) will be released in September, so I’m happy to say that I’m all caught up!

Flavia has returned from Canada and is anticipating pomp and circumstance upon her return. She quickly realizes that a celebration isn’t in the cards – her father is deathly ill and no one seems to even care that she’s returned. Once she’s released back into the wild’s of Bishop’s Lacey, guess what she finds? Another dead body. Shocker, right? Never has an 11 year old girl had such bad luck with dead bodies; or had such good luck, if you happen to be Flavia de Luce.

As she investigates, she finds a mysterious signed copy of a childhood book that she adored. It’s the first clue that takes her on a fun literary mystery, complete with the creepiest little girl I think we’ve ever encountered in this series.

This installment had me laughing out loud in several places. Some of the wit and turns of phrase that I’d loved about the earlier books seemed to be missing in the last couple, but this one was full of little puns and observations. The end was quite ominous and was a bit of a cliffhanger. As the final scene unfolds, you can clearly see what’s coming, which leads me to think it wasn’t the obvious. I suppose we’ll have to wait until September to find out!

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