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Reviewers love Alan Bradley's
New York Times
bestselling Flavia de Luce series!
As
CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME
to
DUST

#1 Pick for Library Reads

#1
MacLean's
bestseller

#3
New York Times
bestseller

#6 Indie bestseller

#7
Publishers Weekly
bestseller

“Exceptional…[The] intriguing setup only gets better, and Bradley makes Miss Bodycote's a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia's sleuthing.
[Flavia's] morbid narrative voice continues to charm.

—
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

“Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, perhaps
contemporary crime fiction's most original character
—to say she is Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry (speciality: poisons) barely begins to describe her—is finally coming home.”

—MacLean's

“[
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
] maintains the high standards Bradley set from the start….
Another treat for readers of all ages.

—Booklist

“Even after all these years, Flavia de Luce is
still the world's greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.

—
Seattle Times

The
DEAD
in
THEIR VAULTED ARCHES

#1
Library Journal
pick

#6
New York Times
bestseller

#3 Indie bestseller

#3 NPR bestseller

#10
Publishers Weekly
bestseller

“It's
hard to resist
either the genre's preeminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.”

—
Kirkus Reviews

“Bradley's latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection….These are
astounding, magical
books not to be missed.”

—
RT Book Reviews
(Top Pick)

“Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce [uses] her knowledge of poisons, and her indefatigable spirit, to solve a dastardly crime in the English countryside while learning new clues about her mother's disappearance.”

—National Public Radio

“Bradley's award-winning Flavia de Luce series…has enchanted readers with the
outrageous
sleuthing career of its precocious leading lady….This latest adventure contains all the winning elements of the previous books while skillfully establishing a new and intriguing story line to explore in future novels….Fans will be more than pleased.”

—
Library Journal
(starred review)

SPEAKING FROM AMONG
the
BONES

“The precocious and irrepressible Flavia
continues to delight.
Portraying an eleven-year-old as a plausible sleuth and expert in poisons is no mean feat, but Bradley makes it look easy.”

—
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

“Bradley's Flavia cozies, set in the English countryside, have been
a hit
from the start, and this fifth in the series continues to charm and entertain.”

—
Booklist

“An excellent reminder that crime fiction can
sparkle with wit, crackle with spirit and verge on the surreal
…Flavia, once more, entertains and delights as she exposes the inner workings of her investigative mind to the reader.”

—
National Post
(Canada)

I AM HALF-SICK
of
SHADOWS


Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate,
but Christmas with Flavia is a holiday wish come true for her fans.”

—
USA Today
(four stars)

“This is a classic country house mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie, and Poirot himself would approve of Flavia's skills in snooping and deduction. Flavia is everything a reader wants in a detective—she's smart, logical, intrepid and curious….This is a
refreshingly engaging
read.”

—
RT Book Reviews

“This is a
delightful read through and through.
We find in Flavia an incorrigible and wholly lovable detective; from her chemical experiments in her sanctum sanctorum to her outrage at the idiocy of the adult world, she is unequaled. Charming as a stand-alone novel and a guaranteed smash with series followers.”

—Library Journal
(starred review)

“Bradley masterfully weaves a ghoulish Yuletide tale….The story breathes characters full of charisma, color and nuance….Bradley gives
a thrilling ride.

—
The Globe and Mail

A
RED HERRING
Without
MUSTARD

“Bradley's third book about tween sleuth Flavia de Luce will make readers forget Nancy Drew.”

—
People

“[Flavia] remains irresistibly
appealing
as a little girl lost.”

—
The New York Times Book Review

“Outstanding…In this
marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery,
Flavia manages to operate successfully in the adult world of crimes and passions while dodging the childhood pitfalls set by her sisters.”

—
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

“Oh, to be eleven again and pal around with irresistible wunderkind Flavia de Luce….A splendid romp through 1950s England led by the world's smartest and most incorrigible preteen.”

—
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

“Think preteen Nancy Drew, only savvier and a lot richer, and you have Flavia de Luce….Don't be fooled by Flavia's age or the 1950s setting:
A Red Herring
isn't a dainty tea-and-crumpets sort of mystery. It's shot through with real grit.”

—
Entertainment Weekly

The
WEED
That
STRINGS
the
HANGMAN'S BAG

“Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious…
one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.

—
USA Today

“Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering
a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery.

—
Entertainment Weekly

“The real delight here is her droll voice and the eccentric cast….
Utterly beguiling.

—
People
(four stars)


Endlessly entertaining
…The author deftly evokes the period, but Flavia's sparkling narration is the mystery's chief delight. Comic and irreverent, this entry is sure to build further momentum for the series.”

—
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

The
SWEETNESS
at the
BOTTOM
of the
PIE

THE MOST AWARD-WINNING BOOK OF ANY YEAR!

WINNER:

Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel

Barry Award for Best First Novel

Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Dilys Award

Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

Spotted Owl Award for Best Novel

CWA Debut Dagger Award


Impressive as a sleuth and enchanting as a mad scientist…
Flavia is most endearing as a little girl who has learned how to amuse herself in a big lonely house.”

—
M
ARILYN
S
TASIO
,
The New York Times Book Review

“Sophisticated, series-launching…It's
a rare pleasure
to follow Flavia as she investigates her limited but boundless-feeling world.”

—
Entertainment Weekly
(A–)


A delightful new sleuth.
A combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes…fearless, cheeky, wildly precocious.”

—
The Boston Globe

DELACORTE PRESS

NEW YORK

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2016 by Alan Bradley

All rights reserved.

Published in the United States by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.

D
ELACORTE
P
RESS
and the
H
OUSE
colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC.

Published in the United Kingdom by Orion, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group.

L
IBRARY OF
C
ONGRESS
C
ATALOGING-IN-
P
UBLICATION
D
ATA

Names: Bradley, C. Alan, author.

Title: Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd : a Flavia de Luce novel / Alan Bradley.

Description: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]

Identifiers: LCCN 2016006913 (print) | LCCN 2016011731 (ebook) | ISBN 9780345539960 (hardcover) | ISBN 9780345539984 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: De Luce, Flavia (Fictitious character)—Fiction. | Girls—England—Fiction. | BISAC: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General. | FICTION / Thrillers. | FICTION / Historical. | GSAFD: Mystery fiction.

Classification: LCC PR9199.4.B7324 T48 2016 (print) | LCC PR9199.4.B7324 (ebook) | DDC 813/.6—dc23

ebook ISBN 9780345539984

LC record available at
lccn.loc.gov/​2016006913

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