Thursday, September 22, 2016
Review: Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, and The Chicago Way (Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon #3)
Title: Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
Author: Alan Bradley
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Recommended If You Like: mysteries, previous Flavia de Luce books, precocious genius female detective protagonists
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.
Returning to England, Flavia finds her father ill, and is desperate for a distraction. She gladly agrees to run an errand to a local woodcarver, but finds his dead body instead. The discovery of a murder makes her feel far more like herself again, and Flavia sets out to solve the case before the local police can.
What I Liked:
I love the Flavia de Luce series. I love her character, the writing style, the setting, and the mysteries. So I was guaranteed to enjoy myself with this book.
It was great how Bradley wove in familiar characters to the story. while successfully introducing new ones. I really enjoyed the introduction of a children's book author as a central figure to the mystery, as I love books within books.
The mystery was a clever one, full of twists and turns, and Flavia's fabulous chemistry knowledge and excellent detective abilities.
Anything I Didn't Like?
The solution to the mystery was interesting, and fit well with the previous clues, but wasn't as great as I was hoping for. Something about it just wasn't completely satisfying.
There were also so many characters I found it a little hard to keep track of who was who sometimes.
I really enjoyed this book, as I've enjoyed all the Flavia stories. The ending was one of the weaker in the series, but it's such a good series, it was still an excellent mystery and read.
This was not my typical mystery read (being in the noir style), and I loved it anyway. It's always fun to find a book outside my "comfort zone" that I really enjoy. This one was a recommendation from my dad.
Michael Kelly is a former cop turned private detective who is hired to solve a cold case. But this is a much more complicated case than first appears, with repercussions stretching all the way to the present.
Harvey knows how to write about a cold case. He was the executive producer of a great true crime show, Cold Case Files. This is a book full of twists and turns, especially a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming.