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
Genre: Mystery
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.

The Book:

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.


  1. I need to check out the Flavia de Luce books and also this Chicago Way book. :)

    1. Definitely start with the first Flavia book, there's a lot of character development and continuation throughout the series.