Believe me, it’s been like riding the whirlwind! With a new Flavia novel – the seventh, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust out on January 6th (having been moved forward from March 10th); a new Flavia short story – the first ever, called The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse -out in ebook on December 9th; paperback publication in Canada and the US of The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches on December 31st; a new release of my memoir The Shoebox Bible in ebook format published in Canada on November 4th; the design and re-establishment of a whole new website – well, you get the idea. There’s scarcely been time to breathe.
The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse had its roots in a fascinating discussion I had during the 2014 London Book Fair with my Italian publisher, Antonio Sellerio. Antonio was putting together an anthology of school stories and asked me if I’d like to write a Flavia short story to fit his requirements, which would then be translated into Italian. To make a short story shorter, I did so, at which time my Canadian and American publishers, Random House – bless ‘em! – decided to publish the tale as a stand-alone ebook. It’s already been chosen as a Kindle Single and should be widely available in North America via Amazon, iTunes, and major book retailers.
A UK audiobook edition will follow, just prior to Orion’s April publication, in London, of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.
I now hope to be able to keep you up to date with the fast-moving world of Flavia de Luce, along with sidelights on some of my other writing events and interests.
The first of these – see News and Events, below – is my first North American book tour in five years, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s always so great to chat about all things Flavia with her readers, and I don’t think there’s a writer alive who’s blessed with more warm and devoted followers. I’ve often said that the word most often spoken by readers in talking about Flavia is “love”. It was true at her first appearance seven years ago, and is true now. Readers love Flavia, and I don’t think I’d be too presumptuous to say that the reverse is true.
Jayne Entwistle has just been presented with a well-deserved Voice Arts Award for her audiobook recording of The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches, for Random House Audiobooks, and the same book – out in paperback on December 31st – has also been nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews.
Special thanks to Steve Bennett and his team at AuthorBytes who have done yeoman service in rescuing the Flavia website from its former location after the third attack by hackers in less than a year.
Please drop me an email at [email protected] and let me know what you think of our new arrangements. Comments are welcome!
maria cadwallader saysDecember 24, 2014 at 5:33 am
Congratulations — good news all around.
I and the rest of your readers hope you will keep the Flavia novels coming for years and years.
Maria Cadwallader, Director, Valparaiso Public Library
Mary Beth saysDecember 24, 2014 at 6:24 am
At first I thought, Well it’s about time! (meaning I’ve been popping back and forth waiting for your new website). But then I read above and now I feel bad. I’ve mentioned your new book in my Season Survival Guide post and I’ll be posting Storybook Rooms (rooms found on Pinterest that remind me of rooms that might be found in children’s storybooks) on January 6 and of course will mention you and Flavia (as if she’s a real person – ha!). Love the new website and I don’t have access to e-books, will the short story be out in print???? Please say yes. Mary Beth
Shonnie Klatch saysDecember 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm
I am totally addicted to your books but I am low tech and can’t read e-books. I love to curl up in bed or on the couch with a good book and turn the pages myself and wish that your autobiography and the short story was in book form so that I could get it at a bookstore or the library. Also, I want to share your books with our children who have children who do not have a computer.
Continue to keep us entertained with your amazing imagination and gifted storytelling.
Joyce Whitebread saysDecember 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm
I love Flavia. I know there will come a day when she will no longer exist, and that will be a real sadness for me. I have read these books multiple times. I have listened to them on audio while I read along with the book in hand. I am a true fan. I know she cannot grow up, her whole character would change, which is the thing that makes her so dear for me. You may or may not read this yourself, since you have so many fans worldwide. But I just wanted to let you know how much this character has meant to me. I would also like to wish you holiday happiness, and health to you and yours in the coming years.
Rosemary Karr saysDecember 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm
Very much looking forward to the latest Flavia. I love with this series, its humor, the setting, the characters, all of it. I’m sure it resonates with many of us who never felt connected with our family; I too had older sisters who barely tolerated me, and I too have had my successes, although with less drama. To ease the waiting for the new book, I reread the Dead in the Vaulted Arches, in ebook form, on a recent plane trip. I have found each of these books to be rich enough to provide a most enjoyable reread. Thank you for writing them!
Nikki C. from Thunder Bay, On. saysDecember 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm
I would like to say that the new site is very user-friendly. The graphics and layout were done with simple taste and class. From a user-perspective it is intuitive to navigate and Steve Bennett along with his team deserve the distinction you gave them.
In regards to book #7 – it was a VERY pleasant surprise for me yesterday when I came across “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust” at my local Chapters store. I was not expecting it to be out until Jan.6th 2015 so it is to my extreme delight to say that I am in possession of book #7. I can honestly say Christmas came twice this year…and I may have done a little dance on my way to the cashier.
Looking forward to book #8!
Safe holidays & best regards,
Judy Dougherty saysJanuary 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm
This has been asked of you many times, I am sure, but where do you get the wonderful titles for your Flavia de Luce novels? Happy New Year!
Edward Carson saysJanuary 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm
Will there be other Flavia books after As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust?
Stephanie caldicott saysJanuary 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm
I enjoy your books very much. I understand that you will be in Ottawa and Toronto to promote your new book which I am reading at the moment. I would very much like to meet you and hear you read. Is it possible to get a schedule of your appearances?
Best regards, Stephanie
Vicki Condon saysJanuary 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm
Hi Mr Bradley.
Just wanted to say hello….went an bought
your new book today….Soon as I get to work , going
to start reading….sure I will be up all night reading it !
Raquel Silies saysJanuary 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm
Having just finished Chimney Sweepers – Bravo!! Well done!! Looking forward to more Flavia in the future! Although having met Ms. Fawlthorne, she definitely needs to meet Flavia again. And Jumbo, Fabian, Gremly and all the rest. Thank you for giving us Flavia!
Sharon Fortenberry saysJanuary 7, 2015 at 5:11 pm
I have enjoyed every one of your Flavia novels. Looking forward to the next one.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:54 am
Thanks for taking the time to write, Sharon. I’m happy to hear that the Flavia books have brought you pleasure.
With best wishes,
Marls saysJanuary 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm
I love the Flavia de Luce book!!! I just read the 6. and can’t wait to read the next one. I still have to wait though, for the german version. The end of the 6 book was so suprising!!
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:53 am
The German edition of “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust” should be published in October. A long wait, I know, but there’s
usually a 10 month lag between the US and German editions.
Thanks for your interest and support.
With best wishes,
mary g saysJanuary 9, 2015 at 8:17 am
well, we certainly can NEVER have yoo much flavia! a north america tour? any chance you might end up here in vancouver, bc?
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:51 am
No West Coast swing this time: Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto only on the Canadian leg of the tour.
Maybe next time…
With best wishes,
Petra Sommerlad saysJanuary 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm
When will ” As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust” be available in German?? Please let us know. Everybody here is addicted to Flavia!
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:49 am
Should be in about October. There’s usually about a 10 month lag between the US and German editions.
Thanks for your interest in the Flavia books. You readers in Germany have always been such great supporters.
With best wishes,
Anne Jordan saysJanuary 12, 2015 at 3:21 am
Dear Mr. Bradley,
How can I express how much I “LOVE” your Flavia de Luce books? They are wonderful. I have bought all of them not only for myself, but for friends and family. We are all huge fans!
I especially am enjoying your latest book, “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.” It is very, very witty and humorous!
I just wanted to thank you for giving your fans so many hours of wonderful entertainment.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:48 am
Consider your love expressed – and thank you for it. It’s always a real treat to hear from happy readers.
With warmest regards,
Melissa saysJanuary 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm
When will The Shoebox Bible ebook be available to US customers?
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:46 am
Should be available now from Amazon or any of the other online booksellers. There were a few glitches back in December and
January, but a download should now be very straightforward.
Hope you enjoy the book!
Guiselle saysJanuary 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm
I just finished your latest book,and I have to say, I was feeling so sad for poor
Flavia leaving home and all but she….oh well I can’t spoil it for the rest, I loved it. Thank you so much. Keep on writing, Cannot wait for her other adventures. G in Jersey.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:45 am
Thanks, Guiselle! Hope you’re feeling better about it now!
With best wishes,
Amy Phillips saysJanuary 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Dear Mr. Bradley,
I love your books. I adore Flavia! Spunky, precocious, and full of life! I just got my copy of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust and can’t wait to read it. I have been dying to read A Shoebox Bible, but as it’s out of print, it’s notoriously hard to find. I was so excited when I learned you released an ebook version; however it is not available in the U.S. On the kindle store or Amazon. Where can we get it? Thank you and please keep writing.
A huge fan,
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:44 am
Thanks for your kind words. “The Shoebox Bible” should be available for download in the US from almost any online
retailer. There were a few glitches in December and January, but they should now be sorted out if you’d like to try again.
Hope you enjoy both books!
Esther saysJanuary 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm
I’m now reading “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.” (I’m reading all your books as soon as they come out!) Question: Is Portland, Oregon on your itinerary in the near future?
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:41 am
Sorry – no West Coast trip this time round. Thanks for your support, and for taking the time to write. The Pacific Northwest
has always been a hotbed of Flavia fans. Maybe next time….
With best wishes,
Karen Mickleson saysJanuary 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm
I’ll refrain from slobbering all over you with my love for your endless gifts of pleasure to me.
I finished Chimney Sweep at 3 a.m. last night, and am going nuts trying to find where Flavia explains Fabian’s motive for concealing her identity x2 years. Can you clarify? Is she now ‘under cover’?
Thanks for being who you are,
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:39 am
Thanks for your remarkably kind words.
Although I’m no expert, my own guess is that Fabian might have been being rigidly tested on her ability to deceive. One can only hope that she made the grade!
With best wishes,
Leslie saysFebruary 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Do you know which cities you will be coming to in the US on the book tour? Phoenix AZ?.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:37 am
Although Phoenix – and Barbara Peters’s “The Poisioned Pen” – are one of my favorite places on earth, they weren’t on
my itinerary this time: eastern US and Canada only.
But give Barbara a big hug for me next time you’re in her shop.
With best wishes,
Mary Ned Fotis saysFebruary 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm
Do hope that Boston is on your book tour. We’ll gather a crowd to greet you!
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:33 am
Sorry, Boston wasn’t on the list this time. But thanks for the invitation – and for taking the time to write.
Mary Trainer saysFebruary 11, 2015 at 8:47 am
Have to love that Flavia. Please don’t stop. Looking forward to her next adventure.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:33 am
So am I, Mary! Thanks for taking the time to write.
With best wishes,
Frances slat saysFebruary 11, 2015 at 10:04 am
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy the Flavia books.
It amazes me how you came upon your heroine , your knowledge of chemistry , and all your characters. Dogger is so important in anchoring the DE Luce family.
Anyway thank you for sharing your gifts with us through these wonderful books.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:32 am
Many thanks, Frances. Your kind words are most encouraging.
With all best wishes,
lorna flener saysFebruary 14, 2015 at 10:21 am
I have never read any of your books but am an avid reader and love unexpected sleuths. I found you on the books page of my tablet which is amazing. I am new at this internet stuff. Now I have a list to take to my library. So thank you and i.am looking forward to reading them.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:31 am
Thanks, Lorna. Happy to have you aboard. Hope you enjoy the Flavia books.
With best wishes,
Liz Fletcher saysFebruary 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm
What a stroke of good luck: Just when I am cooped up after bunion surgery, here comes the latest Flavia book to bring the roses back to my cheeks. I keep hoping to hear of Flavia coming to PBS. Any chance of a TV series or movie? One can only hope!
I have loved these books ever since discovering the first in, of all places, the beach butler’s cart at a resort in Playa del Carmen. Another stoke of good luck.
Thanks for these wonderful books.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 19, 2015 at 11:30 am
You’ll be happy to hear that the Flavia books have been optioned for TV by producer/director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”, “Skyfall”)
I’m glad to hear that the new book arrived in time to assist your recovery. Happy reading – and speedy healing!
sandy saysFebruary 16, 2015 at 6:16 pm
Is there a place on your website/on-line that has the map/s that appear in “Hangman” and “Herring”? My ancient reader (and eyes!) make the EPub version very difficult to see! Love the series! Thanks!
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 21, 2015 at 10:47 am
Alas, not yet. It’s an excellent idea. I’ll see if I can find time to scan the maps and post them.
With thanks – and best wishes,
Christina saysFebruary 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm
I have just discovered Flavia and I’m hooked. I spotted “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” at Costco here in Mississauga recently and bought it on a whim. I’ve been back twice more for the rest of the series. The thing I love most about books is you never know when you’ll discover a new gem. Charming, clever, utterly readable… thank you for a wonderful series!
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 21, 2015 at 10:46 am
Thanks, Christina – what a devoted reader you are!
I hope you’ll have as much fun reading the series as I did writing it.
With best wishes,
Valerie saysFebruary 21, 2015 at 8:10 am
Alan..love all your books, I am now on the Vaulted Arches. All your books are fun and entertaining.
Confused now about the de Luce name which is Flavia’s name, her fathers last name, Haviland de Luce, but also comes to her through her mother, and her mother’s brother..Uncle Tar, whose lab at Buckshaw, Flavia uses. The de Luce estate comes from her mother’s family history, a de Luce property
I have been going back through pages and pages trying to figure this out.
Valerie in Ottawa….
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 21, 2015 at 10:45 am
It is mentioned in one of the books that Flavia’s parents were cousins. No mystery there. Uncle Tarquin was uncle to them both.
Hope the weather is better in Ottawa than it was when I was there in mid-January!
With best wishes,
Katie saysFebruary 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm
It’s raining this morning on the East Coast of Australia and I’m tucked up in bed with Flavia and a rather large pot of tea. Nothing could be better. I’m reading slowly and savouring each sentence of Chimney Sweep, page 225 now and feeling a slight panic in my heart. I don’t want it to end. I love Flavia!
And by the way, I think that Ruby Bentall would make a fabulous Flavia on screen.
Endless thank you’s and gratitude Alan.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Tea and Flavia sounds idyllic, Katie.
Thanks for your kind words.
With warmest wishes,
The Sage Bookwhisperer saysFebruary 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm
I waited with baited-breath for my pre-ordered new Flavia book. I got it around 2/11…started reading on 2/13…finished 2/21…Done. THANK-You…I was NOT disappointed. And ,I’m grateful you are sending her back home….can’t wait for the next adventure…how about MOVIES_ that would be Awesome! One Question that still lingers…what does NIDE stand for/ inquiring minds want to know!
The Sage Bookwhisperer saysFebruary 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm
So sorry…I forgot to say that I’m such a fan of your Flavia Series. I purchased duplicate books for my 88 yr old Mother for our Summer 2014 Over the Phone Book Club..just the two of us. I’d read 3 of the books according to year published _but started all over with my Mom_so we could read and discuss them every Saturday morning over Tea or Coffee via the phone as she lives in another city. She fell in love with her as well_ we call her “Our Little Badness”. I ended up dedicating my Blog post to your books on October 7,2014 _Thank-you for my Mom & My Happiness with this character..btw,we read & fell in love with Father Brown’s writings at the same time. But Flavia has become a Family Member ! http://sagebookwhisperer.blogspot.com/2014_10_01_archive.html
Alan Bradley saysMarch 20, 2015 at 10:28 am
I love the idea of your exclusive “book club”. My best wishes to you both. To be mentioned in the same breath as G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown is an honour!
Lee Jackson saysFebruary 27, 2015 at 7:33 am
Having long ago been an 11-year-old girl, I enjoy reading about Flavia. I also am a fan of chemistry, having edited many chemistry texts! Is it wrong for me to want to see her grow up? Anyway, thanks for doing such a great job.
elaine beierbach saysMarch 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm
I have just completed this series on audio. I loved it. I haven’t enjoyed a series of stories like that in years. So now what am I do read? I so miss Flavia!
Jessie Gilland saysMarch 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm
I have just binge read “Chimney Sweepers” in about 10 hours and am so bummed to have to wait for the next book – it was fantastic! I love your books and Flavia. My heart leaps for joy at every “Yaroo!” and aches for the sad lonely little girl that desperately needs a hug. Thank you for such wonderfully complex and interesting characters – I look forward to her return to Buckshaw and that entails :).
Alan Bradley saysMarch 20, 2015 at 10:25 am
Here’s a big “YAROOOOO!” to tide you over, Jessie. And a hug back.
Kate saysMarch 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm
Thank you for writing such delightful books. I have loved them all. Flavia so true, so forthright and so clever. She is really an inspiration for all ages. I am enamored with your settings, and the strong and wise characters. I hope you will continue sharing your gift with us! Thank you.
Alan Bradley saysMarch 20, 2015 at 10:24 am
I hope so too, Kate. Life without Flavia – at least for me – would be dull indeed!
Adrienne saysMarch 18, 2015 at 10:47 pm
I grew up as a child in NY idolizing Nancy Drew and reveling in all her adventures. I never dreamed that so many years later Flavia would come along, and capture my heart so completely. Your stories are clever, charming, poignant, laugh out loud funny… simply brilliant on so many levels.( I so hated each book ending that I even read through the Acknowledgments!) Thank you for bringing Flavia to us. She (and you) are extraordinary.
Alan Bradley saysMarch 20, 2015 at 10:23 am
My blushes, Adrienne! But your kind comments are welcome, indeed. You might well be the only person in the world who reads Acknowledgements!
Adrienne saysMarch 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm
Full disclosure, re : Acknowledgements~
I have told such a tremendous number of people that they must buy your books (I refuse to share mine), that should you ever discover exactly how many, you may need to list me in the Acknowledgments.
Alan Bradley saysMarch 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm
Many thanks, Adrienne. You are hereafter, and forever, entitled to use the letters “FoF” (Friend of Flavia) after your name.
Adrienne saysMarch 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm
I fizzed inside when I read this! ( I know your comment was meant to be light-hearted, but I fully intend to have new business cards drawn up immediately with my new designation.) Truly, Mr. Bradley, you are beyond gracious.
Adrienne, BA, MA, FoF
Alan Bradley saysMarch 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm
Fizzing is good. Welcome to the FoF!
Ernie Thor saysApril 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Not true! I am always interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff. It doesn’t matter if I don’t know the folks that help, but it is interesting to see how many help, and in some cases what they helped with. This is especially true about parts of the story where outside noodling was required. It’s important to recognize those who have added and assisted in writing/producing such wonderful work. In fact, I’d like to see more clearly into you creative process. You are one of a few authors who I’d love to take tea with on any afternoon.
Shana'Shanti saysMarch 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Brilliant to catch the independence and quite adult completeness of the 11 year old mind and world view. I have been an 11 year old girl and without that more adult need to be liked we are just so onto who people really are!. Only just discovered Flavia and having read only two books (out of order) have still 5 delights acoming!! Yaroo!! I will love her growing up, the eccentricities of the English Aristocracy are endless and charming.
Molly Prior saysMarch 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for creating Flavia! I love your books and the way they are written and they have been so inspiring for me. All your books are so incredible that they are beyond words, and I just want you to know how much I appreciate them.
Thank you and please keep writing,
Alan Bradley saysMarch 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm
I will, Molly! Thanks for your lovely email.
tasmia saysMarch 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm
To Dear Mr.Bradley,not since the time I’ve put down the last of the Agatha Christie’s,have I found such joy,as I have done in the Flavia series.I have relished every word of As chimney sweepers come to dust.When will we have the next book?
And thank you.So much.
Jennifer Gracie saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:57 pm
I came to Flavia in 2013. Loved her so much I’ve bought all of them on Kindle and already read them through twice. I’ve now ordered “As Chimney Sweepers…” but don’t seem to be able to find “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse”. Is this not available to Australians via Kindle? I really want to get my hands on everything about Flavia. Thank you so much for writing them. I know readers can be rapacious. Thank you, Thank you. Jennifer
kris saysApril 8, 2015 at 11:22 am
I don’t know how I hadn’t come across these books before. I picked up the newest through netgalley and was 3 chapters in (and totally LOVING it) when I realized it couldn’t be the first. So, I spent a few minutes on goodreads and was thrilled to discover not just a book or two that came first, but six. I bought all of them right away (love Amazon – although I will note I never get all of the books at once like that; it is a testament to how wonderful I thought the first 3 chapters of the 7th book are that I did so). And I am already engrossed in the first book. I will pick #7 back up when I get to its rightful place in the order.
I love Flavia – she is a wonderful character (so far anyway) and I can’t wait to read more about her. Reading your prose is like listening to a favorite song – so easy to read, so easy to smile while my eyes dart across the page, so colorful and it makes it so easy to conjure a mental picture of Flavia and her world. I could almost imagine being able to dance to it and the lyrics something I might unconsciously end up memorizing.
I have one question though. Is the narration as if Flavia is older, looking back and telling the stories, or is she just so exceptional that she has a better vocabulary than most of my colleagues (I suffer from the affliction of being a lawyer – and so I think that’s saying something about her vocabluary)?
I am looking forward to continuing the Flavia marathon that just started for me!
Linda Welter saysApril 11, 2015 at 10:33 am
Dear Mr. Bradley,
My two oldest daughters (16 &13) and I (I won’t share my age) have just completed your latest novel, and we cannot wait for the next one!! As much as we loved having Flavia “visit” our fair country (Canada), we were glad to read that she is returning to Buckshaw.
We are massive fans! Thanks so much for good clean fun, and the inspiration your work inspires (my oldest daughter is seriously considering doing a chemistry minor in University).
Linda Welter (and daughters)
Jim Thomas saysJanuary 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm
Just for the record: Flavia’s adventures in Canada occurred in that part of east end Toronto where Alan spent some of his high school years, and where, coincidentally, I lived for a few years in the 80s and 90s.
It was quite fascinating being able to picture some of the locales while reading about them.
Lynn Perreault saysApril 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm
I have enjoyed all the Flavia novels, but Chimney sweeper’s dust is my absolute favorite. The novels have kept me chuckling throughout. Thank you.
Peggy Elves saysApril 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Flavia is the curious determined young girl that helps us recall some of our youthful memories and activities (racing down hills on her Gladys…harooooo!!).
She is utterly perfect and you are amazing for giving us this joy and the wonder of her and her delightful adventures. You are loved as much as is Flavia.
What a thrill to have her visit eastern Canada in the last book. Just to imagine her on our soil!
But I love her home at Bradshaw and her family and the village and every character.
Thank you Alan Bradley for being such a clever imaginative man….and for sharing this with us anxious laughing and crying readers.
Deanna Repp saysApril 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm
I too have so enjoyed all of your books immensely. I listen to them on CD in my car and sometimes have to take the long way to my destination just to hear as much as I can in one sitting. I no longer dread traffic delays! Between your exception talent at writing (I was amazed to find the author was male!) and Jayne Entwistle’s extraordinary talent, Flavia truly comes to life. Thank you for your efforts and keep up the truly fabulous work.
Rachel saysMay 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm
Really hope there will be another Flavia book soon. Part of me is missing when I think that there are no more for me to look forward to.
Tracie Hall saysMay 7, 2015 at 11:43 am
I started a new library job and a new co-worker told me about her love for you and Jayne Entwistle. The only audio available for download through Overdrive was book 3. I like to start at the beginning, but had to know what all the fuss was about. Amazing! One of my favorite traits of Flavia’s is the way she anthropomorphizes everything. I have always done that with animals and vehicles and had only just recently started doing it with a few particularly dear things in general–it’s fun to find a kindred spirit, however fictional. 🙂 Deep praises–keep writing!
Danielle Hinton saysMay 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm
Thank you so much for your wonderful series!
I am a ravenous consumer of books (I sympathize with Daffy 😉 and am always on the lookout for new material. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie was recommended by a patron at my library and I’m so glad! I was hooked after the first book and finished all seven within the week.
I can’t wait to follow Flavia’s future adventures!
Ernie Thor saysAugust 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm
I recall you saying something about Flavia coming to TV (PBS?) sometime in 2015. I also recal you saying something about having reviewed a script (teleplay) for the TV show.
Can you tell me (all of us) what is the latest on this news, or provide a link that has the latest info.
Also, a note to your Blog master: Using light grey type face in your comment box (or anywhere for that matter) is a travesty for my tired old eyes.
jack saysDecember 6, 2015 at 1:25 am
I really love your books. I was wondering when The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse will come out on paperback or hardcover because I really don’t enjoy listening to ebooks.
Alan Bradley saysDecember 11, 2015 at 5:34 am
Thanks for your kind words, and for taking the time to write. You’ll be happy to know that “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse” – until now only available in ebook format – will be included as an added bonus in all US and Canadian print copies of the forthcoming new Flavia novel, “Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d”. Publication is scheduled for April 3rd, 2016.
With best wishes,
Becky Veigel saysDecember 30, 2015 at 11:57 am
Loved “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust” as well as the “Copper Corpse”, itching for more Flavia!! Any news on an upcoming book? Can’t wait to see how Flavia expands her new role . . .
Sharon H. LaBombard saysJanuary 5, 2016 at 8:02 pm
Last summer my brother was in the last stages of life. I had gone over the border,with my tent, to Vermont, to help in the last weeks with a new MP3 player (birthday & Mother’s Day gift) from a daughter. It turned out she had buried the first 5 Flavia books for me to discover! They were such a blessed relief from the stress of the day and got me through a difficult time with laughter and tears… Alan, I can hardly praise your genius or the gifts of Ms. Entwhistle more than has already been done but am thrilled to hear about the forthcoming new Flavia novel, “Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d”. (Publication is scheduled for April 3rd, 2016). I am eager to see how everyone in Bishops Lacey has fared and how Undine and Flavia’s ‘escort’ are fitting in… and of course Feely’s wedding, and what Flavia’s work and relationship with the police will be…. Oh goodness, there must be a new baby at the inspector’s house… I hope I live that long! And that I don’t loose sleep debating that title! Thanks Alan. Thanks Jane (No Flavia without You!)
Jessica Bickford saysJanuary 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm
I just wanted to say “Hello” and “Thank you!” I first discovered your books when my husband sweetly bought me one and left it on my nightstand a few years back. Since then we’ve both kept up with every one, reread them, recommended them, and my husband recently read the entire series aloud to our kids. Nate (9) and Elliana (7) love them and the science. It was such a joy to sit and listen to them read aloud with “voices.” Thank you for providing a series that our whole family enjoys.
Anne Jordan saysJanuary 20, 2016 at 4:30 am
Can’t wait to purchase several copies of your latest book on April 3rd! ( I buy them as gifts for family members)
Erik Richardson saysAugust 29, 2016 at 10:08 pm
We are a non-profit working to get Flavia into more school libraries to help light up the next generation of brilliant scientists! If you are curious and willing to help, please visit our facebook page: Every Einstein.
Becky Veigel saysDecember 10, 2016 at 11:36 pm
Loved “Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d”. Only disappointment is that we will have to wait a while to see how Flavia fares in her next adventure! Your writing is wonderful, I always relish that rare book in which the journey is as enjoyable (or more!) than the destination. Your books always leave me wishing for more Flavia and wishing I had been a little more like Flavia when I was a teenager! Keep it coming, please . . . !!
Johnnie saysFebruary 12, 2018 at 10:05 am
Your books have been a gift. My daughter is in a correctional facility and I sent “The Sweetness….” book just trying to find something she would enjoy. She is hooked. Your books are a special treat she receives now and are read when she has a special moment in which she needs to “escape” her prison. They are read in one setting. Thank you for sharing your talent.
Alan Bradley saysFebruary 13, 2018 at 6:25 am
I couldn’t be more pleased than to hear that the Flavia books are, even in some small way, bringing happiness to your daughter. Thanks for taking the time to write, and to share your lives. Please give her my very best wishes, and tell her that, rain or shine, she is always welcome at Buckshaw.
ANN LARSON saysJanuary 10, 2022 at 4:09 pm
hope you’ll update your website soon–or indicate where a newer one is.
ANN LARSON saysJanuary 10, 2022 at 4:12 pm
never mind. I found the newer stuff.
Sharyl saysJuly 28, 2022 at 11:10 pm
Mr. Bradley, thank you so much for Flavia deLuce! I have never enjoyed a series of books or characters so much in my life. I pray you will keep on writing. You, sir, truly have the gift of captivating your readers. I can scarcely put the book down once I have begun. Haroo!
Sharyl Carroll saysAugust 11, 2022 at 5:02 pm
Are there going to be any more Flavis deLuce books coming out? I have devoured them all, and are hoping you will write more. These are my favorite books so far. Please, more Flavia!
Frauke Andresen, Germany saysSeptember 17, 2022 at 4:53 am
Dear Alan Bradley, dear Flavia-friends,
my english is not good enough, but I will try my best with help from word-translation-aid :o)
Incomparable Flavia – I find out but now this year. Needless to say I love her…want to care for her, her wounded soul, just want to adopt her, immidiatly. You know.
At the moment I read ‘As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust’. Flavia is in Toronto! And more then ever I want her to meet this very special girl, I come to know in the wonderful books of Martha Grimes. Her name is Emma, Emma Graham, from nearby(!) La Porte, Spirit Lake in Iowa in the 1950th. Investigation is her passion – and is needed to solve the cold and the current cases in her environment with her gifted intelligence.
Lost in loneliness, isolation within her family – but nevertheless (or rather therefore) this brave heart, her dry humour and ironical view, her wisdom…oh, she is so unique. And I wish so much, this two girls meet each other, find together. Become soulmate friends, get love and support, true reflection, comprehension, peace.
Martha Grimes tells Emma’s story amongst others in ‘Hotel Paradise’ (in german ‘Das Hotel am See’). If you want to get to know Emma, too, I recommend especially this. Have fun!
Mr. Bradley, thank you so much giving us Flavia… I really can’t find words <3
in the very north of Germany