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The Golden Tresses of the Dead: 02/26/19
The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley is the tenth of the Flavia de Luce mysteries. It's also the first one with Flavia completely in control of house after the death of her father and the ouster of her aunt.
The novel opens with the wedding of Feely (Ophelia) and Dieter. And the discovery of a severed finger in the wedding cake. Since the cake was baked at the house and under careful guard until the reception, it must have been put there by one of the wedding guests.
Besides the finger, Flavia has her first case as a private investigator (in business with Dogger). Her home has also been overrun with two visiting missioners at the behest of the vicar's wife.
Despite all the apparent distractions, the mystery is very straightforward. Maybe I've been reading too many mysteries. But the actual murder — which I'm not mentioning here — was easy to figure out. The set up reminded me a good deal of a streamlined Greenglass House, minus the fantasy elements.