Judging by the title of the book, you might think that this is a tale for the kids or a bedtime story. But the truth is, Alan Bradley wrote one of the best mystery thrillers of the year, and the fans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes will most certainly appreciate the brilliant writing style, brisk, lively narrative and rich, believable characters. Bradley, a bestselling and award-winning writer, is at the peak of his career right now, and this book is his best work to date.
Flavia, the main character of this fascinating story, is just a 12-year-old girl, and she's sailing back to England. They expelled her from the Female Academy in Canada, but, despite all that, she's got a smile on her face. However, she could never expect that trouble would be waiting for her back at home. The second she arrives, she learns that her dad got sick while she was away, and nobody's allowed to visit.
So, she feels like she's left all alone in the world, and that's why Flavia is happy to do something for the vicar's wife. She grabs her favorite bike and rides into the sunset to a strange carver who likes to keep to himself. Soon, when the girl finds the front door half-open, she instantly knows that something went terribly wrong: The carver's body is hanging in the house!
What's even stranger is that Flavia notices a cat in the room, and it doesn't really care that the owner is dead. At first, the girl is confused and frightened - she doesn't know what to do - but then she decides to conduct an investigation and find out the real truth about the man's death. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd is a wonderful book for all the fans of the classic English mystery novels and brings a fresh, exciting new breath into the genre.