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Spring 2019 Mystery POS Promo

The Golden Tresses of the Dead
By (author): Alan Bradley
9780385678476 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General Jan 22, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.79 x 8.54 x 1.15 in 336 pages Doubleday Canada
The spectacular tenth novel starring Flavia de Luce—“the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times)—from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.

Flavia de Luce, the twelve-year-old chemist and amateur detective, is eager to turn professional. She and her father’s valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister Ophelia’s wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out—the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. Delighted, Flavia wraps the finger in a napkin and whisks it away to her chemical laboratory. By studying the embalmed skin, the indentation of a ring and the slope of the fingernail, she’ll not only be able to determine the identity of the victim—but also point a finger at a killer.

AWARD-WINNING SERIES: Flavia de Luce has won countless accolades, including the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Award and Arthur Ellis Award.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place debuted at #10 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list—the sixth of the nine Flavia de Luce novels to debut in the top ten—and at #9 on The Globe and Mail list. Each new book gains ground on bestseller lists worldwide.

TENTH BOOK CELEBRATION: The Golden Tresses of the Dead will be our tenth Flavia novel, and we’re going to celebrate it across Canada in a big way!

INTERNATIONAL SENSATION: Flavia is an international celebrity, with approximately three million novels sold worldwide in 38 territories and 32 languages.

CROSS-SELL: The trade paperback edition of The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place will also publish in January 2019 and will feature an excerpt of this exciting new novel in the series.

ALAN BRADLEY is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories and newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d and The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, as well as the ebook short story “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.”

Author Residence: Isle of Man, UK

Author Hometown: Toronto, ON

Marketing: Assets to be created that will be available to all accounts that showcase entire Flavia series

Targeted Instagram advertising

Targeted Facebook advertising

Focus of PRHC/DDC social media accounts

Publicity: Limited review coverage in outlets like The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star

Possible multi-city tour in February (Tour cities: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa)

Events in each city

Limited media coverage

National radio interviews like CBC The Next Chapter

Galley review mailing with special Flavia letterhead

Special signed bookplates

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @AlanBradleyAuthor

Praise for The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place:

“There’s only one Flavia.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Outstanding…. As usual, Bradley makes his improbable series conceit work and relieves the plot’s inherent darkness with clever humor.” —Publishers Weekley, starred review

“Fans of the precocious sleuth who share her unapologetically enthusiastic sense that ’an unexamined corpse was a tale untold’ will rub their hands gleefully…. Bradley’s unquenchable heroine brings ’the most complicated case I had ever come across’ to a highly satisfying conclusion, with the promise of still brighter days ahead.” —Kirkus Reviews

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