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Alan Bradley

Biography

Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.

He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. His children’s stories were published in The Canadian Children’s Annual, and his short story, "Meet Miss Mullen," was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature.

For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan (Extension Division) at both beginner and advanced levels.

His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries. His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio.

He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings. Here, he met the late Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, MS. HOLMES OF BAKER STREET. This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as “a firestorm of controversy”.

The release of MS. HOLMES resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto’s Harbourfront. His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.

His book THE SHOEBOX BIBLE (McClelland and Stewart, 2006) has been compared with TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE and MR. GOD, THIS IS ANNA. In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the (British) Crimewriter’s Association for his novel THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, the first of a series featuring 11-year-old Flavia de Luce.

Alan Bradley lives in Malta, with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats.

Alan Bradley

Books by Alan Bradley

by Alan Bradley - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, discovers a charred and mummified body, which tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Rumors swirl that Miss Bodycote’s is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace. When it comes to solving multiple mysteries, Flavia is up to the task --- but her true destiny has yet to be revealed.

by Alan Bradley - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother. Yet upon the train’s arrival, Flavia is approached by a stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia?

by Alan Bradley - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce. Greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light --- along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.

by Alan Bradley - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

The precocious Flavia de Luce must solve a murder that took place while the entire village gathered to see a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern being filmed at the de Luces’ decaying English estate.

by Alan Bradley - Fiction, Mystery

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce has her fortune told by a soothsayer, only to discover her later, bludgeoned almost to death. The soothsayer may have abducted a local child years ago. Could the two crimes be connected?

by Alan Bradley - Fiction, Mystery

It is the summer of 1950 --- and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that 11-year-old Flavia de Luce's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.