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Alan Bradley to release Flavia de Luce e-short

Alan Bradley with his book and matching birthday cake

Alan Bradley celebrates his birthday and the launch of volume six of the Flavia de Luce series at the Bridge Book Shop near his home on the Isle of Man

As volume one of Alan Bradley’s bestselling Flavia de Luce books enters its 20th printing in the U.S., the Canadian author is releasing the first ebook short centred around the 11-year-old detective. On Tuesday, Bantam will release The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse, in which the young sleuth is called to investigate a dead man whose body has mysteriously turned to copper.

Bradley is also on the cusp of publishing his seventh title in the series. In As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, due out in January, young Flavia is shipped to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, where she is soon inducted into a mysterious organization known as the Nide. Also in January, Bradley is the guest of honour and distinguished speaker at the Baker Street Irregulars’ Sherlock Holmes Weekend.

To date, the mystery series has sold 2 million copies in 37 territories around the world. In 2012, director-producer Sam Mendes (American Beauty) picked up rights for a television adaptation.