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Speaking From Among the Bones (2013)

by Alan Bradley

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Series: Flavia de Luce (5)

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    LongDogMom: Another historical with a young female genius...in this case the much younger (and somewhat neglected) sister of Sherlock Holmes. Has a lot of Flavia's spunk and determination to prove her worth although written for a younger audience.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although I Capture the Castle is a coming-of-age story, not a mystery, both witty novels are narrated by precocious girls who, left to their own devices by their eccentric families, pursue adventures within the confines of quiet English villages.… (more)
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Love, love, love Flavia books. This one has a great cliff-hanger. Can't wait for the next installments. 5 Stars

Next two books are:

#6 Seeds of Antiquity

#7 The Nasty Light of Day
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  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
Love, love, love Flavia books. This one has a great cliff-hanger. Can't wait for the next installments. 5 Stars

Next two books are:

#6 Seeds of Antiquity

#7 The Nasty Light of Day
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  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
Speaking From Among the Bones – Bradley

3 stars

I do love Flavia. She is precocious; intellectually, a genius. She is also a neglected, lonely child with one completely ineffectual parent. She’s funny, outrageous and not always a reliable narrator. She’s a character and a caricature, as are all of the other sitcom inhabitants of Bishop’s Lacy.

“The albumin contained in the eggshell has the property of collecting and binding the rubbish that floats in the dark liquid, which can then be removed and discarded in a single reeking clot: a perfect description of the writing process.”

This is the fifth book in Alan Bradley’s Flavia DeLuce series and I have enjoyed them all. I remember that I enjoyed them and I want to read the next one. I do not, however, remember the details of the plot or the solution of the mystery once I close the cover of the book. The murders are nothing more than a vehicle for Flavia’s antics and her frequent chemical sidebar comments. This book ended with another mystery solved and the portent of big changes to come in the DeLuce family. I will read the next one just to find out what Flavia does next.

If I were rating this book solely on how much I enjoyed it, I would give it 4 stars. Flavia makes me laugh out loud, and not many books do. But this book is a mystery and the mystery is forgettable. I rated it 3 stars so as not to mislead mystery fans.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
This is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. For those who enjoy the series, this one will not disappoint. Flavia's knowledge of chemistry once again helps her to figure out the mystery of how the organist's body was found in the crypt housing the bones of Saint Tancred. It is the 500th anniversary of the saint's death, and his bones are being removed from his tomb. Of course Flavia wormed her way in to be on site for the big reveal. While the mystery is pretty well done, it is the many characters that make these books so much fun to read. I will definitely keep going with the series.
  NanaCC | May 16, 2016 |
Flavia de Luce is back in Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. It is set in the early 1950s in Bishop's Lacey, England, where Flavia resides with her father and two older sisters. In this outing it is the 500th anniversary of the death of St. Tancred whose remains are buried in the church's cemetery. When the tomb is to be opened, Flavia makes sure she is on the scene to be one of the first to see the body. To everyone's horror, the body in the tomb, observed first by Flavia, is that of the presumed missing but actually murdered church organist, Mr. Collicutt. In this cozy British mystery eleven-year-old Flavia, precocious Chemist and investigator, follows all leads, while riding her bicycle, Gladys.

After reading the first Flavia de Luce book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, I'll have to admit that by the end of the book, I found Flavia annoying. That was not the case in this 5th book. I'm glad I gave Flavia another chance because I actually enjoyed her much more this time around. I do think that Bradley is giving us a more mature Flavia. While she has always been competent, she's now relating better to those around her and her reactions seem to also be more sophisticated. It was refreshing to see this maturity and growth emerge in her character.

Speaking from Among the Bones is fast-paced and is extremely well written mystery. I found this fifth novel in the series very enjoyable and would very highly recommend it.

Since I have read the first book and now the fifth in the series, I can say with some degree of certainty that you do not have to read all the books in order, however, as with any series, reading the books in order may provide additional background that can be missed when jumping into the middle of the series.


The five books in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce Series are: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, and Speaking from Among the Bones. There are five more novels to be published and apparently several made-for-television movies are in the works.


Disclosure: My Kindle edition of the advanced reading copy was courtesy of Random House and Netgalley for review purposes.
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It is almost Easter in Bishop's Lacey, and the villagers are holding their collective breath as the tomb of St Tancred in the church that bears his name is about to be opened after five hundred years. And as luck would have it, it's inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce who is first at the scene. But the body she finds lying there is clearly not that of a desiccated saint. For a start there's the pool of fresh blood, and then there's the gasmask, from under which an unmistakeable shock of golden hair identifies the corpse as that of Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist. Despite her tender years, Flavia is no stranger to murder - but even she is baffled by the peculiar circumstances of Collicutt's death. Especially when soon after, an effigy of St Tancred appears to be weeping blood onto the church floor. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Flavia soon finds herself exploring a secret maze of underground passages beneath the church - and is drawn into the equally dark and fetid world of one of Bishop's Lacey's most peculiar families.
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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, where 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.… (more)

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