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Speaking From Among the Bones (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Alan Bradley

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Title:Speaking From Among the Bones
Authors:Alan Bradley
Info:Doubleday Canada (2013), Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, mystery, Canadian author, England, Flavia de Luce, historical fiction

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Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (2013)

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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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  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
Enjoyable...but didn't hold my attention as well as some of the others, and I got to thinking, this will probably be my last Flavia de Luce book...until the bombshell at the end. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
Enjoyable...but didn't hold my attention as well as some of the others, and I got to thinking, this will probably be my last Flavia de Luce book...until the bombshell at the end. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
Oh Flavia. This girl cracks me up with her humor, wit and smarts. Am not a huge mystery fan but am completely smitten with Bradley's characters in the Flavia de Luce series so far. ( )
  untitled841 | Feb 1, 2016 |
What a cliffhanger! I almost wish I hadn't read this book until the next volume was available. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Entwistle, JayneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montgomery, JoeCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moscowitz, OrliExecutive producersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perini, BenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thornburn, CathyDirectorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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