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Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Alan Bradley

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Title:Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel
Authors:Alan Bradley
Info:Delacorte Press (2013), Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:read in 2012, mystery, historical fiction, england, science, smart girl, post-war, world war ii

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Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (2013)

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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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The narrator, Flavia, is an ingenious creation. Her point of view and the plot are interesting. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
How long has it been since I rated a book 5/5? Certainly more than a year.

The history of British empire states the last independent Newab (monarch) of Bengal was betrayed by members of his own court bribed by Lord Clive in the battle of Plassey and remains a legend in the history of Bengal prior to the British reign in Indian subcontinent. In the book a British army veteran after the WWII describes a mishap of wet gunpowder and fleeing Siraj to br the reason of defeat only. Other than this unnecessary little example of British ego, the book is awesome.

Front cover to last page. A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

I haven't been touched on so many levels, social, family, personal, nostalgia and even scirntific level by a single story in a long, L-O-N-G time.

Dear Flavia, you are real for me. A real little girl growing up to fast but a child nonetheless. May all your and Buckshaws days of misery fly away soon. Amen.

I read my favorite series so slowly... so that I still have something to read in my days of need. What will I do when it tduly ends?!

And what would I give, to be 12 again!! ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
One of my favorite Flavia books. ( )
  kellyn | Jun 16, 2015 |
In this installment, the financial troubles of Flavia's father continue. Things have come to such bitter straights that the residents of Buckshaw estate awake to find their ancestral home is now for sale.

In the midst of this dire news, Flavia is once again the discoverer of mysterious corpse. This time it is the body of the local church organist - smothered upon the very tomb of St. Tancred. Having gone missing for several days, his body is only discovered when the tomb is opened for a celebratory exhumation of the patron saint for his 500th anniversary.

Who murdered the harmless organist? Who hid his body in the tomb? Could the motive have something to do with a legendary diamond that was supposedly buried with the saint? It's doubtless up to Flavia to discover the truth! ( )
  Juva | May 25, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book, which is the fifth in the Flavia de Luce series. If you haven't read the others, you really should start at the beginning, which is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia is a fascinating and entertaining character, and it is thoroughly enjoyable to follow her around as she interacts with characters and uncovers clues. As many have mentioned, there are some loose ends in this particular mystery, but the surprising cliffhanger at the end of the book leads us to believe that more will be explained in the next installment. I hope we don't have to wait too long until then. ( )
  AdrienneJS | May 18, 2015 |
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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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