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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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    The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (LongDogMom)
    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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    The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Friederike.Geissler)

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Another great Flavia De Luce mystery. I am in awe of the effortless prose (I'm referring to the effect of course; I'm sure it was not so effortless to create). ( )
  Frankie_Bow | Feb 24, 2015 |
Oh Flavia, how I love you. I liked the conclusion of this one a bit more than the others - it's a bit different and that was a refreshing change. There must be so much research that goes into these books - the chemistry that Flavia goes into doesn't seem like the common stuff that most people know. Just so wonderful! ( )
  janeycanuck | Feb 1, 2015 |
Not as good as I'd hoped. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Not as good as I'd hoped. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Description: Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s never such thing as an open-and-shut case.

Thoughts: If you haven't fallen into the charming pages of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce books, you should remedy that as soon as possible. The first, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, is genius and was so unexpectedly spectacular. Books 2-4 weren't quite as good, but Flavia is such an amazing character that they are highly recommendable anyway.

The fifth in the series, Speaking From Among the Bones, just came out this week. And, let me just say, it is AWESOME. The mystery is pleasantly meandering and full of weird details only a sociopathic poisons expert would be able to point out.

Let me just say, however, that as usual, this book shines more because of the characters' relationships and the larger story of their lives. I won't go into details because it's one of the best threads you will discover when you start reading the series, but the big important subplot gets so much oh so wonderfully tantalizing attention.

I am VERY upset that this book ends on a cliffhanger. I will be rabidly awaiting the next installment. I CAN'T WAIT!

Rating: 4.3

Liked: 4.5
Plot: 4
Characterization: 4.5
Writing: 4

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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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