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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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Love Flavia DeLuce and her family. I can't wait to read the next one in the series! ( )
  rtevels | Jun 20, 2014 |
3.5 stars

The town is planning to open up the tomb of St. Tancred. But when the tomb is opened, they find the body of the organist at Flavia's church, who had gone missing. Flavia can't resist but to try to figure out what happened.

Jayne Entwhistle continues to do an amazing job of voicing the likeable Flavia for the audio books. At the same time, the novelty is starting to wear off for me, I think. My mind does tend to wander at times while I listen. At the same time, I am quite amazed at how much of these books don't focus on the murder mystery at hand, yet there still comes an entire book out of it. I had been debating about giving up the series... until the cliffhanger ending on this one! I will be continuing with the next book, after all. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 20, 2014 |
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Another great Flavia de Luce book. Once again our young sleuth with the help of Gladys her bicycle gathers the clues to uncover who killed poor Mr. Collicutt. An absolute delight! ( )
  Brenda63 | May 7, 2014 |
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More shenanigans involving the intrepid Flavia de Luce.

Having fallen head-over-heels in love with young Flavia in the debut novel of this series, [title:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie], and thoroughly enjoying the second of the series, [title:The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag], I was a little disappointed by the third and fourth volumes, which failed to live up to the high standards set by their predecessors. That isn't to say they weren't good stories, just not the stellar achievements I had come to expect. This, the fifth installment, however, restored my faith in Flavia (and Bradley) and made for a most entertaining few hours.

The opening of St. Tancred's tomb in the village of Bishop's Lacey is a rather odd way to celebrate the 500-year anniversary of the local church, to my way of thinking, but that's what's going on when the body of Crispin Collicutt, the church organist, is found in the crypt. Flavia, naturally, is Johnny-on-the-spot with her investigation, in part because of her natural inquisitiveness, but also, I believe, as a way of distracting herself from the distressing circumstances of her home life. The de Luces are inches away from losing their ancestral home forever, and Flavia is avoiding that reality by plunging headlong into another murder investigation. (Come to think of it, an awful lot of people end up dead for such a small English village. If I were among the townsfolk, I'd be giving serious consideration to moving house.)

As always, Flavia runs headlong into trouble: with the local constabulary, with a mysterious paleobotanist, and with her sisters, of course. Somehow it all works out, as you knew it would, but at the very last minute, there's that humdinger of a cliffhanger to whet your appetite for the next book!

Well done, Mr. Bradley. And curse you for leaving me hanging like this!

Thank you to LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program for the opportunity to read this book. ( )
  avanta7 | May 6, 2014 |
Flavia de Luce, my favorite young detective, solves another murder-mystery in her small English village. Whether she's astride her trusty bike Gladys, plotting poisonous revenge on her sisters, or assisting Inspector Hewitt Flavia goes boldly and leaves a trail of wreckage behind her! I adore her and can't wait for the next book, as this one ends with a cliffhanger! ( )
  obedah | Mar 26, 2014 |
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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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