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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

by Alan Bradley

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Series: Flavia de Luce (6)

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    Love and murder by Gail Bowen (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these cozy mysteries have darker aspects, with family secrets affecting young girls. Preteen Flavia de Luce, the intrepid sleuth in Dead in Their Vaulted Arches and adult Joanne Kilbourn investigating Love and Murder make and resolve astonishing discoveries.… (more)

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In the 6th novel of the series, things are forever changed in many ways at Buckshaw. This one was just as good as the first 5 however it was a little sad too. Can't wait to start books 7. ( )
  Tiffy_Reads | Mar 19, 2018 |
The body of Harriet, Flavia's mother, is being brought back to Bishop's Lacey by train. It was recovered in ice in the Himalayas. Flavia is amazed that Winston Churchill is present at the train station and even asks her a question. Gradually more persons, some of whom we met in previous installments of the series and some which are new, arrive for the funeral. Flavia gets to ride in an airplane for the first time. She learns things about her family and its place in Britain's history and politics. I'll leave much of the action out of my review to prevent spoilers. This is certain to be key in the series and essential to understanding future installments. It's one of my favorites in the series to this point. I listened to the Random House audio version read by Jane Entwistle. I will listen to something else next for the sake of variety, but I look forward to the next episode in the life of Flavia. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 5, 2017 |
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the 6th book in the Flavia de Luce series. Flavia is a lively and brilliant 11-year-old living with her father and sisters in a small village in England in the 1950s. In this book, Flavia is waiting at the train station when a stranger whispers something in her ear. Not long after, the stranger is pushed under the train and Flavia must figure out why he was murdered and what he has to do with the de Luce family.

Flavia is one of my favorite characters, and this series has quickly become one of my favorites, as well. I can identify with Flavia, who is something of a misfit and a loner, but in a rather heart-warming way. It is amazing that Alan Bradley can write about a young girl so wonderfully! The book is an easy and unfortunately quick read. (Why is it that the best books are read so quickly, while others just seem to drag along?) Bradley captures the quirkiness of the English town and this fallen-on-hard-times, upper-class family very well. I love visiting Bishop's Lacey and Buckshaw to find out what will happen next.

I highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys a funny and smart mystery with an absolutely enjoyable girl detective.

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  rretzler | Nov 3, 2017 |
Flavia, who's mother died on a mountain, experiences the unsettling return of her mother's body.

Flavia is such a unique character and the family is so very English in their oddness and tolerance for strange behavior and beliefs.

Can't wait to read the next in the series. ( )
  majkia | Oct 19, 2017 |
All the way into "A Series of Unfortunate Events" territory, but much more English. Still a lot of fun and eager to read more. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 8, 2017 |
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The Marble Tombs that rise on high,
Whose Dead in vaulted Arches lye,
Whose Pillars swell with sculptur'd Stones,
Arms, Angels, Epitaphs and Bones
These (all the poor Remains of State)
Adorn the Rich, or praise the Great;
Who while on Earth in Fame they live,
Are senseless of the Fame they give.
- Thomas Parnell, A Night-Piece on Death (1721)
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"On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival in the English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office--and making spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gypsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit--Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer. Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award: 'If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce.'--USA Today ; 'Irresistibly appealing.'--The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard; 'Original, charming, devilishly creative.'-- Bookreporter, on I Am Half-Sick of Shadows; 'Delightful and entertaining.'--San Jose Mercury News, on Speaking from Among the Bones"-- "Bishop's Lacey is never short of two things: Mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer and, in the process, comes closer than ever to solving her life's greatest mystery--her mother's disappearance.."--… (more)

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