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Speaking from Among the Bones (Paperback)

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There is great turmoil at Buckshaw Manor, and this time, Flavia isn’t certain that she can fix it. In Alan Bradley’s fifth “Flavia de Luce” novel, Speaking from Among the Bones, there is much consternation at the prospect of digging up the bones of the resident saint, Saint Tancred. And while Flavia is fascinated with the chemistry of decomposition – provided saints decompose! – her more immediate investigation revolves around the death of the organist.

Add to the mix the fact that Feely might be thinking about marriage, Flavia finds out more about her mother, and the possibility that Buckhaw might have to be sold, and it’s no wonder that things are topsy-turvey in Flavia’s world!

Of course, Speaking from Among the Bones is charming, and the characters are just as delightful as ever. But I’m even more impressed with Alan Bradley’s handling of a pre-teen girl in this latest installment. The changes that Flavia is experiencing are not all external, and I’m always impressed when authors allow their characters to grow. Mind you, I’m not ready for Flavia to grow up!

And oh, the twist at the end! Such a beautiful cliff-hanger!

Spoiler alert: The cover is a total red herring. Gladys is just fine.

— Fran

Description


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER
From award-winning author Alan Bradley comes the next cozy British mystery starring intrepid young sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed by USA Today as one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.

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.
Acclaim for Speaking from Among the Bones
Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child. The San Diego Union-Tribune
The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for. Bookreporter

Delightful and entertaining. San Jose Mercury News
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

Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate. USA Today
Delightful. The Boston Globe, on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Utterly beguiling. People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Irresistibly appealing. The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Alan Bradleyis the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoirThe Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels areThe Weed That Strings the Hangman s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, andAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust."

Praise For…


Acclaim for Speaking from Among the Bones
 
“[Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child.”The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for.”—Bookreporter
 
“Delightful and entertaining.”San Jose Mercury News

Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels
 
“Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate.”USA Today
 
“Delightful.”—The Boston Globe, on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
 
“Utterly beguiling.”People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
 
“Irresistibly appealing.”—The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard


From the Paperback edition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385344043
ISBN-10: 038534404X
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: December 31st, 2013
Pages: 396
Language: English
Series: Flavia de Luce Mysteries