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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Hardcover)

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Fans of Alan Bradley’s “Flavia de Luce” series wouldn’t dream of missing one of his books, but you definitely won’t want to miss Dead in Their Vaulted Arches.

I can’t say much about the plot because it’s all spoilers, but rest assured that you find out about the man who dies on the train tracks, a lot more about Harriet, and why Winston Churchill came to the village.

But here’s the thing about Dead in Their Vaulted Arches – it’s a transition novel. During the course of this book, Flavia’s life changes in unimaginable ways. But that also means that it’s not as light-hearted as the earlier books. There’s a darkness, a sadness, in this one that hasn’t been present in the past ones. That’s not a bad thing!

Flavia’s growing up, and her world is changing in many ways. Those changes are reflected in Bradley’s writing, and this book is in many ways quite sad. But Flavia is still embarking on chemical experiences, and we learn more about her father’s past, as well as Dogger’s history. And, of course, Feely and Daffy are as difficult as ever!

Up until now, you could probably pick up any of the previous books and just jump in, but with this one, it really is best if you’ve read the first five before you read Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. So much of it relies on your knowledge of Bishop’s Lacey and the inhabitants of Buckshaw Manor, and the changes that occur won’t have near the impact they should if you’re not familiar with all the people.
I can’t wait to see what the next book brings! Huge changes are afoot!

— Fran

Flavia and her family receive word that Harriet is returning at last to Buckshaw, plunging Flavia into a whole new, and disconcerting, realm of emotions. These emotions are pushed to one side when, while waiting on the train platform for her mother to arrive, a strange man delivers a cryptic warning to Flavia…..and then is shoved under the steel wheels of the train. These two events propel Flavia into a whole new mystery, one which layes bare many secrets and unspoken histories of the de Luce clan.

To be honest, this is the first Flavia novel I have read. While I enjoyed reading it, as it is well written, compelling and lovely…this is not the book for a novice of the series to jump into reading. It touches base with many characters you need to be familiar with, their history and their relationship with Flavia, to get the full impact of the story. However the main issue is this is a very well written transition book… the laying to rest some of the over arching mysteries in Flavia’s world and while hinting at new mysteries and adventures which are now waiting around the corner for her.

Fans of the Flavia series should not miss reading this book. Even without an extensive background in this series (I asked Fran to read it now so I could ask questions without spoiling the book for her. She was kind enough to do so.) This book was still a fantastic read, pulling at your heart long after you put it down.

— Amber

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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
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 Gipsy Moth plane, "Blithe Spirit" Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.
Praise for "The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches"
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Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events, "Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist. "The New York Times Book Review"
Alan] Bradley's award winning Flavia de Luce series . . . has enchanted readers with the outrageous sleuthing career of its precocious leading lady. . . . This latest adventure contains all the winning elements of the previous books. "Library Journal "(starred review)
Bradley's latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection as it shows the emotional turmoil and growth of a girl who has always been older than her years and yet is still a child. The mystery is complex and very personal this time, reaching into the past Flavia never knew about. . . . These are astounding, magical books not to be missed. "RT Book Reviews"(Top Pick)
Excellent . . . Flavia retains her droll wit. . . . The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely. "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
It's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family. "Kirkus Reviews"
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Flavia . . . is as fetching as ever; her chatty musings and her combination of childish vulnerability and seemingly boundless self-confidence haven t changed a bit. "Booklist"
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.

About the Author


Alan Bradleyis the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir"The 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 are"The 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, "and"As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.""

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Praise for The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
 
“Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Alan] Bradley’s award winning Flavia de Luce series . . . has enchanted readers with the outrageous sleuthing career of its precocious leading lady. . . . This latest adventure contains all the winning elements of the previous books.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Bradley’s latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection as it shows the emotional turmoil and growth of a girl who has always been older than her years and yet is still a child. The mystery is complex and very personal this time, reaching into the past Flavia never knew about. . . . These are astounding, magical books not to be missed.”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
 
“Excellent . . . Flavia retains her droll wit. . . . The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“It’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Flavia . . . is as fetching as ever; her chatty musings and her combination of childish vulnerability and seemingly boundless self-confidence haven’t changed a bit.”Booklist

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385344050
ISBN-10: 0385344058
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 14th, 2014
Pages: 315
Language: English
Series: Flavia de Luce Mysteries