Speaking From Among the Bones

Speaking From Among the Bones

Large Print - 2013
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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 sisters' diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th 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?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410455482
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bra
Description: 475 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 13, 2019

Flavia frenzy continues with a Christmas setting, plenty of snow, and hopes to catch Santa. As an 11 yr old sleuth, Flavia will beguile you. She is incorrigible. This volume of the series will give you further insight into her family and community. With a body discovered in the church -- good grief Flavia -- we are off into the investigation with her batsman, Dogger and her every enduring sisters as her nemesis.

Jan 22, 2016

A Saint is to be disinterred, and of course, Flavia must be there to see it happen. However, another body is found above the sarcophagus, prompting a new investigation into murder most foul. Secret tunnels, mystical gemstones, hidden sons– just another day for Flavia as she puzzles her way through to whodunnit.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 12, 2015

I didn't love the mystery in this one, but what I did love was Flavia's relationship with her sisters, which continues to subtly evolve over the course of this (thoroughly charming) series, and the cliffhanger ending that had me checking out book 6 the second I finished this one.

Oct 08, 2015

Flavia discovers s dead body at St. Tancred and away the story goes. The best in the series so far. The lay of the land has been built and I feel the author here has really allowed himself to fly. The asides, facts, and humor feel more part of the story instead of stopping the pace at times. Should you skip the others, NO. However, I have high hopes for the next books after the bombshell news at the end of this book.

plots are deteriorating and writing style is childish. After the first book, I would never recommend this series to a friend. Perhaps a 10-15 year old reader would enjoy this novel.

Jan 09, 2015

I have enjoyed the series to date and look forward to the coming adventures of this pint size Miss Marple and the rest of her family.

Jul 22, 2014

Just a little too "cute" for me, but smarter than the average "cozy" mystery, and I will happily read more of this series.

May 25, 2014

Only eleven years old and yet so smart, fearless and self-reliant, Flavia de Luce seems to attract adventure. This is the fifth book in the series and the third I have read, and I have enjoyed every one. The over-the-top English eccentricity, the freedom allowed Flavia by her vacant father, the crumbling pile that is the de Luce ancient family home all make for a wonderful background for Flavia to do her detecting work. The village is populated with some of the most unusual people, and Flavia has them all under observation. She is a detective par excellence, and true to form, figures out the whole murder plot ahead of the investigating officers. The cliff-hanger revealed at the end is the ultimate hook to make you salivate for the next installment.

hania4987 May 08, 2014

Flavia: "Why do people always quote Hamlet when they want to sound clever?
Altogether too much Shakespeare, methinks!"

Nov 14, 2013

Holy sea cow! Another splendid tale and it has a wee shocker at the end. Mind you, I've said nothin' (unlike some people).

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melwyk Feb 21, 2013

If you’re already familiar with the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley, you’ll want to read Speaking From Among the Bones, the fifth book in the series. If you haven’t yet encountered Flavia, you have lots of great reading ahead of you, starting withThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia de Luce is a precocious 11 year old who lives in the English countryside, in the1950s. She has two difficult older sisters, a distant father, a deceased mother, and lives in a crumbling old family mansion, Buckshaw. The five books in this series take us through a year in her life, a year which is strangely full of dead bodies.

Throughout the Buckshaw Chronicles, we’ve encountered Flavia’s particular interest in chemistry and in sleuthing. In this book, there is additional character development, a clever mystery, some détente between sisters -- and one heck of a cliffhanger ending as well.

Flavia is intrepid and uses her age and gender as a decoy in her investigations. Along with her trusty bicycle, Gladys, she travels the countryside and solves local murders, to the chagrin of the local Police Inspector. In this volume, Flavia is instrumental in discovering the whereabouts of the missing church organist, Mr. Collicutt. Unfortunately, he is already dead. And occupying the long-closed tomb of the church's patron saint, St Tancred.

This sets off a whirlwind search for clues and patterns, with Flavia encountering two other amateur sleuths on the case (both adults), deliberating on the history and existence of holy relics, meeting people who mistake her for her long-lost mother Harriet, ruminating about her place in both her own family and the wider world, crawling through the muck of mysterious graveyard tunnels, falling into mortal danger, and creating new chemistry experiments to prove her theories... just to name a few of her activities!

There is a great deal of action in this story, with a tangle of characters to follow. Yet Flavia is still the heart of the story, and in this book she seems to have more heart, somehow. She is becoming ever so slightly more self-aware as her world is changing around her. The family is on the verge of losing Buckshaw, and eldest sister Feely is shortly to be married and leave the family circle altogether. These things give Flavia an edge of anxiety that she doesn't necessarily recognize in herself, but which add depth to her character.

Flavia de Luce was a delight to read about right from the beginning, and book five has topped even the excellence of the previous four books. It is finely written, amusingly acerbic, full of personality and pathos, and leaves us wanting book six rather desperately! An excellent entry in this series.


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