Speaking from among the Bones (Flavia de Luce Series #5)

Speaking from among the Bones (Flavia de Luce Series #5)

by Alan Bradley
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Speaking from among the Bones (Flavia de Luce Series #5) by Alan Bradley

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385344036
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Flavia de Luce Series , #5
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Alan Bradley is 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 MustardI Am Half-Sick of ShadowsSpeaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, and As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.

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Speaking From Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
EmaCross More than 1 year ago
By far the best Flavia book yet. I could not put it down until I read the entire book. I was not in shock at the end; I have been waiting for this. I can't stand the idea that I have to wait a year for the next book.
JzFestGalMD More than 1 year ago
I truly love Alan Bradley and Flavia de Luce. Each book gets better, and I feel as though I know Bishops Lacey intimately. Love the development of the characters, and some of the new characters introduced in this book. The ending is a true cliffhanger, but I will wait patiently for the next installment as don't want anything less than the perfection I have come to expect. I must admit, I would appreciate a Flavia in my neighborhood
KentuckyGranney52 More than 1 year ago
love the book Alan Bradely has found a way to mix Homes, Christy and even Nancy Drew into one mystery solving crime fighter. Love the whit and how he makes you think that you know how the crime is going to end. but then a sudden twist that you did not expect to happen. can not wait to read the others and so hope he keeps writting love his work.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Modern Corpse in the Crypt While I have found the series more uneven than many people seem to, I’ve been enjoying the characters and situations in the Flavia de Luce mysteries. So when a recent road trip found me with a CD that wouldn’t play, I wasn’t too upset when I was able to substitute Speaking From Among the Bones as a last minute audio book. This book finds us in 1951. It’s late March, and the week before Easter. Flavia’s oldest sister Ophelia is concentrating on her debut as the parish organist at the upcoming service. But the big news in their small village of Bishop’s Lacey is the crew that has come to town to dig up the remains of their patron saint. St. Tancred has been dead for 500 years, and they are going to honor him. Naturally, the eleven-year-old Flavia is on the scene when the crew sets to work. But they’ve just dug into the outer chamber of the crypt when they make a shocking discovery. There’s a second body in the crypt, this one decidedly more recent. In fact, everyone in town recognizes him as Mr. Collicutt, the village’s former organist who vanished six weeks ago. Of course, Flavia begins to dig into the latest mystery, but can she find the killer? My main complaint with this series has been that the mysteries can be weak. This one starts out right away, but the book does appear to wander around for a while until we reach the climax. Most of the pieces of the book are indeed needed to solve things, and the solution is wonderful. The real charm continues to be the characters. Flavia is one of the most unique main characters. While at times I can be annoyed by her antics (something kept to a minimum here), at others she is rather funny in her reactions to things. We get to know a bit more about the rest of her family here and make some interesting new friends along the way. The characters are becoming deeper and richer with every book, something I really enjoy. In fact, I’m quite curious about how an on-going series sub-plot is going to progress. I care enough about the characters I need to know they will be okay. Granted, the cliffhanger at the end of the book would be enough to make me want to read the next one soon anyway. Jane Entwistle is the narrator once again for the audio book, and she is Flavia. Her inflections as she does the first person narration are half the fun. I don’t know that I would enjoy reading the books for myself now I’ve gotten so spoiled. Because of the character growth, it’s probably best to go back to the beginning to enjoy these books. But you’ll be enjoying Speaking from Among the Bones before you know it.
duMaurierRose More than 1 year ago
I really like this series. Bradley has a wonderfully precocious imagination, perfectly balanced with sincerity and vulnerablilty. His books are deliciously absorbing. I only wish the B&N shipping department would be half as absorbed in their work; this is the second time I've received a Flavia book with a crumpled cover, and this time another book I that ordered with it was actually resting inside the cover of this book, as if they just didn't care in what condition it arrived. I really hope that the B&N shipping service improves.
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I HAVE THIS ON AUDIO CD...THE VOICE OF THE WOMEN WHO READS IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND WILL BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY . A TRUELY FUN BOOK TO LISTEN TOO. I LOVE THIS WHOLE SERIES AND RECOMMEND IT TO OLDER CHILDREN AND ADULTS WHO JUST WANT TO PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire Flavia series is delightful and is perfect for anyone who likes books that are charming, well-written, and wholesome. I have given many of these books as gifts and everyone who reads them becomes a fan of Flavia De Luce. The hardbacks are adorable decorative, and colorful, and make a charming addition to one's library. The only negative was B&N delivery which was not as promised, and the customer service which was less than helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of Flavia. Delightful may sound strange for a murder mystery, but I use this as I would to describe a Miss Marple mystery!!!
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I am a Flavia admirer and this book was just as amusing and well written as the rest.
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Chazzle More than 1 year ago
I began the book about two months after publication; I was keenly aware of its existence, but I was none too anxious to dive in. I mean, #5 in a series? It's like James Bond - "Shaken, not stirred" works only so many times. (About 20 times if you're a man.) My point is this: DO NOT HESITATE TO DROP EVERYTHING, AND READ THIS BOOK NOW. You're always in good hands with Allstate, and Alan Bradley. Excerpts: Antigone smiled upon me like a madonna who had just had a foot massage.  and Feely was gazing into her teacup, admiring her own reflection. She insisted on drinking it plain, "no cream, thank you," the better to see herself in the shimmering liquid surface. At the moment, she was blowing on it gently to see what she'd look like with wavy hair.  and of the "cooking" of the governess Mrs. Mullet: The very thought of this gray guck sticking to my ribs - or anything else - was enough to make my stomach go into hibernation. "Thank you, Mrs. M", I said groggily, adding a generous slosh of milk to the oatmeal. Perhaps I could sip away at the liquid and leave the quivering horror hidden beneath the surface like the Loch Ness Monster. With writing like this, a great plot and goose bump guaranteed climax are almost beside the point. Almost. I urge you not read any "spoilers" of this book. Heed the "spoiler alerts" and direct your eyes elsewhere. Buy it. Read it. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is so awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the whole series and I absolutely adore Flavia , her family, and her community
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etd More than 1 year ago
These books are the best!  I want to go back to teaching and make all these books part of our literature sessions and have read aloud with my students at the edge of their seats!   Flavia is such a brilliant character!
merlyn63 More than 1 year ago
Flavia is at her best in SPEAKING FROM THE BONES and the family's plight plays no small part. You will find yourself immersed in Flavia's latest adventure while worried about the DeLuces' future. Flavia is up to her second floor bedroom in bodies and suspects and uncovers something very revealing about herself in this story. Bradley has done it again -- Thank you Alan!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good as always...this girl is a pip!!
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I have read each of the Flavia DeLuce mysteries, and they are consistently good fun.