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Urch organist his face grotesuely 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 cas. Near the end of Speaking From Among the Bones Inspector Hewitt visits Flavia in the Buckshaw drawing room after she s nosy parkered her way again into solving the latest murder Right then Inspector Hewitt was saying Let s have it I couldn t help thinking how much progress he had made since we had first met nine months ago upon which occasion he had sent me to fetch the teaThere was hope for the man yetWhat follows is my favorite part of the book where Flavia gleefully does the wrap up in her humble jolly girl well met kind of voice that does not fool anyone in the slightest while the exasperated but fond Inspector takes notes and tries to delicately balance himself between being supportive of her intellect and disapproving of her wild lack of self preservation Something about their relationship breaks my heart on Flavia s end at least I find myself reading between the lines every time they are together hunting for Inspector Hewitt s true thoughts suffusing his character with emotional nuances that Flavia fails to pick up but that I m sure are there Flavia needs a hero in her life someone to look up to who will indulge her but also impose limits how much is Inspector Hewitt investing in being that person Because we only see him from her point of view and because she finds him so inscrutable I m not sure we ll ever know but watching them develop as a pair is one of the best parts of this series And this stuff is even better with the addition of his wife Antigone who seems to recognize Flavia s lonely little girl crush for what it is and is so so kind about it The man is fighting a losing battle of course Even when he goes out on a limb and explicitly tells her not to put herself in danger she isn t hearing it After he tells her to remember there are dangerous killers on the loose she practically swoons with excitementMy heart acceleratedDangerous killers on the loose The words to which every amateur sleuth lives in eternal hope of hearing Ever since I first heard them spoken on the wireless by Philip Odell in The Case of the Missing Marbles I had longed for someone to say them to me And now they had Dangerous killers on the loose I wanted to shake the Inspector s hand My cup of crime runneth over I thought Where would we be if the amateur detectives of the world decided things were getting to dangerous and they d better stay in for the nightFlavia is under an inordinate amount of stress in this installment Her sister is getting married marking her passage out of Flavia s life as far as she s concerned and Flavia is just starting to realize she doesn t want her to go Her family s money troubles have come to a head and Buckshaw is actually For Sale Another huge part of her life she is on the verge of losing including her laboratory Her father seems even like a ghost like a defeated man All of this probably accounts for the melancholy tone in this novel even though Flavia s humorous narrative is still whip smart and the characters are all crazy uirky Flavia s worries are starting to eclipse her optimism and disrupt the natural order of things Naturally the murder she has to solve provides her distraction during the opening of Saint Tancred s tomb on the 500 year anniversary of his death to which Flavia has inserted herself without permission she discovers not an uncorrupted saint s body but a murdered church organist but even though it makes up the bulk of the story it s not THE story And to be honest I found it a little hard to follow what with the inclusion of a mysterious holy artifact two other amateur detectives Flavia must contend with Flavia s side obsession with testing everybody s blood and a whole host of new ish Bishop s Lacey characters whose tangled histories intersect way too much with the case I really needed that wrap up at the end THE story for me at least is Flavia s search to belong somewhere even in her own family her own village And her then insistence that she be recognized and given credit for it As bad as things get she is still irrepressible in her demand for attention After her wrap up when everybody gets up and Inspector Hewitt casually and somewhat dismissively thanks her for her time she wonders Where are the trumpets And that is the best thing about herThanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this e ARC

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Edth 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 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 ch. I do love Flavia de Luce Such a plucky fearless eleven nearly twelve year old who loves nothing better than reading criminology texts and brewing up poisons in the chemistry laboratory inherited from her Uncle Tar Living in the early 1950s Flavia is mostly left to her own devices by her eccentric family of mean older sisters and disengaged father who has never got over his wife s death ten years earlier Flavia has the run of their dilapidated stately home and the local countryside on her bicycle and a knack for finding dead bodiesIn this episode Flavia is distracted from inventing new poisons which she dreams of using on her sisters by the news that the tomb of the local saint Saint Tancred is be be disinterred on the 500th anniversary of his death As the Vicar is a particular friend of hers she wastes no time in heading for the church in Bishop s Lacey Not unexpectedly there is a murder in the church and a dastardly plot involving Saint Tancred s tomb to be solved The joy in these books is not so much the murder mystery but Flavia s spirited and inventive interactions with her sisters father Dogger her father s valetgardener and ex army mate the Vicar police Inspector Hewitt and his elegant wife Antigone as well as a new friend Adam Sowerby a botanist who collects ancient seeds and shares Flavia s interest in solving crimes Outside of boarding school Flavia seems to have few friends her own age but the grown ups all seem to treat her as an undersized but intelligent adult The plot and discourse are infused with wry British humour which makes the mystery a lot of fun

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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 insufferable sisters’ diaries What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies Upon the five hundr. Rating 39 of five The Book Description 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 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 grotesuely 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 caseMy Review The ending threw me a curveThe middle was a busy muddleThe beginning was a laugh a minuteAnd I enjoyed it all I didn t know who the murderer was and when revealed I was a bit surprised I hadn t thought of that I was mildly ticked that at the ending of the book after the murderer was disposed of a loose end wasn t tucked tidily away but rather left to be part of the cliffhanger resolution If Mr Bradley should happen to pass into his Eternal Reward before the next book is completed and edited I shall engage every root woman and witch doctor and psychic and spiritualist I can locate to hound the rotter into spirit writing itSo since I m usually a tartar about judging cozies demanding the characters and the plot mesh why am I still reading these somewhat ramshackle novels After all the murderer s identity isn t at all well set up and the red herrings are ummm far fetched and the propulsive event is barely barely set up and then ignoredYeah well cozies are about characters and about a species of ma at maintenance and these novels deliver all the pleasures of those ualities in spades doubled Bradley s uite improbable little genius Flavia de Luce is a pill of the first water a know it all and a little girl on the edge of some enormous growings up that all of us who ve passed through adolescence can empathize with Her passive defeated father her cruel sisters her delightful world of Buckshaw with its fully euipped chemistry lab and its decaying splendor and the people of Bishop s Lacey all mix together into an immersive Barsetshire esue experience of enfolding charm and warmthThis is the fifth book don t begin here if you re picking up a new series as too much will be a spoiler for some payoff surprises in earlier books But should you pick up the series at all Hmmm Don t if you re a puzzle solver don t if you have to have a sleuth whose abilities and access are believable do if you re after the aforementioned immersive experienceBut if you do read the book I defy you not to laugh at the fate of the Heart of Lucifer This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


About the Author: Alan Bradley

Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name With an education in electronic engineering Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute now Ryerson University in Toronto before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where



10 thoughts on “Speaking from Among the Bones

  1. says:

    Wow I admit I wasn't expecting much with this latest installment of my very favorite mystery series Not because it hasn't alway been wonderful b

  2. says:

    Rating 39 of five The Book Description 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 insufferabl

  3. says:

    ”Now from yon black and fun’ral yewThat bathes the charnel house with dewMethinks I hear a voice begin;Ye ravens cease your croaking din;Ye tolling clocks no time resoundO’er the long lake and midnight groundIt sends a peal of hollow groansThus speaking from among the bones”Thomas Parnell A night Piece on Death 1721 When they decide to open the crypt of St Tancred on the 500th anniversary of his death no one is

  4. says:

    Ahhhhhhh Really?? How long do we have to wait to find out what that means?That was my first reaction to the last line of the book The Flavia books are uickly becoming some of my favorites of all time and the series is definitely at the top of my list The tangle of mystery murder and normal family life make these a great read for all ages

  5. says:

    I do love Flavia de Luce Such a plucky fearless eleven nearly twelve year old who loves nothing better than reading criminology texts and brewing up poisons in the chemistry laboratory inherited from her Uncle Tar Living in the early 1950s Flavia is mostly left to her own devices by her eccentric family of mean older sisters and disengaged father who has never got over his wife's death ten years earlier Flavia has the run of th

  6. says:

    It has been over a year since reading the previous Flavia book so I thought that my reactions would be less likely to be tainted by prior annoyance I think that was the case but frankly this book did not rise above

  7. says:

    I let out a small howl of frustration and pathos upon finishing this one It may be my favorite Flavia book yet but it ends on SUCH

  8. says:

    Near the end of Speaking From Among the Bones Inspector Hewitt visits Flavia in the Buckshaw drawing room after she’s nosy parkered her way again into solving the latest murder “Right then” Inspector Hewitt was saying “Let’s have it”I couldn’t help thinking how much progress he had made since we had first met nine months ago upon which occasion he had sent me to fetch the teaThere was hope for the man yetWhat follows is my

  9. says:

    The previous Flavia book was disappointing and Alan Bradley has corrected every shortcoming of that book and produced the fi

  10. says:

    Flavia de Luce continues to be one of my favorite characters in all my reading She is a genius in her chemical meanderings and in he

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