Speaking From Among the Bones

A Flavia De Luce Novel

Bradley, C. Alan

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Speaking From Among the Bones
When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce, where greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light, along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385344036
Characteristics: 378 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.


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Feb 18, 2015
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Patron3563 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Palomino rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 08, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Nov 16, 2013
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 20, 2013
  • PriscillaHowe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoy these Flavia de Luce mysteries, set in England in the 50s, with a cheerful adolescent girl as protagonist.

Jun 08, 2013
  • jeanie123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I just can't get enough of Flavia and her adventures. I am also the youngest of three sisters...oh how I wish I'd had access to a chemistry lab when I was growing up. I might be an only child by now! I love how each book is revealing more about the family characters and story.

Jun 03, 2013
  • badgirls rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My favourite so far-love Flavia going around on her trusty bike Gladys solving crimes. Thanks "modestgoddess" for the warning about "gloryb". Hope many read this delightful novel and don't have the fun spoiled by those who just have to give away the ending.

Jun 01, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hmmm....not sure what the "forgotten flower" mentioned in the blurb here, is? Certainly not a real flower, so maybe the gem....(hope that's cryptic enough not to be a spoiler). This is another fun romp with Flavia, and one of the most enjoyable. Can't wait to see what Bradley does in the next book. (Watch out for definite spoilers below - gloryb gives away at least two plot points, one of which comes right at the end of the book and likely sets up the next novel.)

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Feb 21, 2013
  • melwyk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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