The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

A Flavia De Luce Novel

Bradley, C. Alan

(Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
"Bishop's Lacey is never short of two things: Mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer and, in the process, comes closer than ever to solving her life's greatest mystery--her mother's disappearance.."-- "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 Gypsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit--Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer. 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2014 ]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0385344058
Characteristics: 315 pages ;,20 cm


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Jun 03, 2014
  • indigo_otter_23 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good book; a little unexpected with the reviving the dead part, but excluding that, pretty good.

May 17, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Terrific book in a wonderful series! This is the best one yet!

Mar 28, 2014
  • SeaMom2one rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

These books just get better! Well researched, very enjoyable. A 'sick day' from work book! Then enjoy another read to catch all the sweet details.

And Thank You Seattle Foundation and giveBIG for helping our library purchase this book!

Mar 18, 2014
  • gvenkatesh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The rating is for new readers to this series. Readers who have been following this series will like this more. It is more of a "tie up loose ends" novel in the series than a stand alone mystery, sort of a season finale for a series.

In stark contrast to the first book in the series that made it popular where Flavia, the precocious child narrator and main character, was fresh, filled with smart and irreverent thoughts reflecting innocence of youth driving the events, Flavia in this book is more of a brooding, self-doubting pre-teen that is less of an active participant and more of a recipient of events that affect her life. Whether that is intentional from the author or he is just getting tired of the series, the book is engaging but unsatisfactory like an anti-climactic season finale.

Too many tangential paths that go nowhere, not much of a mystery, an unexplained surprise solving by the detectives without much help from Flavia. Not recommended unless you have read the whole series and want to read the season finale for sake of completeness.

Oh, I love this series. Can't wait to read the next one. Please let it come out soon.

Feb 20, 2014
  • julie101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading this was like catching up with an old friend. I enjoyed it very much. Flavia remains an irrepressible character, and who knows what lies in the future for her. Best of luck to her.

Feb 13, 2014
  • kimh454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Impossible to predict the end, and that's how mystery novels should be. I hope Alan Bradley writes more about Flavia.

Feb 01, 2014
  • jeanie123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

That's so funny emmadragons, because I rationed myself to only two chapters per day because I didn't want to get to the end! This book was dark and delicious; sad and insightful; weird and wonderful. We see a somewhat restrained Flavia, but she shares her thoughts and feelings in a very new way as she is shedding her childhood and accepting the responsibilities of becoming a young woman. I hope there is much more to come of the Fabulous Flavia!

Jan 19, 2014
  • emmadragons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It took me 4 and a half hours to finish this book. And there are no words to describe it.


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Dec 26, 2014
  • siammarino rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Flavia deLuce is a really bright 11 year-old detective, trying to decipher exactly how her mother died. However this mystery was not compelling, and I didn't finish it.


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