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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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 24, 2015
  • Patron3563 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Continue to enjoy this series. Not only the murder mysteries, but the unfolding story of the de Luce family. Makes these books very entertaining.

Sep 23, 2014
  • bardostate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the latest book Mr Bradley wrote but not the last. I read all of them in chronological order and although I found the first one to be a slow start, once it got my interest, there was no turning back. The pace is at times very slow and Bradley can get lost in descriptions but Flavia comes alive on the pages among vivid metaphors and witty dialog.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches was my favourite book; it was consistent in keeping me interested and I couldn't put it down.
I can only wish there were more books. It's going to be a long wait until the next book comes out early 2015. Buy hey, Flavia has a fan club and that tells me she's up to something at all times :))

Aug 23, 2014

Though different from all other books in the series, I found The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches a satisfying conclusion to the Flavia DeLuce novels. I highly recommend this book to all science lovers and mystery novel fans. Be sure to read the five previous books (all hilarious and intriguing) about our 11-year-old heroine, Flavia. Truly one of my all-time favorite book series by a wonderful Canadian author!

Jun 25, 2014
  • chatnal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was new to the world of Flavia de Luce. I found that the book spent a lot of time describing details about film developping and corps reanimation and finally I was a little let down with the ending.

It could be that I am missing key information that would have made more interested in finding out certain information at the end.

I will read other books from the series to pass final judgement but for me it was just ok.

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 18, 2014
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As in real life, changes often happen. But the mischievous Flavia will probably remain her delightful self, whatever may come her way.

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

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

May 02, 2014
  • gloryb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Flavia comes face to face with her mother, Harriett and she learns about the mysterious circumstances about her mother's death. Will this be the last in the Flavia series? Seems Flavia will be moving on as her presence in her family reaches an unexpected conflict. A quick read, with lots of great images, but the chemistry aspect is growing old. Bradley certainly has achieved noteworthiness with this series.

May 02, 2014
  • Travel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I agree this is not the book to start with in the series. I loved it for its revelations on Flavia's family history, and it's digression from the usual format of the books. Am delighted to find there will be a 7th book, "As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust" as well as a British-made mini-series, both scheduled for 2015.

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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.

Jan 21, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When we last met nearly-twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce, her sagging ancestral home Buckshaw was about to be sold, she had just helped recover a legendary diamond from the clutches of a murderer and her older sister Ophelia (Feely) had become engaged. Oh, and her long lost adventuress mother had been found. (See Speaking From Among the Bones, same author). Virtually anything I now say about The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches would be a spoiler for those who love this series, as the resolution from the previous novel influences every aspect of its sequel. Needless to say, Flavia is embroiled in another murder, her sisters still torment her, her father is still distant, and her chemistry lab remains her private domain and sanctuary. However this time there is a definite atmosphere of growth and change surrounding both Flavia and the residents of Buckshaw. Bradley maintains Flavia’s young perspective with that same mixture of precociousness and naivety that has become so endearing in our heroine, but Aunt Felicity’s visit brings a whole host of revelations (we finally learn more about dear but enigmatic Dogger). Flavia’s growth as a person means she begins to live outside her own head a bit more; she begins to see others as they are, and begins to empathize with them too. She is naturally quite alarmed by this development in her personality, and her ruminations (plus the regular gallows humour) help maintain the wit of this novel, which is rather darker than the others in the series. For those who have not been properly introduced to Flavia, it would be best to start at the delightful beginning, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. For those chomping at the bit for Flavia’s newest adventure, be prepared to be delighted on two fronts – the story is a great yarn, and – spoiler alert! – Flavia is coming home to us.


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