Description (from publisher):
‘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 a thing as an open-and-shut case.’
Reading this book was like coming home. I have to say that I love this series. Flavia de Luce and her family are such characters that they are not easily forgotten. I devour this series when the books come out and I felt honored to be able review this one before the release date. I could barely contain my excitement. Me, reviewing a Flavia de Luce novel before it is even published. Amazing!! The wit of Flavia de Luce is sharp and intelligent. She is a character all amongst her self. She is very adept at chemistry and even has her own laboratory in her house. She is at home mixing and making poison as well as conduction scientific experiments. She also has a knack for stumbling across murders and solving the case.
Flavia makes a stunning return in this novel and I cannot wait for the next one. I hate having to wait for these books to come out. And to think, the only reason I began with this series was because I found the first book’s title to be amusing (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie). What an amazing series with amazing characters and an equally amazing plot line. It doesn’t get much better than this. Flavia is continuously making me laugh with her antics and I love reading about her adventures with the residents of Bishop’s Lacey. She has a knack for finding her way into trouble, but she doesn’t stay there very long because she is so smart!
Mr. Collicutt has been missing for some time and Flavia is surprised to find his body resting atop Saint Tancred’s eternal resting place. Who wanted this man dead and why was he found with a gas mask on his face? Flavia must use her sharp chemistry skills and her brain to find out exactly what happened and why. This book is classic Flavia and there is a twist at the end that I did not see coming. It bodes well for what is next in the series and I need Bradley to hurry and write the next one so I can get to reading it.
I also have some very important news to share with all the Flavia lovers out there: Sam Mendes, the Oscar award winning director of American Beauty, has bought the rights to produce a planned five two-hour television movies based on this series!! Flavia is coming to television!! I cannot wait to see these and I hate television. The news doesn’t clarify a date or anything, but just know it’s coming. How exciting!! Also, one more tidbit to share: Delacorte (the publisher) has signed Alan Bradley to pen five more Flavia de Luce novels. The beloved detective of one of the bestselling cozy series in the past decade will sleuth for at least ten novels!! YAY!! Flavia and her family and friends will be around for a little while longer. It doesn’t get much better than this!!
Overall Rating: 5+
Title: Speaking From Among the Bones
Author: Alan Bradley
Series: Flavia de Luce Mystery #5
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Genre: Historical Mystery
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Disclaimer: This book was given to me, by the publisher through Netgalley and the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.