- Series: Flavia de Luce (Book 5)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (December 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038534404X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385344043
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 573 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Acclaim for Speaking from Among the Bones
“[Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for.”—Bookreporter
“Delightful and entertaining.”—San Jose Mercury News
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels
“Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate.”—USA Today
“Delightful.”—The Boston Globe, on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
“Utterly beguiling.”—People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
“Irresistibly appealing.”—The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard
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About the Author
Alan Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, and The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, as well as the ebook short story “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.”
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Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce novels in order:
1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, 1/2010
2. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, 2/2011
3. A Red Herring Without Mustard, 10/2011
4. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, 10/2012
5. Speaking from Among the Bones, 12/2013
6. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, 1/2014
7. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 1/2015
The fifth Flavia book gets the ball rolling rather quickly with the main murder plot, but there are a lot of other subplots from previous novels that are starting to come together here. The de Luce family’s financial problems have finally come to a head, and Buckshaw is up for sale. There is a cliffhanger here at the end, and the next book seems to be headed for a resolution of sorts. If you’ve enjoyed the other books in the series, this one is a must read.
The mystery is the tightest and most interesting yet, and has a slightly eerie atmosphere new to the series. I loved that eerieness and hope it reappears in another.
Flavia has grown up a little (she's almost 12, after all) and the stories of Flavia and her sisters, her mother, father and the estate Buckshaw move forward more than ever. The changes in these beloved characters are most welcome after the static, stilted book four.
Alan Bradley's clever prose is wonderfully entertaining. It's not great literature but for what it is, it's terrific. He is a remarkably gifted writer and at his best here. The book has mystery, wit, suspense, irony, humor and I could go on with the adjectives but the best of all is it has heart. He loves his characters and the town itself and writes about them with lovely tenderness. I didn't want to reach the end of the book.
That he ended on a cliffhanger is surprising -- and maddening good fun. I wish I had book six right now (and seven through ten as well!), and sincerely hope they meet the very high standard he has set himself with "Speaking From Among the Bones."
You would think books centering around a preteen in 1950s England who is obsessed with poisons, death, and murder would be strange to find enjoyable, but there is no doubting it. Bradley is brilliant. Each Flavia novel I have read has taken me no longer than 1 or 2 days to read because I simply can't put them down. They have everything you could want in a mystery including Flavia, who just makes me laugh out loud sometimes.
I hope Bradley continues his novels, so that in time my children can read them in the same way I read Christie (who they will also be reading if I have anything to say about it). I would hate this series to end after anything less than 50 books! I want to see Flavia grow up, and see how Bradley handles that!