Flavia had managed to insert herself into the room so that she could see the opening of Saint Tancred’s grave on the quincentennial of his death, for herself, despite the fact that at not quite twelve years of age, she was not supposed to be anywhere near this historic spectacle. Just at a critical point, the lid of the tomb was jambed, and Flavia, being the only one small enough, was asked to peek in, which would mean she would have the first glimpse of the dead saint. There, in the crypt, the lid became stuck, and only Flavia, armed with her torch, was small enough to peer into it to see the long dead saint. But it was not Sir Tancred’s remains that met her eyes, but poor, dead Mr. Collicutt.
In the meantime, her sister Feely was preparing for her debut as the new church organist following the sudden disappearance of the missing Mr. Collicutt. Flavia managed to learn, despite the enormous attempts of one and all to keep it from her, that Feely was engaged to be married to one of her admirers. She and Daffy even managed to share a hug when they sorrowed over the coming loss of both Feely and their lifelong home, Buckshaw, which was to be sold.
This is the first of the five Flavia de Luce novels I’ve read where I listened to Jayne Entwistle reading it. While she doesn’t read Flavia quite the way I hear it, she does a smashing job, and I have to say that once I became accustomed to some of the little things she added that I thought rather a bit unnecessary at first for such dry humour, I found myself rather enjoying it, and finally enjoying it so much I have to give Jayne’s reading five stars and a heart.
Does Flavia solve the mystery of who Feely is going to marry and who killed Mr. Collicutt and why? Does she solve any of the other little mysteries that, true to a Flavia de Luce novel, come her way? The best way to find out is to read or listen to the novel yourself
I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
I keep wondering how on earth Alan Bradley has so successfully channeled a 12-year-old girl with some interesting Tendencies--and with the addition of Jayne Entwistle as narrator I couldn't be happier. I have actually rounded up and listened most of the Flavia de Luce novels narrated by Jayne in spite of having already read them. Yes, her narrating skills are that good!
Flavia de Luce novels are geared to "grown ups" but I would bet a bunch of bucks that they could be enjoyed by tweens just as much. One keeps wondering through the string of books involving murder, mayhem, odd people, British police, a grieving mentally absent father and two snotty sisters, how Flavia does it. Somehow with her chemistry lab and her passion for poison, she stays sunny side with a fillip of the dark side.
These books are a wondrous look at a vanishing and vanished past, one where the uppercrust is crumbling and the village life is safe and sleepy except when Flavia manages to get involved. I catch myself using English slang for days afterwards and hearing Jayne's delivery in my head. Thoroughly enjoyable detecting where a kid is ahead of the cops at every step but not in a smarmy way. Just charming and common sense and a bit wacky.
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The story is written well and Jayne is the key to the Bradley audio books
Flavia is delightfully witty and smart.
Flavia is the star. She is developing into an insightful detective and a young lady with quiet the sensitive side.
The trip to visit Joselin.
All of Flavia's interactions with Dogger that relate to medical descriptions.
I love this series. It is funny, interesting, entertaining, and a great escape.
The story I predict is cute, as I have read all the others. The narrator's voice was too high pitched and squeaky.
I couldn't listen to it.
Flavia de Luce is simply irresistible and I think that this may be my favorite of the series. She is at her 11 year old scientific best solving a complex mystery of her church organist's murder. My one complaint about the book is that it ends with a cliff hanger that will have me waiting on the edge of my seat until Mr. Bradley can write the next book. I hope he's hard at work.
Yes, she is fun and the twists are great. My 13 year old loves this series too.
Some of her others are slightly better, but this one is very good. I can't image the little girl with anyone else's voice and she captures her mischievousness very well.
the very end! I can't wait for the next one.
I love the science that is added to this series. Not too much but fun. My 13 year old daughter loves it and likes how a girl can be smart but not at the expense of others.
This ranks among the best audio books. The reader captures the main character Flavia so well I cannot imagine Flavia with any other voice.
Flavia De Luce by far.
She captures the voice of an intelligent young girl with believability, respect, including the fun, the brillance, and the perspective of a child.
No sin is safe from Flavia de Luce.
The Flavia de Luce books are WONDERFUL. Her insights are great and her family's reactions (or non-reactions) are perfect. I've listened to 4 and read one.
The Vicar's wife Cynthia's reaction to Flavia emerging, filthy, from the tunnel.
All the books are great. She's perfect as Flavia - and all the other characters.