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 500th 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 thing as an open-and-shut case.
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"Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate." (USA Today)
"Utterly beguiling." (People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag)
"Outstanding...[a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery." (Publishers Weekly on A Red Herring Without Mustard)
Flavia de Luce is one of my all-time-favorite characters. She has matured since the last book, but has retained the qualities that make her such a joy to follow. Jayne Entwistle reflects this new maturity in her narration. PLEASE - as in the case of the Agatha Raisin novels, don't change narrators!
I won't give anything away - I'll just say that once again there are lots of things to think about, twists, turns and an ending that will both keep you on the edge of your seat and make you feel like you have to lay down - at the same time.
I love this series. I love the narrator. When I read the books I have the narrator's voices in my "mind's ear."
I can't wait for the next book!
Yes. It was a fun read with all the characters in place. It is wonderful to read this series and watch Flavia grow up.
I wouldn't say edge of my seat, but I really wasn't sure who did it until the end.
Flavia of course.
The ending was stunning. Can't wait until the next one comes out.
Hurry Hurry Hurry Mr. Bradley - don't keep us waiting too long for the next one.
Flavia de Luce is such a delightful and complex young girl and Jayne Entwistle does a great job bringing her to life.
Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries are always entertaining. This particular books leaves you anxiously awaiting the next installment.
The narrator does a delicious job of reading Flavia- a joy to hear
Agatha Christie spirit
She is fabulous.
Looking forward to Flavia as a teenager...perhaps the murders will get trickier. Love the chemistry thread to detecting. GREAT
Definitely, I love the narrator, I love Flavia, the stories are great.
I love Flavia and her interactions with everyone around her
She does the voices and accents perfectly, it takes away right into the story
I love this entire series.
Jane Entwhistle continues to narrate her alter-ego Flavia's adventures in a pitch perfect way. Good story, well told. If you have enjoyed the earlier Flavia novels, you will NOT be disappointed with this one!
Jayne Entwistle is a super star among readers, but especially here where her talents are wonderfully showcased by the main character in this amazing, brilliant and entertaining series. Start at the beginning and read them all. I cannot wait for the next book by Mr. Bradley.
Entwistle's annoying habit of punching up the "slyly humorous" bits of internal monologue are not nearly as evident here, allowing her otherwise lovely evocation of Flavia to shine. Bradley, too, while still tending to over-express the obvious in Flavia's analysis, has written a tighter, more affecting book than the last two in the series.
Right up there with ones by Cotterill.
Flavia de Luce, of course.
She has a great voice and makes such a believable Flavia.
clever and engagingly human humor.
I love this series in both written form and as read by Jayne Entwistle.
Highly Recommend, but only if you want to be thoroughly entertained and baffled until the the finale (see comment at end)
The novels are sooo British and the archetypal characters with their idiosyncrasies lend continuity to each new adventure.
Flavia, obviously,But she also does well in the men’s roles as her father, Dogger and the inspector
Constantly smiling, chuckling, guffawing, and laughing out loud.It is the same with all of his previous books
As always simply delightful! A wonderful storyline for the most charming of all sleuths.
Jane Entwistle’s performance is entertaining and captivating as ever. My first introduction to Allen Bradley’s unforgettable character was through audible and I must say that I’ve been so spoiled by Jane Entwistle’s narration that I wait and watch for the audible edition of the next book to become available instead of reading ahead.She is simply amazing.
To Allen Bradley: Thank you, keep 'em coming
To Jane Entwistle: You are a treasure
To Audible: Please record the next installment, The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches, as
soon as it is published
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