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Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5 | [Alan Bradley]

Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Bradley Page (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Donald Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-17-13
    Donald Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-17-13 Member Since 2003
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    "the best Flavia yet!!"
    What did you love best about Speaking from Among the Bones?

    a terrific listen. Flavia gets embroiled in another murder and gets to use her unstoppable curiosity to solve it. In this entry in the series we learn more about her mother, about her family and of course about Flavia herself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaking from Among the Bones?

    love the chemistry lessons too.


    Have you listened to any of Jayne Entwistle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jayne Entwistle's performance is just as good as the novel and she continues to delight.


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait for the next one!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Fuller CT USA 04-21-13
    Steven Fuller CT USA 04-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightfully Incorrigible!"

    What's not to love about Flavia De Luce? Even her bicycle has a name! And I do believe that the best way to enjoy her is to listen to Jayne Entwistle read Alan Bradley's excellent mystery series. This one, brings our heroine and her quirky family to a perilous impass and leaves them clinging cliffside, but not before our fearless 12 year old has solved another gruesome village murder.
    While you will enjoy this book on its own, it is much better in the context of the series so I recommend you read them all . . .no, better yet, listen to them, because Jayne Entwistle gives Flavia such a wonderful voice it makes me smile just to hear her.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-05-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-05-14 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "ANOTHER GREAT BOOK, THIS TIME WITH A CLIFFHANGER!!"
    What did you love best about Speaking from Among the Bones?

    Flavia de Luce is the draw in these books. I've read the 4 previous books in this series and just downloaded the latest offering (which I'm saving to read until I've read everything else in the world - including, but not limited to, the active ingredients of NyQuil - in Egyptian hieroglyphs!) because I really hate when these stories end!


    What other book might you compare Speaking from Among the Bones to and why?

    The only books which compare to this one are "The Sweetness At a The Bottom Of The Pie", "The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag", "A Red Herring Without The Mustard", and "I Am Half-Sick of Shadows" - ALL by Alan Bradley, ALL narrated by Jayne Entwistle, and ALL "Flavia de Luce Novels"! Sorry - no smoke & mirrors - nothing but the real thing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In this book, there was a plot twist not presented in any of its predecessors. A CLIFFHANGER! And a very compelling and critical one. It came, totally unexpected, out of the blue, at the very end of the book. To say I was "verklempt" is to put a soft spin on my shock and surprise. And not to be able to go back to Audible and download the then yet-to-be-released Book 6 was enough to give a 63 year-old woman a massive stroke!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not only WANTED to listen in one sitting - I DID! And would have kept right on listening if the next book in the series had been released for download at the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah!! Please, Alan Bradley, be ready to release Book 6, "The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches" within a week because I know that this elderly de Luce devoteé can not handle going "cold turkey" while waiting "with bated breath for Book 7!!! 😟

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurance WILLISTON, VT, United States 04-02-13
    Laurance WILLISTON, VT, United States 04-02-13
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    "Great book! Compelling story and characters!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great plot with fun and colorful characters and a deliciously complicated story. The book is very well read and an overall fun find. I will look for the other books in the series and read them all!


    Have you listened to any of Jayne Entwistle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to this reader, but I will search out the other books in the series and other books she has read. She was terrific!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karen Charlottesville, VA, United States 02-16-13
    karen Charlottesville, VA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love it, love it, love it!"
    Would you listen to Speaking from Among the Bones again? Why?

    Yes. Have already listened twice through. Flavia is a beguiling character and Entwistle is her perfect voice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    These stories are really just a framework, for me, for hanging out with Flavia (and Dogger). So, yes, her antics keep me fully engaged from start to finish, and wanting more when the story ends.


    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her inflections in Flavia's dialogues (internal and external) really bring to life the richness and depth of a precocious child's inner and outer world. As I said above, the voice is perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And did. And will again.


    Any additional comments?

    It is agony to wait for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid SONOMA, CA, United States 02-12-13
    Ingrid SONOMA, CA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012

    NorthBayGal

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    "Can't wait for the next one!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was sooooo skeptical about the first Flavia de Luce - Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I got it on Sale and because it was recommended and the reviews were great. For the first one it took a couple tries to really get into it. I cannot remember why now, but it didn't take long and I was back to buy the rest and wait for more!

    I'm still waiting, now for the 6th Flavia de Luce! I even went to Amazon to see if a paper version of the next in the series was available, but Audible kept up with the printed version - this is the latest! I'd rather Jane Enwistle reads it anyway - can't imagine anyone else narrating these books, she is perfect. Flavia is maturing. As any 11 year old would be. She did fabulous, again. There is a cliff hanger at the end of this book, not what you think the ending will be. I wasn't totally surprised by it, the content, as I think somehow Mr. Bradley put something in previous book(s) that very subtely puts the idea into the listeners (readers) mind. No spoiler alerts. As for the cast of characters. I enjoyed them, but for a while I was sort of wondering why we had to know anything about them, things didn't seem to connect - but Mr. Bradley and Flavia tie everything together for a satisfying conclusion! Well done and well read.

    Flavia and Gladys are, as usual, all around the village and in the "know". There are more details to everyone's story that are shared with us, i.e. about the Vicar and his wife and others. There is a body, multiple "suspects", organ pipes, jewels, lessons in nature and poisons, etc.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Texarkana, AR, United States 04-19-13
    Mary Texarkana, AR, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The last line of the book, takes your breath away."
    Where does Speaking from Among the Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the book. Only draw back, Flavia crawling around in tight spaces is reminiscent of her being trapped in book two. The last line of the book is mind stopping, suprising, and makes me want to read another book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jayne Entwistle?

    A little sharp.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Last line is suberb.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sidney Pierre, SD, United States 03-26-13
    Sidney Pierre, SD, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great One From Alan Bradley!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaking from Among the Bones to be better than the print version?

    Jayne Entwistle does a fantastic job with the Flavia de Luce series. Both print and audible are great because I'd hate to see Indie bookstores go out of business so I purchase both and read along.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh to be twelve years old again! Little Flavia solves murder mysteries around her crumbling Buckshaw estate. She has a passion for chemistry and uses that to help the town Inspector and his men to get to the bottom of each crime.


    Have you listened to any of Jayne Entwistle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Entwistle rocks! I love how you can "hear" the smile in her voice. She's absolutely perfect for this series!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! If only I had the time!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Allen, TX, United States 03-08-13
    Amy Allen, TX, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2010

    murphaim

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    "Finally, a Cliffhanger!"

    By far, my favorite of the series. I love the addition of a cliffhanger at the end, it makes me crave the next in ther series. As always, Jayne Entwistle's Flavia made me laugh at loud!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-04-13
    C. Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Love Flavia!"

    This is one of the best of Alan Bradley's books about Flavia de Luce and her adventures. As always, Flavia's precocious ways get her in and out of trouble but she always prevails. I have both read and listened to the books and as long as Jayne Entwistle is the narrator, I will always prefer listening to them. She is the perfect voice for Flavia.

    This book had it all: Mystery, intrigue, history and humor. The surprise ending leaves Flavia fans anxious for the next book. Can't wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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