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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

Critic Reviews

"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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excellent read

fabulous plot, wonderful characters, well read by Jane Entwhistle, the whole series is captivating. Flavia is a wonderful protagonist.

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Another adventure for Flavia

I love this girl! Alan Bradley is a genius. And the ending! Wow!

I especially enjoy the way Bradley develops his characters. All of them - major and secondary. Having three sisters, I understand (to some extent) the animosity between Flavia and her siblings. Thankfully none of us were into poisons. I sense we're already seeing a thaw there a bit.

Again the narration is perfection. Give me more!

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A great story with my favourite characters

Another great Flavia adventure. Jayne Entwistle is a perfect narrator for this series. the series keeps getting better

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Wow wow ,fun fun fun!!!

I gave this a five star rating because I loved all of the surprises! I'm still smiling!

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awesome

Love this series so much. great narration as well. bravo, bravo, bravo, bravo. a a a a a a a a a

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Brilliant reading of this story.

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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.<br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>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<br/>

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Engaging!

This the 3rd Flavia book I've listened to and it just keeps getting better! Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Roxanna
  • Olympia, WA, United States
  • 09-19-14

Delightfully Dark Listen

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.

Loved it!

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  • becky
  • Burbank, CA, United States
  • 06-18-14

Jayne brings the story alive

The story is written well and Jayne is the key to the Bradley audio books

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  • Lesley
  • Salisbury, NC, United States
  • 02-16-14

Flavia goes pro

What did you love best about Speaking from Among the Bones?

Flavia is delightfully witty and smart.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Flavia is the star. She is developing into an insightful detective and a young lady with quiet the sensitive side.

Which scene was your favorite?

The trip to visit Joselin.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of Flavia's interactions with Dogger that relate to medical descriptions.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. It is funny, interesting, entertaining, and a great escape.