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26 February 2013 / getrus

Speaking From Among the Bones — Alan Bradley

speakingFlavia de Luce is at it again.  Somehow, the precocious 11 year-old has found herself in the middle of another mystery.  Turmoil, however, is brewing at home.  Will she be able to solve the mystery and save her beloved Buckshaw?

I love Flavia.  She may be young, but she is wise for her years (and she has a laboratory!)  Flavia finds herself at the church when they are set to open the tomb of the patron saint, St. Tancard.  But for some reason the stone will not move.  Looking in Flavia, being the smallest to fit in the crack, sees the body of Mr. Cullicot, the church organist.

An investigation ensues.  Flavia manages to learn more than the police and get herself in as much trouble as she can with the help of Adam Sowerby, a man who had come to see what he could find in the tomb of St. Tancard in the way of seeds and plants which might have made there way in there from when he was buried.

Out of all the Flavia de Luce novels, this one might just be my favorite.  For some reason Flavia comes into her own and you really get to see her interact with her sisters more.  I will say, however, I wish Alan Bradley had not given such a cliff-hanger for an ending.  I almost threw my book across the room.

**** (Four Stars)

FYI:  My review of A Red Herring Without Mustard, book 3 in the Flavia de Luce series.

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