Title: Speaking From Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel (#5)
Author: Alan Bradley
Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2013
Rating: 4.5 stars
In this fifth Flavia de Luce mystery, we are treated to another
delightfully mixed up mystery in which we learn even more about the
residents of Bishop's Lacey, both guilty and not guilty. This time
around, the victim is church organist Mr. Collicutt, found in the tomb
of the one and only St. Tancred, who is supposed to be exhumed for the
500th anniversary of his death. What follows is Flavia doing her own
detective work, as usual, behind the back of the local law enforcement
(and to their great annoyance and stress, of course).
solving mystery, which is convoluted in the best possible way (and very
realistically, in my opinion), we meet new characters, some of whom are
connected to Harriett, Flavia's mother. We also delve deeper into the
histories of the vicar, his wife, and the de Luces themselves,
understanding each a little bit more.
Bradley creates the best
characters. Flavia is wonderfully clever, often ingenious, yet still has
the curiosity and sulkiness a child of 11 should have. Her family also
grows more sympathetic in this book, though of course Flavia and her
sisters still tend to go at each other, and their father is still
distant—yet they seem to grow closer here, which I loved to see. And the
secondary characters continue to be developed, though the eyes of
Have I mentioned the humor yet? Despite the fact that this is a murder mystery, Flavia recounts everything with her usual wit and wry observations. I already used this word in this review, but I'm going to use it again: delightful. This series is nothing short of delightful.
Also, if you have been following along with this series
from the beginning as I have, the ending is HUGE. This is the first time
I am looking for the next book in the series to see how the cliffhanger
ending will be followed up with! (Just so you know, the next book in
the series, titled The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches, will come out sometime early next year, and I can't wait.)
Disclaimer: I received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley.