Speaking From Among the Bones

Speaking From Among the Bones

Audiobook CD - 2013
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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 five-hundredth 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.

Acclaim for Speaking from Among the Bones

" Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune

"The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for." --Bookreporter

"Delightful and entertaining." -- San Jose Mercury News

Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award

"Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate." -- USA Today

"Delightful." --The Boston Globe , on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

"Utterly beguiling." -- People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

"Irresistibly appealing." --The New York Times Book Review , on A Red Herring Without Mustard

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2013
ISBN: 9780307879493
Branch Call Number: FBCD FIC Bradl 3558
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (10 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
Additional Contributors: Entwistle, Jayne


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Nov 21, 2018

Book 5 have listened to book 6

Oct 16, 2016

Wow! Just wow! The best of the series so far.
This episode features fun, lots of new info on the villagers and more insight into the De Luce family.
The ending packs a punch as well.
Throughout, this has been a fun, feel-good series with each episode delving deeper into the lives of the De Luce family and Bishop Lacey's inhabitants. What an interesting and caring bunch of people.

samdog123 Apr 18, 2013

Each and every one of the books in this series are a real treasure and this one is no exception! This is the cd version and I must say that Jane Entwhistle, the reader, is the best I've ever heard. I've read all the titles on cd and have loved each and every one. This title explores the relationships Flavia has with the inhabitants of Buckshore in greater depth. The charm of Bishop's Lacey and St. Tancred's is also a large part of the plot. I love the language in these books--no one does literary comparisons like Alan Bradley; he is the master. If you've read these books, it's well worth your time to have a listen to the cd versions of the titles in the series.

Cdnbookworm Apr 04, 2013

This is the fifth in the series featuring Flavia De Luce, the 12-year-old girl who keeps stumbling across crimes. Besides being an avid chemist with a passion for poisons, and her own lab, Flavia is always wanting to know more about her mother, who died when off exploring when Flavia was very young. Here she does learn a bit more about her, and about herself too.
Her older sister Ophelia is about to make her official debut as church organist, and Flavia has been tasked with accompanying her to the church for practice. When Ophelia complains about a deficiency with one of the organ pipes, Flavia is introduced to a behind-the-scenes world of the church she didn't know existed. Returning to investigate later, she comes upon the scene where workers are beginning to disinter the bones of the local saint, Saint Tancred, who has been buried there for 500 years. But unfortunately, another body is found in the tomb chamber, and Flavia is off to discover just who is behind it and why.
Her search leads her to another estate in a nearby village, to the home of one of the choir members, and back to the church again and again.
As the ancestral home that Flavia and her family is threatened due to financial circumstances, Flavia must also begin to face losing the life she is used to. We see more depth from her family members, with Ophelia moving on with her own life, and Daphne beginning to show more sisterly feelings.
Definitely a worthy continuation of this wonderful series.

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