Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Speaking From Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce mystery

11-year-old Flavia de Luce has got to be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. She is a passionate amateur detective, not to mention a top-notch chemistry whiz. This is the fifth book in the series (which, despite the tender age of the protagonist, is definitely for adults).

In this installment, Flavia is beside herself with excitement because it is the 500th anniversary of Saint Tancred’s death, and the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey is going to open his tomb. She can’t wait to see the patron saint of her town, but the proceedings screech to a halt when the excavation at the church unexpectedly discovers the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist - and with a gas mask covering his face. Flavia doesn’t miss much, and as usual, she’s determined to discover the culprit before the police can figure it out.

This is another delightful book in the series, with Flavia’s usual unforgettable metaphors and similes, and as always, I listened to the audio version. It is read by Jayne Entwistle, who does a fantastic job with the narration. The only bad thing about the Flavia de Luce series is having to wait for the next one to be published!

Speaking From Among the Bones (#5 in the Flavia de Luce series) by Alan Bradley; narrated by Jayne Entwistle (Books on Tape, 2013)

Books in the Flavia deLuce series:
5. Speaking From Among the Bones


  1. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    I just finished this today during the drive in. I really liked it, the audio is perfect. Why do you think it wouldn't be a good kids book?

  2. Josh - Glad you enjoyed it! I think it is a great series for older kids, particularly teens, but Bradley is definitely writing it for adults. It gets pretty dark (remember the one where the boy is hanging in the woods?) and there are lots of dead bodies, etc. We are actually listening to the first one as a family this summer on our various car trips. The girls are 12 and 14 now, and they are loving it - as is my husband. I'm just thinking of the typical publishing angle of making the character a year or two older than the intended audience for kids' books - I don't think that would hold true with this series.


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