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