Speaking From Among The Bones: A Flavia De Luce Novel by Alan BradleySpeaking From Among The Bones: A Flavia De Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

Speaking From Among The Bones: A Flavia De Luce Novel

byAlan Bradley

Hardcover | January 29, 2013

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In the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling series, featuring Flavia de Luce, Alan Bradley pens his most chilling mystery yet, and introduces a new character into the mix whose actions will have lasting consequences on Bishop's Lacey, the de Luce family, and especially Flavia herself.
     When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at the village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce. Greed, pride, and murder result in old secrets coming to light--along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.
ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. Prior to taking early retirement to write in 1994, he was director of television engineering at the University of Saskatchewan media center for twenty-five years. His versatility has earned him awards for his children's books, radio broadcasts of his short stories, and n...
Title:Speaking From Among The Bones: A Flavia De Luce NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.56 × 5.8 × 1.27 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385668120

ISBN - 13:9780385668125


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fun! This is a great one in the series. I really enjoyed how long it was, especially considering how short (HSoS) was (even if it was really good too). It had a great dollop of mystery sprinkled with plenty of Flavia's crazy and fun antics. Worth the read.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just can't get enough of Flavia De Luce! I love Alan Bradley's writing style, and I love the little bits of educational information he always throws in!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this series! I recommend all the books in this series. They're one of those books you can go long periods without reading, then you read the next book in the series and don't feel lost at all. Quite entertaining read.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny! These books are such a riot. Great read, once again!
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another 5 Stars for Flavia If you aren't a Flavia de Luce fan, you SHOULD be! She's a young teen with a lot of responsibility, a keen intelligence, and a nose for solving crimes. Although these are classified YA books, many of my adult friends also love Flavia's flare for getting to the truth of the matter, despite her hateful older sisters, her all-but-disappearing disappearing father, and an annoyed police detective. All of the Flavia books are great - which is rare in a series. How Mr. Bradley accomplishes this is a mystery - but well done!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By Far the Best! I am a huge fan of the Flavia stories and every year I must wait for the Trade Paperback (really dislike Hardcover books). It is painful to wait but the payoff is always worth it. More so with this book. This, in my humble opinion, is by far the best Flavia book to date. I can't wait until the Vaulted Arches is released in Trade!
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars for Flavia As I was strolling uninspired in the aisles of my Indigo store last fall I came across a collection of gems. What attracted me at first was the bright cover jacket; then it was the strange titles. But it’s finally the synopsis of “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” that made up my mind. After all, who would not be intrigued by the idea of an eleven-year-old girl, who fancies chemistry and more specifically poison, and whose world changes the day she comes face to face with a dying man in her cucumber patch? The story is set in Bishop’s Lacey a small village in rural England in proximity to Buckshaw Manor, where our main character, Flavia Sabina de Luce, lives. Now Flavia is not exactly what you would call your typical eleven-year-old. She is actually a happy medium between • Sherlock Holmes • Nancy Drew • Pippi Longstocking and • Wednesday from the Addams Family. The secret of Alan Bradley’s success is that just like a good wine, he gets better and better over time at getting us completely committed to his story: the mysteries he builds keep getting deeper, more refine and more complex. But his main achievement lies not entirely within the plot itself, but more in how he treats his characters and the way they deal with everyday live and its anxieties. Flavia’s character is especially well constructed. Her fears and cries regarding the statement that she is “not her mother’s daughter” as her sisters keep saying to torture her, feel incredibly real. You can also feel her malice as she concocts poisons, picks locks, and crosses fields on her faithful “Gladys” You can almost grasp it as she spies on her family member’s every move in order to exonerate or charge them with murder. Moreover, as the series has progressed, Bradley always takes things a step further every time, giving the lives of the de Luces household more depth. As a result, Colonel de Luce, although typically British in his demeanor, allows himself some small displays of affection towards Falvia in her times of need; Feely finally has one’s heart set on one of her suitors and Inspector Hewitt, who even though he still shows signs of exasperation at Flavia’s unwanted participation, tends to resign himself to it... just as he tends to resign himself to the fact that Flavia always seems to stumble upon the corpse firsthand, compromising all his crime scenes. In the end, every one of his books can stand alone on his own. But when you read them chronologically, you are under the impression that the characters and their stories are perpetually moving forward in time, growing a little with each page of each book; and this notwithstanding the fact that each book ends with the solving of its crime and the unraveling of its intrigue. Well not every book per say should you consider the last sentence of the fifth book... Intrigued are you. Although I am not a fan of the “spoiler alert”, I do believe I can point out without unveiling any details, that the next installment is already highly anticipated For more on this series of books and others, come visit me at ladybugandotherbookworms.blogspot.com
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavia fan! Ahh, there's nothing better than settling in for the day with a new book by a favourite author. And that's how I spent a recent Sunday - on the couch beneath a sunny window enjoying the latest adventures of Alan Bradley's eleven year old sleuth - Flavia de Luce. Speaking From Among the Bones is the fifth book in this absolutely delightful series. It's 1951. Flavia, her sisters and her father live at Buckshaw, the crumbling family home in the hamlet of Bishop's Lacey, England. Young Flavia seems to have a propensity for finding dead bodies. "In the recent past, there had been a number of murders in Bishop's Lacey: fascinating murders in which I had rendered my assistance to Inspector Hewitt of the Hinley Constabulary. In my mind, I ticked off the victims on my fingers: Horace Bonepenny, Rupert Porson, Brookie Harewood, Phyllis Wyvern.....One more corpse and I'd have a full hand." The congregation of Saint Tancred's church is quite excited, and no one more than Flavia. It's the 500th anniversary of the Saint's death and the tomb beneath the church is being opened. But as the crypt is opened, it seems that Flavia has her full hand after all - the body of the missing church organist is found on top of the tomb. And of course, Flavia must investigate. As always, Bradley has concocted a good mystery. But truly, it's the irrepressible Flavia that is the draw for me. I fell in love with her from the opening pages of the first book. As the series has progressed, so have the lives of the de Luces. This eleven year old, poison concocting, lock picking, ,brilliant. imaginative little girl was such a novelty to me in the first book. (And quite frankly took me back the days when I too carried around a little notebook, 'solved' mysteries and spied on family members.) But as the series has progressed, Bradley has taken things a step further and given the lives of the de Luces much more depth. Flavia is the youngest of the three sisters. The older two do their best to antagonise Flavia. She is actually quite a lonely little girl, with her best friends being the old family retainer Dogger and Gladys - her trusty bicycle. Gladys is always part of the investigative forays. "I parked Gladys on the north side of Cassandra Cottlestone's tomb and gave her leather seat a pat. The silver glint of her handlebars reminded me of a frightened horse showing the whites of its eyes. 'Keep a sharp lookout,' I whispered. 'I'll be right back." The bicycle is also dear to Flavia because it once belonged to her mother Harriet. Harriet had left Buckshaw when Flavia was very small and Flavia is longing to know more about her. Bradley has teasingly released a little more of this story in every new book and drops a bombshell in Speaking From Among the Bones. There are other changes afoot as well - the lives of the de Luces are about to change. I love how Flavia's mind works. How could you not be engaged by a character who "whenever I'm a little blue I think about cyanide whose color so perfectly reflects my mood. It is pleasant to think that the manioc plant which grows in Brazil, contains enormous quantities of the stuff in it's thirty-pound roots, all of which, unfortunately, is washed away before the residue is use to make our daily tapioca." Absolutely, positively recommended! If you haven't read any of this series yet, I encourage you to start at the beginning. For established Flavia fans - you won't be disappointed. And like me, you'll be counting down the days until the sixth book is released!
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Flavia de Luce, detective, is tasked with solving a murder at the tomb of St. Tancred. Love these books for the YA/any age group. A real page turner and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavia de Luce does it again!! I had the pleasure of reading an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Alan Bradley's newest novel, "Speaking from Amongst the Bones"...In my opinion, this is the best of the best! Another successful Flavia de Luce Mystery Novel. While the de Luce family, are about to lose their ancestral home due to financial troubles, Flavia stumbles on another murder! All the usual characters are in this book, but there is a great surprise and cliff hanger to come. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down and was sorry when it ended. I look forward to finding out more about Flavia and the rest of the de Luce family..roll on the next book!
Date published: 2012-12-10

Editorial Reviews

“The book is a delight — mystifying enough to keep one turning the pages at a good clip, filled with dry wit, and peopled with vividly drawn characters. . . . In addition to creating a witty and fast-paced mystery yarn, he sprinkles the pages with some intriguing tidbits about Flavia’s family and leaves us with a cliffhanger ending that will have the young sleuth’s fans champing at the bit for the next installment.” —Guelph Mercury “There are now five Flavia Deluce novels on bookshelves, but it only takes a few pages for Flavia to come to life and completely occupy the reader's imagination.” —The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers “Flavia, once more, entertains and delights as she exposes the inner workings of her investigative mind to the reader.” —The National Post“Memorable, often funny prose complements the crafty plot of Bradley’s fifth Flavia de Luce novel (after 2011’s I Am Half-Sick of Shadows)… The precocious and irrepressible Flavia (who was booted from the Girl Guides for “an excess of high spirits”) continues to delight. Portraying a 11-year-old as a plausible sleuth and expert in poisons is no mean feat, but Bradley makes it look easy. The reader never loses sight of Flavia’s youth, but also never wonders at the likelihood that someone with her qualities exists.”—Publisher’s Weekly