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Speaking from Among the Bones PDF, ePub eBook 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 pr 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.

30 review for Speaking from Among the Bones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Wow! I admit I wasn't expecting much with this latest installment of my very favorite mystery series. Not because it hasn't alway been wonderful, but because I've never read a series that kept on being wonderful so long. This one was most excellent. I have just closed the book and must tell you that the last sentence caused me to leap off the couch, throw off my snuggy in the most unladylike fashion and shriek and hoop and holler. What a surprise! I had been wondering about "it" since the first Wow! I admit I wasn't expecting much with this latest installment of my very favorite mystery series. Not because it hasn't alway been wonderful, but because I've never read a series that kept on being wonderful so long. This one was most excellent. I have just closed the book and must tell you that the last sentence caused me to leap off the couch, throw off my snuggy in the most unladylike fashion and shriek and hoop and holler. What a surprise! I had been wondering about "it" since the first book and now this. But wait, it was not exactly explained, just dropped on ya like a mind blowing bomb. Now I am positively TORTURED at the realization that I shall have to wait God only knows how long for the next one. Oh, someone sedate me till then.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 3.9* of five The Book Description: 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 Rating: 3.9* of five The Book Description: 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. My Review: The ending threw me a curve. The middle was a busy muddle. The beginning was a laugh a minute. And I enjoyed it all. I didn't know who the murderer was, and when revealed I was a bit surprised I hadn't thought of that. I was mildly ticked that, at the ending of the book after the murderer was disposed of, a loose end wasn't tucked tidily away but rather left to be part of the cliffhanger resolution. If Mr. Bradley should happen to pass into his Eternal Reward before the next book is completed and edited, I shall engage every root woman and witch doctor and psychic and spiritualist I can locate to hound the rotter into spirit-writing it. So, since I'm usually a tartar about judging cozies, demanding the characters and the plot mesh, why am I still reading these somewhat ramshackle novels? After all, the murderer's identity isn't at all well set up, and the red herrings are ummm far-fetched, and the propulsive event is barely, barely set up and then ignored. Yeah, well, cozies are about characters and about a species of ma'at maintenance, and these novels deliver all the pleasures of those qualities in spades, doubled. Bradley's quite improbable little genius Flavia de Luce is a pill of the first water, a know-it-all, and a little girl on the edge of some enormous growings-up that all of us who've passed through adolescence can empathize with. Her passive, defeated father, her cruel sisters, her delightful world of Buckshaw with its fully equipped chemistry lab and its decaying splendor, and the people of Bishop's Lacey, all mix together into an immersive Barsetshire-esque experience of enfolding charm and warmth. This is the fifth book, don't begin here if you're picking up a new series as too much will be a spoiler for some payoff surprises in earlier books. But should you pick up the series at all? Hmmm. Don't, if you're a puzzle-solver; don't, if you have to have a sleuth whose abilities and access are believable; do, if you're after the aforementioned immersive experience. But, if you do read the book, I defy you not to laugh at the fate of the Heart of Lucifer. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Now from yon black and fun’ral yew, That bathes the charnel-house with dew, Methinks I hear a voice begin; (Ye ravens, cease your croaking din; Ye tolling clocks, no time resound O’er the long lake and midnight ground) It sends a peal of hollow groans, Thus speaking from among the bones.” Thomas Parnell A night-Piece on Death (1721) When they decide to open the crypt of St. Tancred on the 500th anniversary of his death no one is more excited than Flavia de/>A ”Now from yon black and fun’ral yew, That bathes the charnel-house with dew, Methinks I hear a voice begin; (Ye ravens, cease your croaking din; Ye tolling clocks, no time resound O’er the long lake and midnight ground) It sends a peal of hollow groans, Thus speaking from among the bones.” Thomas Parnell A night-Piece on Death (1721) When they decide to open the crypt of St. Tancred on the 500th anniversary of his death no one is more excited than Flavia de Luce. She is hoping for something gross, terrifying, and of scientific interest to be revealed when the bones of the saint are brought into the light of day. She gets more than even she could bargain for. After worming her way into a position to see first... what there is to be seen... she is greeted by the grotesque, swollen, masked body of the once swoon worthy organist for the church. Mr. Collicott has met a most unfortunate end. The unexplained will soon be explainable as the precocious amateur detective Flavia begins to investigate. A mysterious puddle of blood in the church will have to be investigated using the microscope her strange, but venerated Great-Uncle, Tarquin de Luce, bought for the laboratory he had installed in the family home at Buckshaw. The lab is Flavia’s home within her home. Luckily she has one hair ribbon, that hasn’t been lost, that she can dip into the blood and take a sample of the fluid home. She is a scientist first and a...shuddering... yuck exclaiming... young woman second. She became interested in blood when her two sisters Daphne (Daffy) and Ophelia (Feely) began insisting that she was adopted. Getting blood samples from her two sisters, through rather devious means, was the first step in proving to herself that her sisters were her sisters though at times it was tempting to start believing she wasn’t related to such creatures. ”Viewed through a microscope at low power, human blood looks at first like an aerial view of the College of Cardinals, dressed in their scarlet birettas and capes, milling about in Vatican Square, waiting for the Pope to appear on the balcony.” Flavia’s real love is poison. Yes, many wonderful dreams have been spun from her love of poison and her wish, at times, to use it. ”I’ve mentioned before my passion for poisons and my special fondness for cyanide. But, to be perfectly fair, I must admit that I also have something of a soft spot for strychnine, not just for what it is, but for what it’s capable of becoming, Brought into the presence of nascent oxygen, for instance, these rather ordinary white crystals become at first rich blue in color, then pass in succession through purple, violet, crimson, orange, and yellow. A perfect rainbow of ruin!” She isn’t the only amateur detective in town. A man interested in the 500 year old flower seeds from Tancred’s tomb has also shown an interest in more than just flora-archaeology. She noticed the tagline…Inquiries on his business card. He can’t fool her! Bishop’s Lacey is her English hamlet of doom, soon to rival Cabot Cove for it’s collection of untimely and nefarious deaths. She must continue to dodge the police who are always trying to keep her contained, and take more chances if she is going to solve the murder before her rival. The science that Alan Bradley sprinkles liberally throughout the plot adds another level to Flavia’s investigations. It is so interesting to see science taken from the textbook and applied in such useful ways. Flavia by reading and applying that knowledge to experimentation and further observation gives herself the tools to see solutions in dust and cobwebs that would simply be useless to the rest of us. Whether she is trapped in a deep grave, locked in a room, or merely evading detection she has a head full of Macgyveresque answers that will help her prevail. This is my fifth adventure with Flavia and my enjoyment of the series deepens with each new installment. I’m surprised at the witty, laugh out loud, fresh situations that Bradley continues to create for his audacious creation. Originally there were only supposed to be six books in the series, but it was recently announced that there will be ten. Sam Mendes has optioned the series for TV, but don’t say... “I’ll just wait for the television show”. Chances are, of course, they are going to muck it all up, so pick up the first book, read them in order (though they are written to each stand alone), and at the end of this one you are going to have a similar reaction that I had…OMG!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Really?!?! How long do we have to wait to find out what that means? That was my first reaction to the last line of the book. The Flavia books are quickly becoming some of my favorites of all time, and the series is definitely at the top of my list. The tangle of mystery, murder, and normal family life make these a great read for all ages.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I do love Flavia de Luce! Such a plucky, fearless eleven-nearly twelve year old who loves nothing better than reading criminology texts and brewing up poisons in the chemistry laboratory inherited from her Uncle Tar. Living in the early 1950s, Flavia is mostly left to her own devices by her eccentric family of mean older sisters and disengaged father, who has never got over his wife's death ten years earlier, Flavia has the run of their dilapidated stately home and the local countryside on her b I do love Flavia de Luce! Such a plucky, fearless eleven-nearly twelve year old who loves nothing better than reading criminology texts and brewing up poisons in the chemistry laboratory inherited from her Uncle Tar. Living in the early 1950s, Flavia is mostly left to her own devices by her eccentric family of mean older sisters and disengaged father, who has never got over his wife's death ten years earlier, Flavia has the run of their dilapidated stately home and the local countryside on her bicycle and a knack for finding dead bodies. In this episode, Flavia is distracted from inventing new poisons (which she dreams of using on her sisters) by the news that the tomb of the local saint, Saint Tancred, is be be disinterred on the 500th anniversary of his death. As the Vicar is a particular friend of hers she wastes no time in heading for the church in Bishop's Lacey. Not unexpectedly, there is a murder in the church and a dastardly plot involving Saint Tancred's tomb to be solved. The joy in these books is not so much the murder mystery but Flavia's spirited and inventive interactions with her sisters, father, Dogger, her father's valet/gardener (and ex-army mate), the Vicar, police Inspector Hewitt (and his elegant wife, Antigone) as well as a new friend - Adam Sowerby, a botanist who collects ancient seeds and shares Flavia's interest in solving crimes. Outside of boarding school, Flavia seems to have few friends her own age but the grown-ups all seem to treat her as an undersized but intelligent adult. The plot and discourse are infused with wry British humour which makes the mystery a lot of fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Magill

    It has been over a year since reading the previous Flavia book, so I thought that my reactions would be less likely to be tainted by prior annoyance. I think that was the case but, frankly, this book did not rise above the others. The book seemed even more disjointed than the previous books, as best as I could recall. The plot had many little episodes which didn't seem to fit together, even Flavia's thoughts were distracted and less focused (the ribbon situation, for example). Charact It has been over a year since reading the previous Flavia book, so I thought that my reactions would be less likely to be tainted by prior annoyance. I think that was the case but, frankly, this book did not rise above the others. The book seemed even more disjointed than the previous books, as best as I could recall. The plot had many little episodes which didn't seem to fit together, even Flavia's thoughts were distracted and less focused (the ribbon situation, for example). Characters were introduced, like Adam, who seemed merely a way to provide Flavia with what information she could not have deduced herself, rather than as a whole character. Inspector Hewitt was barely present until the very latter part of the book. And given that some of her observations were not noted in the book (try find the reference to thumbs and wrists when she meets Jocelyn, not) and the solution came to her in a dream... well... Then those little emotional ... vignettes ... with her sisters, seemed to come up out of the blue and disappear there, their solidarity no more understandable than their enmity. But I am looking forward to finding out what happened to Harriet, and it looks like that is going to be resolved, so I will soldier on. Final note, given that this is the 5th book and Flavia is still 11 - this seems as dangerous a locale as Three Pines in Louise Penny's books - and a lot of deaths piling up in under a year.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crowinator

    Near the end of Speaking From Among the Bones, Inspector Hewitt visits Flavia in the Buckshaw drawing room after she’s nosy-parkered her way, again, into solving the latest murder: “Right, then,” Inspector Hewitt was saying. “Let’s have it.” I couldn’t help thinking how much progress he had made since we had first met nine months ago, upon which occasion he had sent me to fetch the tea. There was hope for the man yet. What follows is my favorite part of the book, where Flavia Near the end of Speaking From Among the Bones, Inspector Hewitt visits Flavia in the Buckshaw drawing room after she’s nosy-parkered her way, again, into solving the latest murder: “Right, then,” Inspector Hewitt was saying. “Let’s have it.” I couldn’t help thinking how much progress he had made since we had first met nine months ago, upon which occasion he had sent me to fetch the tea. There was hope for the man yet. What follows is my favorite part of the book, where Flavia gleefully does the wrap-up in her “humble, jolly-girl-well-met kind of voice” (that does not fool anyone in the slightest), while the exasperated but fond Inspector takes notes and tries to delicately balance himself between being supportive of her intellect and disapproving of her wild lack of self-preservation. Something about their relationship breaks my heart (on Flavia’s end at least). I find myself reading between the lines every time they are together, hunting for Inspector Hewitt’s true thoughts, suffusing his character with emotional nuances that Flavia fails to pick up but that I’m sure are there. Flavia needs a hero in her life, someone to look up to, who will indulge her but also impose limits – how much is Inspector Hewitt investing in being that person? Because we only see him from her point of view, and because she finds him so inscrutable, I’m not sure we’ll ever know – but watching them develop as a pair is one of the best parts of this series. And this stuff is even better with the addition of his wife Antigone, who seems to recognize Flavia’s lonely little-girl-crush for what it is and is so, so kind about it. The man is fighting a losing battle, of course. Even when he goes out on a limb and explicitly tells her not to put herself in danger, she isn’t hearing it. After he tells her to remember there are dangerous killers on the loose, she practically swoons with excitement: My heart accelerated. Dangerous killers on the loose! The words to which every amateur sleuth lives in eternal hope of hearing. Ever since I first heard them spoken on the wireless by Philip Odell in “The Case of the Missing Marbles,” I had longed for someone to say them to me. And now they had. “Dangerous killers on the loose!” I wanted to shake the Inspector’s hand…. My cup of crime runneth over, I thought. Where would we be if the amateur detectives of the world decided things were getting to dangerous and they’d better stay in for the night? Flavia is under an inordinate amount of stress in this installment. Her sister is getting married, marking her passage out of Flavia’s life as far as she’s concerned, and Flavia is just starting to realize she doesn’t want her to go. Her family’s money troubles have come to a head and Buckshaw is actually For Sale. Another huge part of her life she is on the verge of losing (including her laboratory!). Her father seems even more like a ghost, like a defeated man. All of this probably accounts for the more melancholy tone in this novel; even though Flavia’s humorous narrative is still whip-smart and the characters are all crazy-quirky, Flavia’s worries are starting to eclipse her optimism and disrupt the natural order of things. Naturally, the murder she has to solve provides her distraction – during the opening of Saint Tancred’s tomb on the 500-year anniversary of his death, to which Flavia has inserted herself without permission, she discovers not an uncorrupted saint’s body but a murdered church organist-- but even though it makes up the bulk of the story, it’s not THE story. (And to be honest, I found it a little hard to follow, what with the inclusion of a mysterious holy artifact, two other amateur detectives Flavia must contend with, Flavia’s side obsession with testing everybody’s blood, and a whole host of new-ish Bishop’s Lacey characters whose tangled histories intersect way too much with the case. I really needed that wrap-up at the end.) THE story, for me at least, is Flavia’s search to belong somewhere, even in her own family, her own village. And her then insistence that she be recognized and given credit for it. As bad as things get, she is still irrepressible in her demand for attention. After her wrap-up, when everybody gets up and Inspector Hewitt casually and somewhat dismissively thanks her for her time, she wonders: “Where are the trumpets?” And that is the best thing about her. *Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this e-ARC*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    The previous Flavia book was disappointing, and Alan Bradley has corrected every shortcoming of that book and produced the finest Flavia yet. (Newcomers, do read them in order or you will miss a great deal.) It is wonderful to be back in Bishop's Lacey, cuddled up with this cozy mystery in which Bradley's talent shines. The mystery is the tightest and most interesting yet, and has a slightly eerie atmosphere new to the series. I loved that eerieness and hope it reappears in another.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Flavia de Luce continues to be one of my favorite characters in all my reading. She is a genius in her chemical meanderings and in her skill of detection, but we are often reminded that she is still indeed a child, not yet twelve. This latest entertaining tale centers around the disinterment of a saint's bones, St. Tancred, who was laid to rest in Bishop's Lacey in the church bearing his name. Hidden passages, a powerful diamond, and a dead choir master all become a part of the mystery which Fla Flavia de Luce continues to be one of my favorite characters in all my reading. She is a genius in her chemical meanderings and in her skill of detection, but we are often reminded that she is still indeed a child, not yet twelve. This latest entertaining tale centers around the disinterment of a saint's bones, St. Tancred, who was laid to rest in Bishop's Lacey in the church bearing his name. Hidden passages, a powerful diamond, and a dead choir master all become a part of the mystery which Flavia takes upon herself to untangle. Along the way, she uncovers some interesting secrets of her mother's, whose shortened life Flavia has had to piece together herself over the years of silence from the rest of her family. Of course, Flavia's adventures are never without danger to her, and, yet, she faces danger and fear with the good sense and balance she does her life. In every marvelous book in this series, I keep wishing for 3 things for Flavia--1) good food to eat, rather than the apparent swill served by Mrs. Mullett 2) someone to love Flavia in the role of a parent and treasure her for the gem that she is 3) the financial woes of Buckshaw to disappear, leaving Flavia secure in the home she so loves. Alan Bradley has created a character and a series that will become stamped upon your heart. The wonderfully absurd titles of these enchanting books are also part of the magic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiffy

    Loved this one as much as I did the previous four. Flavia's up to it again and she's a force to be reckoned with in this novel. Can't wait to read the next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    The best! A couple of my favorite quotes from this book: “Was sorrow, in the end, a private thing? A closed container? Something that, like a bucket of water, could be borne only on a single pair of shoulders?" “I was learning that the best conversations consisted of keeping quiet and listening, and speaking, when one spoke at all, in words of a single syllable.” "I was the eighth dwarf. Sneaky." “Could it be that goodness waxes and wanes like the moon, and that The best! A couple of my favorite quotes from this book: “Was sorrow, in the end, a private thing? A closed container? Something that, like a bucket of water, could be borne only on a single pair of shoulders?" “I was learning that the best conversations consisted of keeping quiet and listening, and speaking, when one spoke at all, in words of a single syllable.” "I was the eighth dwarf. Sneaky." “Could it be that goodness waxes and wanes like the moon, and that only evil is constant?” “There's an unwritten law of the universe which assures that the thing you seek will always be found in the last place you look. It applies to everything in life from lost socks to misplaced poisons.” “It was one of those glorious days in March when the air was so fresh that you worshipped every whiff of it; that each breath of the intoxicating stuff created such new universes in your lungs and brain you were certain you were about to explode with sheer joy; one of those blustery days of scudding clouds and piddling showers and gum boots and wind-blown brollies that made you know you were truly alive.” I honestly can think of no other character in fiction I appreciate, even adore as much as Flavia de Luce. Long live Flavia, and long live this series! Truly outstanding in every way! I savored this one from start to finish. Start this series with "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce series. This book was released January 2013. The publisher is Delacorte Press. The bones of St. Tancred are set to be exhumed on the 500th anniversary of his death. Instead, they find the body of the missing organist. Twelve year old Flavia is on the case. Flavia is a prodigy with a vast knowledge of chemistry and a knack for crime solving. Flavia has a troubled home life. Her mother is miss Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce series. This book was released January 2013. The publisher is Delacorte Press. The bones of St. Tancred are set to be exhumed on the 500th anniversary of his death. Instead, they find the body of the missing organist. Twelve year old Flavia is on the case. Flavia is a prodigy with a vast knowledge of chemistry and a knack for crime solving. Flavia has a troubled home life. Her mother is missing, her father is in debt, they are in danger of losing their home, and her sisters take great delight in tormenting her. Set in the early 1950's, Flavia is certainly an anomaly to those in her community. Her gifts are not taken for granted though. In all honesty, I have not read the previous installments of this series. When I first started reading the book I thought perhaps I had mistakenly picked up a YA type mystery. Having an eleven or twelve year old girl for the lead protagonist, told in first person, had me feeling a bit skeptical. I soon got over that. This a very imaginative , poignant, humorous mystery. I know I'm missing some vital part of Flavia' s backstory and will have to go back and catch up on the previous four novels. For those that follow this series, the ending will be a big surprise. overall a A- I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I do like this series — and tear through the books — when I get round to reading it, but I don’t particularly feel a pressure to keep up. There’s just something too precious about Flavia, and indeed the whole portrayal of idyllic British country life after the Second World War. My usual pet peeves with this series are firmly in place, in that sense. But it is nice to just relax into it and enjoy the family’s weirdnesses, the unusual set up for the mystery, the intrepid Famous Five fee I do like this series — and tear through the books — when I get round to reading it, but I don’t particularly feel a pressure to keep up. There’s just something too precious about Flavia, and indeed the whole portrayal of idyllic British country life after the Second World War. My usual pet peeves with this series are firmly in place, in that sense. But it is nice to just relax into it and enjoy the family’s weirdnesses, the unusual set up for the mystery, the intrepid Famous Five feel you get from Flavia — and the fact that hey, she’s a young girl who is great at chemistry, who deserves and demands respect from the people around her for what she can do. Sometimes she overshoots (and, ah, I think I do recognise myself in that; I was quite a mature kid, but also very aware of it and keen for people to know, which then veers toward being immature again), but mostly she’s quite right that she deserves some respect. I do enjoy her little crush on the inspector, too. The last line is clearly set up for Things To Change, and I’m quite looking forward to that. There’s a formula now to these books; I hope the next book breaks it, at least somewhat. Review originally on my blog here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jaline

    This is another terrific book in this series. Flavia de Luce is an endearing character – mentally and emotionally precocious, yet still with many little-girl flaws. She pretty much has no fear, doesn’t care if she gets herself (or her bike, or the house) dirty; to her, life is all one big experiment. It is one of the things that is so charming about her – she can outwit and out-think many of the adults in her life, yet her strong curiosity, the need to know things and to figure them out (along w This is another terrific book in this series. Flavia de Luce is an endearing character – mentally and emotionally precocious, yet still with many little-girl flaws. She pretty much has no fear, doesn’t care if she gets herself (or her bike, or the house) dirty; to her, life is all one big experiment. It is one of the things that is so charming about her – she can outwit and out-think many of the adults in her life, yet her strong curiosity, the need to know things and to figure them out (along with a completely unselfconscious pride in doing so) leads her into places and situations that only a child could venture – and extricate themselves from – relatively unscathed. Loved this book and I recommend it for a fun, recreational read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Asghar Abbas

    We didn't really, that particular murder of crows was safe from Us, we didn't murder it. But like this war we have been painting by ourselves, for ourselves, together, we could handle it. That particular murder of crows, we can handle it, oh how peculiar, we could murder this, something we can murder together, these crows. But We were so extremely kind to those unkindness of ravens flitting by overhead over our own heads. She and I. So kind to the otherness of Others. But not to each other. That We didn't really, that particular murder of crows was safe from Us, we didn't murder it. But like this war we have been painting by ourselves, for ourselves, together, we could handle it. That particular murder of crows, we can handle it, oh how peculiar, we could murder this, something we can murder together, these crows. But We were so extremely kind to those unkindness of ravens flitting by overhead over our own heads. She and I. So kind to the otherness of Others. But not to each other. That was the decision we made together, our collective effort. A singular thought. A murder we didn't commit in the Snow. My hand was still in hers, fortunately, she was still fictitious here, though not elsewhere, fiction is tough. But the reality of looking into her dead eyes is harder, still holding onto her, I was still following her into her forest that was still and still hers. Into her own woodlands, not really chasing her but being chased by something else at this point. We had already crossed the Rubicon, this was our final crossing, having crossed the Rubicon long ago. We were already amidst the deader trees. When she turned to me, pointing at the book that wasn't in my other hand. She spoke. "Oh, I really like this cover. I know that is not a raven or a crow but it is a bird. It is still reminding me of you, that I know." I didn't look at her, oh my love, my not so erstwhile Love, but that is a Rook. Our skeletal horses that are no longer waiting for us be damned, that is a rook, but you didn't. Alienist. Though I was thinking, it is not about this beautiful cover, lovely loveless lovelorn Love, it is about the beautiful writing being charming and this book is ever so charming, so charming. Reminds me of someone I rarely forget but will never forgive. But sometimes I wish I would. Forget that is, her. Because we are being distanced by something other than this distance this time. Though she is Wrong about one thing. It is not the distance that is keeping us apart. But what did she know, she was the one who had put a distance between us and not the one that could be measured in rosts. But this book? This book is great. Last night was Great too. So much fun to read. But it kept reminding me of home that wasn't home anymore. Reading this was reminding me of home but not the kind you live in and I want to live in that home so badly that it not bad. Oddly enough, that is good. But that's not what is odd here. The thing about this book series is while the author is Canadian the books are set in 1950s England. Truly delightful. Now all that put me in the mind of something else. Here I must borrow words from the Imagine Dragons : Oh why can't you let go Like a bird in the snow This is no place to build your home And clearly, that cold place is not my home, I never needed that to be free, I cannot build one there, a log cabin or a mountainous bothy, an alpine pleasure where I could pleasure her with pleasure. She always wanted me to pleasure her in a way that was Only pleasurable for Her. I have no home there in that lusciously dreary country but my Home is there. A Lonely one that is happier now. So fuck it. It is pretty hard not to blame Canada, for taking so much from me and leaving so little for the rest of us. Forget existential crisis, I do not exist for you or your dreck world, I am so much more. But this is the worst existence I have been experiencing and all the ensuing crisis as well. And she is barely there to witness this all. Where are you? However, I do enjoy imbibing the existential dread, yummy. Your midden is sweet as ever and drinking it is still rather sweet. But here's the thing, even when you were hurting me, you were there. You were hurting me because you were there. You were hurting me because you were alive and your breathing pained me. Even though she wanted me to swallow her sunset, I cannot begrudge her her selfish self-preservation that is actually pretty selfless. I am just really sorry that we couldn't finish our pepperoni pizza in peace. Especially today on the 28th of July. Because it has been a full Wolf Year since she once dreamt of kissing me in her dream. But the thing to remember is that I am going through hell too. Sure, it is different than your hell, it is hell nonetheless. But we don't know what the future potion is brewing in the cauldron for us. We still have an eternity together. I'll give her plenty of chances to make it up to me, cashing in rainchecks and all the kisses in between. But coming back to this book, to round this up, I have always loved this series, but reading this volume, I didn't realize just how much I have missed it and all those lovely characters. Let's see? I read the previous book, well, way back in September of 2015. Whoa. So long ago. Ages ago. When even though we didn't love each other but our collective shadows were in love with us all the same. Butt. So much time has gone by. Yet. We are here still outside of time. And in all that time, like my would-be lover once said, a baby could have come out. Though to be fair, we didn't make any, not even papery ones, nor did I put one in her or on her face. But what did come out is the Following. When I read the previous novel it impelled this just by one Word, boudoir : https://www.wattpad.com/753489160-in-... Oh, what the hell, I love her so much. Oh, what hell indeed, nothing can hurt us now, time cannot molest us anymore. I love you so much and not at all. I am not even sure if she is in the book that is about her anymore. I don't know if the book that is about her is about her now. Besides, she is half a legend and almost a myth now. I know I want to love her without waiting for her. I want her without wanting her. I need her tonight without her night and besides by the time it's morn at the dawn she is all mine anyway. In all those lovely wisteria mornings, when she is truly beautiful to me. When, when I will see her again I know I will see her again because When the earth was last born, when her world was still fresh from her mind, when she had first woken up with a new language from dreaming my dreams, she thought of me first and then the rest of her demise. For. Whenever she wakes up she feels me. When she wakes up the first thing she thinks of is me. But I think about her all the time and only feel her sometimes and not enough these dreary days. What happened to all our skeletal horses, nonlove, where are they now? I honestly thought she was a rogue planet. But she is so blackened now. Why does she weigh like dead stars? Not sure. Unclear. Huh. I don't even know what her lifeless life that her lie is about anymore. I do not want her life. I want her in my life. I want her to make me the center of her life. I want her to live her life. She has a spear to protect her own. She is a hardened warrior. She is a shieldmaiden. Nonugly. I would count all of her battle scars and lick each and every one of her wounds. Welts that are still weltered in her blood. I will make her whole again. I am happy about the September Dragons, red and bright, and the dragons feel good about her. And I feel good about the Chaser. I remember her. Remember to cherish her. Even if she is gone and never to be found again in the forest. Sylvan Wolves are all hers. Even if she is not mine. But here is the thing. She should see just how perfect she is in my eyes. Looking so cute in that seatbelt, she truly is manna from the heavens. She is my queen and I will never love her. This is my abattoir now. There is nothing I want from anywhere. There is nothing you have that I'd want. You have nothing for me. There is nothing I need or want from you other than yourself. I am not hurt. But it grieves me so, what we didn't do with each other, let alone to one another. How can I not mourn that. Not so together in this now but still together the careful empire of words that we have been building so carefully, you said what you said making me feel so lonely in my affection for you, like I am the only one here in our fallen kingdom, just me here as if you didn't personally contribute the bricks for our stone tower. Leaving me alone with the remnants of that feminine power, left crumbling in my arms, all alone. All decked out in black, all dreck now, you are. Everything you had told me, all that you have said to me thus turning into dirt and dross in my hands. I know what I have to do now. I must finish her in order to finish her. I will finish her so that I can finish this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ann Sloan

    I love Flavia de Luce. I would adopt her, but I’m afraid she’s too smart for me. For an eleven-year-old, Flavia is too clever, too resourceful, and too head-strong. As her own father says, she is a genius. And Alan Bradley is a genius for creating her. I feel so fortunate to have been able to get this from NetGalley. I have a terrible confession to make – I couldn’t put my Kindle down, so I took it with me to a Texas Camerata concert of Italian Baroque music. I love the music and have the highes I love Flavia de Luce. I would adopt her, but I’m afraid she’s too smart for me. For an eleven-year-old, Flavia is too clever, too resourceful, and too head-strong. As her own father says, she is a genius. And Alan Bradley is a genius for creating her. I feel so fortunate to have been able to get this from NetGalley. I have a terrible confession to make – I couldn’t put my Kindle down, so I took it with me to a Texas Camerata concert of Italian Baroque music. I love the music and have the highest respect for the Texas Camerata. However, one does read while listening to music, doesn’t one? So, during a couple of the sonatas, I pulled out my Kindle to follow Flavia’s adventures. I’m afraid I had to stifle a few guffaws; I sincerely hope I didn’t disturb anyone. I enjoyed this book more than any of the others in the series since the first one, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The plot seemed more concise, more taut, somehow. It is the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, and Bishop’s Lacey’s church personnel is preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Flavia (like Jessica Fletcher) always seems to be in the right place at the wrong time. Thanks to her, the excavators find a body in the tomb. On the way to the solution, Flavia (and we) learn more about her father – an old friend of his is introduced (he happens to be a detective) – and about her mother. The book closes with a truly dramatic cliff-hanger; I can’t wait until the next book which, according to Flavia’s website http://www.flaviadeluce.com/seeds-of-... , is titled The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches and is due in early 2014. Sigh. In the meantime, if you have been unfortunate enough to have missed this series, the other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, and I Am Half-Sick of Shadows.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Like most of the reviewers here, I adore the Flavia de Luce books. This is such a quirky series that nothing really compares to it. Speaking From Among the Bones is the latest and, I'm afraid, weakest addition to the series. Much of the charm of the de Luce series comes from its odd humor. Flavia's unwavering acceptance of bizarre situations and lack of understanding about adult issues make her one of the best unreliable narrators in history. But this book leaves much of the fun behind to focus Like most of the reviewers here, I adore the Flavia de Luce books. This is such a quirky series that nothing really compares to it. Speaking From Among the Bones is the latest and, I'm afraid, weakest addition to the series. Much of the charm of the de Luce series comes from its odd humor. Flavia's unwavering acceptance of bizarre situations and lack of understanding about adult issues make her one of the best unreliable narrators in history. But this book leaves much of the fun behind to focus on the disintegrating fiscal and family situations at Buckshaw. For readers who really enjoy Daffy and Feely's cruelty, the cryptic clues about Harriet, and their father's aloofness, this book will be way up on their list of "best of de Luce." For me, the focus brought the mood of the book down, and I found myself setting the book aside during reading to find something more light-hearted. However, being the worst of the de Luce books is still a heady position. When I say I "set it aside," it was never for more than fifteen minutes before I had to snatch it up again and reenter the world of Bishop's Lacy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Flavia's back, and there's another murder at Bishop's Lacey. For what should be a sleepy, little village/town, this place has outrageously high murder statistics! This particular murder, like the ones before it, didn't really interest me. Flavia's family dynamics did, however, with little changes happening with all the relationships. Though Daffy and Feely have been pretty beastly to Flavia since we first met them, there were a few tiny moments that pointed to the beginning of more mature dealin Flavia's back, and there's another murder at Bishop's Lacey. For what should be a sleepy, little village/town, this place has outrageously high murder statistics! This particular murder, like the ones before it, didn't really interest me. Flavia's family dynamics did, however, with little changes happening with all the relationships. Though Daffy and Feely have been pretty beastly to Flavia since we first met them, there were a few tiny moments that pointed to the beginning of more mature dealings amongst the sisters. And Flavia's father talking to her about how she'll always have difficulties with others because of her high intelligence was an interesting moment between the two. And it was interesting that Inspector Hewitt was more open, or perhaps more resigned, to Flavia's snooping and correct conclusions. Flavia remains the primary reason I keep returning to this series; her chemical discoveries, as well as her hilarious desire to poison those who talk down or irritate her keep me grinning and repeatedly returning to this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    Flavia is back! And to her (and our) delight she stumbles over another murder in her home village Bishop-Lacey. The dead body of the church organist is found on top of the crypt of the village saint when his crypt is about to be opened for the 500th anniversary of his death. To her utter delight Flavia is present and can start investigating right away. The financial situation of the family is worse than ever and Flavia is happy to be able to spend her energy and attention on solving her lat Flavia is back! And to her (and our) delight she stumbles over another murder in her home village Bishop-Lacey. The dead body of the church organist is found on top of the crypt of the village saint when his crypt is about to be opened for the 500th anniversary of his death. To her utter delight Flavia is present and can start investigating right away. The financial situation of the family is worse than ever and Flavia is happy to be able to spend her energy and attention on solving her latest murder case. It is all there again, Flavia's wit, her passion for chemistry, a mystery to be solved, some quirky characters surrounding Flavia and of course the old-fashioned charm I love so much about this series. There are so many special moments I don't want to give away. Anybody who enjoyed the previous books in this series will surely enjoy this one as well. (I received a digital copy of this book on netGalley.)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    Book 5 in the Flavia de Luce series. Speaking from Among the Bones takes place only a few months after the first book I think, and Flavia is already into her fifth murder mystery. It’s nearly Easter (the last book I’m Half Sick of Shadows was close to Christmas), and St Tancred’s bones are to be exhumed. When the tomb is being opened, instead of St Tancred, they find Mr Collicut, the church organist there, and with a gas mask covering his face. Why was he killed so strangely and why was his body Book 5 in the Flavia de Luce series. Speaking from Among the Bones takes place only a few months after the first book I think, and Flavia is already into her fifth murder mystery. It’s nearly Easter (the last book I’m Half Sick of Shadows was close to Christmas), and St Tancred’s bones are to be exhumed. When the tomb is being opened, instead of St Tancred, they find Mr Collicut, the church organist there, and with a gas mask covering his face. Why was he killed so strangely and why was his body hidden there? Flavia sets out to investigate, amongst old friends and new acquaintances, coming upon some more information about her mother Harriet as well. Meanwhile, there are developments taking place at home too which can have major implications for all their lives. This was another entry in this series that I really enjoyed. I love as I have said in my reviews of other books in this series Flavia’s ‘voice’, even if it doesn’t always come across as that of an eleven-year old. And it’s not only her voice but also her chemistry lab, knowledge of poisons, and resourcefulness when investigating that I like very much—such fun. There’s also through her sister Daffy always talk of some of the other books, as well as mention of Enid Blyton which is always fun. The mystery, though not very complex or twisted nonetheless has substance, and wasn’t one I could guess. This was a very entertaining read, and with the twist at the end, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie Wilhoit

    I could find NOTHING bad to say about the Flavia DeLuce series. Flavia is spunky, smart, secretive and did I say smart? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the series, I devoured this book in a matter of days and am already counting down to the release of the next book in early 2014. This book ended with a cliffhanger, my favorite kind of story. Although I have heard that these books will be made into a series on tv, I may not get to see it since it will debut on the BBC. But...that's okay because I have Flav I could find NOTHING bad to say about the Flavia DeLuce series. Flavia is spunky, smart, secretive and did I say smart? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the series, I devoured this book in a matter of days and am already counting down to the release of the next book in early 2014. This book ended with a cliffhanger, my favorite kind of story. Although I have heard that these books will be made into a series on tv, I may not get to see it since it will debut on the BBC. But...that's okay because I have Flavia, Dogger, Feely and Daffy pictured in my mind. I know the cracks and crevices in Buckshaw now and I can hear the grinding of Gladys' gears as I ride along with Flavia on her adventures. A good English mystery is a good English mystery, but Alan Bradley has set the bar high as far as I am concerned. This series is funny, smartly written and the characters that Bradley has created are classic. Flavia is in search of the Heart of Lucifer, a diamond set into the staff of good old Saint Tancred who is buried beneath the church. What she finds is not the Saint, but a body of one of the villagers. Pleasure and fun ensue from there. Pick this book up and read, laugh and ride along with Flavia. You won't be sorry!

  23. 4 out of 5

    J

    I love this series ... this book was highly anticipated & it was worth the wait! The problems with the rushed Christmas book seem to be corrected in this novel - this book felt planned and not crassly commercialized. The odd family dynamics were still present, but were punctuated by moments of family love & concern that were lacking in earlier books. Tenderness and connections between characters formed. This book was softer and more pleasant somehow. We also got a ton of backstory and ch I love this series ... this book was highly anticipated & it was worth the wait! The problems with the rushed Christmas book seem to be corrected in this novel - this book felt planned and not crassly commercialized. The odd family dynamics were still present, but were punctuated by moments of family love & concern that were lacking in earlier books. Tenderness and connections between characters formed. This book was softer and more pleasant somehow. We also got a ton of backstory and character development on the family and townspeople, which I appreciated. It did seem odd that the murder wasn’t really explained until the last few pages. It seemed like the author had so much fun developing the environment (and I had so much fun reading it) that the murder mystery was irrelevant. It was annoying to have huge dangling questions so late into the book though. Who murdered Mr. Collicutt and why? Who was Feely marrying? Is she really getting married? Who is Adam Sowerby working for and why was he really there? Will the deLuces really loose their family home? Frustratingly, some questions are left unanswered... And, the last five words blew me away. (Don’t cheat and read them early!) Now I can’t wait for the next book! I hope it has the answers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    Great audiobook, love the narration by Flavia, one of my favorite heroines. The story was a good one although not the best I've read in the series. Still enjoyed it very much!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I won a copy of "Speaking from Among the Bones", A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.This is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce series and I couldn't put it down.This mystery book was so well written and a joy to read.I have to admit, I have been meaning to purchase the previous four novels in the series, but never got around to it.Now I will definately go back and read the whole series to get a full appreciation of the series.But this novel can also I won a copy of "Speaking from Among the Bones", A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.This is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce series and I couldn't put it down.This mystery book was so well written and a joy to read.I have to admit, I have been meaning to purchase the previous four novels in the series, but never got around to it.Now I will definately go back and read the whole series to get a full appreciation of the series.But this novel can also be read as a stand alone. The novel is set in the 1950's in a a small British village, Bishop's Lacey and nearly-twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce lives with her father and her two sisters,eighteen year old Feely, soon to be married off, and thirteen year old Daffy, a bookworm. Feely has recently assumed the position of church organist, after the disappearance of the church organist,Mr. Collicut.This novel all centers around Favia and her natural ability to solve murders.Flavia is an expert in chemistry-a passion for poisons. There have been four murders in her tiny English village of Bishop's Lacey in the past year alone, and Flavia was instrumental in solving them. And now, as Easter approaches, Flavia finds herself in the middle of yet another investigation when she discovers the body of the church organist, Mr. Collicut. I am so happy I had the opportunity to read this novel, and I highly recommend it.You won't be disappointed. The ending is a real surprise and leaves it open for continuation of the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judie

    I love Flavia de Luce. I want to adopt this almost 12-year-old girl and fill her days with love, validation, good food, and encouragement. They are the elements missing from her life although some of the non-family characters do make an effort.. As in all the books, I found myself mesmerized being in Flavia’s mind in 1951 England. These books are unique and very special. In SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES, book five of the wonderful series, Flavia helps find a corpse buried under the churc I love Flavia de Luce. I want to adopt this almost 12-year-old girl and fill her days with love, validation, good food, and encouragement. They are the elements missing from her life although some of the non-family characters do make an effort.. As in all the books, I found myself mesmerized being in Flavia’s mind in 1951 England. These books are unique and very special. In SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES, book five of the wonderful series, Flavia helps find a corpse buried under the church. Using her well-honed chemist skills and her no-holds-barred sense of adventure, she tries to discover how it died and how it got there. Needless to say, she is successful. This book differs from the previous ones in a few ways involving her relationships with members of her family and her reactions to other people. For example, her sisters are not as vicious towards her. WARNING: Do not read the end until you’ve finished the book. I’m giving it five stars only because giving more isn’t an option. I hope the sixth book is published soon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)

    Flavia is my inner child. When I just can't choose my next read (or can't find fantasy book with enough dragons), I will probably pick Flavia novel or something from Hitchhiker's Guide series. This time it was Flavia. I like all about it - the setting, the suspense, the characters, the murder, the approach, the finale, the humor. It's written effortlessly (duhhh, it's a Flavia is my inner child. When I just can't choose my next read (or can't find fantasy book with enough dragons), I will probably pick Flavia novel or something from Hitchhiker's Guide series. This time it was Flavia. I like all about it - the setting, the suspense, the characters, the murder, the approach, the finale, the humor. It's written effortlessly (duhhh, it's a book for children). I like how Bradley manages to include a murder into every book but still keep the overall plot line interesting- stuff still happens for the family, characters grow, events appear, it has continuity. Even if Speaking from Among the Bones was quite similar to previous novels, I still adored it. Flavia is bad-ass - she doesn't take crap, she is very independent, smart and funny. Even if she is 11 years old. I can't help it, it's like comfort food - every novel wraps you in a pink soft blanket and gives you free hot chocolate.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan (aka Just My Op)

    I've read four of the books in this series, and while I liked them, I was getting a little bored. This one made me a fan again. Flavia is growing up a bit, but still precocious and still getting into trouble. And, of course, still solving murders. A mystery, some endearing characters, and facts that I never knew, or long ago forgot, about science, especially chemistry – what more could I ask for in a light read? Put it all together and I found this book quite charming. Is Flavia reali I've read four of the books in this series, and while I liked them, I was getting a little bored. This one made me a fan again. Flavia is growing up a bit, but still precocious and still getting into trouble. And, of course, still solving murders. A mystery, some endearing characters, and facts that I never knew, or long ago forgot, about science, especially chemistry – what more could I ask for in a light read? Put it all together and I found this book quite charming. Is Flavia realistic? No. Is the plot a little far-fetched? Yes. Do I care? No. I just enjoyed going along for the ride. This is a series, and there are occasional references to things that happened in the earlier books, but this can still be read as a stand-alone story. However, the ending leaves some major questions that will have to be answered in the next book. Which, of course, I am going to have to read when it comes out. I was given an advance reader's copy of the book for review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zahra Husain

    For any one who has been reading the Flavia series, this is the book where the plot line for the De Luce family thickens, but sometimes also leading to the mystery being compromised. The book almost entirely becomes about the family, it's history and the various relationship dynamics. The murder in this book takes a back seat to the family drama. While I liked it, it's definitely not my favourite from the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    As an audiobook, I typically love these silly mysteries. But this is the first one that I wasn't drawn into. The plot felt jumbled and all over the place - possibly because this one is not good as an audio and better as a physical book. either way, I had a tough time paying attention and following along. BUT....that last line?!?!? OMG. Time to read the next one!

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