January 31, 2013

Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley

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(I seriously almost wrote “by Flavia de Luce” in the title of this post, that’s how real I think she is.)

Flavia is up to her old tricks trying to solve mysteries and what not. First, she discovers a body, like she does; Bishop’s Lacey is a murderous town. The body is Mr Collicut, church organist and ladies’ man. Who wanted the handsome devil dead? And why would someone stuff him into the recently excavated tomb of St Tancred? While out and about piecing the mystery together with Gladys (her bike), she comes upon new clues of the person her mother was. The mystery of her death is one Flavia can’t solve.

The Flavia de Luce mysteries are always a lot of fun and Speaking From Among the Bones is no exception. With every book, Flavia and the reader learn a little more about the family’s past. It’s not enough for a clear picture just yet. I’ve been suspicious of the death of Harriet since the beginning though. The whole “fell off a mountain” business sounds like a scenario from 50 Ways to Say Goodbye: Caught in a mudslide? Eaten by a lion? Fell off a mountain? Sure, let’s go with that one. Will we ever learn the truth? By the end of this book, there is a glimmer of hope. Maybe in the next book we’ll find out. Maybe.

The De Luce family is as eccentric as ever with the sisters still horrible yet loving in their own way to Flavia and their father distant and mysterious. Dogger is an enigma, but Flavia sees a bit of the man he once was in Speaking Among the Bones. The family once again is in danger of losing their home and the house goes up for sale. Can they save it from ruin?

The murder of Mr Collicut seems almost like an aside in Speaking From Among the Bones. Flavia and her family are much more interesting. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I think we’re finally getting somewhere.

About the Audio: The narrator is once again Jayne Entwistle. I think I’m getting used to her as Flavia.

My thanks to Random House Audio for the review copy of this audiobook.

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9 comments :

  1. I need to get back to this series and the wonderful Flavia!

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  2. Oh, goodie - another Flavia mystery - and more family details. I need to get this one right away! Thanks for the heads up.

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  3. Gah! Why have I not read the first book yet??!!! I'm simply in love with the idea. And need to make reading them a reality al-stinkin-ready.

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    1. They're pretty entertaining, even though Flavia often gets into situations that make me scared for her.

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  4. Does the same person do all the audiobooks? I did not like the first one.

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    1. Yes she does. I felt the same way, but either I've gotten used to her or she's improved because I didn't mind her this time.

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  5. Oh, I loved this one. I really think each one is getting better and Flavia is maturing -- the whole family is gaining complexity and it makes for fascinating reading! And what a cliffhanger in this one...

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