The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley is the sixth novel in the Flavia de Luca series. This one is a little bit different and solves a lot of the mystery present in the other novels.
Flavia’s mother is returning home, though not in the usual way. As the family waits at the train station a man approaches Flavia and whispers a cryptic message to her. Just moments later, that man is under the train. Someone pushed him! She barely has time to process what has happened now that she must prepare for the challenges of the days ahead of her. Friends and family, as well as the Home Office, are descending on Buckshaw. What does it all mean? Who is her mother really? What does an airplane pilot, a sketchy cousin, and her Aunt Felicity have to do with any of it?
I don’t want to say too much about The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. It’s a continuation of the last book, which ends with a phone call. A very important phone call. Bradley does tie up a number of loose ends and, by the end of the novel, it is clear that he intends to take the series in a new direction. I thought, perhaps, that this might be the last one, but it seems that he plans to keep going with the series.
The usual suspects are present: the two sisters, the enigmatic Dogger, Gladys the bicycle, and Feely’s German boyfriend. Secrets from the past are revealed. If you decide to never read another Flavia mystery, here is a good place to end. I’m still looking forward to more.
About the Audio: Once again Jayne Entwistle is Flavia. I must be getting used to her voice, though I could have done without the hymn singing.