SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES …

1 Jan

Written by Alan Bradley
YA Mystery
Delacort Press/Random House, Inc. 2013

Hardcover – First Edition 375 pages

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Where to begin …….. ah, but of course. Flavia. She just cracks me up! Oh I don’t mean to say that this is a humorous murder mystery. That would be ludicrous. An oxymoron at best. Murder is serious business, after all. The humor is not in the storytelling. The humor is in Flavia de Luce, the main protagonist in this series. It’s all about a precocious eleven year old girl who rides a bike she calls, Gladys (who, by the way, has a personality all her own. Gladys. The bike…). Flavia and Gladys seem always to be present when there is mischief underfoot. The kind of mischief that forever involves a corpse.

In this tantalizing 5th installment, we find Flavia unraveling clues to the murder of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist. And, since Flavia is the one who found his body inside the tomb of Saint Tancred – the town’s patron saint, she most certainly feels obliged to get to the bottom of the matter.

As this story weaves through an unwinding of characters and storylines, I can’t help but wonder if there will only be one more book to this series, as certain internet postings seem to have alluded to. I can not imagine an end to Flavia. So, for now, we’ll just keep this rumor on the down-low, shall we? In the event I misread. Of course.

Young readers, for whom these tomes are written, will actually love this series. And, I dare say, even attempt to emulate some of the characters. Always a pleasure to be back in Bishop’s Lacey with Flavia and her siblings – two older sisters with an uncanny propensity toward peculiarity. And, oh yes, with Gladys. A pleasure. A real pleasure, indeed.

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One Response to “SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES …”

  1. Veronica January 1, 2014 at 8:59 p01 #

    Sounds a bit like a little girl I know. Think I may enjoy reading this one!

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