Speaking from Among the Bones is the 5th book in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, which focuses on an eleven-year-old girl with a fondness for science and fancies herself an amateur detective. Flavia lives in England during the 1950’s and the book opens with the discovery of her fifth dead body, found in the most peculiar way. Since the author is sparse with character and setting descriptions, readers are encouraged to read the series from the beginning to get a better sense of the characters.
Mr. Bradley creates murder mystery stories influenced by the world of Sherlock Holmes. The story has a full cast of characters (and suspects) and the heroine uses logic and science to help the detectives solve a local murder case. The mystery will keep readers turning the pages but the odd family dynamics steal the scenes. The story ends on a huge family cliffhanger, which builds a lot of anticipation for book #6.
From award-winning author Alan Bradley comes the next cozy British mystery starring intrepid young sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed by USA Today as “one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”
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.