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25 March 2016

Book Beginnings & Friday 56 - Alan Bradley's Speaking From Among The Bones

Ah, Flavia de Luce. I'm putting off an ARC or three in order to read the next in the series. I've missed her.

Per Amazon:
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.

So glad to see that she's just as precocious and morbid as in the previous installments! The fact that five books in she's still described as being the same age bothers me slightly, though. An awful lot of murder happening in such a small place in a year. Remind me not to visit.

Friday 56 (share a blurb from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.


I seem to have a 5th book curse. With most series the fifth book, unless it's the last in the series (or Harry Potter), tends to feel like a slump. Like a "haven't I read this four other times?" slump. Such was the case here. I still enjoyed it because I adore Flavia, but it wasn't until the very end that I really sat up with wide eyes and an "oh my goodness" look on my face. In fact, the very last sentence was the clincher that makes me itch to start the next book sooner than later.


  1. That has peaked my curiosity as you say she is an Eleven year old detective and then beginning starts with blood drips from a severed head....lol.

    Friday Memes

  2. You've got me intrigued. I'm with Stormi!

    My Friday 56

  3. I'm not familiar with this series. It sounds like one that I would enjoy. I'm spotlighting Stone Field by Christy Lenzi on my YA blog this week. Happy reading!

  4. This book looks interesting. I like the beginning and the 56. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  5. Not my style, the opening freaked me out. I hope you are enjoying it. Happy Friday!

  6. I've read the first 2 Flavia de Luce and really enjoyed them. I definitely need to get back to the series! That beginning is definitely creepy!

  7. I would love to read this book! I hear it's fantastic! Happy Easter weekend!