Summary

The villagers of Bishop’s Lacey are holding their collective breath as St Tancred’s tomb in the local church is about to be opened after five hundred years. Inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce is first at the scene, but the body she finds lying there is not that of a desiccated saint; it is Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist.
©2013 Alan Furst (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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"The Flavia de Luce novels are now a cult favourite" ( Mail on Sunday)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bard Groupie on 03-09-16

Flavia is unique

Would you consider the audio edition of Speaking From Among the Bones to be better than the print version?

I love this whole series of books. The main character (and narrator) is a wonderfully enjoyable creation.This audio edition does Flavia justice! Flavia is 10 years old and both vulnerable and tough as old boots. Hugely intelligent and mentally tough,sometimes frighteningly ruthless in her methods, yet touchingly innocent in some ways. Funny,intrepid,insightful but sometimes outrageous especially when investigating murder.She is unstoppable.

What did you like best about this story?

Love the setting , the crumbling stately home, the villagers, the period (early 1950s), the family and the laugh out loud inner thoughts of Flavia.. All these books are very funny because of the relationships between the characters and their various idiosyncrasies. The relationship of Flavia and her sisters is both difficult and close.

Which character – as performed by Sophie Aldred – was your favourite?

Flavia - wonderful character,perfectly portrayed by Sophie Aldred. Love all the characters , the De Luce family , Dogger and The Mullets, the long-suffering Inspector Hewitt and his men. The relationship of the three sisters. Flavia's reliance on and love for ( though she would never call it that) the troubled Dogger.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are passages in these books when Flavia's razor sharp brain and ruthless quest for a murderer are suspended and you see the vulnerable child beneath the intelligence.

Any additional comments?

Please can we have the about to be published 'Thrice The Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd' in audiobook form ASAP - preferably read by Sophie Aldred?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 06-09-15

Light on story, superb performance

This episode is rather light on material for the usual epic tale from Alan Bradley but nonetheless enjoyable and provides continuity to the series of young Flavia's detecting and chemistry adventures. I get the sense this book was a filler, laying the groundwork for what is to come.

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