- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Hardback | 378 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 33mm | 454g
- Publication date: 29 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0385344031
- ISBN 13: 9780385344036
- Sales rank: 73,907
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR - "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER 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. Acclaim for "Speaking from Among the Bones" "[Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child."--"The""San Diego Union-Tribune" "The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for."--Bookreporter "Delightful and entertaining."--"San Jose Mercury News" Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award "Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate."--"USA Today" "Delightful.""--The Boston Globe"," "on" The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" "Utterly beguiling."--"People" (four stars), on "The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag" "Irresistibly appealing.""--The New York Times Book Review"," "on" A Red Herring Without Mustard"
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Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children's stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir "The Shoebox Bible." His first Flavia de Luce novel, "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, "received the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are "The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard," and "I Am Half-Sick of Shadows."
By Nicola Mansfield 10 Feb 2013
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
One of my favourite times of the year is settling down with the new Flavia de Luce mystery and as usual this one didn't disappoint. For the small British village that has more than it's fair share of murders, author Bradley keeps coming up with entertaining and unique scenarios that suspends belief at the reality of just how deadly the little hamlet of Bishop's Lacey has become. Flavia is one of my favourite current detectives, charming, clever smart and just a tad morbid. I really like how through the five books Flavia and her two sisters have grown and matured and that time is passing (though slower than in real time) and events are occurring in their lives making the characters' ongoing stories a part of the series as well. As usual the murder was fun, with several possibilities and kept me guessing till close to the end. Before I read this book I had heard that there was a 'cliffhanger' ending and that some readers were not too pleased. All previous books have finite complete endings, so this 'cliffhanger', if you will, is indeed different but it hardly surprised me and was an inevitable plot story line that would have been disappointing had it not ever come to fruition. I'm hardly displeased that the author chose to throw us that last line to let fans of the series know what direction the next book will take. I know I'm very excited to see what happens with the de Luce family in the next book. My favourite cozy series I'm reading at the moment!
Acclaim for Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce novels "Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate."--"USA Today" "Utterly beguiling."--"People" (four stars), on "The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag" "Outstanding . . . [a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review), on "A Red Herring Without Mustard" "Original, charming, devilishly creative."--Bookreporter, ""on" I Am Half-Sick of Shadows"