Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley.

Synopsis: The mystery is personal for Flavia de Luce in Bradley’s excellent sixth novel featuring the precocious 11-year-old sleuth in post-WWII England (after 2013’s Speaking from Among the Bones). The body of Harriet de Luce, her mother who disappeared in a mountaineering accident when Flavia was about a year old, has finally been recovered, and has been transported to the family home in Bishop’s Lacey for burial. As if that news wasn’t dramatic enough, Flavia is dumbfounded when she finds that former Prime Minister Winston Churchill is on hand for the coffin’s arrival at the railway station, and baffled when a stranger accosts her with a message for her father that “the Gamekeeper is in jeopardy.” Confusion turns to horror when the messenger falls, or is pushed, beneath the wheels of the funeral train. Despite the turmoil of these developments, Flavia retains her droll wit (showing off her encyclopedic knowledge of chemistry, she notes, “Metol, of course, was nothing more than a fancy name for plain old Monomethylparaminophenol Sulfate”). The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely. Publishers weekly Agent: Denise Bukowski, Bukowski Agency

My Thoughts:  This is number 6 in a series.  Although you can read some of the previous books out of order,  number 5 definately should  be read before 6.  This series of books are generally billed as "Adult", however junior high and high school students would find them entertaining. If you prefer to listen to audio Jayne Entwistle does an excellent job of narration.  I have read or listened to all of the books in the series.  Ms. Entwistle does such a good job i prefer to listen to Flavia.  The ending leaves us with what will Flavia do next?

Book Details: 336 pages, Delacorte Press, isbn: 9780385344058

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