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Speaking From Among the Bones

A Flavia de Luce Novel

by (author) Alan Bradley

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Jan 2013
General, Thrillers, Historical
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2013
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2013
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In the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling series, featuring Flavia de Luce, Alan Bradley pens his most chilling mystery yet, and introduces a new character into the mix whose actions will have lasting consequences on Bishop's Lacey, the de Luce family, and especially Flavia herself.
     When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at the village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce. Greed, pride, and murder result in old secrets coming to light--along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.

About the author

Contributor Notes

ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. Prior to taking early retirement to write in 1994, he was director of television engineering at the University of Saskatchewan media center for twenty-five years. His versatility has earned him awards for his children's books, radio broadcasts of his short stories, and national print for his journalism. He also coauthored Ms. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir, The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, and I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Bradley lives with his wife and two calculating cats on the Isle of Man, where he is at work on future Flavia de Luce mysteries.  .

Editorial Reviews

“The book is a delight — mystifying enough to keep one turning the pages at a good clip, filled with dry wit, and peopled with vividly drawn characters. . . . In addition to creating a witty and fast-paced mystery yarn, he sprinkles the pages with some intriguing tidbits about Flavia’s family and leaves us with a cliffhanger ending that will have the young sleuth’s fans champing at the bit for the next installment.”
Guelph Mercury
“There are now five Flavia Deluce novels on bookshelves, but it only takes a few pages for Flavia to come to life and completely occupy the reader's imagination.”
The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers
“Flavia, once more, entertains and delights as she exposes the inner workings of her investigative mind to the reader.”
The National Post

“Memorable, often funny prose complements the crafty plot of Bradley’s fifth Flavia de Luce novel (after 2011’s I Am Half-Sick of Shadows)… The precocious and irrepressible Flavia (who was booted from the Girl Guides for “an excess of high spirits”) continues to delight. Portraying a 11-year-old as a plausible sleuth and expert in poisons is no mean feat, but Bradley makes it look easy. The reader never loses sight of Flavia’s youth, but also never wonders at the likelihood that someone with her qualities exists.”
Publisher’s Weekly

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