Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5) by Alan Bradley

Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)

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 t...

Details Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)

TitleSpeaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)
Release DateFeb 5th, 2013
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)

  • Leslie
    Wow! I admit I wasn't expecting much with this latest installment of my very favorite mystery series. Not because it hasn't alway been wonderful, but because I've never read a series that kept on being wonderful so long. This one was most excellent. I have just closed the book and must tell you that the last sentence caused me to leap off the couch, throw off my snuggy in the most unladylike fashion and shriek and hoop and holler. What a surprise...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 3.9* of five The Book Description: 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 patr...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Now from yon black and fun’ral yew,That bathes the charnel-house with dew,Methinks I hear a voice begin;(Ye ravens, cease your croaking din;Ye tolling clocks, no time resoundO’er the long lake and midnight ground)It sends a peal of hollow groans,Thus speaking from among the bones.”Thomas ParnellA night-Piece on Death (1721) When they decide to open the crypt of St. Tancred on the 500th anniversary of his death no one is more excited than...
  • Miranda
    Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Really?!?! How long do we have to wait to find out what that means?That was my first reaction to the last line of the book. The Flavia books are quickly becoming some of my favorites of all time, and the series is definitely at the top of my list. The tangle of mystery, murder, and normal family life make these a great read for all ages.
  • Mai Laakso
    Alan Bradley on luonut huippuhauskan ja nokkelan jännityskirjasarjan, jonka päähenkilö on itseoikeutetusti Flavia de Luce, 11v. salapoliisi, joka selvittää rikokset tuosta noin vain pikkuvanhalla päättelykyvyllä. Tällä kertaa Flavialla on pari kilpailijaakin, mutta niiden käsittely oli helppoa kauraa kokeneelle salapoliisille, joka ei kaihtanut hautausmaita ja yöllisiä tutkimusretkiä kaiken maailman luolissa ja loukoissa, jopa urku...
  • Magill
    It has been over a year since reading the previous Flavia book, so I thought that my reactions would be less likely to be tainted by prior annoyance. I think that was the case but, frankly, this book did not rise above the others.The book seemed even more disjointed than the previous books, as best as I could recall. The plot had many little episodes which didn't seem to fit together, even Flavia's thoughts were distracted and less focused (the r...
  • Crowinator
    Near the end of Speaking From Among the Bones, Inspector Hewitt visits Flavia in the Buckshaw drawing room after she’s nosy-parkered her way, again, into solving the latest murder: “Right, then,” Inspector Hewitt was saying. “Let’s have it.”I couldn’t help thinking how much progress he had made since we had first met nine months ago, upon which occasion he had sent me to fetch the tea.There was hope for the man yet.What follows is m...
  • Kathy
    Flavia de Luce continues to be one of my favorite characters in all my reading. She is a genius in her chemical meanderings and in her skill of detection, but we are often reminded that she is still indeed a child, not yet twelve. This latest entertaining tale centers around the disinterment of a saint's bones, St. Tancred, who was laid to rest in Bishop's Lacey in the church bearing his name. Hidden passages, a powerful diamond, and a dead choir...
  • Tiffy_Reads
    Loved this one as much as I did the previous four. Flavia's up to it again and she's a force to be reckoned with in this novel. Can't wait to read the next.
  • Lotte
  • Kevin
    The best! A couple of my favorite quotes from this book:“Was sorrow, in the end, a private thing? A closed container? Something that, like a bucket of water, could be borne only on a single pair of shoulders?"“I was learning that the best conversations consisted of keeping quiet and listening, and speaking, when one spoke at all, in words of a single syllable.” "I was the eighth dwarf. Sneaky."“Could it be that goodness waxes and wanes li...
  • Petra
    Wow! Just wow! The best of the series so far. This episode features fun, lots of new info on the villagers and more insight into the De Luce family. The ending packs a punch as well. Throughout, this has been a fun, feel-good series with each episode delving deeper into the lives of the De Luce family and Bishop Lacey's inhabitants. What an interesting and caring bunch of people.
  • Ann Sloan
    I love Flavia de Luce. I would adopt her, but I’m afraid she’s too smart for me. For an eleven-year-old, Flavia is too clever, too resourceful, and too head-strong. As her own father says, she is a genius. And Alan Bradley is a genius for creating her. I feel so fortunate to have been able to get this from NetGalley. I have a terrible confession to make – I couldn’t put my Kindle down, so I took it with me to a Texas Camerata concert of I...
  • Nikki
    I do like this series — and tear through the books — when I get round to reading it, but I don’t particularly feel a pressure to keep up. There’s just something too precious about Flavia, and indeed the whole portrayal of idyllic British country life after the Second World War. My usual pet peeves with this series are firmly in place, in that sense.But it is nice to just relax into it and enjoy the family’s weirdnesses, the unusual set ...
  • Rebecca
    Like most of the reviewers here, I adore the Flavia de Luce books. This is such a quirky series that nothing really compares to it. Speaking From Among the Bones is the latest and, I'm afraid, weakest addition to the series. Much of the charm of the de Luce series comes from its odd humor. Flavia's unwavering acceptance of bizarre situations and lack of understanding about adult issues make her one of the best unreliable narrators in history. But...
  • Nadine
    Flavia is back! And to her (and our) delight she stumbles over another murder in her home village Bishop-Lacey. The dead body of the church organist is found on top of the crypt of the village saint when his crypt is about to be opened for the 500th anniversary of his death. To her utter delight Flavia is present and can start investigating right away.The financial situation of the family is worse than ever and Flavia is happy to be able to spend...
  • Tiina Tonttu
    Johtuneeko lukijan muinaisista haaveista ryhtyä kanttoriksi vai tämän yleisestä kirkkofiksaatiosta, mutta tämä oli HYVÄ. Ja apua, mikä lopetus!
  • Mari
    Seuraavaa osan suomennos äkkiä kiitos.
  • J
    I love this series ... this book was highly anticipated & it was worth the wait! The problems with the rushed Christmas book seem to be corrected in this novel - this book felt planned and not crassly commercialized. The odd family dynamics were still present, but were punctuated by moments of family love & concern that were lacking in earlier books. Tenderness and connections between characters formed. This book was softer and more pleasant some...
  • Julie Wilhoit
    I could find NOTHING bad to say about the Flavia DeLuce series. Flavia is spunky, smart, secretive and did I say smart? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the series, I devoured this book in a matter of days and am already counting down to the release of the next book in early 2014. This book ended with a cliffhanger, my favorite kind of story.Although I have heard that these books will be made into a series on tv, I may not get to see it since it will debut on th...
  • Jaline
    This is another terrific book in this series. Flavia de Luce is an endearing character – mentally and emotionally precocious, yet still with many little-girl flaws. She pretty much has no fear, doesn’t care if she gets herself (or her bike, or the house) dirty; to her, life is all one big experiment. It is one of the things that is so charming about her – she can outwit and out-think many of the adults in her life, yet her strong curiosity,...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    Great audiobook, love the narration by Flavia, one of my favorite heroines. The story was a good one although not the best I've read in the series. Still enjoyed it very much!
  • ❄ Pixelflocke ❄
    Band 5 gehört definitiv zu den besten Bänden der Flavia-Reihe.Der Mord ansich war spannend und kurzweilig und hatte eine durchaus ungewöhnliche Auflösung zu bieten. Zudem erfährt man in diesem Teil auch einiges über bestimmte Bewohner von Bishops Lacey sowie der Familiengeschichte der de Luces.Mit von der Partie waren auch hier wieder die altbekannten Personen, die Buckshaw und Bishops Lacey so wunderbar machen. Flavia selbst war auch ganz ...
  • Sue
    I won a copy of "Speaking from Among the Bones", A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.This is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce series and I couldn't put it down.This mystery book was so well written and a joy to read.I have to admit, I have been meaning to purchase the previous four novels in the series, but never got around to it.Now I will definately go back and read the whole series to get a full a...
  • Judie
    I love Flavia de Luce. I want to adopt this almost 12-year-old girl and fill her days with love, validation, good food, and encouragement. They are the elements missing from her life although some of the non-family characters do make an effort.. As in all the books, I found myself mesmerized being in Flavia’s mind in 1951 England. These books are unique and very special. In SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES, book five of the wonderful series, Flav...
  • Susan (aka Just My Op)
    I've read four of the books in this series, and while I liked them, I was getting a little bored. This one made me a fan again. Flavia is growing up a bit, but still precocious and still getting into trouble. And, of course, still solving murders.A mystery, some endearing characters, and facts that I never knew, or long ago forgot, about science, especially chemistry – what more could I ask for in a light read? Put it all together and I found t...
  • Zahra Husain
    For any one who has been reading the Flavia series, this is the book where the plot line for the De Luce family thickens, but sometimes also leading to the mystery being compromised. The book almost entirely becomes about the family, it's history and the various relationship dynamics. The murder in this book takes a back seat to the family drama. While I liked it, it's definitely not my favourite from the series.
  • Trisha
    As an audiobook, I typically love these silly mysteries. But this is the first one that I wasn't drawn into. The plot felt jumbled and all over the place - possibly because this one is not good as an audio and better as a physical book.either way, I had a tough time paying attention and following along. BUT....that last line?!?!? OMG. Time to read the next one!
  • David
    Another 5-star read from Alan Bradley. (To be published in February 2013) As the De Luce family ponders the gloomy prospects of losing their beloved home, Flavia embarks on another scientific sleuthing and learns even more about the mysterious Harriet. Tally Ho!
  • Marika Oksa
    Oli hyvä. Sarjahan vaan paranee edetessään.