Book Review: Speaking From Among the Bones

Posted July 12, 2013 by Whitney in Review / 5 Comments

Book Review: Speaking From Among the BonesSpeaking From Among the Bones
Author Alan Bradley
Series: Flavia de Luce #5
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication Date February 5th 2013
Genre: Mystery
Source: Bought
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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.

I have loved the Flavia de Luce novels in the past but found Speaking From Among the Bones to be lackluster.  I didn’t feel like there was much of a mystery element as there has been previously.  Alan Bradley seemed to go off on tangents and thought the death of Mr. Collicutt took a backseat only to be reminded of it at the novel’s end.

Even so, the tangents gave more of a back story and better understanding of the de Luce clan, with a conclusion that had me saying “no, this can’t be the end!”.

Overall, it was a decent novel but thought Speaking From Among the Bones was more filler than mystery.

About Alan Bradley

With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.


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