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

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,189 Ratings  ·  2,875 Reviews
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 pr ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published 2012)
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Jan 09, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
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! I had been wondering about "it" since the first ...more
Richard Derus
Apr 30, 2013 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
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 patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the
Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 07, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it
”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 resound
O’er the long lake and midnight ground)
It sends a peal of hollow groans,
Thus speaking from among the bones.”

Thomas Parnell
A 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 Flavia de Luce. She is hoping for something gross, terri
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.
Jun 02, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
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 ribbon situation, for example). Characters were int
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 my favorite part of the book, where Flavia gleefully does the wra
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 master all become a part of the mystery which Fla ...more
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 up for the mystery, the intrepid Famous Five feel you get fr
Ann Sloan
Oct 29, 2013 Ann Sloan rated it it was amazing
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 Italian Baroque music. I love the music and have the highes
Nov 05, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing
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 her energy and attention on solving her latest mu
Apr 08, 2016 HBalikov rated it really liked it
I was captured early on by Alan Bradley’s first tale of this precocious eleven year old, Flavia de Luce. A self-taught scientist with a flair for chemistry and a fascination with poisons, she is the most interesting kid-sleuth I have come across.

Bradley has placed her in the post-World War II English countryside complete with family mansion (Buckshaw), eccentric villagers (Bishop’s Lacey), confounding family (including loyal retainer, Dogger) and too much free time. He has a deft touch with phr
Feb 03, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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 this book leaves much of the fun behind to focus
Julie Wilhoit
May 13, 2013 Julie Wilhoit rated it it was amazing
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 the BBC. But...that's okay because I have Flavia, Do
Mar 24, 2013 J rated it it was amazing
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 somehow. We also got a ton of backstory and ch ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Judie rated it it was amazing
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, Flavia helps find a corpse buried under the church. Usi
Jan 03, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
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 this book quite charming. Is Flavia realistic? No. Is
Mar 01, 2016 Trisha rated it it was ok
Shelves: hufflepuff-ammp
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!
Dorie Schultz
May 26, 2016 Dorie Schultz rated it really liked it
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!
Aug 24, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 06, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH!!!! What a crazy ending for this book! I don't know how I'm going to survive until I get a hold of a copy of the next book. SO not fair!!!

The mystery that's been simmering in the background of the Flavia books is about to burst to the surface, but in the meantime our precocious protagonist has found yet another body. All your favorite Bishop's Lacey residents make their usual appearances, with a few new ones also. There are big changes afoot at Buckshaw - wedding bells may be ringing
Jan 01, 2016 Brooke rated it really liked it
4.5 rating.

Okay...that ending...what?!!!

Alan Bradley continues to impress me with his ability to capture an 11 year olds perspective in a way that is unrelatable to me, but at the same time familiar. I know that sounds strange, but Flavia has captured my heart and I see her innocence underneath all her "nerdiness" (yep made up word!). I love her personality and most of all her relationship with Dogger. Most of the time it's the scenes between them that are the "quiet" moments in the books, but
Jan 24, 2016 Aleshanee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi, jugendbuch
Meine Meinung

Ein neuer Fall für die mittlerweile 12jährige Flavia, in dem sie wieder mal zufällig über eine Leiche stolpert.
Ich war recht schnell in der Geschichte drin; in gewohntem Ambiente in dem kleinen Dorf Bishops Lacey und auf dem Anwesen der de Luces. Die Schreibweise hält sich ja durchgehend wirklich gut. Alan Bradley hat einen ganz besonderen Stil, eine Mischung aus sehr anschaulichen, einfachen und metaphorischen Sätzen. Zwar gab es wieder einige chemische Ausführlichkeiten durch Flav
Feb 02, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
If you are not acquainted with, I'm sorry, in love with Flavia de Luce, then you are in for a treat. She's 12, she lives with her father and two older sisters in a crumbling mansion in England in the early 1950s, and she is a master of poisons. Yes, she has a chemistry laboratory and she is not above mixing up a lethal potion or two there. You know, just to have on reserve. And, her father warns her that she has the gift of genius and "because of it, your life will not be an easy one--nor must y ...more
Darryl Brashier
Feb 10, 2013 Darryl Brashier rated it it was amazing
While I am still in the midst of this story, I can say that it is solidly Flavia de Luce, and I am very happy to spend time with her again. Flavia would be a terror to meet in real life, but she is a gem in the books.

Update: I am going to have to go find Alan Bradley and go all Flavia on his a$$ over the last line of the book, but otherwise, a fun read. The family is definitely changing, as it should over the course of 5 books and counting. The complications of this mystery kept me guessing and
PEI Public Library Service
Mar 15, 2013 PEI Public Library Service rated it really liked it
Speaking from among the bones by Alan Bradley

Speaking among the bones is the fifth title in the Flavia de Luce series by Canadian author Alan Bradley. Flavia is an 11-year-old girl from an English aristocratic family who loves chemistry(especially poisons). She is also, despite her young age, an amateur detective who ably assists the local police in the solving of murders in the village of Bishop's Lacey.

In this book, the people of Bishop's Lacey are preparing to commemorate the 500th anniversar
First Sentence: Blood dripped from the neck of the severed head and fell in a drizzle of red raindrops, clotting into a ruby pool upon the black and white tiles.

Pre-teen Flavia de Luce is excited about the opening of the 500-year-old tomb of Saint Tancred and is determined to witness the event. However, the first body uncovered, is that of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist—dead, wearing a gas mask. With her skill at chemistry, detection and a little help, Flavia has yet another murder to solve.
Mar 14, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
The best thing about Flavia is that she has a lot of tools and tricks to get what she wants, and she usese them for the common good. This wasn't my favorite story though, the mystery part any way. It had new characters, which added to the numerous 'old' characters, It seemed like too much.

What I did like was the emphasis placed upon the family structure...I know, I said that in my last review as well, but I really do love that. Alan Bradley does that so well. The family ties seemed stronger in t
Apr 06, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Actually, I liked this Flavia novel better than some of the others that came before it (but not as much as the first one). It kept me entertained. The story moved more quickly than the last few did, and the clues built up progressively enough to hold my interest. I also enjoyed the plot line more and the double story of the murder and the whole Harriet/Jocelyn/Flavia thing. I look forward to reading the next book and hope that it continues to hold my interest enough for me to read t
The game is afoot once again in the village of Bishop's Lacey. To her delight, Flavia de Luce once again stumbles upon a corpse, this time when she is itching to spy the bones of her beloved church's St. Tancred - their patron saint. Using her spot-on intuition and ability to wheedle her way into any home, Flavia's questioning soon leads to other mysteries, all while she tries to come to terms with the fact that her home Buckshaw is on the verge of being sold.

I cannot get enough of Jayne Entwist
Jan 31, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, people who enjoy Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie
If I have ever loved any book more than I love these books I don't know why. Nothing holds a candle to my Flavia and my Dogger.

The poison obsessed Flavia is again faced with murder case when the bones of Saint Tancred are to be exhumed from his tomb beneath the church.

I can't describe how my heart sank and inflated at once when Joss mistook Flavia for Harriet. It was so sweet and sad all at once. And when her father said she WAS Harriet... And then the bombshell at the end, well... wow. I don't
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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
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