Speaking From Among the Bones

9780385344036_p0_v1_s260x420Eleven year old detective Flavia de Luce is back, solving another murder in Alan Bradley’s new mystery – Speaking From Among the Bones. With her trusty bicycle, Gladys, Flavia is digging into graves, cracking open her chemistry set, and listening through rubber tubing to solve a murder. The family finances are still precarious and Buckshaw, the family mansion, is now up for sale, but Flavia is determined to connect to an old fortune to save the day. With a number of story lines to distract from the villain, Bradley uses his quirky characters to charm his audience, with a lot of humor along the way.

If you have not read the first three of Flavia’s adventures, Bradley will fill you in on the background, but it won’t take long to find yourself in the middle of the muddle. In this book, Flavia discovers more about her mysterious mother and older sister Ophelia, and connects to a new character. When the 500 year old tomb of St. Tancred is opened, Flavia is the first to see the dead body – but it’s not the old revered saint. The missing organist has been found.

Mystery and murder and lots of fun.