Speaking from Among the Bones - Alan Bradley

Title: Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce #5)
Author: Alan Bradley
Pages: 400
Published: 2013 (first published 2012)
Challenges: Blogger Summer Reading, Historical Fiction
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Edition: Paperback
Source: Personal

Description: When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a 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. (from Goodreads)

Thoughts: For the first time, I struggled to get into a book this series; it was likely due to some stress that I was going through at the time, but once I was able to, I found the story to be quite enjoyable and found myself looking forward to the next book in the series, which comes out in trade paperback in late 2014 or early 2015.

What I like about the book is that while Flavia is starting to mature, she still also still has that childish nature about her that makes her who she is and takes the risks that she takes.  Flavia also seems to be a little more calculating and little less impulsive than she was in the first four novels in the series, even though there are still instances in which this happens.

Bottom line: Enjoyed reading the book and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  I liked how the book built upon the previous book (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows), but also feel like it was an individual book as well.  Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5/5

Pages for 2014: 15,038

If you have read this book, what did you think of it?


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