7 Mar 2013



It is almost Easter in Bishop's Lacey, and the villagers are holding their collective breath as the tomb of St Tancred in the church that bears his name is about to be opened after five hundred years. And as luck would have it, it's inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce who is first at the scene. But the body she finds lying there is clearly not that of a desiccated saint. For a start there's the pool of fresh blood, and then there's the gasmask, from under which an unmistakeable shock of golden hair identifies the corpse as that of Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist. Despite her tender years, Flavia is no stranger to murder - but even she is baffled by the peculiar circumstances of Collicutt's death. Especially when soon after, an effigy of St Tancred appears to be weeping blood onto the church floor. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Flavia soon finds herself exploring a secret maze of underground passages beneath the church - and is drawn into the equally dark and fetid world of one of Bishop's Lacey's most peculiar families.
...... Amazon book description.

FIRST SENTENCE: A uncorrected proof copy, I have been asked not to use any quotes. PW


MY THOUGHTS: Having only ever read part 1, The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie  (see my review HERE) I was delighted to receive a copy of this the fifth book in the series. 

Every bit as good as part 1 as far as the crime element was concerned, it was however our increasingly endearing and, at the same time, equally infuriating (not to mention grown-up) heroine and her relationship with the elderly Dogger that made this such an enjoyable read for me.

Surprised by the events that occur just as Tancred the local saint's bones are about to be disinterred Speaking From Among the Bones beautifully combines all of the mysteries (a gas mask wearing corpse, secret underground tunnels, weeping statues) that I expected of this series along with all of the emotional angst and emotion of a not quite 12 year old 'detective'. Be warned though this ends with a considerable cliffhanger which if you are anything like me will have you longing for the next instalment. 

Published in Issue 75 of NewBooks magazine.

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#2 An uncorrected Proof copy (The paperback edition of Speaking From Among the Bones will not be published until March 28th 2013 ) read and reviewed on behalf of NEWBOOKS magazine. I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.


Arti said...

Sounds like a pretty interesting novel. Can this be read as a stand alone or will I miss the charm if I dont read the earlier versions? Your review is rivetting as always Tracy :)
Have a nice day :)

Kelly said...

Having read all four of the previous Flavia novels, I look forward to this one. I enjoy her more and more with each installment.

I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, so maybe I will hold it until the next one comes out.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Hm... haven't picked up a book by this author yet. Might have to when I'm in the mood for a good mystery.

Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I own the The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie but I haven't read it yet. Glad you liked the book, but sorry you have to wait to find out what happens next!

Nikki-ann said...

I've read the 2nd book in the series but none of the others, I really should get and read them! :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Sounds like a great novel! Cliffhangers can be tough- but at least you are hoping for the next one. :)

Suko said...

This sounds wonderful! I've had my eye on the first one for a while now. I'm glad you're enjoying these so much!

Betty Manousos said...

this sounds like my kind of novel. a good mystery always captures the imagination.
i'm glad you're enjoying these.

big hugs~


Gina R said...

Hmm...sounds curious indeed and I remember the first one, what with the quirky title and all. Perhaps one day. Thanks for the share!

Brandi Kosiner said...

AH!! Cliffies. They seem more popular these days and it drives me batty sometimes.

Naida said...

This sounds like a great series, and a gas mask wearing corpse has me curious. Great review Tracy, glad you enjoyed this one.