The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches MOBI × The Dead


The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches Rating 3.5 starsIn which the mystery is solved surrounding the disappearance of Flavia s mother during World War II Also in which Alan Bradley prepares to take the series in an entirely new direction This is a wise move Life at Buckshaw is growing stale, and it s time for Flavia to take her chemistry skills out into the wide world After all, she is almost twelve years old, and beginning to show signs of growing up This works best as a just for fun sort of read I thought the mystery and i Rating 3.5 starsIn which the mystery is solved surrounding the disappearance of Flavia s mother during World War II Also in which Alan Bradley prepares to take the series in an entirely new direction This is a wise move Life at Buckshaw is growing stale, and it s time for Flavia to take her chemistry skills out into the wide world After all, she is almost twelve years old, and beginning to show signs of growing up This works best as a just for fun sort of read I thought the mystery and its resolution were a bit weak The set up is intriguing, with special code phrases and a murder on the train tracks and a revealing old home movie which Flavia discovers and then develops using her chemical cleverness However, when we finally get to discover why Harriet Flavia s mom disappeared and who was involved, the revelations are sketchy Bradley doesn t develop a clear picture so to speak of what went down so to speak all those years ago, what exactly Harriet s mission was, and what the villain s did What makes the book worth reading is the playfulness you ve come to expect from the Flavia de Luce series Yes, Flavia is maturing, but she s still devious, and her imagination still takes her where no one s imagination should ever go In this installment, she toys with the possibility of becoming a young Frankenstein and attempting to reanimate the dead She decodes secret messages written in bodily fluids She asks inappropriate questions such as, How long does it take a person to bleed to death And as always, she s an unrepentant snoop Fans of the series will not be disappointed I m looking forward to discovering how Flavia fares as she moves out among people who are not yet familiar with her precocious and pesky ways There would be one chance and one chance only to convince the family of my worth If I failed, I would remain forever an outcast There wasn t a second to waste This is a critical juncture in the life and deeds of Flavia de Luce The mother that she never had a chance to know, Harriet, is coming home.or rather, her body is being returned to the family mansion.Who is this Flavia de Luce She is the youngest of three daughters of the current occupiers of the De Luce estate, Buckshaw Everythi There would be one chance and one chance only to convince the family of my worth If I failed, I would remain forever an outcast There wasn t a second to waste This is a critical juncture in the life and deeds of Flavia de Luce The mother that she never had a chance to know, Harriet, is coming home.or rather, her body is being returned to the family mansion.Who is this Flavia de Luce She is the youngest of three daughters of the current occupiers of the De Luce estate, Buckshaw Everything has been on the decline since Harriet died and Flavia s father is a prime example of that Everything is seen from the perspective of 12 year old Flavia de Luce, who sees her work in the mansion s chemical lab as central to her life She is a bright bulb with excess drive and a dearth of conscience She barely gets along with anyone and has no close friends outside of her sisters with whom she constantly is at war For those who have been following the series through the first five books, you know that the previous book ended with a cliff hanger We knew that in this book we and Flavia would finally find out a lotabout her mother.But what Flavia gets is a coffin moved off a special train and accompanied by Britain s finest including ex PM, Winston Churchill At the same time as this is going on, there is a death at the train station murder that for once doesn t capture Flavia s full attention It can t until things involving her mother are resolved.Flavia goes through a full range of emotions of which the most important might be that she will use her vast knowledge of science to bring Harriet back to life and restore her father s mental balance With Harriet home and alive and happy among us on the drawing room hearth, Father would be a different person He would laugh, make jokes, hug us, ruffle our hair, play games with us, and, yes, perhaps even kiss us And there are darker thoughts I wonder if she had time to suspect, as she saw me standing there staring up at her, that Harriet had come back from the dead for vengeance As much as readers of this series have learned to have faith in Flavia s abilities, this seems a good bit beyond reality and we are anxious as to how she will cope with the coming disappointments Flavia is trying very hard to please For example Feely was by this time back into the Beethoven sonata I put the teacup silently on the table and sat down in a bolt upright, attentive position with my knees together, my hands folded daintily in my lap, modeling my posture on Cynthia Richardson, the vicar s wife I even pursed my lips a little prunishly Because she gets along well with the help, and she is a great observer of human English conventions, we get some great insights into how Buckshaw and the people in the neighboring village conduct themselves and speak of things Her Majesty is demanding a cup of tea, I told Mrs Mullet If you ll be so good as to make one, I ll take it in to her myself Of course, said Mrs Mullet You shall ave it in two shakes of a dead lamb s tail Mrs M always said in two shakes of a dead lamb s tail when she was peeved but didn t want to show it A dead lamb s tail is a way of saucin em off without gettin yourself into ot water It means kiss my chump without actually sayin so, she had once confided, but had now, obviously, forgotten she d told me Mr Churchill was at the station, I found myself saying He spoke to me Oh, fluff I had blurted it out without thinking Winnie quite often likes to insert himself at the heart of the action, Adam told me Rather like Alfred Hitchcock s cameo appearances in his own films, but somewhatrisky This is a high point in the series and we get a full measure of all the things we have come to enjoy history, social commentary, comedic behavior, personal drama, deep dark secrets, various levels of mystery and the interesting perspective of a bright young girl Or as Flavia says For better or for worse, I had done what I had done, and now there was no going back I had done the right thing and I would jolly well have to live with it I spend a year waiting for it and a day reading it From the first Flavia mystery five years ago, I have been hooked The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches did not disappoint There is so much I wish I could say about it, but won t for fear I will give something away I will say this, after reading the first lines I said to myself, I knew it But I didn t know it I didn t know the half of it.Just as Bradley has done in each of the Flavia books as they progress, he brings us deeper into the lives an I spend a year waiting for it and a day reading it From the first Flavia mystery five years ago, I have been hooked The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches did not disappoint There is so much I wish I could say about it, but won t for fear I will give something away I will say this, after reading the first lines I said to myself, I knew it But I didn t know it I didn t know the half of it.Just as Bradley has done in each of the Flavia books as they progress, he brings us deeper into the lives and nature of the characters centered at Buckshaw and Bishops Lacey, but in this latest installment he reveals them to us so that we finally understand what it is that has made them who they are There is a tenderness in Flavia that has been hinted at before, and spills out in this book Colonel de Luce is less of a character andof a grieving husband and father, holding himself together because he has to We get a pick inside Daffy that is very honest and telling, while Feely remains a bit, well, Feely like She s just so unlikeable Once again, it s Dogger that I love With each book, he turns out to be eventhan what we imagined Even Aunt Felicity is muchinteresting than we imagined.I can safely say that the action stays closer to home, at Buckshaw, and that we come to some real resolution The tone of the book isserious than a Flavia fan is accustomed to, but there is still humor to be found All the things about Flavia that makes her such an endearing character are still there, but she is forced to know, and deal with, things that are beyond what she wants to, and still, what she wants most is a happy family and a home that s full of life Oh, just read it for yourself Quickly The one thing I can t determine is if there will beFlavia books please yes, please yes The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches could reasonably end the series gasp or it could mark the beginning of a great dealto come in the life of Flavia de Luce I really hope it s the latter Flavia de Luce is a brilliant young girl whose knowledge of chemistry is on par with many Ph.Ds Flavia uses her abilities to investigate murders, and delights in solving crimes ahead of the police In this sixth book in the series Flavia once again uses her skills to track down a killer.The book could be read as a standalone but it s much better to start with book one and go on from there Twelve year old Flavia de Luce and her family are at the train station awaiting the return of a relati Flavia de Luce is a brilliant young girl whose knowledge of chemistry is on par with many Ph.Ds Flavia uses her abilities to investigate murders, and delights in solving crimes ahead of the police In this sixth book in the series Flavia once again uses her skills to track down a killer.The book could be read as a standalone but it s much better to start with book one and go on from there Twelve year old Flavia de Luce and her family are at the train station awaiting the return of a relative when a mysterious man gives Flavia a cryptic message for her father Before long the man is dead, his mutilated body lying under the train Thus begins a Flavia de Luce novel that isof an espionage story than a murder mystery Nevertheless, Flavia is up to her usual tricks in this book, cooking up exotic chemical experiments to reanimate the dead and to decipher hidden messages As always, Flavia is also plotting to best the local police with her superior detective skills The book is filled with interesting characters, including Mr de Luce s faithful manservant and jack of all trades Dogger, eccentric relatives, quirky acquaintances, and Flavia s sisters I was a little annoyed by Flavia s continuing arrogance and often expressed high opinion of herself and I found the convoluted espionage tale slightly confusing Nevertheless it was an okay light read.You can follow my reviews at Life has suddenly become serious for 11 year old Flavia de Luce Her beloved mother Harriet s body has been found in a glacier in the Alps where she disappeared ten years ago and has been returned in state to her family waiting at Buckshaw station There will be notinkering in her Uncle Tar s chemistry lab or freewheeling around the village on her trusty bicycle for Flavia for a while Her Aunts, Felicity and Lena arrive for the funeral as well as several old family friends As the family Life has suddenly become serious for 11 year old Flavia de Luce Her beloved mother Harriet s body has been found in a glacier in the Alps where she disappeared ten years ago and has been returned in state to her family waiting at Buckshaw station There will be notinkering in her Uncle Tar s chemistry lab or freewheeling around the village on her trusty bicycle for Flavia for a while Her Aunts, Felicity and Lena arrive for the funeral as well as several old family friends As the family are leaving the station to follow Harriet s coffin, a stranger whispers an enigmatic messsage for Flavia to give her father and shortly after falls to his death on to the train tracks just as the train is leaving I think this is the best book in the series to date This is no murder mystery for Flavia to solve with her investigative skills and knowledge of chemistry but asombre tome where Flavia learnsabout her mother s disappearance and is entrusted with family secrets Nevertheless there are some lighter moments as Flavia manages some tinkering, gets to meet the Gypsy Moth that Harriet loved to fly and solves some puzzles regarding both the death of the stranger and her mother Flavia also comes to realise that there are big changes ahead for her and she will need to start growing up to meet the challenges We can only hope that her spirit remains unchanged and she still manages to get into the scrapes and adventures that make this series so much fun As much as I love Flavia, there s just no plot in this one, just a lot of needlessly convoluted, attempted exposition of past events in the series. On a spring morning in , eleven year old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long lost mother, Harriet Yet upon the train s arrival in the English village of Bishop s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office and making spectacular use of Harriet s beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars I adore this series The character of Flavia, the complexity and layers of the relationships, the setting, the players, the word craft, etc In book 5 for the first time Mr Bradley left us with a cliffhanger, and with book 6 we are treated to a roller coaster ride It s almost as if everything that was creating an undercurrent of tension is blown wide open It did feel like the last few book Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars I adore this series The character of Flavia, the complexity and layers of the relationships, the setting, the players, the word craft, etc In book 5 for the first time Mr Bradley left us with a cliffhanger, and with book 6 we are treated to a roller coaster ride It s almost as if everything that was creating an undercurrent of tension is blown wide open It did feel like the last few books have been leading to something I m glad it was something big, there s only so long that we can read about Flavia stumbling upon another murder and solving it before it gets rote and tired So it happened, the series and plot certainly took a 180 I really can t feel like I can disclose much about the plot without spoilers Because there is so much going on and so many things being revealed, at times I had to check myself to make sure I could keep track of it all We know Harriet come home and we find out the how, why, and what of her disappearance Flavia continues her hijinx, but we can clearly see maturation she is starting to turn into a young woman I loved how Dogger s story is filled in, the reconciliation with her father, and a greater understanding of her family dynamics as Flavia discovers who she really is These books are not fail proof and life changing They are exquisitely delicious If you are looking for a mystery that will make you fall in love with reading You ve found it Mr Bradley, you have a fan As does Flavia I certainly will enjoy watching her be challenged in ways I never thought possible Give the marketing art department an award for these covers It makes me happy just to look at them.also Mr Bradley, you betta be following up that cliff hanger with one HECK of a book Don t let me down Gasp I can t believe I am giving a Flavia book a rating of just three stars but alas I am I have loved this series so much and with much anticipation of book 6 wrapping things up, was a bit disappointed.The book starts out good and has quite the climax in the middle but then it fizzles out Things are vague and the past sleuthing that Flavia did, did not happen in this book Things just kind of fell into her lap so to speak It did leave me wondering if Alan Bradley was using book 6 to l Gasp I can t believe I am giving a Flavia book a rating of just three stars but alas I am I have loved this series so much and with much anticipation of book 6 wrapping things up, was a bit disappointed.The book starts out good and has quite the climax in the middle but then it fizzles out Things are vague and the past sleuthing that Flavia did, did not happen in this book Things just kind of fell into her lap so to speak It did leave me wondering if Alan Bradley was using book 6 to lead us in another direction with Flavia as she is growing up It felt like a bridge to another chapter or series in Flavia s life I do miss our little detective Flavia though In the 6th novel, redacted, redacted, redacted We get some answers, a whole lotquestions, and a little bit of heartbreak Also, I might be a tiny bit in love with Dogger There s really nothing I can say that wouldn t be spoilery, except that the only bad thing about a Flavia book is waiting a whole year for the next one.


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About the Author: Alan Bradley

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name 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.He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild His children s stories were published in The Canadian Children s Annual, and his short story, Meet Miss Mullen, was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children s Literature.For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division at both beginner and advanced levels.His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio.He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings Here, he met the late Dr William A.S Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, Ms Holmes of Baker Street This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as a firestorm of controversy.The release of Ms Holmes resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto s Harbourfront His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.His book The Shoebox Bible McClelland and Stewart, 2006 has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr God, This is Anna In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the British Crimewriter s Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce, which has since won the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,the 2010 Dilys Award,the Spotted Owl Award, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has also been nominated for the Macavity, the Barry, and the Arthur Awards.Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats


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