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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From award-winning author Alan Bradley comes the next cozy British mystery starring intrepid young sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed by USA Today as “one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”

 
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 crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s never such thing as an open-and-shut case.

Acclaim for Speaking from Among the Bones
 
“[Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child.” The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for.” —Bookreporter
 
“Delightful and entertaining.” San Jose Mercury News
 
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
 
“Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate.” USA Today
 
“Delightful.” —The Boston Globe , on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
 
“Utterly beguiling.” People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
 
“Irresistibly appealing.” —The New York Times Book Review , on A Red Herring Without Mustard

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Twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is inordinately interested in death and passionate about poisons. When she’s feeling blue, she thinks about cyanide, since its color reflects her mood. She also has a penchant for finding corpses and an extraordinary ability to ferret out the stories behind their untimely deaths. Here she is the first to espy the body of St. Tancred’s Church organist Crispin Collicutt during the excavation of the eponymous saint’s remains to mark his quincentennial, in 1951. Flavia also must deal with a crisis at home when her widowed father is forced to put the family estate, Buckshaw, up for sale. And while uncovering motives, Flavia also unearths a number of local families’ secrets, including some involving her late mother. Bradley’s Flavia cozies, set in the English countryside, have been a hit from the start, and this fifth in the series continues to charm and entertain, as Flavia—so intellectually mature yet socially unschooled—takes advantage of being able to go about unnoticed because of her youth. A final cliff-hanger guarantees interest in the next installment. --Michele Leber

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Acclaim for Speaking from Among the Bones
 
“[Alan] Bradley scores another success. . . . This series is a grown-up version of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all those mysteries you fell in love with as a child.” The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . continues to delight.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Fiendishly brilliant . . . Bradley has created an utterly charming cast of characters . . . as quirky as any British mystery fan could hope for.” —Bookreporter
 
“Delightful and entertaining.” San Jose Mercury News
 
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels
 
“Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate.” USA Today
 
“Delightful.” —The Boston Globe , on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
 
“Utterly beguiling.” People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
 
“Irresistibly appealing.” —The New York Times Book Review , on A Red Herring Without Mustard

About the Author

Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, and I Am Half-Sick of Shadows.

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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. The face wore a grimace of surprise, as if the man had died in the middle of a scream. His teeth, each clearly divided from its neighbor by a black line, were bared in a horrible, silent scream.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the thing.

The woman who proudly held the gaping head at arm’s length by its curly blue-­black hair was wearing a scarlet dress—­almost, but not quite, the color of the dead man’s blood.

To one side, a servant with downcast eyes held the platter upon which she had carried the head into the room. Seated on a wooden throne, a matron in a saffron dress leaned forward in square-­jawed pleasure, her hands clenched into fists on the arms of her chair as she took a good look at the grisly trophy. Her name was Herodias, and she was the wife of the king.

The younger woman, the one clutching the head, was—at least, according to the historian Flavius Josephus—named Salome. She was the stepdaughter of the king, whose name was Herod, and Herodias was her mother.

The detached head, of course, belonged to John the Baptist.

I remembered hearing the whole sordid story not more than a month ago when Father read aloud the Second Lesson from the back of the great carved wooden eagle which served as the lectern at St. Tancred’s.

On that winter morning I had gazed up, transfixed, just as I was gazing now, at the stained-­glass window in which this fascinating scene was depicted.

Later, during his sermon, the vicar had explained that in Old Testament times, our blood was thought to contain our lives.

Of course!

Blood!

Why hadn’t I thought of it before?

“Feely,” I said, tugging at her sleeve, “I have to go home.”

My sister ignored me. She peered closely at the music book as, in the dusky shadows of the fading light, her fingers flew like white birds over the keys of the organ.

Mendelssohn’s Wie gross ist des Allmächt’gen Güte.

“ ‘How great are the works of the Almighty,’ ” she told me it meant.

Easter was now less than a week away and Feely was trying to whip the piece into shape for her official debut as organist of St. Tancred’s. The flighty Mr. Collicutt, who had held the post only since last summer, had vanished suddenly from our village without explanation and Feely had been asked to step into his shoes.

St. Tancred’s went through organists like a python goes through white mice. Years ago, there had been Mr. Taggart, then Mr. Denning. It was now Mr. Collicutt’s kick at the cat.

“Feely,” I said. “It’s important. There’s something I have to do.”

Feely jabbed one of the ivory coupling buttons with her thumb and the organ gave out a roar. I loved this part of the piece: the point where it leaps in an instant from sounding like a quiet sea at sunset to the snarl of a jungle animal.

When it comes to organ music, loud is good—­at least to my way of thinking.

I tucked my knees up under my chin and huddled back into the corner of the choir stall. It was obvious that Feely was going to slog her way through to the end come hell or high water, and I would simply have to wait it out.

I looked at my surroundings but there wasn’t much to see. In the feeble glow of the single bulb above the music rack, Feely and I might as well have been castaways on a tiny raft of light in a sea of darkness.

By twisting my neck and tilting my head back like a hanged man, I could just make out the head of Saint Tancred, which was carved in English oak at the end of a hammer beam in the roof of the nave. In the weird evening light, he had the look of a man with his nose pressed flat against a window, peering in from the cold to a cozy room with a cheery fire burning on the hearth.

I gave him a respectful bob of my head, even though I knew he couldn’t see me since his bones were moldering away in the crypt below. But better safe than sorry.

Above my head, on the far side of the chancel, John the Baptist and his murderers had now faded out almost completely. Twilight came quickly in these cloudy days of March and, viewed from inside the church, the windows of St. Tancred’s could change from a rich tapestry of glorious colors to a muddy blackness in less time than it would take you to rattle off one of the longer psalms.

To tell the truth, I’d have rather been at home in my chemical laboratory than sitting here in the near-­darkness of a drafty old church, but Father had insisted.

Even though Feely was six years older than me, Father refused to let her go alone to the church for her almost nightly rehearsals and choir practices.

“A lot of strangers likely to be about these days,” he said, referring to the team of archaeologists who would soon be arriving in Bishop’s Lacey to dig up the bones of our patron saint.

How I was to defend Feely against the attacks of these savage scholars, Father had not bothered to mention, but I knew there was more to it than that.

In the recent past there had been a number of murders in Bishop’s Lacey: fascinating murders in which I had rendered my assistance to Inspector Hewitt of the Hinley Constabulary.

In my mind, I ticked off the victims on my fingers: Horace Bonepenny, Rupert Porson, Brookie Harewood, Phyllis Wyvern. . . .

One more corpse and I’d have a full hand.

Each of them had come to a sticky end in our village, and I knew that Father was uneasy.

“It isn’t right, Ophelia,” he said, “for a girl who’s—­for a girl your age to be rattling about alone in an old church at night.”

“There’s nobody there but the dead.” Feely had laughed, perhaps a little too gaily. “And they don’t bother me. Not nearly so much as the living.”

Behind Father’s back, my other sister, Daffy, had licked her wrist and wetted down her hair on both sides of an imaginary part in the middle of her head, like a cat washing its face. She was poking fun at Ned Cropper, the potboy at the Thirteen Drakes, who had the most awful crush on Feely and sometimes followed her about like a bad smell.

Feely had scratched her ear to indicate she had understood Daffy’s miming. It was one of those silent signals that fly among sisters like semaphore messages from ship to ship, indecipherable to anyone who doesn’t know the code. Even if Father had seen the gesture, he would not have understood its meaning. Father’s codebook was in a far different language from ours.

“Still,” Father had said, “if you’re coming or going after dark, you are to take Flavia with you. It won’t hurt her to learn a few hymns.”

Learn a few hymns indeed! Just a couple of months ago when I was confined to bed during the Christmas holidays, Mrs. Mullet, in giggling whispers and hushed pledges of secrecy, had taught me a couple of new ones. I never tired of bellowing:

“Hark the herald angels sing,

Beecham’s Pills are just the thing.

Peace on earth and mercy mild,

Two for a man and one for a child!”

Either that or:

“We Three Kings of Leicester Square,

Selling ladies’ underwear,

So fantastic, no elastic,

Only tuppence a pair.”

—­until Feely flung a copy of Hymns Ancient and Modern at my head. One thing I have learned about organists is that they have absolutely no sense of humor.

“Feely,” I said, “I’m freezing.”

I shivered and buttoned up my cardigan. It was bitterly cold in the church at night. The choir had left an hour ago, and without their warm bodies round me, shoulder to shoulder like singing sardines, it seemed even colder still.

But Feely was submerged in Mendelssohn. I might as well have been talking to the moon.

Suddenly the organ gave out a fluttering gasp, as if it had choked on something, and the music gargled to a stop.

“Oh, fiddle,” Feely said. It was as close to swearing as she ever came—­at least in church. My sister was a pious fraud.

She stood up on the pedals and waddled her way off the organ bench, making a harsh mooing of bass notes.

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A. Hill
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Read them in order
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2014
Why can''t Amazon post a simple list of an author''s titles in order of publication? If you discover an author, you might like to read them in the order they were written, to appreciate the characters'' (and the author''s) development. Here''s the list of Alan Bradley''s... See more
Why can''t Amazon post a simple list of an author''s titles in order of publication? If you discover an author, you might like to read them in the order they were written, to appreciate the characters'' (and the author''s) development. Here''s the list of Alan Bradley''s charming, scary, funny Flavia de Luce Novels, as of December 2014.

Alan Bradley''s Flavia de Luce novels in order:
1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, 1/2010
2. The Weed That Strings the Hangman''s Bag, 2/2011
3. A Red Herring Without Mustard, 10/2011
4. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, 10/2012
5. Speaking from Among the Bones, 12/2013
6. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, 1/2014
7. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 1/2015
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Michael C. Williams
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Great series
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2019
I''ve read the first half of the books in the Flavia de Luce series. All of them are very good, in multiple ways, but Speaking from Among the Bones is one of the best. The more I read in the series, the more I realize what importance the author has given to the story of... See more
I''ve read the first half of the books in the Flavia de Luce series. All of them are very good, in multiple ways, but Speaking from Among the Bones is one of the best. The more I read in the series, the more I realize what importance the author has given to the story of Flavia and her family, in addition to the mystery in each book. This book had one of the most surprising and educational mysteries, from beginning to end, and what was happening with her family made my jaw drop at the end. I''d advise anyone to read the whole series, preferably in order, and not just pick and choose among them.
I have recently been rereading Agatha Christie''s Miss Marple mysteries, which I like, but I think Alan Bradley''s writing in this series is quite superior to Christie''s. The portrayals are gemlike, but still relate to ordinary human life.
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Mrs. V
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Fun Read - Highly Recommended
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
I ordered this book nearly 5 years ago and it has sat in the queue until last night, when I finally cracked it open. Good thing today was Saturday as I spent the better part of the day absorbed in the story ... what a delight! I did not realize until I opened it up that... See more
I ordered this book nearly 5 years ago and it has sat in the queue until last night, when I finally cracked it open. Good thing today was Saturday as I spent the better part of the day absorbed in the story ... what a delight! I did not realize until I opened it up that this was book 5 in the series, but the characters and setting are more than adequately described to help the reader dive right in. Good plot, plenty of twists and turns, and loose ends neatly tied up - however, it does end on a cliffhanger and in this regard I am glad I waited this long to read this - upon completion I immediately ordered the next two books in the series. Although I generally I lean towards non-fiction/history, I do like the occasional YA as they usually offer a good dose of fresh air. So glad I stumbled onto this series.
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lisally
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Another great entry in a great series
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2014
Easter is approaching in Bishop’s Lacey, and St Tancred’s church is commemorating its five hundredth anniversary by opening the tomb of the namesake patron saint. Flavia deLuce is eager to witness the exhumation for herself; on opening the tomb however, the onlookers find... See more
Easter is approaching in Bishop’s Lacey, and St Tancred’s church is commemorating its five hundredth anniversary by opening the tomb of the namesake patron saint. Flavia deLuce is eager to witness the exhumation for herself; on opening the tomb however, the onlookers find not the moldering remains of St Tancred, but the recently dead church organist, Mr. Collicutt. Who wanted Mr. Collicutt dead, and why are some church officials so reluctant to proceed with the excavation? Once again, Flavia is on the case, whether the police like it or not.

The fifth Flavia book gets the ball rolling rather quickly with the main murder plot, but there are a lot of other subplots from previous novels that are starting to come together here. The de Luce family’s financial problems have finally come to a head, and Buckshaw is up for sale. There is a cliffhanger here at the end, and the next book seems to be headed for a resolution of sorts. If you’ve enjoyed the other books in the series, this one is a must read.
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Cathy Pearce Anderegg
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Better than Sherlock is Flavia de Luce
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2014
Flavia, 11 years old, and smarter, better educated, and more informed about almost everything than all the adults in Bishops Lacey, even than Sherlock Holmes would be were he there too. It is pretty unlikely, isn''t it. One wonders why she never goes to school. She never has... See more
Flavia, 11 years old, and smarter, better educated, and more informed about almost everything than all the adults in Bishops Lacey, even than Sherlock Holmes would be were he there too. It is pretty unlikely, isn''t it. One wonders why she never goes to school. She never has friends her age. She is partially orphaned in a very dysfunctional and unloving family, and yet, she thrives. Her only confidante is a shell shocked, former prisoner of war, named Dogger. It is pretty unlikely, isn''t it that she''d be the heroine. And in every Flavia de Luce novel she is frequently the one who finds the body, and definitely the one who solves the mystery of the death. It is pretty unlikely isn''t it. And just how many murder/mysterious deaths can occur during an 11 year old''s life in one small English shire before she turns 12? And could she really, really be the chemist she is portrayed to be? Unlikely. This novel is particularly weird because everything occurs in a Church''s graveyard or crypt anyway. And even weirder is that there are two possible murderers, or at least they think themselves to be. And only Flavia can explain it all to the police inspector Hewett. Pretty unlikely, isn''t it. And yet, as unlikely as this heroine, and the repetitive mysterious death plot in every novel is, this series is really fun reading. It speaks to Bradley''s good writing, doesn''t it.
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Superb Series
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2014
As Amazon has gotten to know me over the years I often wonder why it recommends to me some of the books it does, and have sometimes been quite disappointed by quite a few of their selections. I read a hefty amount of mysteries and "cozies" as a sort of candy for my... See more
As Amazon has gotten to know me over the years I often wonder why it recommends to me some of the books it does, and have sometimes been quite disappointed by quite a few of their selections. I read a hefty amount of mysteries and "cozies" as a sort of candy for my brain. It all started with Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and has now led me to Alan Bradley, whose Flavia de Luce may rival even the great Poirot as my favorite mystery sleuth of all time.
You would think books centering around a preteen in 1950s England who is obsessed with poisons, death, and murder would be strange to find enjoyable, but there is no doubting it. Bradley is brilliant. Each Flavia novel I have read has taken me no longer than 1 or 2 days to read because I simply can''t put them down. They have everything you could want in a mystery including Flavia, who just makes me laugh out loud sometimes.
I hope Bradley continues his novels, so that in time my children can read them in the same way I read Christie (who they will also be reading if I have anything to say about it). I would hate this series to end after anything less than 50 books! I want to see Flavia grow up, and see how Bradley handles that!
Well done!
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Michelle Boytim
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Flavia investigates a tomb and impersonates a ghost
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2014
The 5th book in the Flavia de Luce series has Flavia becoming involved with the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred, with the commemoration opening his tomb under the church. She manages to weasel her way into the opening of the tomb, where to everyone''s surprise, they find... See more
The 5th book in the Flavia de Luce series has Flavia becoming involved with the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred, with the commemoration opening his tomb under the church. She manages to weasel her way into the opening of the tomb, where to everyone''s surprise, they find the body of the church''s missing organist in a gas mask. Flavia cannot resist a good murder mystery and begins her own investigation. This leads her to a ghost legend, a secret tunnel, and a missing jewel. While Flavia is busily working on the case, her home situation is changing drastically, with an engagement, and the potential sale of her family home. She also finds out more about her mother from some unexpected sources. Flavia befriends a flora-archeologist who helps to investigate the case, and Flavia uses chemistry to solve a few puzzles along the way. The book ends in a dramatic fashion, leaving the reader anxious for the next installment.
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Chance Lee
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The Plot Thickens
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2013
Wow. Just wow. Flavia and I may have had a little spat after her last case--a closed-room style Christmas mystery ( I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4) that wasn''t as rich and layered as her other adventures--but we have totally... See more
Wow. Just wow. Flavia and I may have had a little spat after her last case--a closed-room style Christmas mystery ( I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4) that wasn''t as rich and layered as her other adventures--but we have totally made up now. It''s rare that I don''t want a book to end. Usually I''m peeking at my towering to-read stack out of the corner of my eye as the pages in my current read start feeling thing. But I kind of want to re-read this one immediately.

So much happens. Every scene is dripping with detail, and all the characters are so rich and complicated. Flavia''s relationship with her sisters is starting to change and we learn a little about long-term characters like the vicar and Mad Meg. Plus, this novel introduces an intriguing new character, Adam Sowersby, who studies ancient plants and has a few secrets of his own.

The mystery is always the weakest parts of these novels. While I would like to say "this is no exception," that''s too harsh of a criticism. This novel is so brilliantly structured and lush with details that even if I had spotted whodunnit on the first page (which I didn''t) I wouldn''t have cared. In fact, the mystery is convoluted in a good way, and the only reason I may have been disappointed by it is because the novel ends shortly after it is solved.

If you''re a Flavia fan, you cannot miss this one. There is so much character development, and so many exciting revelations, that it makes me excited (although a little bit anxious) to see what happens to her next.
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booklover
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Not the best Flavia de Luce Mustery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2016
Speaking from Among the Bones is the fifth Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley. I like to keep track and in sequence! Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old amateur detective and chemist and what she most enjoys is digging up clues and getting ahead of the local police in...See more
Speaking from Among the Bones is the fifth Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley. I like to keep track and in sequence! Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old amateur detective and chemist and what she most enjoys is digging up clues and getting ahead of the local police in the quaint village of Bishops Lacey; in the idyllic English countryside. Alan Bradley''s latest offering is played out following the five-hundredth anniversary of Bishops Lacey Patron Saint; Saint Tancred’s and where his tomb is due to be opened. Of course, Flavia is in attendance for this and so the mystery begins. I have been reading all Alan Bradley''s Flavia de Luce series avidly and have really enjoyed them, however this one didn''t really hit the mark for me. I cant really put my finger on what I didn''t like about this novel however it didn''t really pull me in like the other books. I will continue on to the next one with the hope Alan Bradley has just had a temporary blimp in his writing.
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Silvery surfer
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A pleasure as always.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2014
Great fun as theses novels always are . Great local characters abound and even Feely seemed human for once . The next novel promises to be quite momentous for the fortunes of the De Luce household . can''t say why without giving away the last lines of the book.
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C Huston
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Another fantastic installment in the Flavia de Luce series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2017
Another fantastic installment in the series. This one takes more time to develop the "mythology" surrounding Flavia and her family, something I think was needed after the secrets revealed in book 4.
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excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2014
Finally got another great read from Alan Bradley following Flavia in solving the mysteries of crime in Bishop Lacey. Arrived on time & in excellent condition. I will of course be passing it on once I''ve read it,the true gift of books.
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