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Speaking from Among the Bones: 06/14/13

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Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley is the fifth of the Flavia de Luce books. It's nearly Easter and Flavia is beset by unsettling news: the family home is up for sale and one of her sisters is engaged to be married! To divert her from such problems, is the discovery of a body in the vicarage.

The man's death is tied up in the history of Bishop's Lacey, the legend of local saint, and the pipe organ which has gone wonky in recent weeks. Along the way, Flavia learns more about her own family's ties to Bishop's Lacey as well as some more of her mother's life.

Stylistically, book five has returned to the format and pacing of the first book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The current day mystery is tied up neatly with Flavia's family history as well as the history of the local surrounds.

As most of the previous reviews have mentioned, there is a doozy of a cliff hanger, but it's really to be expected. Flavia is who she is because of her mother's disappearance. While not much is answered on that account in book five, it's apparent that her mystery will be a big part of book six, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches.

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Five stars

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