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The Big Wander by Will Hobbs
The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World by David L. Pike
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Changeless by Gail Carriger
Escape from Bridezilla by Jacqueline deMontravel
The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman
Fletcher and Zenobia by Edward Gorey
Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
The Great Desert Race by Betty Baker
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley
Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Ottoline At Sea by Chris Riddell
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The Rules by Stacey Kade
The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Someday by Charlotte Zolotow
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale
Who's Seen the Scissors by Fernando Krahn
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi

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2 stars: OK
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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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