Flavia fans rejoice! Alan Bradley's lastest novel Speaking from Among the Bones is his most recent mystery starring the determined investigator Flavia de Luce. For those who don't know her, Flavia lives in 1950s rural England in a mansion with her father, sisters, and staff. She uses her chemistry lab and interview skills to catch criminals, and she doesn't suffer fools. Now twelve, Flavia is starting to notice some troublesome behavioural changes in herself. In spite of this, she manages to tunnel though the local graveyard in search of clues to the murder of a church vocalist found dead just before the official unearthing of a renowned saint.
With a mystery series, I'm always concerned that the latest novel will be too true to formula, and that I'll lose interest. But Flavia never fails. I whipped through Speaking Among the Bones and once again thought "Blast! now I'll have to wait another year for Bradley's next novel to be published!" Just when I thought there would be a straight-forward end to this Flavia novel, Bradley leaves me with a doolally of a cliffhanger! Although I'm dying to tell, I won't.
Read his others first:
1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
2. The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
3. A Red Herring without Mustard
4. I am Half Sick of Shadows