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Flavia is my new favorite sleuth. At 11 she is corrigible but always entertaining. This book in the series focuses on her mother and her secret life. This leads to a peak at Flavia's future.
A much slower novel than the others, this volume deals with Flavia finally confronted by her mother’s remains. Still in the dark as to the details of her mother’s disappearance, Flavia decides that the appropriate course of action is, of course, some resurrection via chemistry. Traitors, treason, and trouble, with an unexpected ending, still a great novel as it delves more into her thinking beyond chemistry.
It's hard to say too much about this sixth installment in the Flavia de Luce series without spoiling it, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed it. There's a lot of information revealed about Flavia's parents, and it's really rewarding to watch Flavia come to understand things that previously, as a child, were beyond her comprehension, or which she didn't know to question. The book's ending made me eager to read the next installment and see where Bradley takes the series next.
intriging - i liked - a good read when you want to know a 12 year old heroine - family oriented and most of all uplifting - will read again - also will recommend - thanx
Quick, light, and engaging, The Dead gives the impression that its almost-12-year-old heroine is only dipping a toe into deeper waters. The author is intelligent and capable, but I'm left feeling slightly hollow.
The book plays British almost to the point of satire; hard-up old blood struggles to keep its hold on the manor, while visitors from the orient take the piss out of Kipling. The pervasive feeling of authorly nostalgia for the colonies - real or fabricated, I'm not sure - feels anachronistic enough to meet the setting on its own terms.
All told, a delightfully weird beach read. Would a full-grown novel, with a full-grown Flavia de Luce satisfy, or would it ruin the illusion?
plots are deteriorating and writing style is childish. After the first book, I would never recommend this series to a friend. Perhaps a 10-15 year old reader would enjoy this novel.
Continue to enjoy this series. Not only the murder mysteries, but the unfolding story of the de Luce family. Makes these books very entertaining.
This is the latest book Mr Bradley wrote but not the last. I read all of them in chronological order and although I found the first one to be a slow start, once it got my interest, there was no turning back. The pace is at times very slow and Bradley can get lost in descriptions but Flavia comes alive on the pages among vivid metaphors and witty dialog.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches was my favourite book; it was consistent in keeping me interested and I couldn't put it down.
I can only wish there were more books. It's going to be a long wait until the next book comes out early 2015. Buy hey, Flavia has a fan club and that tells me she's up to something at all times :))
Though different from all other books in the series, I found The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches a satisfying conclusion to the Flavia DeLuce novels. I highly recommend this book to all science lovers and mystery novel fans. Be sure to read the five previous books (all hilarious and intriguing) about our 11-year-old heroine, Flavia. Truly one of my all-time favorite book series by a wonderful Canadian author!
I was new to the world of Flavia de Luce. I found that the book spent a lot of time describing details about film developping and corps reanimation and finally I was a little let down with the ending.
It could be that I am missing key information that would have made more interested in finding out certain information at the end.
I will read other books from the series to pass final judgement but for me it was just ok.
Good book; a little unexpected with the reviving the dead part, but excluding that, pretty good.
As in real life, changes often happen. But the mischievous Flavia will probably remain her delightful self, whatever may come her way.
Flavia comes face to face with her mother, Harriett and she learns about the mysterious circumstances about her mother's death. Will this be the last in the Flavia series? Seems Flavia will be moving on as her presence in her family reaches an unexpected conflict. A quick read, with lots of great images, but the chemistry aspect is growing old. Bradley certainly has achieved noteworthiness with this series.
I agree this is not the book to start with in the series. I loved it for its revelations on Flavia's family history, and it's digression from the usual format of the books. Am delighted to find there will be a 7th book, "As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust" as well as a British-made mini-series, both scheduled for 2015.
enjoyed it a great deal but very different than the previous books... not sure where he can take it from here but I remain interested enough to find out!
These books just get better! Well researched, very enjoyable. A 'sick day' from work book! Then enjoy another read to catch all the sweet details.
And Thank You Seattle Foundation and giveBIG for helping our library purchase this book!
This episode in the life of Flavia de Luce lacks some of the joie de vivre of Alan Bradley's earlier books. This is very appropriate given the circumstances, which involve the solemn return of Flavia's mother a decade after she has gone missing. I await the next installment with interest, especially since (spoiler alert) all signs are that we will next see Flavia in an altogether different milieu.
The rating is for new readers to this series. Readers who have been following this series will like this more. It is more of a "tie up loose ends" novel in the series than a stand alone mystery, sort of a season finale for a series.
In stark contrast to the first book in the series that made it popular where Flavia, the precocious child narrator and main character, was fresh, filled with smart and irreverent thoughts reflecting innocence of youth driving the events, Flavia in this book is more of a brooding, self-doubting pre-teen that is less of an active participant and more of a recipient of events that affect her life. Whether that is intentional from the author or he is just getting tired of the series, the book is engaging but unsatisfactory like an anti-climactic season finale.
Too many tangential paths that go nowhere, not much of a mystery, an unexplained surprise solving by the detectives without much help from Flavia. Not recommended unless you have read the whole series and want to read the season finale for sake of completeness.
Oh, I love this series. Can't wait to read the next one. Please let it come out soon.
Harriet comes home and a man is pushed under a train. Flavia has a lot on her plate with the whole village up at Buckshaw, and a scientific attempt to make things right that will hopefully solve everything. More importantly, however, we learn exactly what became of Harriet and exactly what sort of family the de Luce's are.
The series continues to be a fun, cozy, read but I find myself wondering what Flavia will face in the next one -and I do hope there is a next one. I think it's time we see how Flavia fairs outside of Buckshaw.
Reading this was like catching up with an old friend. I enjoyed it very much. Flavia remains an irrepressible character, and who knows what lies in the future for her. Best of luck to her.
Loved this book. Impossible to predict the end, and that's how mystery novels should be. I hope Alan Bradley writes more about Flavia.
The best so far: the plot was solid, well-paced, there were wry comments, interesting characters & am eagerly looking forward to next installment.