The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

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Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce uses her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve a dastardly crime in the English countryside while learning new clues about her mother's disappearance.

Random House Digital
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival in the English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office--and making spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit--Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.Praise for The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches  "Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist."--The New York Times Book Review  "[Alan] Bradley's award winning Flavia de Luce series . . . has enchanted readers with the outrageous sleuthing career of its precocious leading lady. . . . This latest adventure contains all the winning elements of the previous books."--Library Journal (starred review)"Bradley's latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection as it shows the emotional turmoil and growth of a girl who has always been older than her years and yet is still a child. The mystery is complex and very personal this time, reaching into the past Flavia never knew about. . . . These are astounding, magical books not to be missed."--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) "Excellent . . . Flavia retains her droll wit. . . . The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)  "It's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family."--Kirkus Reviews  "Flavia . . . is as fetching as ever; her chatty musings and her combination of childish vulnerability and seemingly boundless self-confidence haven't changed a bit."--Booklist  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  "If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."--USA Today  "Irresistibly appealing."--The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard  "Original, charming, devilishly creative."--Bookreporter, on I Am Half-Sick of Shadows  "Delightful and entertaining."--San Jose Mercury News, on Speaking from Among the BonesFrom the Hardcover edition.

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On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival in the English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office-and making spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit-Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.

Praise for The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
 
"Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist."-The New York Times Book Review
 
"[Alan] Bradley's award winning Flavia de Luce series . . . has enchanted readers with the outrageous sleuthing career of its precocious leading lady. . . . This latest adventure contains all the winning elements of the previous books."-Library Journal (starred review)

"Bradley's latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection as it shows the emotional turmoil and growth of a girl who has always been older than her years and yet is still a child. The mystery is complex and very personal this time, reaching into the past Flavia never knew about. . . . These are astounding, magical books not to be missed."-RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
 
"Excellent . . . Flavia retains her droll wit. . . . The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"It's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family."-Kirkus Reviews
 
"Flavia . . . is as fetching as ever; her chatty musings and her combination of childish vulnerability and seemingly boundless self-confidence haven't changed a bit."-Booklist
 
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
 
"If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."-USA Today
 
"Irresistibly appealing."-The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard
 
"Original, charming, devilishly creative."-Bookreporter, on I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
 
"Delightful and entertaining."-San Jose Mercury News, on Speaking from Among the Bones


From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307879882
Branch Call Number: Audio Download
Characteristics: audio file
digital,stereo,Digital recording
1 online resource (7 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Entwistle, Jayne

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FVReader
Oct 26, 2016

The final hook in the last book got me and I had to find out what happened, so I picked this audio up as soon as I could.
Flavia de Luce is such a delightful character. This story wasn't an exception.
However, I wasn't that enthralled with some of the story line. Some of the events didn't seem very "Flavia-like" when it came to rationale. However, the author still has my confidence. The story took quite a turn at the end and I look forward to the next installment sometime soon.
I really enjoyed finding out more about Bishop's Lacey and the De Luce family. I like how the author is building his characters and deepening our understanding of the family and the village.
The narrator of this series is just perfect.

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jamaicajamaica
Apr 16, 2015

My first introduction to the series. It was so good that I am now working my way back in time as they become available - all copies have been on hold. A good sign for a series. I just love stand alone novels in a series ! So rare these days!

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Artsee
Jan 07, 2015

Flavia de Luce is a precocious pre-teen with a penchant for poison. Jayne Entwistle marvelously brings Flavia and the other characters to life in this wonderful series of novels. I'm hooked!

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JudithE
Aug 16, 2014

Very like the others in this series, only better. I too am interested to hear what direction the next book will take. I liked it.

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susanchyn
May 16, 2014

So very, very good.

samdog123 Apr 11, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about Alan Bradley's writing! His character, Flavia De Luce is a true delight. I have listened to all of these books on cd and the reader, Jane Entwhistle, is a truly wonderful. Flavia's mother is featured prominently in this book. I do hope there is another book planned in the series. Flavia is without a doubt my favourite mystery book character.

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This is the sixth and most recent book in the series featuring 11-year old Flavia de Luce. Here is it spring 1951, shortly before Flavia turns twelve, and she is waiting with her family for her mother's body to be returned home. Her mother disappeared in the Himalayas when Flavia was a baby and she has no memories of her mother, something she deeply regrets.
A couple of encounters on the train platform as they meet the funeral train redirect Flavia's detecting instincts. One of them is a stranger who approaches her with a cryptic message to pass to her father, and who is shortly thereafter pushed under the moving train. The other is a face-to-face meeting with former prime minister Winston Churchill, who makes a private comment to her, one that triggers a memory of a similar phrase Flavia had recently encountered elsewhere.
A couple of new de Luce family members have shown up for this homecoming, a cousin and her young daughter. Flavia responds to them in a territorial way and isn't sure whether they are to be trusted.
As the body of Flavia's mother lies in the house awaiting the funeral the following day, Flavia makes a plan, based in chemistry of course, to reconnect with her mother and prove her own worth. But things turn out differently than she expected and she encounters hidden depths in her family history heretofore unsuspected.
This time will change Flavia's life and redirect her future. An immensely satisfying episode in the series and I hope to see more of Flavia as she moves into her life.

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