In the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling series, featuring Flavia de Luce, Alan Bradley pens his most chilling mystery yet, and introduces a new character into the mix whose actions will have lasting consequences on Bishop's Lacey, the de Luce family, and especially Flavia herself.
When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at the village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce. Greed, pride, and murder result in old secrets coming to light--along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.
Memorable, often funny prose complements the crafty plot of Bradley's fifth Flavia de Luce novel (after 2011's I Am Half-Sick of Shadows). The year 1951 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of St. Tancred, who gave his name to 11-year-old Flavia's local church in the village of Bishop's Lacey. That the occasion will include the opening of the saint's tomb excites Flavia, whose curiosity about the excavation leads her to find the body of a murder victim. The precocious and irrepressible Flavia (who was booted from the Girl Guides for "an excess of high spirits") continues to delight. Portraying a 11-year-old as a plausible sleuth and expert in poisons is no mean feat, but Bradley makes it look easy. The reader never loses sight of Flavia's youth, but also never wonders at the likelihood that someone with her qualities exists.
The Five Flavias
I have read all five Flavia tales in the ten days since they first came to my attention, even though eReading is hard on an octogenarian's eyesight. Please, Mr. Bradley, learn to write with both hands and faster. I can't wait to read more of this delightful character's antics, told with such wit, grace and erudition. I shall never forgive you if I die before reading at least one more. Hurry up!
The best of the series
Loved this book. Flavia is really coming into her own and I love her more with each book. Curse Mr. Bradley for this ending though. He had better be writing the next one in double time.