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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel | Alan Bradley
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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 trains arrival in the English village of Bishops 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 Officeand making spectacular use of Harriets beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe SpiritFlavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Alan Bradley's As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.Praise for The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist.The New York Times Book Review [Alan] Bradleys 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)Bradleys 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) Its hard to resist either the genres 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 havent changed a bit.Booklist Acclaim for Alan Bradleys 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 whos bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, its 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
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DarcysMom
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#audiobook
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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Another scorcher of a day. ☀️☀️☀️
#audiowalk
#2019kmin2019
#cloudlibrary
#LitsyWalkers

bromeliad Come to the Midwest! It's been in the 60s and sunny and breezy for a week! 2w
DarcysMom @bromeliad - that sounds delightful! 2w
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Jayne Entwistle is the perfect reader in the audio version of Alan Bradley's The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. Book 6 in the Flavia de Luce mystery series felt different for me from the beginning with its focus on the recovery of the body of Harriet's mother. At first, the novel doesn't feel like a mystery. Instead, it focuses on Flavia, her two sisters, and her father-- (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod along, of course, with the faithful Dogger and the well-established characters from her small town in England. As the book continues, though, we see both the aftermath of this pivotal event in the family AND Flavia's investigations into an array of related mysteries.⠀

As always, Flavia's voice is the star for me, and Entwistle is brilliant in her portrayal of the young girl AND of the distinct characters in her life. Moving, perfect novel.
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JoyBlue
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This installment was a bit of a letdown after the book 5 cliffhanger. Nonetheless, Flavia is always at least a little bit fun. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes now that Flavia is off to boarding school.

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EadieB I love Flavia! Read all of the books! 4mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Lunch away from my desk
2. Nice pens
3. My job
#grateful21 @Eggs thanks for encouraging me!
 @Jerdencon hope you're doing well

Jerdencon Thanks for thinking of me .... I had to go in for a biopsy in 2 spots yesterday so waiting on the results now - hoping it turns out to be nothing - 💜💕 5mo
Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon I hope it's nothing too. The waiting is so scary. Good thoughts your way💜💙 5mo
Eggs Thank you 💗🤗 for participating ❣️ 5mo
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Libby1
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Oh, dear Flavia. Sometimes, because of her brilliance, it‘s easy to forget that she‘s just a little girl.

This book is the game changer of the series. I read it with my heart in my mouth. There is so much more to this book than a simple continuation of the story.

I grow to love these characters more with each book of the series.

Cathythoughts Great 👍🏻... you enjoyed this one 💫💫 12mo
Libby1 I DID, @Cathythoughts . It‘s a wonderful series! 12mo
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Libby1
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Breaking out of my #ReadingSlump calls for serious measures.

Flavia to the rescue!

🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲

Cathythoughts You can do it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
Mdargusch I‘m half way through this one and really enjoying it. I hope Flavia can get you out of your slump! 12mo
Libby1 @erzascarletbookgasm , @Cathythoughts , @Mdargusch - Flavia, Gladys, Dogger, and yes - even Daffy and Feely - are doing the trick! 12mo
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Redjewel_7734
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Y‘all are this is the best of the series yet. In this one the mystery is less about the murder at the beginning of the book, but about Harriet & the truths that have defined Flavia‘s life even without her being aware. It ties up all the loose ends, shows Flavia growing up, tackles grief & love, & readies us for the next chapter of Flavia‘s journey. I ugly cried so much & I want to read it all the times to do so again. Flavia has my 💜

Mdargusch Team Flavia! 💙 1y
rabbitprincess I basically cried for the entire book 😭 1y
Redjewel_7734 @rabbitprincess me too!!! It was just a while mew level for this series 💜 1y
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morevna
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WHAT? Harriet is dead? Nooooo please, nooo.... Flavia needs her :(

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Librarybelle
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Finished up Book six in this series today. This book was filled with so much more sorrow, due to the subject matter. I felt so bad for Flavia. When she discovers a mystery related to the sad event, and a whole bunch of other stuff related to it, Flavia does not hesitate to solve the mystery. A great addition to the series, and once again listening to these books has been so much fun!

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Librarybelle
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Finished a Flavia de Luce mystery on my way to work this morning (write up later tonight). The next in the series was available at the library - hooray!

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Mdargusch
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Some light airplane reading.

readordierachel Have a good flight! 2y
AmyG Safe travels 2y
umbrellagirl Excellent choice! 2y
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Pamwurtzler Have a fun trip! 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Kalalalatja Have a great trip! 2y
emilyhaldi Hope you got some good reading done!! 😄 2y
Reviewsbylola That‘s me rn 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
Cinfhen Have a great time!!! Safe travels💕 2y
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AngieAvers
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He tried to present us with a neatly summed up story and I think he did. I was a little less than satisfied that just as Flavia realized who this book's villain was, so too must the villain have realized that Flavia and others had figured everything out. I just felt there was a bit too little detail given about that.

I do like the way the greater story-line wrapped up, I think. I have a few niggling questions but they are minor.

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mom2bugnbee
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I read this in one day. To be fair, we were home all day due to ice on the roads. But I read it in one day. I really do love Flavia. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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umbrellagirl
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I cannot wait to dig into these! I‘m off work Christmas week and this will be perfect!

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Mdargusch
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Book #6 in the Flavia de Luce series. She is one of my favorite characters from a book because her pre-teen precociousness as she solves countryside crimes makes me laugh out loud. (If that‘s a word) #novemberbythenumbers

Reviewsbylola I️ love the pretty colors of the covers. 2y
mom2bugnbee I *just* started this one at midnight last night, b/c 5 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger! (Only read one chapter, b/c the body requires sleep. #bookwormproblems) @Suzze introduced me to Flavia & I am grateful! 2y
Gina Big love for these gems 2y
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Mdargusch They are candy colored @Reviewsbylola ! 🍭🍭🍭 2y
Mdargusch I‘m behind in reading this series and I️ haven‘t read 5 yet, but I love Flavia! @mom2bugnbee and @Gina! 2y
aprilpohren @Mdargusch This series has been on my "want to read" list since it began lol! 2y
Suzze @mom2bugnbee I am so glad that you are enjoying them! 💜💜 2y
Mdargusch They are quick reads @aprilpohren so once you read Sweetnesses at the Bottom of the Pie you will know if you want to continue. Flavia is such a plucky character she just makes me laugh out loud! 2y
BibliophileMomma I love this series! 2y
LeahBergen This is the next one up for me in the series. 2y
Mdargusch Glad you two are Flavia fans too! @Tiffy_Reads and @LeahBergen 2y
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Having killed off all the remotely believable characters in Bishop‘s Lacey, the author decides to send his protagonist abroad to Canada to school, the better to spread out the death count. The defenestration of a character in this book is particularly over the top. The books are entertaining and I‘ll keep reading, but this one was a bit much.

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A rare morning reading in Starbucks, and a stranger bought my tea, and another gave me this lovely affirmation.

vivastory That's thoughtful! 2y
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GinEyre22
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#riotgrams Day 2 : Orange covers

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This is by far the saddest Flavia book. It's also my favorite of the series so far. Lots of character development for the whole de Luce family. Feely and Daffy even manage to bring a tear to my eye. I like that Flavia's world is changing. Many Authors of Series let their characters stagnate by continuing to retell the same store. I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm actually downloading #7 as I type.

rabbitprincess I spent almost the entire book crying 😭 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @rabbitprincess Listening to Daffy at funeral while driving. I just blubbered.😢 2y
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"What a load of bloody codswallop! I could have come up with a better theory of resurrection from the dead with both hands tied behind my back at the bottom of a pond in a potato sack."
#codswallop #flaviaisms #wordsIneed2add2myvocabulary

julesG 😂😂 2y
Ms_T 😂😂😂 2y
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raeintheworld
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The Flavia de Luce books get better and better. The family mystery takes center stage in this book, and it is SO good. I can't wait to get me hands on the next one.

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Mccall0113
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Did some house cleaning. Now I can enjoy #springcleaningreadathon

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josie281
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This may be my favorite thus far in the series!

Suzze I think my favorite is the one before this. Bones. I can never remember the full names. 😜 2y
Robothugs I'm just enjoying the cat/unicorn. 2y
josie281 @Robothugs please tell me you have seen The Lego Movie??!! 2y
Robothugs I have but not enough times to remember names and such 🙈 2y
MaleficentBookDragon ❤️💙💜 unikitty! 2y
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Take your pick.. any book in the entire series actually. Flavia de Luce is a heroine that should make you #dropeverythingandread. 🔍🔦🚲⚗️

#aprilbookshowers #mystery #whodunnit #favoriteseries #flaviadeluce #alanbradley #blameitonlitsy #recommendsday

Ncostell Totally agree! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Ncostell I just love this series! 2y
Jenni_Capps I'm about to start reading this series tonight! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Jenni_Capps Eek!!! 🔎🚲🔬I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Please let me know what you think of the series! 2y
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Question for my fellow Littens - I am about halfway through The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and found this at my local B & N today in the bargain books. Of course I couldn't resist so my question is do I need to read these in order or is it ok to bounce around?

LauraBrook I think it's good to read in order. Everyone ages in a regular timeline, things change and develop, and there are some cliffhangers that shouldn't be messed around with. I'd still get it if it's on clearance - just wait to read it until you get there. I love this series, Flavia is a hoot! 3y
DiruVamp @LauraBrook ok thank you thats kind of what I figured I just could not pass up that cute little hardback! And not even done with the first book I already know I'm going to love this series. I don't know why it took me so long to read them! #teamflavia 3y
LeahBergen Read them in order! 😀 3y
DiruVamp @LeahBergen Will do! Thank you!! 3y
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Foragingfantasy
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This one was excellent. A lot of questions about the family are answered in it. Emotions run pretty high and I may or may not have shed a tear or two. If you are Team Flavia, it's a definite pick!

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This one is really messing with my heart. 😭

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Jessicav
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This series is so fun, and that's not often a word I use to describe the books I like. This is the 6th instalment, and has completely changed the narrative of the series. Book 7 is on hold and I can't wait to get to it!

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Book 6 is my new favorite in the Flavia series. This book centers on Harriet and her mysterious disappearance while mountain climbing. This book has all the usual and favorite characters: Dogger, Mrs. Mullet and Gladys; plus more back story on Dogger. 👧🏻⚗️🔬📽🔎📜⚰️🏔🚞🛩 #teamFlavia

LeahBergen Oooo, I finished book 5 a little while ago and now you've made me want to dash out for this one! 3y
Leelee08 #teamFlavia!❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Bibliogeekery @Leelee08 YES!! 🙌 ❤️ @LeahBergen You NEED to read it! 😉 3y
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Dragon
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#photoadaynov16 #childprotaganist . At first these books are so different. What can a mystery set in the 1950's and a post apocalypse novel have in common?

BookBabe Oooh, the 1950s? I ❤️ the 50s! 3y
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mrsbatman85
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So... just about to start reading and discovered this is book 6!! Hoping it's not a follow-on series and I can just jump right in. It takes SO long to decide what book to read. I am SO doing a book jar next year!

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Mdargusch
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Thanks to @MrBook I had to check out the cozy mystery section at Barnes and Noble. I did not realize there was such a genre until I saw your post. I am starting with two new authors and of course another Flavia de Luce book that was on sale!

Suzze Try Donna Andrews. She's a friend, but even so has some of the most well written cozies I have read. The first in the series is 3y
MrBook Niiiice! 😁😁😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 Glad I could be of assistance *bows*. 😊 3y
Reviewsbylola @mrbook is the best! And I had never seen the cozy mystery section until today too! 3y
MrBook @Reviewsbylola Okay, now I'm blushing over here 😊. 3y
Mdargusch Thanks for the recommendation @Suzze . I will check it out. 3y
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