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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409118185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409118183
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for for "I Am Half-Sick of Shadows" - "Outstanding. . . In this marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery, Flavia manages to operate successfully in the adult world of crimes and passions while dodging the childhood pitfalls set by her sisters." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An ancient tomb, a pool of fresh blood - a baffling case for young detective Flavia de Luce.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover
In the continuing saga of Flavia DeLuce and clan, all is not well at Buckshaw - ancestral home of the DeLuce family. Money woes still haunt the premises, due in some part to the stubbornness of the family patriarch. In the town of Bishop's Lacey things are equally unsettling. Another body has been discovered; this one secreted in the tomb of Saint Tancred, whose moldering bones were about to be disinterred from their resting place at the local church . Once again, our "almost twelve year old" sleuth Flavia DeLuce is Johnny on the spot.

With SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES, Alan Bradley gives his readers another delightful piece of writing as he relates a story that possesses almost as much drama and ingenuity as our unlikely heroine, Flavia DeLuce. While Flavia continues to deal with her older sisters, a preoccupied father and her yearning for her absent mother by giving free rein to her active imagination and her superior powers of deduction (not to mention a penchant for snooping and eavesdropping),she is also experiencing some unfamiliar feelings. Could it be puberty? Is our impish and impetuous Flavia growing into a young woman?

The observations and heretofore un-experienced emotions of this pre-teen narrator are extremely well captured as are the character of the supporting cast Flavia is called upon to deal with in the course of her investigation. Ranging from the residents of the darkly gothic Bogmore Hall, to the dramatic antics of Mrs.Tanty and the cloak and dagger antics of flora-archaeologist and part time P.I. Adam Sowerby, each adds their essence to Flavia's latest experiment in crime solving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katharine on 2 Jun 2014
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Got this book out of my local library, and have to say that by the time I finished it I was pleased I hadn't spent any money on it.

I hadn't read any of the Flavia books previously, and perhaps this may not have been the best one to start with. I found the plot engaging, and some of the secondary characters entertaining, however I'm afraid I found it very difficult to warm to Flavia, the narrator of the book. She comes across as being a bit pompous and know-it-all, managing to talk down to the reader in a way that I found rather annoying, and by the end I was definitely skimming large sections of her exposition.

Apart from Flavia's voice (and despite the few Americanisms that somehow found their way into a story set in Britain in the 1950s!) I enjoyed the mystery plot. But unfortunately this hasn't inspired me to seek out any more of the Flavia books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael wallis on 7 April 2013
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Flavia de Luce is a person you would have liked to have known but hesitated if invited to dinner. By no means a 'run of the mill detective story' but like all of the other Flavia stories I was unable to put down
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norman Taylor on 10 July 2014
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Would have been 5 stars but for the occasional use of americanisms that are very out of place in a book narrated by a 1950s British girl - e.g. closet instead of cupboard or wardrobe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RT on 28 July 2013
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Flavia's adventures are engaging and entertaining. No sooner have I finished the latest 'investigation' than I am eagerly awaiting the next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Bugge on 21 July 2013
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Flavia is still going strong! Now with a cliffhanger ending! I do hope I can get to read the next instalment of the (never ending, I hope) saga of the incomperable Miss de Luce quite soon. At least I don't have to wait for the translation into Danish. I hereby recommend the Flavia series to all and sundry, also to people who normally don't read crime novels.
Kind regards Thomas Bugge
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2013
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First Sentence: Blood dripped from the neck of the severed head and fell in a drizzle of red raindrops, clotting into a ruby pool upon the black and white tiles.

Pre-teen Flavia de Luce is excited about the opening of the 500-year-old tomb of Saint Tancred and is determined to witness the event. However, the first body uncovered, is that of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist--dead, wearing a gas mask. With her skill at chemistry, detection and a little help, Flavia has yet another murder to solve.

From the beginning, it is clear that Flavia is a delightful, unusual protagonist. She is 14 and wonderfully irreverent. When discussing how to get a bat out of one of the church organ's pipes, her suggestion is for her sister to "...play Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor? Full throttle. That out to fix the little sod." One cannot help but love her. She is an outsider in her own family. She is brilliant, yet has her insecurities. Her sisters have told her she's adopted so she collects samples of everyone's blood to test for matching. Her best friends are Gladys, her bicycle which she anthropomorphizes; and Dogger, the shell-shocked soldier who was with her father during WWII and now works for the family. There is such a wonderful bond between Dogger and Flavia. She is daring, but not fearless.

It cannot be overlooked that an older man has created such a vibrant, and realistic, young character. In an interview, he talks about how children of that age are undervalued and too much overlooked yet it's a wonderful age as they are just on the cusp of adulthood. The story is told in first person and Bradley has such a wonderful voice..."Whenever I'm a little blue I think about cyanide, whose color so perfectly reflects my mood.
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