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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia De Luce Mystery 6) Hardcover – 13 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409114260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114260
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FLAVIA, THE PRE-TEEN QUEEN OF SLEUTHS
Over the series Flavia has developed into a character of exceptional wit and charm. But she now seems certain to become a national treasure. Film director Sam Mendes' production company has optioned her stories for TV. She deserves it. She is as addictive as chocolate and as English as Vaughan William's s The Lark Ascending

(DAILY MAIL)

There are blackly comic episodes and moments of great poignancy, but it's Flavia's breezy style, encyclopedic knowledge, and touching independence of spirit which propel the books and make them such a tonic to read (Cornflower Books)

Alan Bradley, who created 12 yer old detective Flavia de Luce, is about to become a national treasure. Bradley has managed to create one of the most beguiling detectives of recent years ... Film director Sam Mendes has optioned the rights ... Good old fashioned murder and armed robbery (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

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Another triumphant volume in Alan Bradley's internationally bestselling crime series.

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I gave up long ago on modern living authors and new books but Alan Bradley has restored my faith. How eagerly I have awaited this sequel - the last book ended with the news that Harriet, Flavia's mother, has at last been found. More and more of Harriet's wartime history is revealed and also that of Flavia's father, Aunt Felicity and even the faithful Dogger. The author has captured perfectly Britain in the 1950s and what it is like to be a 12 year old girl! I cannot recommend the Flavia books enough. My only complaint, it's a long wait for the next Flavia book.
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I was desperate to read this book and equally desperate not to reach the end. I love this series. Each and every book is a gem and this book is perhaps the brightest gem of all. I hope Flavia lives forever and I pray that the next instalment is not too far away.
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In 'The Dead in their Vaulted Arches' Alan Bradley gives us another wonderful episode in the life of Flava de Luce. This time although there is a murder to be solved (and it is) that is almost incidental. Instead we are provided with a suitable climax to the story of Harriet - with surprising revelations; are introduced to a new and wonderfully strange new relative and are prepared for a whole phase in Flava's life - the best is yet to come!
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First Sentence: To begin with, it was a perfect English morning: one of those dazzling days in early April when a new sun makes it seem suddenly like full-blown summer.

Flavia de Luce’s mother disappeared when Flavia was so young, she doesn’t even remember her, yet she has always naturally longed for her. Now her mother has been found and is coming home by train. At the station, a stranger whispers a message in Flavia’s ear. Shortly after, he ends up dead under the train. Suicide? Murder? A roll of film found in the attic lead Flavia on an investigation involving Winston Churchill and a Gipsy Moth airplane.

Bradley has such a remarkable voice. You are completely absorbed in the story from the very first page, begins with a twist, and then we are met with one surprise after another.

Flavia is such a wonderful character, and so alive we can sense her emotions. She has the brilliance of a prodigy, the naiveté of a teen, and an insecurity which gives her the overwhelming need to know she’s as loved as anyone else in her family. Some readers find her rather terrifying. However, one could interrupt Flavia as a character who has always felt outside her family. Rather than letting this overwhelm her, she uses her strength and her brilliance to prove her worthiness to herself and to others. In this, she becomes a particularly good role model to young readers.

In Undine, her cousin, Flavia has an intellectual challenger. Dogger, a shell-shocked war veteran seems to be the one person who understands Flavia. In this book, more of his background, as well as his relationship to Flavia’s father, is revealed.

All the scientific and technical information is fascinating. It doesn’t slow the story at all.
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There are few writers who can pull you in so effectively as Alan Bradley. He conveys scene, time and characters memorably, and with humour. He conveys emotion particularly well, and it is difficult not to be outraged, sad, or upbeat along with Flavia as she describes her world. There are only a few novelists I can't wait to read when they produce a new book. Alan Bradley is one of them.

If you have read the previous novels, you won't be disappointed in this latest addition. Enjoy!
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Thoroughly enjoyed it. Characters and plot as engaging as ever. I like the E Nesbit touches within the plot and characters ie humour and fortitude in the face of danger, adversity and the loss of a parent. A good new plot development emerging. Would recommend any readers new to this series to start at the beginning.
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I have read all six Flavia de Luce books in a matter of three weeks and I can only describe them as secreting an addictive chemical compound, which once ingested is difficult to expel from my thoughts. Flavia herself is an extraordinary mix of child and adult, old before her years, yet still at times showing flashes of the young girl she still is. Her sisters are, naturally enough, less finely drawn and even though this book gives a very brief reason for their antipathy towards her, one suspects that after the revelations of the last chapters, that antipathy might increase if we are to meet the two of them in any detail in future books.

Flavia the detective is much less evident here than in the predecessor volumes and her chemistry is devoted to an end that we can recognise from the outset as being hopeless and ultimately distressing. However, her determination is so well described that we may think a young girl, no matter how clever and precocious she is, might believe it is possible.

I found several sections of the book very moving; in particular, Flavia's words and physical reaction on seeing her dead Mother's face brought tears to my eyes. I was also moved by the Church service, at least until the rather surprising action section began.

To go back to the two sisters for a moment, Daffy came to life in her speech in Church and Feely, in the earlier chapters gains some three dimensional form in her brief interludes with Flavia.
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