The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia De Luce Mystery 6) Hardcover – 13 Mar 2014
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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
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)
Another triumphant volume in Alan Bradley's internationally bestselling crime series.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
If you have read the previous novels, you won't be disappointed in this latest addition. Enjoy!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rather disappointing. Promised much but in the end one got no idea of Harriet's character, the story was disjointed and fragmentary and there was a lot of author's opinion on death... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Patricia Grice
*I received this book through netgalley in return for an honest review*
The end of the last book in this series was a bit of a shock to the system so I was glad to be... Read more
Great read, even for adults. Easy, & gentle writing, but very clever!Published 9 months ago by Dawn
Excellent story with convincing detail. What a delight to have a young girl who really knows her chemistry as the principal character.Published 11 months ago by Dr. J. M. Bowsher
Flavia's world is an idealised English village of the 1950's, peopled by eccentrics, including her whole family and the faithful retainer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pete Wellum
love Flavia De Luce. can't do any wrong as far as i'm concernedPublished 15 months ago by Irene Whitwell