The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

A Flavia De Luce Novel

eBook - 2014
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On 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. Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later he is pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Following a trail of clues, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself.
Topical Term: De Luce, Flavia (Fictitious character)
Family secrets
Child detectives
Detective and mystery stories
Historical fiction
Electronic books
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345539694
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 13, 2019

Flavia is my new favorite sleuth. At 11 she is corrigible but always entertaining. This book in the series focuses on her mother and her secret life. This leads to a peak at Flavia's future.

Jan 22, 2016

A much slower novel than the others, this volume deals with Flavia finally confronted by her mother’s remains. Still in the dark as to the details of her mother’s disappearance, Flavia decides that the appropriate course of action is, of course, some resurrection via chemistry. Traitors, treason, and trouble, with an unexpected ending, still a great novel as it delves more into her thinking beyond chemistry.

Nov 28, 2015

intriging - i liked - a good read when you want to know a 12 year old heroine - family oriented and most of all uplifting - will read again - also will recommend - thanx

Jun 09, 2015

Quick, light, and engaging, The Dead gives the impression that its almost-12-year-old heroine is only dipping a toe into deeper waters. The author is intelligent and capable, but I'm left feeling slightly hollow.

The book plays British almost to the point of satire; hard-up old blood struggles to keep its hold on the manor, while visitors from the orient take the piss out of Kipling. The pervasive feeling of authorly nostalgia for the colonies - real or fabricated, I'm not sure - feels anachronistic enough to meet the setting on its own terms.

All told, a delightfully weird beach read. Would a full-grown novel, with a full-grown Flavia de Luce satisfy, or would it ruin the illusion?

Apr 16, 2015

The best Falvia de Luce novel so far. Lots of backstory explanation.

plots are deteriorating and writing style is childish. After the first book, I would never recommend this series to a friend. Perhaps a 10-15 year old reader would enjoy this novel.

Jan 24, 2015

Continue to enjoy this series. Not only the murder mysteries, but the unfolding story of the de Luce family. Makes these books very entertaining.

Sep 23, 2014

This is the latest book Mr Bradley wrote but not the last. I read all of them in chronological order and although I found the first one to be a slow start, once it got my interest, there was no turning back. The pace is at times very slow and Bradley can get lost in descriptions but Flavia comes alive on the pages among vivid metaphors and witty dialog.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches was my favourite book; it was consistent in keeping me interested and I couldn't put it down.
I can only wish there were more books. It's going to be a long wait until the next book comes out early 2015. Buy hey, Flavia has a fan club and that tells me she's up to something at all times :))

Aug 23, 2014

Though different from all other books in the series, I found The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches a satisfying conclusion to the Flavia DeLuce novels. I highly recommend this book to all science lovers and mystery novel fans. Be sure to read the five previous books (all hilarious and intriguing) about our 11-year-old heroine, Flavia. Truly one of my all-time favorite book series by a wonderful Canadian author!

Jun 25, 2014

I was new to the world of Flavia de Luce. I found that the book spent a lot of time describing details about film developping and corps reanimation and finally I was a little let down with the ending.

It could be that I am missing key information that would have made more interested in finding out certain information at the end.

I will read other books from the series to pass final judgement but for me it was just ok.

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Sep 07, 2015

Fabulous. Magnificent. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this book.

siammarino Dec 26, 2014

Flavia deLuce is a really bright 11 year-old detective, trying to decipher exactly how her mother died. However this mystery was not compelling, and I didn't finish it.

DanniOcean Jan 21, 2014

When we last met nearly-twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce, her sagging ancestral home Buckshaw was about to be sold, she had just helped recover a legendary diamond from the clutches of a murderer and her older sister Ophelia (Feely) had become engaged. Oh, and her long lost adventuress mother had been found. (See Speaking From Among the Bones, same author). Virtually anything I now say about The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches would be a spoiler for those who love this series, as the resolution from the previous novel influences every aspect of its sequel. Needless to say, Flavia is embroiled in another murder, her sisters still torment her, her father is still distant, and her chemistry lab remains her private domain and sanctuary. However this time there is a definite atmosphere of growth and change surrounding both Flavia and the residents of Buckshaw. Bradley maintains Flavia’s young perspective with that same mixture of precociousness and naivety that has become so endearing in our heroine, but Aunt Felicity’s visit brings a whole host of revelations (we finally learn more about dear but enigmatic Dogger). Flavia’s growth as a person means she begins to live outside her own head a bit more; she begins to see others as they are, and begins to empathize with them too. She is naturally quite alarmed by this development in her personality, and her ruminations (plus the regular gallows humour) help maintain the wit of this novel, which is rather darker than the others in the series. For those who have not been properly introduced to Flavia, it would be best to start at the delightful beginning, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. For those chomping at the bit for Flavia’s newest adventure, be prepared to be delighted on two fronts – the story is a great yarn, and – spoiler alert! – Flavia is coming home to us.


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