Author: Alan Bradley
Provided Synopsis: Bishop’s Lacey is never short of two things: Mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer and, in the process, comes closer than ever to solving her life’s greatest mystery-her mother’s disappearance…
Review: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the game changer of the Flavia de Luce series. Just when you think Alan Bradley could not drop any more surprises into Flavia’s world, he sends his eleven (but almost twelve!) year-old sleuth on a path to discover more information about her family. And the de Luce family has plenty of secrets…
The initial death at the beginning of the story, along with who is responsible for offing the unnamed figure, takes a backseat this time around, as does the action. Think of this installment of the series as more of a connector book to bridge where Flavia has been to where she will head to next. Bradley — because he is such a gifted writer — is able to bridge this gap with ease. He knows his characters thoroughly, and digs even more into their emotions, pasts, and futures. I never could have predicted the secrets that were revealed nor where they will take the plot in future books. In some respects, I have my doubts as to the whys and hows of what Flavia has now found herself involved in, but I will reserve further judgment until I see how things are carried out. The cliffhanger is once again fantastic, while also being a bit sad considering the separations it shall bring, but I look forward to where this will go nonetheless.
This has become the series that I now recommend to all of my friends. So if you have not begun to read the Flavia de Luce series, then I really must wonder what on earth you are waiting for?
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is January 14, 2014.