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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Audio Book Review: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
by Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle
Random House Audio
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival in the English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear.

Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd...

Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself.

Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office - and making spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gypsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit - Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.


Random Thoughts
  • Dear Mr Bradley this story broke my heart (in all the good ways of course) I often had tears running down my heart as I listened.  You have created such a realistic wonderful little imp that I often forget she isn't real and I want to hug her  and when she hurts I hurt
  • Flavia is growing and developing as a character - beautifully done
  • Sad and miss the humour of previous installments.  However, this story is so marvelously done. A true understanding on grief and how people react in so many different ways
  • Dogger is such a loveable character and it was nice to see some more of his background given and you love him even more
  • I often get frustrated with the father and want to smack him upside the head. I know you lost your wife but dammit you still have children that you need to interact with more - they are suffering too
  • It almost felt like an ending to the series but I hope its not.  The story ends and you have hope for Flavia and her families future and you want to read more about it.  But if there is never another story, you still feel like you know some of what will happen to her. Brillian Mr Bradley, positively brilliant
  • Like the addition of Undine - she is such a little foil for Flavia
  • Description of flying was delightful and loved Flavia's description
  • Understand why sisters have a hard time with each other - cannot say more than that as it would spoil it
  • Aunt Felicity, I am not surprised, but damn you are one cool lady
  • Again this installment will bring you to tears as it feels so very real and this is a family that you have come to love (even the Dad)
  • I want to live in their world (well not as someone who people want to murder) but it is such a close little community that feels like home. 
  • Understood Flavia's reaction to the stranger talking about her mother. Same thing happened when my dad died.  Kept it all together till some random stranger talked about my Dad and totally lost it on the poor bugger

Memorable Quotes
 
“I needed to be alone….the only thing for it was to go to my laboratory and do something constructive with strychnine.”

"Daffy had read to us selected passages from Lady Chatterly's Lover,  which was interesting if if you were keen on country houses, but far to full of gush and mush if you were not."

“We might as well face it: Death is a bore. It is even harder on the survivors than on the deceased, who at least don’t have to worry about when to sit and when to stand, or when to permit a pale smile and when to glance tragically away.”

4.75 Dewey's

Beautiful Jenn purchased this for me as a gift and I thank her with all my heart

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