The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
by Alan Bradley
Genre: YA Mystery
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 1/14/2014
So the end of the re-post reviews, plus that one review I never wrote, was yesterday and today is the last book in the Flavia de Luce Mystery series. I had a hate/love relationship with the first book in this series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, I read it I hated it then I waited about a year and then re-read it and needless to say I loved it enough to read the rest in this series.
So as the characters are saying goodbye to Flavia's mother, Harriet, we as readers are slowly saying goodbye to Flavia and it was tough there for a bit for there was quite a few reminiscing moments in the book especially with all the different characters that dropped in that were in this or that book and then of course you have the residents of Bishops Lacey, all of whom are attending Harriet's funeral/wake. Sometimes a particular character can just grow on someone and Flavia grew on me. Tear! Winston Churchill even rode the funeral train down from London. While at the train station a man approaches Flavia with a message to give to her father and then as they all go to leave to head back to the house a tragic accident occurs and the man is run over by the train. Was he pushed? Did he jump? Was it just a tragic accident? Wrapped in grief Flavia fights with her conscience not to care about solving this case while her mother is not even buried yet but she is finding it extremely hard.
Okay so Flavia gets the brilliant idea to break into her mother's coffin in order to reanimate her. What?! Yep, another tear that is just so like Flavia thinking the impossible is possible with a little chemistry. Needless to say the whole break-in is atrocious but Flavia does find the last will and testament of her mother on her persons but is interrupted before she can try out her reanimation experiment on her mother and unfortunately there is not another chance for her to try. Clues however start pouring in to why it was that her mother was away and where she was at in that critical first year of Flavia's life and soon Flavia realizes that there was more there than what met the eye and that her mother didn't die in an accident but instead was murdered and that that very murder was among the guests of the de Luce family for the funeral of Harriet. But don't worry Flavia always gets her man or woman.
It wasn't hard to deduce before Flavia revealed it who the murderer/traitor actually was and I don't like that in a book but I think that is the single fault I could find with it. I thought Alan Bradley wrote a most spectacular ending for Flavia.
I Give It:
Have you read the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley? What did you think of the books? Love to hear your thoughts.
This book contributed to the following reading challenges: I Love Library Books Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge.