The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
A Flavia de Luce Novel

76%

37 Critic Reviews

Not much mystery and even less poison, but it’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit—Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Alan Bradley's As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.

Praise for The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
 
“Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Alan] Bradley’s award winning Flavia de Luce series . . . has enchanted readers with the outrageous sleuthing career of its precocious leading lady. . . . This latest adventure contains all the winning elements of the previous books.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Bradley’s latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection as it shows the emotional turmoil and growth of a girl who has always been older than her years and yet is still a child. The mystery is complex and very personal this time, reaching into the past Flavia never knew about. . . . These are astounding, magical books not to be missed.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
 
“Excellent . . . Flavia retains her droll wit. . . . The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“It’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Flavia . . . is as fetching as ever; her chatty musings and her combination of childish vulnerability and seemingly boundless self-confidence haven’t changed a bit.”—Booklist
 
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
 
“If ever there were a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce.”—USA Today
 
“Irresistibly appealing.”—The New York Times Book Review, on A Red Herring Without Mustard
 
“Original, charming, devilishly creative.”—Bookreporter, on I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
 
“Delightful and entertaining.”—San Jose Mercury News, on Speaking from Among the Bones
 

About Alan Bradley

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ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. Prior to taking early retirement to write in 1994, he was director of television engineering at the University of Saskatchewan media center for twenty-five years. His versatility has earned him awards for his children's books, radio broadcasts of his short stories, and national print for his journalism. He also coauthoredMs. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir,The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author ofThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, andI Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Bradley lives in Malta with his wife and two calculating cats, where he is at work on future Flavia de Luce mysteries.
 
Published January 14, 2014 by Delacorte Press. 338 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
All: 37 | Positive: 32 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 15 2013

Not much mystery and even less poison, but it’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 28 2013

Flavia retains her droll wit...The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Jan 17 2014

Another murder to solve that leads to… To say more would spoil the most page-turning edition of this delightful series, so hereby ends the discussion of the plot.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Page Traynor on Jan 25 2014

Bradley’s latest Flavia de Luce novel reaches a new level of perfection as it shows the emotional turmoil and growth of a girl who has always been older than her years and yet, is still a child.

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Historical Novel Society

Above average
Reviewed by Vicki Kondelik on Feb 01 2014

This volume takes the series in a new direction, as various threads are resolved: not only Harriet’s fate, but whether or not the family will be able to keep Buckshaw, and why Flavia’s sisters hate her. I cannot wait to see what will happen to Flavia next.

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Jeremy Lynch

Above average
Reviewed by Erica Ruth Neubauer on Mar 06 2014

It appears THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES is setting us up for further exploits—things in this novel tend more towards spies and espionage as opposed to the garden-variety murders of the previous novels, and I can only hope that Flavia will be back to foil evil plots in the future.

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

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Reviewed by Yvonne Klein on Jan 01 2014

...just as I was bracing for the end, Bradley exercised one of his brilliant feats of misdirection and concluded on a stunning note, one that is sure to have readers anxiously awaiting the next chapter in Flavia's remarkable career.

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Reviewing the Evidence

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Reviewed by Yvonne Klein on Feb 08 2014

Alan Bradley may be in his mid-seventies but he clearly can both recall and evoke that bittersweet sense of loss many feel when they remember their younger, more innocent selves.

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Feb 12 2014

She finally learns how her mother really died, and her own life takes on a new direction. I'm very much looking forward to seeing where Alan Bradley takes his brilliant young heroine next.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Below average
on Feb 27 2014

There are some intensely touching scenes between Flavia and her sister, Flavia and her father, and Flavia alone with her mother. The mystery aspect of things, on the other hand, was not great.

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A Bookworm's World

Excellent
Reviewed by Luanne on Jan 14 2014

For established Flavia fans - you won't be disappointed. And like me, you'll be counting down the days until the seventh book is released!

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Reading for Sanity

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Reviewed by Marsh Mayhem on Feb 27 2014

Bradley's writing so perfectly fitted the tone of the book. I very much felt Flavia's fear, loss, and yet her confusion as well as to the circumstances that present themselves.

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Popcorn Reads

Good
Reviewed by MK on Jan 14 2014

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is a highly personal and tragic story that touched my heart deeply.

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She Treads Softly Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Lori L. on Jan 12 2014

This was a great addition to the franchise of books, but is also a transitional book...I am not giving The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches my highest rating simply because of the transitional nature of this story.

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Literary Treats

Above average
on Mar 31 2014

Vaulted Arches also introduces a more mature Flavia. Much more thoughtful than in previous instalments, Flavia appears very conscious of being twelve and on the verge of growing up. She still has her delightfully childish moments...

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Annette's Book Spot

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Reviewed by Annette on Jan 09 2014

As with all of the books in the Flavia de Luce Series, this one is appropriate for teens who are mystery fans, as well as adults.

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Rated Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim on Jul 04 2014

This book veers away slightly from the formula used in the previous books and introduces some new plot directions, but anything I could say about those would be spoilers. So read and enjoy and judge for yourself.

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MysteriesEtc

Good
Reviewed by PoCoKat on Nov 10 2013

I don't want to give anything away but any follower of this series will be devouring this book in one sitting. Excellent addition to an excellent series.

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From Left to Write

Good
Reviewed by kieulam on Feb 03 2014

We see Flavia at her best and at her worst (which really isn’t that bad) in her pursuit of the truth. She’s an imperfect and complex character and all the more lovable for it.

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No Charge Bookbunch

Above average
on Feb 20 2014

I am in the middle of reading this engaging book, and look forward to each page and more of Flavia’s wise, yet not always appropriate, comments.

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Journey of a Bookseller

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Reviewed by Jo Ann Hakola on Dec 27 2013

The story is relatively fast paced despite the funeral mourning and there are many plot strings to be tied together to figure out the plot. Young readers should enjoy reading about this unusual and irrepressible character. She's a holly terror on a mission!

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The Nature of Things

Above average
Reviewed by Dorothy Borders on Jan 27 2014

In the sixth entry of the series, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Flavia is still charming, but the plot seems a bit contrived and strained, and by halfway through the book, I just wanted to get it over with. Overall, I still rather enjoyed it...

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Lost in a Great Book

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Reviewed by LOST IN A GREAT BOOK on Jan 19 2014

Flavia De Luce may be one of my favourite characters in literature. The old soul trapped in a young girl’s body, Flavia (and her created) has demonstrated wit, creativity, intelligence and ingenuity...

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Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

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Reviewed by Natashya KitchenPuppies on Jan 19 2014

The best so far in the series, and it does seem to be opening up a door for Flavia to grow and learn more in the future. A must read...

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Book Yurt

Below average
on Jan 22 2014

...we end up with a story that is so concerned with laying the groundwork for The Future that it somewhat strangles the sense of mystery in the present, and worse, strays a bit too far afield in terms of mythology replacing history.

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Meaghan Walsh Gerard

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Reviewed by MWGERARD on Jan 10 2014

This is a quick, adventurous read and I will certainly be going back to read the rest of the series.

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Strange and Random Happenstance

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Reviewed by Miss Eliza on Jan 14 2014

All this soul searching and revelations make The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches a more intimate novel then in past.

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Starting Fresh

Good
Reviewed by Gaby317 on Jan 10 2014

...Flavia clearly shows hereof to be on par with the best chemists of her day...For those who haven't read any of the Flavia de Luce novels...I highly recommend this series!

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Beth's Book-Nook Blog

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Reviewed by DRBETHNOLAN on Dec 07 2013

Once again, I enjoyed Flavia’s exploits and especially her uniquely intellectual voice and dry witticisms that had me laughing out loud while reading!

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Cozy Little Book Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Beatnik Mary on Oct 11 2013

There were answers given to things that I didn't realize were even questions. Mysteries about the DeLuce family were solved that I didn't realize needed solving.

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Monniblog

Good
Reviewed by Monica on Jul 14 2014

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches successfully turns the corner for the character and series of Flavia. Having fully exhausted the 11-year-old chemistry wiz and aspiring detective avenue of the series, Bradley introduces a new trajectory.

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The Indextrious Reader Blog

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Reviewed by Melwyk on Jan 13 2014

It's probably clear by now that I love this series, and that I really loved this whole book. Flavia is an amazing character...

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Inside the Mind of a Biliophile

Good
on Jan 10 2014

All in all, a wonderful book. I look forward to catching up on the series and then waiting for the next book to come out.

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We Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Kristen M. on Jan 29 2014

... I'm going to make one more plea to those of you who haven't started this series yet to please, please, please give it a shot. The story gets better with every book and this latest one is absolutely fantastic.

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Mary Drew

Good
on Jan 14 2014

Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries are...delightful and this volume with its important turning point in the series is unusually rewarding.

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An Adventure in Reading

Above average
Reviewed by raidergirl3 on Feb 15 2014

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is exactly what you would expect from a Flavia book, an excellent book in a fun series.

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Reviewed by Christina on Feb 11 2014

If you’re a fan of this series, you definitely won’t want to miss this installment! I can’t wait to see what’s next for Flavia and the rest of the de Luces.

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