Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce Mysteries, by Alan Bradley

By Alan Bradley

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From award-winning writer Alan Bradley comes the following comfortable British secret starring intrepid younger sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed through USA Today as "one of the main notable creations in fresh literature."[/b]

Eleven-year-old novice detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, no matter if they're discovered one of the potions in her laboratory or among the pages of her unbearable sisters' diaries. What she is not conversant in is digging up our bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred's dying, the English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey is busily getting ready to open its shopper saint's tomb. no one is extra excited to peek contained in the crypt than Flavia, but what she reveals will halt the complaints lifeless of their tracks: the physique of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta opposed to Mr. Collicutt, and why may they cover him in the sort of sacred resting position? The irrepressible Flavia comes to a decision to determine. And what she reveals will end up there's by no means such factor as an open-and-shut case.

BONUS: This version contains an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The useless of their Vaulted Arches.

Acclaim for Speaking from one of the Bones

"[Alan] Bradley ratings one other good fortune. . . . This sequence is a grown-up model of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all these mysteries you fell in love with as a child."--The San Diego Union-Tribune

"The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . maintains to delight."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fiendishly impressive . . . Bradley has created an completely captivating solid of characters . . . as quirky as any British secret fan may possibly desire for."--Bookreporter

"Delightful and entertaining."--San Jose Mercury News

Acclaim for Alan Bradley's liked Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' organization Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award

"Every Flavia de Luce novel is a cause to celebrate."--USA Today

"Delightful."--The Boston Globe, on the beauty on the backside of the Pie

"Utterly beguiling."--People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

"Irresistibly appealing."--The ny occasions ebook Review, on A crimson Herring with no Mustard

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Their goal was the practice of alchemy, or the ability to transform lead into silver or gold. The key to alchemy, according to ideas introduced in the tenth century, was a magical substance called the Philosopher’s Stone. Because it consisted of fine particles, this substance was not really a stone but a powder. For this reason the Philosopher’s Stone was sometimes referred to by sorcerers as the powder of projection. The strength of the Philosopher’s Stone was based on the nowdiscredited belief that all matter is composed of identical atoms.

As Levi writes: “There are two kinds of Necromancy, that of light and that of darkness—the evocation [of the dead] by Prayer, Pentacle and Perfumes, and the evocation by blood, imprecations and sacrilege [curses and disrespect]. We . . ”38 “The Carcasses of the Slain” Did You Know? Ancient Romans described spirits called larvae, creatures with hideous facial features that tortured the dead in the underworld. 62 Sorcery The methods of necromancy developed by the early Greeks and Romans survived for centuries with little variation, and the purpose of talking to the dead remained the same in every era.

While the desire for gold was strong, the quest for the Philosopher’s Stone went beyond satisfying the greed of the sorcerer. It was thought that the Philosopher’s Stone could also rearrange the atoms in the human body. This would heal the sick and pro- 54 Sorcery long life indefinitely. By pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone, alchemists sought immortality. “The Most Pure Gold” The search for a formula for the Philosopher’s Stone consumed the lives of innumerable sorcerers. One of the earliest descriptions of the substance comes from 1618.

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