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Ellinor's Litventures

This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6) - Alan Bradley

I still remember that I was very reluctant to start reading my first Flavia de Luce book several years ago. At the time I was kind of fed up with cozy mysteries, the German title (Mord im Gurkenbeet - Murder in the Cucumber Bed) didn't appeal to me at all and the cover looked like an Addams-family wannabe. Then my library had a copy of it and I decided to take a look and then maybe finish after a few pages. I'm more than glad I took this step: I was hooked from the first page. It seemed like Flavia was one of those heroines I'd secretely been looking forward to reading about. I never seem to be able to get enough of her.

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the sixth in this series and it is a lot different from what the series used to be like. At starts right at the end of the fifth book, one of the reasons I'd not recommend it as the title to start this series with. At first it seemed to me like it would only be a very long interlude before the next installment as authors sometimes write them to not keep the readers waiting too long for the next one. I was also surprised that Flavia didn't at once start investigating the death of the man at the platform. And more surprises were to come...

This time the secret is within the de Luce family. I knew that at some point more things were to be reveiled about Flavia's family but I had never expected them to be what they now are.

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches gives the series a completely new twist, which is the second reasons it's quite unsuitable to starters of the series. I can't say more here without giving away too much but I can say that I am more than excited to find out how Flavia's story is going to continue.