As I’m less than half-way to reading I am Half-Sick of Shadows I have one more book to go and I’ll soon finish the Flavia de Luce series. Well not entirely as Alan Bradley is coming out with his sixth book, The Dead in their Vaulted Arches which is set to release on January 14th, 2014. As I was pre-ordering the book online, I came upon the synopsis, which is found in Chapters, Amazon, Goodreads, and any other book-related sites:
Bishop”s Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In thisNew York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer, and in the process, she comes closer than ever to solving her life”s greatest mystery–her mother”s disappearance. . .
Now the above synopsis sounds vague and I assumed that Bradley wanted it that way to keep us in the dark. But this raises a lot of questions for me, like What mystery will Flavia solve next?Will she ever found out the secret to her mother’s disappearance? And what other dark family secrets are hidden in Buckshaw? These are the kinds of questions that have been gnawing in my head every time I pick up a new book from the series. But luckily as I did a 5 second Google search, I found this:
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.
And it’s all thanks to Random House! That being said, I want to say thank you to the people of Random House for giving us juicy information on book 6 of the Flavia de Luce series. After reading this I’m now hyped up to reading the continued adventures of our 11-year-old pint size detective. And I’m very anxious to see how her family reacts to Harriet’s arrival…will the Buckshaw family be the same? How will things be like between Harriet and Flavia? What’s Harriet like? Will Buckshaw be saved? Ah! So many questions!