Book Review Thursday

20 Feb

I recently read the sixth book in Alan Bradley’s series – ‘The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches’. There are just a few books that I will buy the hard cover version, this series is one. If you have not read them, you should. It is a mystery series and the protagonist is a young girl, Flavia DeLuce. She lives in an estate in England in the 1950’s that is in need of repair. Her mother has disappeared and her father is raising her and two older sisters. Other than collecting stamps, I am not sure how her father makes a living. I believe he married well but since his wife’s disappearance while mountain climbing, their financial situation is questionable.

The estate is close to a small town that is filled with quirky characters. Flavia has a tendency to get involved in murder investigations. She is also a genius at chemistry and has a personal interest in poisons. She rides around the countryside on her mother’s old bicycle that she has named Gladys.

Like most cozy mysteries, they usually start out with a murder and Flavia is the type of child who couldn’t stay out of it if she had to. Because of her age, no one takes her seriously except maybe the local police investigator. She has a knack at making him look bad.

While attempting to solve the murders, she has to put up with her two sisters Feely and Daffy who treat her like a little pest and make her life miserable. She often gets help from Dugger, a servant who served in the war with Flavia’s father and saved his life.

This story revolves around Flavia’s mother’s disappearance and puts closure to that thread of the series story.

If you’re looking for a story that will entertain, I would suggest you check out this series and if you can you might read them in order.The titles always amaze me and I like the way they eventually tie into the story.

They are as follows:

 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag

A Red Herring Without Mustard

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Speaking from Among the Bones

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches.

After you’ve read one, let me know what you thought.
Also, did you know this Saturday is ‘Walk Your Dog Day”?

My friends Sparkle Abbey who write the pampered pet mysteries will have the first book in their series ‘Desperate Housedogs’ on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for just .99 cents to celebrate. Start from the beginning  by reading the first in the series and after that special their publisher is going to have special pricing for the rest of their back list. Their newest ‘Fifty Shades of Greyhound’ will be out in April and they have a between the books short story that will be part of an anthology launching Feb 24th.  Stop by the Belle Bridge Books Blog to enter a contest. Never know, you might win something.

I read all the time but I know there are some authors I have yet to read. What have you been reading? Feel free to give me some ideas for my to be read pile.

Happy reading.



Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Book Review Thursday

  1. Margot Kinberg

    February 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Virginia – Oh, the Alan Bradley series is great, isn’t it? I agree with you, by the way, that it’s best enjoyed in order. But that said, they’re all good stories I think.


    • virginiagruver

      February 20, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Margot – I truly do love that series. I have a wide range of interests but I love cozies.



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