Excerpt from The Dead in their Vaulted Arches

If you’re in the US, you’ve had Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and hopefully you’ve picked up some great deals. But did you know today is Giving Tuesday? It’s time to give back. Send something along to your favourite charity today. A lot of them will have matching donation sponsors or other promotions to help make your donation dollar go further. A couple of the causes that are close to my heart are The Boys and Girls Club, especially the Avenue 15 shelter, and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (which I do work for).

And of course it’s Teaser Tuesday every week. Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series is new to me, and I’m glad I picked this one up. The Dead in their Vaulted Arches is apparently #6 in the series, though Amazon doesn’t tell you the volume number, so you have to go to another site to find out! I am enjoying reading about this precocious little poisoner—er, amateur detective—and her family, friends, and enemies. Flavia is in the sad circumstance of trying to solve her long-lost mother’s murder, but she seems to be up to the task.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the thing.

It was a coffin which, once clear of the shadows of the luggage van, gleamed cruelly in the harsh sunlight.

In it was Harriet. Harriet.

My mother.

Alan Bradley, The Dead in their Vaulted Arches

Bishop’s Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New 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. . .


  1. Love that cover and it looks like a fun read.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  2. Not my usual genre, but sounds like a great story. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “LITTLE BROKEN THINGS”

  3. I don’t read many middle grade books, but this one sounds really good. Definitely adding to TBR. My Teaser is from The Noticer by Andy Andrews.

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    This does sound like a good series. I use Fantastic Fiction to find out where a book fits in a series. My book this week is The End of All Things by John Scalzi from my TBR mountain. Happy reading!

  5. I think I’d enjoy this series. I’m reading a lot of younger reader’s books and having fun with them. I love the cover too!

    My TT from Ring In The Year With Murder

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