Paula Recommends: The Dead in their Vaulted Archways

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
A Flavia de Luce Mystery

by Paula Longhurst


“The Gamekeeper is in jeopardy.”

So says the stranger on the station platform. Before Flavia de Luce can find out more, the stranger has an unfortunate accident.

Her mother, Harriet, is coming home to Buckshaw to be buried and to distract herself from this pending reunion, Flavia retreats to the attic, unearthing an old reel of film and realizing it is footage of her mother and father in happier times.

As Harriet’s funeral draws ever closer, questions crowd Flavia’s mind. Who shot the footage? How many branches of the de Luce family are there? And why on earth are those in the know all talking about pheasant sandwiches?

When Flavia hatches a plan to resurrect her mother and the de Luce fortunes, the scheme veers off course but Flavia and her trusty bunsen burner are about to learn a shocking secret that could take her away from her beloved Buckshaw forever.

Delacorte Press, 2014, 336 pages, $24.00

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