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Alan Bradley, author of The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel

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. Yet upon the train’s arrival, Flavia is approached by a 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?

Week of December 29, 2014

Releases for the week of December 29th include THE FOREVER GIRL by Alexander McCall Smith, a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unexpected places to which this can lead us; Charles Todd's HUNTING SHADOWS, in which a dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge; and LINCOLN'S BOYS, Joshua Zeitz's intimate look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House and the aftermath of his death, via the lives of his two closest aides.