What better way to start a new year than by celebrating the return of one of our very favorite series starring an eleven-year-old sleuth, and the return of a popular mystery writer who comes back to BOT’s list in a brand-new way, brilliantly tackling the historical fiction genre? BOT is proud to provide a sneak peek and first listen of this month’s #1 and #2 LibraryReads January selections: THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES and A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE!
Flavia Fans Rejoice!
It’s no surprise that this sixth book in the series steals the #1 spot on LibraryReads’ impressive list. Alan Bradley has created a loveable character who all readers can root for in Flavia de Luce, and the audiobook has received wide acclaim thanks to Jayne Entwistle’s spot-on performance. THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES is no exception, so expect to smile while solving crimes alongside our favorite little detective.
“Flavia de Luce is still on the loose! This time, the almost-twelve-year-old prodigy explores some tantalizing mysteries involving her own family. Flavia uncovers surprising secrets about the characters we know and love and meets some fascinating new people, including a precocious distant cousin. You’ll enjoy seeing new depths in Flavia–this novel takes the series in an exciting direction.”—Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
Meet Jayne Entwistle: the award-winning voice of Flavia!
This should sound familiar to any book-loving crowd: Jayne Entwistle says her “passionate outcry to friends, “If only I could read for a living” was answered [thanks to audiobooks].”
And we couldn’t be happier that it has.
You just have to encourage mystery fans to hear what she can do with this already amazing character, the perfect example of giving your patrons a reason to try the audio—even if they have read Bradley’s books before. The audio brings a whole new experience to any Flavia fan looking for more—similar to the way watching a film version of a favorite book thrills us all over again. And speaking of film versions, award-winning director Sam Mendes’ production company will bring the Flavia books to life in a TV mini-series in 2015!
Jayne Entwistle’s work has resulted in three Earphones Awards and a spot on the RUSA Listen List. Here’s just a taste of some well-deserved praise.
“Jayne Entwistle is irresistible as Flavia de Luce; she portrays the almost-12-year-old English amateur detective with terrific comic timing and deadpan outrageousness.”
—AudioFile, Speaking from Among the Bones
“Entwistle reads in a dramatic and exciting voice, emphasizing Flavia’s sarcastic, snarky personality…A great choice for mystery fans looking for a new series.”
—Booklist, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
“Alan Bradley’s witty mysteries are paired to perfection with Jayne Entwistle’s extraordinary performance of the 11-year-old spirited sleuth Flavia de Luce.”
—AudioFile Earphones Award, A Red Herring Without Mustard
A Star for this STAR!
Author April Smith’s A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE earns its own starred review from Booklist: “Smith’s foray into historical fiction is captivating and enlightening.” Appearing on this month’s LibraryReads list at #2, the BOT Library CD Exclusive is read by the phenomenal narrator Bernadette Dunne, making this a must for historical fiction fans.
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“A little-known slice of American history receives meticulous, elegant treatment in this compelling novel about a group of mothers who travel to post-WWI Europe to visit the graves of their fallen soldier-sons. Cora Blake, grieving the loss of her only child, pulls the group together to provide support on their difficult pilgrimage. Sure to be a sleeper hit with book groups looking for heart-tugging history.”—Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
Familiarize yourself with more stellar listening from April Smith here.