An ancient tomb, a pool of fresh blood - the latest baffling case for young detective Flavia de Luce.
The first thing I saw was a hand, and then the face, a ghastly inhuman mask... 'I do believe we've found Mr Collicutt,' I said.
When the tomb of St Tancred is opened, no one expects to find the body of the organist, lying in a pool of blood, his handsome features covered by a gas mask.
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce is intrigued. Why would anyone want to kill the much-admired organist in such a brutal and bizarre fashion? Why place his body in the tomb? And what happened to the remains of the previous occupant?
The mystery leads Flavia deep into the past, to a strange story of lost manuscripts and ancient relics...
Alan Bradley was born into a family of storytellers who never stopped talking about the old days 'back home' in England - for which he is eternally grateful. He is a former professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where he lectured on screen writing. Alan is the author of a memoir, THE SHOEBOX BIBLE in addition to the bestselling Flavia de Luce series. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in the Isle of Man.
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