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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery


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naessa, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by naessa)
It’s Christmas at Buckshaw and 11 year old amateur detective and chemist Flavia concocts a surefire method (chemically, of course) to prove that Father Christmas is real. In the meantime, Flavia’s father has rented out their manor house out to a film crew in a desperate attempt to stave off the tax man. Naturally, a murder is committed and Flavia meddles, despite the best intentions of Inspector Hewitt to keep her out of it. This is the fourth entry in the charming Flavia de Luce mysteries. And on a more superficial note, the jewel colored books look beautiful lined up on my shelf.
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naessa, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by naessa)
I love this series. Precocious 11 year sleuth Flavia de Luce is like a cross between Nancy Drew and Merricat Blackwood. If you like your mysteries to be cozy and quirky, I would highly recommend reading this book (and the rest of the series too!).
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Margaret Hanes, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Margaret Hanes)
Received this book as a gift. Enjoyed it immensely and want to read more from this author. If you like mysteries, try this one.
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sharrona, February 26, 2013 (view all comments by sharrona)
(Flavia deLuce mystery #1)

Great start to a new series! Flavia de Luce is a charming child, not completely childlike but yet not fully adult, either. She functions in both worlds -- the realm of murder, policemen, unwitting and "witting" adults, as well as in her small family as the youngest of three sisters. Flavia is bright but not nerdy, clever but not obnoxious, and always eager to excel and to please those few adults who treat her as an equal. There's a good dose of gentle humor in her character, and in Bradley's writing. By the time I'd read half the book, I had already started looking for others in the series and had recommended it to several friends.

The book included an excellent interview with the author. I was wondering how a 70-ish Canadian man could be inspired to write about an 11-year-old British girl of the 1950s, and this brief conversation gave me insight into Bradley's way of writing and thinking.
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kimsieg, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by kimsieg)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a classic mystery tale told from the point of view of a young girl. A mini detective in the making. Flavia de Luce is a precocious, bright, fearless girl with a nack for being at the right place at the right time (or wrong time). You can't go wrong picking up this book and diving into the de Luce family household.
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A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Bradley, Alan
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery Historical
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If Nancy Mitford wrote I Capture the Castle or Cold Comfort Farm and starred in them Harriet the Spy you'd have something close to the quirky charm of Bradley's Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Even if you figure out the probable culprit before it's unveiled in the book, the joy is in following the sleuthing of the intrepid Flavia. Reading this book is especially delightful when paired with a cup of tea and a slice of sweet, sweet pie.

"Review A Day" by , "Bradley won a Dagger award and multi-book deal when one of the judges was captivated by Flavia's character. Her charm continues to mesmerize, the book is now sold in 19 countries and, since its release in the U.S. this spring, has launched onto indie best-seller lists. Locally, it's a staff favorite at Broadway Books and Powell's, and has close to 200 folks signed up waiting for a copy from the Multnomah County Library." Peggy McMullen, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review
"Review" by , "A wickedly clever story, a dead true and original voice, and an English country house in the summer: Alexander McCall Smith meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Please, please, Mr. Bradley, tell me we'll be seeing Flavia again soon?"
"Review" by , "Alan Bradley's marvelous book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, is a fantastic read, a winner. Flavia walks right off the page and follows me through my day. I can hardly wait for the next book. Bravo!"
"Review" by , "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the reader the precious gift of a richly imagined and luscious new world — but uniquely so, for this is the world of Flavia Sabina de Luce: an eleven-year-old, utterly winning, and altogether delightfully nasty piece of work. An outright pleasure from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "Alan Bradley brews a bubbly beaker of fun in his devilishly clever, wickedly amusing debut mystery, launching an eleven-year-old heroine with a passion for chemistry — and revenge! What a delightful, original book!"
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