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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Book Report: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

A murder mystery with an 11 year old heroine whose passion is chemistry, more specifically poison, is a murder mystery I couldn't pass up.

Set in 1950 England, Flavia de Luce lives with her older sisters (who she tortures as much as they torture her), a distant father, and a not-all-there gardener. When Flavia trips over a body in the garden, and he breathes his last breath into her face, she thinks it one of the most exciting things to happen in her life. Her father quickly becomes the inspector's prime suspect, and Flavia sets out to discover what happened (not knowing whether her father will turn out innocent or not). Her investigation relies heavily on Gladys, her mother's old bike and several trips into town, the library, her father's old boarding school, she even inspects the corpse's hotel room. Flavia manages to learn a lot (sometimes more than the inspector has learned), and while the mystery itself is rather easy to figure out, the reader is still excited to see what Flavia's next adventure will be. And according to the author's bio page, this is just the first we'll see of Flavia de Luce... a character I definitely want to read more about.

Language: There were probably about two dozen instances of the d- word, but nothing worse.

1 comment:

The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

sorry...I accidentally signed into you Google FriendConnect twice. The second one is the correct one.

The point is, I love your blog!

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