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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Publisher: Bantam

It’s 1950 in a sleepy English village called Bishop’s Lacey. Up at the decaying mansion known as the House of Buckshaw, eleven year old budding chemist Flavia de Luce passes her time tinkering in the laboratory she’s inherited from an eccentric great uncle.

Early one morning she discovers a corpse in the cucumber patch.  With her widowed father and two older sisters far too preoccupied with their own pursuits—stamp collecting, adventure novels, and boys respectively—Flavia takes off on her trusty bicycle Gladys to solve the crime herself. When her widowed father is accused of the murder Flavia must race against time to find the real murderer.

Her persistence, courage, resourcefulness and penchant for poisons become useful in her sleuth work but not before getting her into serious trouble.

Adult and preteen readers will be captivated by this intelligent, witty, and unflappable young sleuth. The plot is watertight and offers plenty of unexpected twists and turns to keep you guessing.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is Alan Bradley’s critically acclaimed debut mystery, and the first in a series.

I am looking forward to reading the rest!

Five stars

Reviewer: Jodie Brownlee

When Jodie’s not writing about adventures, she’s having her own. As a traveler she’s crossed the Rajasthan desert on a camel, plied jungles on an elephant, driven a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka, visited a witch doctor in Africa, and parachuted from an old Cessna. She grew up in Australia, lived in London and now calls the Rocky Mountains home. You can visit Jodie at her blog and website.


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