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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Bradley, C. Alan

(eBook - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself
Publisher: [S.l.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2009
ISBN: 0440338468
9780440338468
Branch Call Number: 3M downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion and Flavia's father becomes the main suspect. This is the first in a series I think you’ll enjoy-- it’s f... Read More »

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion and Flavia's father becomes the main suspect.

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.

It is the summer of 1950 - and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that 11-year old Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber p... Read More »

It is the summer of 1950, and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events. For Flavia, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.


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Jan 28, 2015
  • julia_sedai rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I finally read this book after many recommendations and I am glad I read it. That being said, it's not my favourite. Although most people really like Flavia, I just found I couldn't. I guess I just feel that she is a brat. Also, I was distracted by how many similes and metaphors there are. I couldn't even follow most of them. However, all in all I did like it and I do recommend it for teenagers, young adults, and adults! I probably will eventually read the whole series.

Jan 22, 2015
  • greenjellyfish rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have to say, when I began Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, I found myself falling into some fairly large plot holes. I couldn't shrug off the feeling of disconnect between our narrator (Miss de Luce) and some of the characters closest to her. It felt as if the author himself was at a loss about their relationship, as if he was feeling his way. This was, of course, almost a deal breaker for me, but I persevered and oh how glad I am I did.

I simply adore this book. I love the language, the setting, the plot -- everything. But, of course, I especially love Flavia de Luce. Who wouldn't. Precocious is an understatement in any attempt to describe our protagonist and a polite one at that (for those who have finished the book, there are several words beginning with the letter P that could be brought to bear by a certain character).

Anyway, leaving the bumpy beginning aside, this story swept me up, had me enthralled, laughing, puzzled, and even saddened. Thinking about it now, Bradley seems to address the short comings found at the beginning by the end of the book.

I am sure I will be grabbing the next in the series and the one after that.

Jan 05, 2015
  • AuntJane rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'll admit I had a hard time getting into this story - I picked it up and put it down several times. I finally forced myself to read it and actually grew to appreciate Flavia and her quirkiness. Will try the next one in the series.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Great little mystery novel with the wonderful character of young Flavia. I was happy to discover there are more Flavia tales and look forward to reading them."

NYPL Staff Pick
Through the dry and age-authentic narration of an 11 year old aspiring detective and precocious poison-ophile, we follow her inquiry into what was a behind the murder (possibly by her father) of an apparent stranger in a 1950's British country town. Involves stamp collecting, prestidigitation, a look in to her father's teenage years, and some interesting chemical asides.
- Jill Rothstein

from Rocky 5/2014. This is the first of the Flavia de Luce Series by Alan Bradley.

Feb 15, 2014
  • BobScott36 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely love Flavia de Luce. She is everything an investigator should be. Curious, intelligent, persistent, and smart. Also driven by loyalty to her father & family. Of course she is only 11 years old, but her fascination with chemistry stands her in good stead in her quest.

Jan 04, 2014
  • emmadragons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

BRILLIANT AND MASTERFULL

Oct 21, 2013
  • mbssmith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was an amazing book! I loved Flavia's character and the storyline so much! However Flavia and her sisters are so extremely horrible to each other. They make sister's who pull each others hair seem affectionate and kind. The ending was great!

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you're a fan of mystery, strong female characters, chemistry, and/or Britain in the 1950s, you should read this at once! This book was utterly delightful, with it's intelligent and curious lead, Flavia de Luce, and a host of very real and entertaining folks. I did not figure out the mystery until 3/4 of the way through the book (which is unusual- it really kept me guessing until the author revealed the truth). I kept staying up late to read 'just one more chapter'. I'm now a confirmed fan of Alan Bradley, and can't wait to read his other Flavia de Luce mysteries!

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Apr 30, 2011
  • ladnerlass rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

11 yr old Flavia de Luce murder mystery. 1st in a series

Aug 07, 2010
  • ampie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Flavia de Luce is an 11 yr. old chemistry whiz. She has two older sisters with whom she is at odds. Her father, a philatelist, is distant and unavailable and she is largely parented by the housekeeper and the gardener. She helps solve the murder of one of her father's school friends who is found dead in the garden.

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