The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950--and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2009
ISBN: 9781415964491
Additional Contributors: Entwistle, Jayne

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esgouliaras Sep 02, 2017

The best mystery novel and series I have come across recently! You will quickly fall into the world of Flavia de Luce and not want to leave. Thankfully there are 9 books in the series to enjoy. All by the talented Alan Bradley!

Jul 20, 2017

How does a 70+ year-old male author get being a precocious pre-adolescent so right. I loved this story about a young amateur detective (and poisoner) who lives in a decaying British manor with her father and annoying older sisters.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 09, 2017

I listened to this charming mystery novel on audio, and while the plot was nothing special, the performance was incredible! Jayne Entwhistle does a fantastic job bringing to life 11-year-old aspiring chemist and amateur sleuth Flavia de Luce, as well as all the other residents of Bishop's Lacey. Give this one a listen, for sure.

Apr 12, 2017

I love this series. The characters are well developed, the writing style is humorous, the plots keep me engaged.

Mar 08, 2017

Archaic language and a difficult young character can make this a challenge to read. Very good character development so I assume the author will continue with his little detective in future stories.

Nov 20, 2016

Novel approach to mystery solving--from a kids' perspective. Keeps it witty and light. First in a series and it is a promising start.

Aug 19, 2016

I saw that this book is on a list called, "Cute, Comfortable and Charming." I agree wholeheartedly. It reminds me of Masterpiece Mystery shows and I enjoy the characters, settings and British culture in those. It was a fun vacation read for me.

Kaya_D Jul 24, 2016

This book was great, far better than I expected it to be. I loved Flavia's character and her family. The mystery was fine, however I think The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is more about Flavia than the actual mystery. Since I read this so quickly, I hardly noticed any clues to who the murderer was...

All the stamp stuff got kind of tedious at times (I don't really care about how one person crept in and printed the MAGICAL ORANGE PENNY BLACKS) and sometimes details seemed a little unbelievable but altogether I recommend this book.

FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

Eleven-year-old Flavia is a precious wunderkind, a genius with chemicals and a vindictive shrew in the bargain. When a man is found dead in the garden, she’s not frightened; she’s thrilled. It’s by far the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her.

While this is an enticing mystery, I found myself irritated beyond measure by Flavia. She’s like a female Sherlock Holmes, complete with all his anti-social behaviors. The trouble is that Flavia redeems herself solely by her intelligence. She’s so unlikeable, I found myself hating her as much as her sisters do and it's difficult to speak positively of a book that has you deeply loathing its protagonist.

Jan 18, 2016

This is one of the best detective novels I have read in a very long time. Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old girl with a fondness and love of poisons and chemistry. After a man dies in her family's garden, she sets about unraveling the mystery of how and why he died.

A lot of research went into the authenticity of this novel. The details about stamps, their printing and features that appeal to collectors were lovely rather than pedantic

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Aug 20, 2015

Like murder mysteries? Can you compete with an amateur chemistry student who is 11 years old? Funny, unexpected murder mystery with a likeable, young heroine! Watch out - her specialty is poisons!

Aug 19, 2015

mystery fiction, yng girl interested in chemistry, mystery of father's trial

Apr 30, 2011

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

Jul 28, 2010

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.

black_cat Jul 05, 2010

An adult book but can be read by advanced younger readers. Main character is a young, strong female who finds herself in danger while investigating a mystery that arrived at her doorstep.


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Dec 21, 2010

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AL_DEBORAH Aug 04, 2016

"As I stood outside Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

No....eight days a week."

Aug 20, 2015

“I remembered a piece of sisterly advice, which Feely once gave Daffy and me:
"If ever you're accosted by a man," she'd said, "kick him in the Casanovas and run like blue blazes!"
Although it had sounded at the time like a useful bit of intelligence, the only problem was that I didn't know where the Casanovas were located.
I'd have to think of something else.”

Feb 02, 2010

"I was me. I was Flavia. And I loved myself, even if no one else did." - p 59

Oct 29, 2009

I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.


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