Flavia becomes caught up in a murder mystery when she finds a stranger, who had argued with her father, dying in the family’s cucumber patch.

Flavia walks right off the page and follows me through my day. . He is actually Canadian, but the point still stands. “A dark Nancy Drew set in a gothic Midsomer. Passionate Poisons. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Home.

[Flavia is] a delightful, intrepid, acid-tongued new heroine.”—Chicago Sun-TimesIt 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: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. The plot, with its intriguing philatelic elements, is nicely ingenious and delivers a very good end, with a fun twist. Flavia reminds us often about Harriet, the mother she never knew, and has many keepsakes that help her imagine what she was like. It made me very happy, for all kinds of reasons: for its humour, for the wonderful invention of the 11-year-old chemist-detective Flavia De Luce, for its great attention to period detail, and mostly because it was so deft and assured, from top to tail. "While Flavia De Luce is winning your heart, she may also be poisoning your tea. sure to be one of the most loved mysteries of the year . It was not only unsporting, it was downright rotten. Korea: Munhakdongne Most ADULTS will not get all the allusions to classical music, deceased scientists, and general Britishisms in these novels. An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully-told tale of deceptions—and a rich, literary delight. Flavia's eccentric family are delightful and I love seeing them interact within their crazy home. "Those are my pearls! The trouble comes because I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't quite my thing which is why I gave it 4 stars, but I was incredibly tempted to give it the full 5 because it was brilliantly written and anyone who is looking for a cosy crime book set in the 1950's is absolutely going to love this. Awards Earned.

Greece: Lyhnari When Flavia announces this at breakfast, her news is met with indifference by her wonderfully appalling older sisters Ophelia and Daphne ("How very like you").”. The secondary characters were not left out when this book was written and the whole era itself feels like a character of it's own. In a fading English mansion, a father, wracked by war and loss, is …

An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, “[Flavia]’s as entertaining, real and unreal a creation as, say, Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe in his best-selling Botswana-based novels.”, “A stunning debut from Bradley offers scrumptious reading.”, “Cosily arcane and modishly fast-paced …”, “[T]he sleuthing skills of Flavia both amaze and amuse. Her voice kept me finely tuned into her mesmerizing world, as my eyes widened in surprise and awe. "I appealed to Daphne, whose nose was firmly stuck in a leather-bound copy of The Castle of Otranto.

“I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Her little war against her older sister in which she tries to poison the lipstick is priceless. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a mystery by Alan Bradley published in 2009. US Audio: Random House

This doesn't read like a first novel. For example, she concludes that the victim came from Norway because of the bird that he left at their door; whereas, the police come to the same conclusion based on the shoes he was wearing. Interviews.

Possible ReadHarder Prompts: Mystery where the victim isn't a woman, Historical fiction that doesn't take place during World War 2. She tries to determine how the police knew that the victim came from Norway and works to solve the case. "Ophelia was the only one of Harriet's daughters who referred to her as "Mummy": the only one of us old enough to have any real memories of the flesh-and-blood woman who had carried us in her body, a fact of which Ophelia never tired of reminding us. Glass flasks and potions are more fun than hanging out and doing kid stuff so when a murder takes place in her very own garden she's not scared, instead she challenges the world to stop her from solving it, and most important from trying to find her sweet old dad guilty. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce may be close in age to Nancy Drew, but she’s way too wicked to invite comparisons to that goody-two-shoes.

What twists in the plot surprised you the most?10. Winner of the Debut Dagger Award, this is a fresh, engaging first novel with appeal for cozy lovers and well beyond.”  — LIBRARY JOURNAL, “Canadian Alan Bradley’s first full-length crime novel is delightful. Quirkily appealing, this is definitely a crime novel with a difference.”  — CHOICE MAGAZINE, UK, “The star of this is Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry, poison and revenge. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Intresting Things. Dreaming of a protaganist that isn't a used up trope or a typical adult thrust into a situation? Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

Unable to add item to Wish List. Flavia expects her world to obey certain rules, and seems to be thrown off kilter when surprises occur. I tried counting to ten on every intake of breath, and to eight as I released each one slowly into the darkness.

I can hardly wait for the next book. Flavia’s distance from her father, the Colonel, is obvious, yet she loves him all the same.

But first, to be sure they were not lying in wait for me, I squatted and peered out through the keyhole at the attic. The first novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy heroAtticus For years I have heard nothing but good things about Flavia De Luce, yet I left her sitting on my shelf, gathering dust for years. I'm wondering the same thing. Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. I didn't actually think of the poison until next morning at breakfast.As with all great schemes, it was a simple one.Buckshaw had been the home of our family, the de Luces, since time out of mind. Flavia de Luce is certainly reminiscent of such classic English busy body amateur sleuths such as Miss Marple and Father Brown. UK Audio: W.F. "What's that sticky mass in the bottom?" Taiwan: Azoth Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books. Then, beginning at the bottom left, I speared the first pea with my fork and ate it.It was all Ophelia's fault.
Characters. She was, after all, seventeen, and therefore expected to possess at least a modicum of the maturity she should come into as an adult.
Her wry, dry humour and resigned frustration with the adult world are seriously entertaining…. Flavia de Luce, daughter to a philatelist colonel father and late mother, who dies when she was a baby, finds a body in the cucumber patch. This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. Did I resent them? If you are looking for a page-turner whodunnit step away now, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2020. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. Germany (Audio): Random House A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. 'Fraid so," Daphne said, idly turning an onionskin page. . The family unit, comprising of the taciturn, introspective Colonel and his three daughters is well written, humorous and the sibling relationships very realistic. Sitemap. I'm sick and tired of being blamed for everything, Feely. “Told through the observations of science-experimenting snoop of an 11-year-old girl, this jolly-good-fun murder mystery is as indulgent as a Bunty annual. Someone was murdered. I enjoyed it as a one off read, but I wonder if in reading the whole series, the novelty and appeal would wane.. Flavia was one of my favorite narrators in a long time. I don't know. A mystery should have a fairly easy job of keeping the suspense going, but Bradley doesn't really pull you in for a long time. . Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I'm sure it has been said by many and I agree, that this book is an absolute delight. Is there an age rating for this book, and am I missing where age ratings are published on this site? It was almost too easy. It took me such a long to time to get this book, to understand what the author was writing about, that I found myself not excited (although not exactly reluctant) to keep reading. Bradley, a first-time novelist, wrote the book after winning the 2007 Debut Dagger Awardand selling the publishing rights in three countries, based on the first chapter and a synopsis.

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