The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

Book rating: 04 Paperback Flavia de Luce Mysteries

By (author) Alan Bradley

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • Format: Paperback | 385 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385343493
  • ISBN 13: 9780385343497
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 52,681

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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: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. 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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Author information

Alan Bradley has published many children's stories as well as lifestyle and arts columns in Canadian newspapers. His adult stories have been broadcast on CBC Radio and published in various literary journals. He won the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children's Literature. He lives in British Columbia. Delacorte Press will publish the next in Bradley's delirious new series, "The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, " in 2010. "From the Hardcover edition."

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By Tarissa 06 Oct 2014 4

A lovely mystery to keep you guessing! Flavia is quite a unique 11-year-old girl. She is sweet herself, yet mysterious. The fact that she loves chemistry and talks like a true chemist keeps you on your toes---you never know what masterful chemical reaction may happen in her laboratory. The 1950 setting is beautiful and a bit rustic---charming, to say the least. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" is a wonderful start to an intriguing series!

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"While Flavia De Luce is winning your heart, she may also be poisoning your tea. She's the most wickedly funny sleuth in years, brilliant, unpredictable, unflappable—and only eleven. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the freshest new voice in mystery yet."—Charles Todd, author of The Ian Rutledge series "A wickedly clever story, a dead true and original voice, and an English country house in the summer: Alexander McCall Smith meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Please, please, Mr. Bradley, tell me we'll be seeing Flavia again soon?"—Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell" "series " "“Alan Bradley’s marvelous book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie", " is a fantastic read, a winner. Flavia walks right off the page and follows me through my day. I can hardly wait for the next book. Bravo!”" –"Louise Penny, " "author of" Still Life " “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the reader