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

By (author) Alan Bradley

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Take one precocious eleven-year-old girl called Flavia. Add an ancient country house somewhere in England in 1950. Then sprinkle with murder, mystery and dark family secrets...For very nearly eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, the discovery of a dead snipe on the doorstep of Buckshaw, the crumbling de Luce country seat, was a marvellous mystery - especially since this particular snipe had a rather rare stamp neatly impaled on its beak. Even more astonishing was the effect of the dead bird on her stamp-collector father, who appeared to be genuinely frightened. Soon Flavia discovers something even more shocking in the cucumber patch, and it's clear that the snipe was a bird of very ill omen indeed. As the police descend on Buckshaw, Flavia decides it is up to her to piece together the clues and solve the puzzle. Who was the man she heard her father arguing with? What was the snipe doing in England at all? Who or what is the Ulster Avenger? And, most peculiar of all, who took a slice of Mrs Mullet's unspeakable custard pie that had been cooling by the window...?

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 25mm | 280g
  • 04 Feb 2010
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London
  • English
  • 0752883216
  • 9780752883212
  • 17,367

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Alan Bradley was born into a family of storytellers who never stopped talking about the old days 'back home' in England - for which he is eternally grateful. He is a former professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where he lectured on screen writing. Alan is the author of a memoir, THE SHOEBOX BIBLE in addition to the bestselling Flavia de Luce series. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in the Isle of Man. To find out more, visit www.flaviadeluce.com.

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Well-plotted and witty, this absorbing mystery and its precocious heroine will keep readers captivated. GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Delightful

A really enchanting book. The central character 11 year old Flavia de Luce has the cynical and derisive attitude of a much older person - it's great to see! Highly intelligent and mature beyond her years, she stumbles upon a murder with absolute delight and relishes the opportunity to solve it. Set in a much simpler time of the 1950s and with a cast of fairly eccentric characters, this book with a very clever storyline is a delightful read. I've already ordered the next book in the series (of, sadly, just six so far. Hopefully there are many more Flavia de Luce adventures to enjoy in the future)show more
by Carolyn Martin

sweetness everywhere

A clever, enjoyable book. Very little violence, lots of clues and red herrings. The 11 year old "detective" works well. Highly recommend.show more
by Neale P Blackwood