Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a mystery set in 1950's England in a small village.  Flavia is an 11 year old girl who has a passion for chemistry in general and poisons specifically.  One early morning at her big house she hears something in the garden and goes to investigate.  It is a man lying in the cucumbers, and he breathes his last breath in her face.  She should be scared, but she isn't.  This is the most exciting thing to happen in her whole life.  She has a mission to solve the mystery.  I used to think that mysteries were not really my thing, but I loved Josi Kilpack's culinary mysteries, and I really enjoyed this.  Flavia is a great character.  The book is written from her perspective and from her mind.  She will make you smile, laugh, and really think.  This is an adult book even though the main character is 11, but it is highly entertaining and a very "clean" murder mystery.  I love the Inspector who is assigned to the case.  You can just tell how he is trying to restrain himself and deal with this 11 year old who keeps butting into his case.  A great read.  Check it out.

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