The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1) by Alan Bradley

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1) Read Online Free - 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.”



Title : The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
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ISBN : 0385342306
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 374 pages


Reviews


Felicia rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2009

This book probably deserves 4 stars, but to me, as far as how much I enjoyed it, 5 stars baby! Having just read Steig Larssen's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I hadn't expected to stumble on a heroine as quickly that I'd love as much. But Flavia fits the bill! This is a historical mystery, set in En...


Hannah rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 16, 2010

I really wanted to like this more then I ended up doing. The story started off slowly, then picked up steam with a murder to solve and some interesting backstory on stamps. What hindered my enjoyment of the book, the story and the murder mystery was, unfortunately, the main character and detectiv...


Carol rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 31, 2016

So ... I'm the outlier. I cannot abide Flavia de Luce - yes, the same Flavia de Luce that everyone else in the reading universe - or at least the subset of those who enjoy mysteries - loves, adores, enjoys. For months I hid my outlier status by changing the applicable shelf from "currently readin...


Trin rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 18, 2009

A historical mystery, set in England, narrated by a precocious 11-year-old girl. I feel like I should have loved this, but mostly it just bored me. Flavia’s narration, designed to show off how brilliant she is, lacked the necessary wit and charm, and her investigation into a couple of murders and...


Tatiana rated it ★★★★☆

June 15, 2010

Flavia de Luce is an 11-year old amateur sleuth, a future chemist and poison enthusiast. She lives with her widowed father and two older sisters at Buckshaw - a decaying English country-side mansion. Flavia's days are occupied with chemical experiments and schemes of spiking her evil older sister...


David rated it ★★★★★

May 06, 2014

I absolutely loved Sweetness. The narrator-protagonist is one of the cleverest, liveliest, most entertaining characters I have had the pleasure to meet in many a year. I laughed aloud many times and couldn't wait to get back to reading this gem. Flavia is the 11-year-old daughter of a widower in...


Dan rated it ★★★★☆

May 28, 2015

When young Flavia de Luce, aspiring chemist, finds a body in the cucumber patch outside her father's house, she finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and murder... I'm not really sure how my love of detective fiction led me to this tale of an eleven year old girl in 1950s England solving a my...


Nancy rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2010

A mystery about a precocious child, whom I would like to like, but suspect that she would not be enjoyable to be around. Flavia, when not tormenting her eldest sister, attempts to solve a murder in 1950 in Great Britain. I wanted to like this book, as much as the title appealed to me, but only fi...


Kathryn rated it ★★★☆☆

October 08, 2009

"There are times, Miss de Luce... when you deserve a brass medal. And there are other times when you deserve to be sent to your room with bread and water." -- Inspector Hewitt to Flavia de Luce: budding sleuth, brilliant chemist, and diabolical eleven-year-old. After very high hopes, I almost gave...


Laurie rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2009

Ignore the title, please, and go for the essence. Flavia de Luce is an eleven year-old Sherlock Holmes with a predilection for the dark side of rural crime and a hobby of poisons. This will be the first in what promises to be an utterly original and delicious series. Adult preoccupations and valu...





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