Monday, May 25, 2009

Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley


While browsing books at Costco, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley caught my eye. I have to admit there was just something about this cover that I couldn't resist. I picked it up and read the description and came home and ordered it from the library. Here is the book description from Amazon:

It's the beginning of a lazy summer in 1950 at the sleepy English village of Bishop's Lacey. Up at the great house of Buckshaw, aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce passes the time tinkering in the laboratory she's inherited from her deceased mother and an eccentric great uncle. When Flavia discovers a murdered stranger in the cucumber patch outside her bedroom window early one morning, she decides to leave aside her flasks and Bunsen burners to solve the crime herself, much to the chagrin of the local authorities. But who can blame her? What else does an eleven-year-old science prodigy have to do when left to her own devices? With her widowed father and two older sisters far too preoccupied with their own pursuits and passions—stamp collecting, adventure novels, and boys respectively—Flavia takes off on her trusty bicycle Gladys to catch a murderer. In Alan Bradley's critically acclaimed debut mystery, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, adult readers will be totally charmed by this fearless, funny, and unflappable kid sleuth. But don't be fooled: this carefully plotted detective novel (the first in a new series) features plenty of unexpected twists and turns and loads of tasty period detail. As the pages fly by, you'll be rooting for this curious combination of Harriet the Spy and Sherlock Holmes. Go ahead, take a bite. --Lauren Nemroff

Now I have to admit that I don't read a lot of mystery, but I do enjoy a good mystery every now and then. Alan Bradley's book definitely was a great pick. I was totally caught up with Flavia de Luce and her detective work. I hit the climax of the book about 2:00 a.m and then I couldn't put it down until I had completed it. So much for sleep!

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