Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Flavia De Luce Mysteries 1
Pages: 416 / Audio: 9 hrs 53 mins
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.”
Novel Gobblers Perspective
This story was a breath of fresh air. Detective stories with a female heroine may not seem like a fresh, new idea, but a heroine that is an 11 year old girl with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for poison, two prissy older sisters, a fairly uninvolved father, and a deceased mother - all set in the English countryside in the early 1950's? It's brilliant! She's precocious and cheeky and completely lovable. This is a delightful read for all ages. I'm hooked. Maybe I'll even join the Flavia de Luce Fan Club!