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

Gee, I had a good time with this book.  It’s this month’s selection for book club and I just finished reading it for the second time.

There are three strong arguments for reading this book.  One, it’s a mystery!  Two, it goes right along—can be read in a few nights.  Three, it’s cleverly written and amusing.

Mr. Bradley has invented a lively sleuth by the name of Flavia de Luce—a young English girl with two sisters and a vivid imagination.   Her mother, Harriet, died before Flavia knew her, and her father spends most of his time with his prize stamp collection.  (Note that stamp on the bird’s bill on the cover?)  It’s 1950 and they live on an estate in England.

One might think “one” (who?) might be put off by a detective who is eleven years old, and a girl at that (!), but you won’t mind a bit once you get into the book.  It’s not déjà vu with Nancy Drew all over again . . .

No, it’s stamps, and delving into the history of the old public school Mr. de Luce attended–and a mysterious death that took place years ago————-and currently in the garden!

I’m happy to report that this is only the first in a series featuring Flavia de Luce—good times for us ahead!

So, off you go to the library, or to the bookstore–even available end of April on Kindle, and
introduce yourself to a new author and some delightful reading.

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