The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a fun, quirky story of a dysfunctional English family and the 11-year-old, precocious heroine who likes to snoop and specializes in poison. The post-WWII setting was appealing and the characters were certainly entertaining. I could tell the author was trying to avoid stereotypes. Telling the story from Flavia’s point of view was a good device, as it allowed both the little girl and the intelligent young woman to have a voice. The plot was very well paced and the mystery a fine one. Although fairly over-the-top, I thought it was very diverting and I’m ready for the next adventure with Flavia.
Amazon.com link: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
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