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Zatrute ciasteczko (Flavia de Luce #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  82,670 ratings  ·  10,795 reviews
Jest początek leniwego lata w sennej angielskiej wiosce Bishop's Lacey. W wielkim domu Buckshaw, w laboratorium, odziedziczonym po ekscentrycznym wuju, ambitna jedenastoletnia odkrywczyni - Flawia de Luce, przeprowadza eksperymenty chemiczne. Pracuje nad truciznami, gdy pewnego ranka, na grządce z ogórkami, odkrywa... trupa. Zostawiając probówki i palniki Bunsena, postanaw ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 2009 by Wydawnictwo "Vesper" (first published 2009)
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Terry I feel that the book is really "young adult-ish", upper elementary would enjoy the story and the heroine.
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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 England in the late 40's/ (51 maybe?) Anyway, Flavia is 11 going on 40. She's a genius, perhaps a mad one, who knows. She is drawn into a wonderful mystery that I don't want to spoil, but her tenacity and
Aug 16, 2010 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hannah by: Tatiana G.
Shelves: 2010-reads, mysteries
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 detective: Flavia duLuce.

To say that young Flavia is precocious is an understatement. She has to be one of the most intelligent, well spoken, criminal minds since Sherlock Holmes. Problem is, she's only 11 years
Jun 15, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of non-violent mysteries
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 Ophelia's lipstick with poison ivy. That is until one fateful day a dead bird with a postage stamp stuck to its beak is found on the doorstep of Buckshaw. Even more, soon after Flavia finds a dead man i ...more
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 England in the 50s. She loves science and mystery, despises her haughty clueless sisters, and is plotting to poison them and get away with it. When mysterious crimes happen at the family home, she thrust ...more
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 some missing stamps was full of weird leaps of logic and sideways-step conclusions. I never felt involved or like any part of the story was real or mattered.
"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 up on "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" after about seven chapters, finding little literary sweetness to induce in me a hunger to devour the remaining pages. Yet, the overwhelmingly positive revi
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 values may confront Flavia, but they do not greatly impress her; by the story's end, the reader can only agree.
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 finished out of a sense of duty, having bought the book based on the reviews rather than borrowing it. A good lesson, to remind me of the perils of random purchasing.

My quibbles, if anyone is so interested
Feb 09, 2010 Sparrow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sparrow by: tracey coleman and Linda Harrison
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This book is CSI to The Series of Unfortunate Events' McGyver. In my scale, a three-star rating is neutral, and that's a pretty accurate evaluation of how I feel about this story. At the risk of sounding disapproving, I'm going to make a couple of notes about why I didn't love the book. They're not things I really disliked about the book, though, just to be clear. I'm also really terrible about reading mystery stories, so, I’m disqualifying myself from evaluation. These are my general reactions, ...more
Finally! I'm done! The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has been read and crossed off of my TBR list. And now I must ask you not to hate me, because truthfully, though I did enjoy aspects of the book, I did not love it. I found it to be rather predictable, long-winded and slightly dull at times. There were moments when I had to put the book down or just rush ahead in order to avoid a passage that went on about something or other that just didn't hold my interest. I can understand why this book ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 19, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy quirky and unusual mysteries

I loved this quirky book.

The amateur sleuth and chemistry enthusiast Flavia de Luce is a very unusual 11 year old, but I’ve known many 11 year olds unusual in their own ways, so Flavia worked for me just fine. She’s completely over the top, yet somehow believable, at least within the narrative. She’s a fabulous character and a brilliant creation.

I smiled several times on almost every page, especially in the first part of the book. As with many mysteries, there was some quite scary (f
Flavia de Luce is not your average eleven year old. She lives in a decaying mansion. She has a passion for chemistry, especially poisons. And when she finds a man dying in her cucumber patch, it doesn't occur to her to be worried or scared. Instead, Flavia senses something delicious may come of it: adventure.
Thus Flavia sets out to find out just who the man is, and how he came to be dying in her cucumber patch. But what starts off as a fun, mysterious way to spend the summer of 1950 turns into s
Mona Temchin
Delightful and Unique Young Protagonist, Flawed Story

Eleven year old Flavia de Luce is such a delightful and unique character. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" is worth reading just to make her acquaintance.

She is a precociously brilliant child living in Northern England in the 1950s. Her passion in life is chemistry (specifically poisons) and she has her own chemistry lab. She is also an accomplished fibber (well, probably not as accomplished as she thinks, since several adults see thr
Heather (DeathByBook)
This is a new favorite! I read it in two sittings and am ready to start agiain. Flavia de Luce is one of my top new detectives. I only wish I could have her over for tea to discuss the difficulty of living with older sisters and perhaps, poisons. I'm sure it has been said by many and I agree, that this book is an absolute delight.
Clever plot, unusual subject (stamp collecting), interesting setting and time, and amusing characters flesh out this funny little mystery. Flavia is a smart and snarky little detective whose passion is poison. I look forward to more Flavia.
I'm not usually one for mysteries because they're so much about the plot and not so much about the character, so it takes a good one to keep me interested.

Unfortunatley, this one did not. I found it terribly dry and borderline nodded off at several points. I guess I was hoping for more of a 'Mysterious case of the dog in the nighttime'. Instead it just seemed to almost trudge along at an alarmingly tottering pace.

I did find the main character, Flavia, fairly charming and I think if she were wri
If I were an eleven-year-old girl, I’d like to think I might resemble Flavia de Luce. Precocious, ubiquitous, and intelligent, she’s filled with energy and life, refers to her sisters as Feely and Daffy, and has an unbounding curiosity about the world around her, even though there’s always the chance she could blow up Bishop’s Lacey with her latest science experiment. Not knowing what trouble she might find herself in next kicked my curiosity into overdrive. Her voice kept me finely tuned into h ...more
Tea Jovanović
Prva knjiga iz serijala od šest romana o devojčici Flaviji i njenim čudnim interesovanjima i dogodovštinama... Nažalost, publika je kod nas nije prihvatila, a ni izdavač se nije adekvatno potrudio da je predstavi čitaocima... Knjiga u kojoj uživaju i tinejdžeri i odrasli širom sveta... Autor je rado viđen gost po sajmovima knjiga u svetu... Ne skida se s bestseler lista... Must read za mlade i one koji vole dobru knjigu... Veoma je zabavna! :)
Kasia S.
I cant' believe this is the author's first work, in short it's really amazing, I mean a gloriously adorable kaleidoscope of words and textures and emotions, pure bliss to read! Set in 1950's England, the mystery has a rustic feel to it but is very easy to read and enjoy. It's not often that the protagonist is an eleven year old little girl, who's as feisty and cunning as it gets. Flava de Luce has a love affair with chemistry. Glass flasks and potions are more fun than hanging out and doing kid ...more
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that this book was available at my library translated to Swedish. I really don't have time for library books, but sometimes I have to make an exception.

Flavia de Luce is a wonderful 11-year old girl with a passion for chemistry (nothing we really share, but I love that she loves it) and in this book she has to clear her father from a murder charge. But what have stamps to do with the murder?

I admit I had some trouble getting into the story, but I think it wa
Lisa Kay
Three-speed BSA Keep Fit
This is a review of the audiobook. Jayne Entwistle does a perfect eleven-year-old Flavia in this audiobook – in tone, intellect, and mischievousness! I know I enjoyed it twice as much than if I’d only read Alan Bradley delightful book. What fun! This first in the Flavia de Luce Mystery series is a jewel.

I loved being transported back to the 1950s and joining Flavia as she took her bicycle*, Gladys, on her investigation round her charming English village of Bishop’s Lac
Jul 05, 2009 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Leslie
It took me such a long to time to get this book, to understand what the author was writing about, that I found myself not excited (although not exactly reluctant) to keep reading. A mystery should have a fairly easy job of keeping the suspense going, but Bradley doesn't really pull you in for a long time. It was not until halfway through the book that I was finally interested in the story. I heard it's the author's job to teach you how to read his or her book. That's what this book is lacking: a ...more
You’d really think a book about an eleven-year-old smart-mouth named flavia de Luce who lives on an old English estate in 1950, loves chemistry and poisons, and solves crime would be inherently awesome. Unfortunately, no book is inherently awesome. Why do I have to keep learning this over and over again?

This one is just . . . lacking . . . something. I mean, Flavia’s great – she’s the sort of crazy who, at eleven, plans to write a magnum opus on poisons and note, under cyanide, that it is “parti
LOVED this story. I thought I had the mystery figured out about three different times, and I was wrong! I love being surprised at the end and loving every minute of it.
Boy, I really wanted to like this book more - it has such promise! A brainy 11 year old sleuth(ess) who's into poisons and chemistry, plus the book starts out with her escaping from being tied up and thrown into a closet of her huge, stately English house - all very promising. I thought at first I was getting a 1950's British "Wednesday" (Addams). But things don't turn out that way. Flavia de Luce, the precocious main character (the book is told first person), just didn't ring consistently true ...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

This delight is a debut mystery! A debut mystery, if you please, and a Crime Writers of America Dagger Award winner, and written by a Saskatooni writer, and just flat funny.

Whatever they do to the water in Saskatoon, they should do it to some Murrikin cities that're famous for nothing (eg, Dubuque or Terre Haute) so's they can make their mark on the cultural landscape. Bradley and Bidulka haling from the same city...what up with that?!

Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old chem
This is on my absolute favourites list and has 5 stars not because of the book itself. It is flawed. Enjoyable, but far from amazing. What is amazing, and what garners my devotion, is its main character, Flavia. FLAVIA GETS 5 STARS!

I just love Flavia De Luce! I want to be her friend...and certainly not her enemy. She's an eleven year old chemistry genius, who lives in a crumbling mansion with two distant and treacherous sisters and a distracted father. She also has a trusty bicycle and a taste f
Looking for an interesting mystery that's outside the norm? Dreaming of a protaganist that isn't a used up trope or a typical adult thrust into a situation? Hoping for a fun romp through a different era with a little mischief mixed in?

Look no further. Alan Bradley's debut of eleven year old mischevious fireball Flavia de Luce in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has it all. Period piece. Fresh protaganist. Entertaining mystery. Interesting secondary characters (Dogger especially).

It's got
Jacqueline Carey
This is not a book you read for the compelling mystery at its center. Oh, there's a mystery, and I guess it's perfectly adequate. This is a book you read for the awesome and hilarious narrative voice of its 11-year-old protagonist, precocious poisoner Flavia de Luce. Flavia is a character I'd gladly pass a few hours with any day of the week.
Flavia de Luce tells her story which opens with her having been gagged and locked inside a dark closet by her sisters, Ophelia and Daphne. Daphne is thirteen and Ophelia is seventeen and Flavia is only eleven. Flavia is a fascinating character. She spends hours in her chem. lab on the top floor of the east wing of the family mansion, Buckshaw. Flavia specializes in poisonous chemical combinations. She taught herself the considerable chemistry knowledge she has by starting with Intro. to Chemist ...more
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With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where
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Other Books in the Series

Flavia de Luce (7 books)
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia De Luce, #4)
  • Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5 )
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
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