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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Jun 12, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, mystery
Read in June, 2009

I really wanted to like this book, and it's precocious main character, Flavia. The cover and synopsis were both intriguing and full of possibilities - both drew me in. I never did warm to Flavia and while I liked the ending (though part of that may have been relief that it HAD ended) as well as the quote off which the title is based, Flavia mostly annoyed me. As a character she was hard to identify with, too full of her own intelligence and disdainful of everyone else's, and, for all that she solved the mystery, wasn't actually all that useful. I know that sounds impossible, but it's true. Not even the fact that her mother was dead made me like her any more. I think I only finished it because I was trapped at the airport with naught else.

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