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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Apr 29, 2010

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Stephanie’s rating: 3 stars
Flavia de Luce is a precocious and remarkably talented young girl. Her passion is chemistry and in the grandeur of her home she has quite the sophisticated lab. Also, being the youngest of three has its advantages…no one bothers with her and she of course has no problem with this arrangement. I certainly can’t think of a more independent and well-spoken little girl. She’s a delight! Obviously the book isn’t just about her. It’s about a mysterious murder that occurs just outside her bedroom window. Flavia, struggling to sleep, hears an unusual sound coming from the garden that she rushes out and finds a man who in mere seconds dies in front of her. Now she’s taking on the role of detective and scurrying about in town to unearth clues as to who the killer is and their whereabouts. What a cozy read! Flavia made me sip on hot chocolate and read her quirky little English remarks!

Madeleine - 4 stars
Flavia was a refreshing character for the mystery genre. She's basically the reader transposed onto the page. Every reader tries to guess what's going on, to hypothesize who's the murderer, and usually fails spectacularly. That's Flavia. This is a super enjoyable read because of that off kilter guessing.

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