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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: in, 2011, mystery, flavia-de-luce, series
Read in November, 2011

Precocious 11-year-old Flavia de Luce has a fondness for chemistry and poisons. Therefore, when a dead bird with a stamp afixed on its beak is left on her doorstep, she is intrigued... and when she finds a dead man in her cucumber patch a short time later, she regards it as the most fascinating event of her young life. But with her father accused of the murder, it's up to Flavia to explore her 1950s British countryside in search of the true murderer.[return][return]This book is an absolute delight. Flavia's voice sparkles with intelligence and life. Actually, there's not a character here who lacks. It's like an Agatha Christie novel with deeper (yet still layman-friendly) chemistry. The mystery proceeds at just the right pace. I don't read many books in this genre, but this debut is strong enough that I'd really like to continue with the series. Flavia is just that extraordinary.
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