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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Nov 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery
Read from February 17 to 19, 2010

Another murder mystery for me! Not my typical ilk, but maybe I've been ignoring an ilk that I shouldn't. Who doesn't love a book that you CAN'T PUT DOWN? Because who murdered that guy in the cucumber patch?!

Like the book I'd read just before, The Outcast, this was also England in the 50's. But this was an upper class family of three daughters and an aloof father.

The main character is eleven year old Flavia, who makes me want to go around hollering FLAVIA! just because the word's so fun. She loves chemistry. Poison in particular. She torments her older, more girlie sisters, and she has the vocabulary of a really nerdy college student.

After discovering a dead body in her back yard, she gets one step ahead of everyone, including her father, and the police in locating clues to solve the mystery.

Precocious is just the beginning.

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