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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
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Dec 03, 2009

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bookshelves: 2010, mystery
Recommended for: people who like mysteries and eccentric young ladies

Flavia is an 11-year old chemist in 50s England with a penchant for poisons and curiosity who stumbles upon a murder mystery entwined in her father's history.

I have a soft spot for mad scientists, and I should've fallen in love with Flavia, but I had a hard time believing in her. In fact, almost the only character I liked a lot had been dead for 10 years (Harriet). I do love how much Flavia loves herself, though, and I wish I could bottle that confidence. As much as this book is beloved by many, I had a hard time getting into it. I liked it well enough upon finishing it.

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