The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

A Flavia de Luce Novel

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Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE AGATHA • ARTHUR ELLIS • DILYS • DEBUT DAGGER AWARDS 

“Wonderfully entertaining . . . sure to be one of the most loved mysteries of the year . . . [Flavia is] a delightful, intrepid, acid-tongued new heroine.”—Chicago Sun-Times

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

BONUS: This edition contains a The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie discussion guide and an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2009
April 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Chiwawa1952 ,

Brilliant!

The author can surely spin a tale. Wish I had found these earlier so I might be on my 5th re-read by now! Could not put it down! I’ll have to read all ten. I hope someone has the movie rights and we see Flavia onscreen. She is a combo of Ramona Quimby, Pippi Longstocking, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Violet Baudelaire, so young, so gifted, such a great mind. 1950’s England!

ida dunham ,

Horribly, inexcusably racist.

All those that have showered this book with praise have decided to simply gloss over the disgustingly racist caricature of an Asian man. Was this absolutely needed for a story that takes place in the 1950s written in 2009? Sloppy writing and worse, irresponsible reviewing from critics.

Am book reader ,

ALL HAIL FLAVIA!

Some may be confused with the fact that spunky but not annoying protagonist, 11 year Flavia’s adventures, is a children’s book, but adults like me were most pleasantly surprised. I read the sample, bought the book and then the whole series. Absolutely fantastic ! Move over Harry...Flavia is here.

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