The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

November 24, 2014 Audio Books, Mystery 12

Hi Ho, Bookworms!

One of my all time favorite books as a kid was Harriet the Spy (review), but Flavia de Luce would give good old Harriet a run for her super-spy money! I finally got around to checking out the audio book version of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and I am utterly charmed!

sweetnessathtebottomofthepieIn 1950, Flavia de Luce is 11 years old. She’s the quirkiest little chemist in all of Great Britain and she’s got a passion for poisons. She lives with her father and two sisters at the de Luce family estate, Buckshaw. Flavia has a natural curiosity that tends to get her in tight spots, and loves nothing better than deviling her older sisters.

A series of unusual events is set into motion one day when a dead bird with a postage stamp on its beak is discovered on the de Luce doorstep. Later, Flavia overhears an argument between her father and a stranger. Then? A dead body mysteriously appears in Buckshaw’s garden. DUN DUN DUN!! Flavia, of course, is first on the scene of the crime and is determined to uncover exactly what happened.

Flavia de Luce is one of the most irresistible characters I’ve encountered in a good long while. Her plucky detective skills were plenty impressive, but it was the glimmers of the 11 year old girl that really won me over. The narrator reading this book did a phenomenal job- I could HEAR her smiling when Flavia was feeling pleased with herself. The perfect instance of an audio book being absolutely superb. I’m not big on mysteries, but Flavia’s my girl. You can bet I’ll be diving deeper into this series!

Alright Bookworms, tell me. Do you have a favorite young protagonist? Inquiring minds want to know!

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12 Responses to “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley”

  1. Rhian

    I wouldn’t say she’s my favourite ever, but I really liked Melanie from The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey.

  2. Hobbie DeHoy

    I never thought to compare Harriet to Flavia… good one! I like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and Claudia from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Lucy Pevensie from the Narnia books and Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and my goodness, I could just go on and on. I have a background as a children’s librarian in case you can’t tell. I enjoy this series a lot, you have a lot of reading pleasure in front of you!

  3. AMB

    This sounds interesting! My favorite young protagonists include Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird (of course!).

  4. Sarah Says Read

    I have this book! Haven’t read it yet, but I need to – it sounds delightful 🙂

  5. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I’ve read a few reviews of this book and been undecided about picking it up, but I think we have fairly similar taste so the fact that you liked it makes me feel a bit more confident that I’ll like this one.

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