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!
In 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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