Skip to main content

Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley


Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old girl living in England in the 1950s, who absolutely loves chemistry. She even has her own laboratory in the top floor of her family's estate, where she studies and conducts experiments ~ with a specific focus on poisons. She has two sisters with whom she she has nothing in common and a distant father, but she also has a confidant in the gardener, Dogger.

When a man is found dead in the estate garden, Flavia starts her own investigation into the crime. And when her father is arrested, she steps up her efforts to learn the truth about who the dead stranger is, how he is connected to her father, and who or what exactly killed him.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley has been on my shelf for far too long. I really enjoyed Flavia and all the unusual characters the author introduces. A bit far-fetched in the way Flavia, who is only 11, gets away with tampering with evidence, the story is fun and kept me guessing as to what really happened to the stranger in the garden.

This is a charming mystery that I think I will likely re-read  at some point because I don't feel like I devoted enough time to reading and really catching all the little bits within the story and the characters that make this such a unique novel. I also want to check out the next books in the Flavia de Luce series since I enjoyed this one so much.

My Rating: 4/5

This review was written based on a copy of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie that I received through PaperbackSwap.com.

Comments

  1. This book took me completely by surprise and I loved it. I'm reading the 2nd book in the series now. I've recommended Sweetness to a lot of friends.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Flavia is some character, very unique which I loved. I hear the series just keeps getting better.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've had this on my list for awhile. I don't think I've seen a negative review of it.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've been wanting to read this for ages!! Like you, it's been on my list for far too long. Yours is yet another positive review - I really must get to it!

    Sue

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Book Review: The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis

When Stella and Tom move to a new home in London, they are sad to have left their friends behind. But soon they have a mystery to solve. Their neighbor's dog, Harry, keeps disappearing. Where is he going and why is he always wet when he comes home? As they investigate the area in the garden where Harry seems to come and go, they discover a hidden tunnel that takes them back to their garden ... almost 100 years ago.

The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis is a wonderful children's book that reminds me of the adventurous stories I read as a child. I saw other reviewers say something similar. I'm not sure what it is about the way the story is told, but it is reminiscent of children's books from many years ago, yet it will definitely appeal to the kids of today.

Stella and Tom have an adventure in the past that leads to new friends and discoveries. While it's a time travel story, it doesn't have a lot of fantasy elements (although there are some moles that act a bit unusua…