The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

So I’ve finally joined the rest of the world and introduced myself to 11 year old Flavia DeLuce. And what a wonderful introduction it was. I don’t really know why it took me so long to read this book. For some reason I thought that it just wouldn’t be a book for me, despite plenty of bloggers that I trust completely recommending it. But this year when RIP came around, I told myself I would read it. And now I’m dying to get my hands on the next two books that are coming out and the one coming in 2012!!

This was a fantastic mystery. It had everything. We start with an intriguing plot focusing on postage stamps and their rarities, first introduced to us by a dead black bird turning up on the doorstep with a postage stamp attached to it’s beak. And then we have some amazing characters. Like Ms. Flavia DeLuce herself – an 11 year old girl who’s gifted in chemistry and who discovers a body laying in the cucumber patch outside of their house. It’s Flavia who sets out to solve this mystery on her own getting herself into a bit of a rough patch here and there herself.

And then there’s the humor, the wit, the wonderful writing. All add up to a book that just made me so happy to read!!! It’s not exactly a “spooky” book, but it is a perfect read for this time of year with some certainly sinister activity going on and more than enough mystery to go around. Glad I finally read this one and looking forward to the rest of the books in the series!!

13 Responses

  1. Yikes, I will be the last person in this world to read this, and he’s Canadian! I’d better get a copy soon…….your review only confirms what everyone else mostly has said, that it’s fun and worth reading. Thanks, Chris! – not meant sarcastically, truly appreciative of adding another point to you. 😀

  2. I couldn’t be happier that you enjoyed it. I love Flavia so much and am always afraid that my friends won’t. Which shouldn’t matter as it doesn’t change the fact that I am gaga about these books, but still.

    Isn’t she adorable and oh so precocious? There seem to be mixed opinions on the second book but I enjoyed it, and the third book is fantastic. Both are out now, and the fourth one actually comes out in early November of this year! It is a Christmas themed mystery and so I look forward to reading it over the holidays.

  3. I am glad to see you enjoyed this! I am looking forward to reading book 2 at some point during the challenge.

  4. I had this book in my hands at a used book store not long ago.. but I am trying so hard to not buy! of course this doesn’t actually work but I do put a number of books back and that makes me feel like I am in control.. control? LOL LOL

    but glad you enjoyed the book.. i only worry about books you “don’t care for” because you like most all books!

  5. I think I’m going to cave in and get this from the library. I’ve known about it for ages and it’s time to get it as I know I would love it.

  6. I adored this one! And I’m currently reading the third book, which I thankfully love despite not really liking the second book. Whew! Third book is a blast so far. 😀

  7. *sigh* This is one of those books I’ve been dying to read since it came out (well, at least since Carl first reviewed it), but somehow have never managed to squeeze it. Maybe this will be the year. So glad you enjoyed it, Chris!

  8. AND it has pie in the title! AND it is a gorgeous GREEN color! 🙂
    Glad you liked it.

  9. I subscribe to your blog entries by e-mail, and I’m delighted to see your review of this book! I’m reading it now and absolutely loving it. Flavia is brilliant and hilarious. She has the most wonderful voice! I’m glad Alan Bradley is writing a series, as I won’t want to let Flavia go.

  10. Who can resist Flavia? Not me! So glad you liked it. The next book is fun as well. I’m going to try and get my hands on the third for RIP.

  11. People keep reviewing this series and telling me how good it is. I’m going to have to succumb, arn’t I? 😉

  12. Great review—I have not read this one either, even though it has been on my radar for quite some time. Maybe I will just need to break down and read it. I had no idea it was a series. Great news if I end up loving this author!

  13. I think I am going to be vying for the title of the last person in blogland to read this book. I have borrowed it once or twice but returned it unread. I may even have it sitting on my shelves to read at the moment!

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