The Compulsive Reader: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

When a man is murdered at the English estate of Buckshaw, it is easily the most exciting thing that has ever happened to Flavia de Luce, a precocious budding chemist and Buckshaw's youngest resident. Eleven-year-old Flavia is determined to solve the mystery and connect the dots between the mysterious clues left behind, from the dead bird with the postage stamp on its beak, left on her doorstep, to the dying man’s final word. What ensues is a hilarious, twisting journey that will attract readers of every age.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a sharp, witty book, and Flavia is quite possibly one of the most engaging and entertaining narrators ever. Quirky, exceedingly clever, and wickedly hilarious, Flavia's unique outlook on life and the mystery unfolding before her will have readers simultaneously laughing and scrambling to keep up with her. The mystery seems simple at first, but as Flavia delves deeper into the facts and her research, the book becomes filled with twists and turns you'll never see coming. The vocabulary and many historical, science, and literature references make this a very smart, and even educational, read as well, as befitting to Flavia's intelligence. Bradley has written an unconventional and delightful novel, full of tongue-in-cheek humor that is wholly original. Thank goodness Bradley is writing a sequel—I’m not sure how long I can go without another novel with Flavia de Luce.

Cover Comments: This cover is really neat, I think the size and the cover art really convey the 1950's feel of the story, and the dead jack snipe with the postage stamp is not only relevant to the story, but it's unusual and creative and certainly stands out. I couldn't imagine a more perfect cover!


Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this one too.

Doret said...

This was a great book. I loved Flavia.

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I've been looking forward to reading this book. Great review!

Beth F said...

Argh. I must get to this soon