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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

July 24, 2009

Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has all the elements necessary for a new favorite book:

  • A precocious child narrator, Flavia de Luce, chemistry genius and amateur sleuth with clever lines and humorous antics.
  • A beautiful English countryside setting, complete with a spacious, run down mansion that serves as Flavia’s home and laboratory.
  • A murder mystery, solved only by bringing up the ghosts of an even older unsolved mystery.  I really am a sucker for mysteries: I think it’s the plot-driven storyline that really draws me in.

With all these elements, I really enjoyed this book, though I wouldn’t say I loved this book.  Though amusing, it’s not something that’ll leave you in stitches.  Though interesting, it wasn’t captivating enough to make me wish I didn’t have to stop reading.  Though the characters are likeable, there’s not enough depth of character development to really bond with any of them.  That said, it’s worth a quick read, especially for those who enjoyed the setting, storytelling, and family interactions of  Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle” or Nancy Mitford’s “The Pursuit of Love.”

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  1. lizaanne42 permalink
    July 24, 2009 9:35 am

    This one’s on my TBR list. I like the size and cover art, as well as the concept. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it.
    –Lizaanne
    http://lizaanne42.wordpress.com

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