The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley 

I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book from the library but it’s definitely not what I got. I found this book to be fun, mysterious, and even laugh-out-loud at moments which is not easy to do with a murder-mystery story. 

The main character in this book is Flavia, a young girl who loves chemistry, her father, and playing jokes on her two sisters. When a series of very strange events occur at her home she can’t help but ‘investigate’ especially when she witnesses the death of a stranger in her garden! Flavia is precocious, inquisitive, and loves to put her knowledge of chemicals to the test in her serious investigation of a supposed murder as well as to torture her sisters who she finds ridiculous at times. 

Flavia is a character to be remembered and I love that this is the first book in a series about Flavia de Luce. The reader gets to hear her child-like interpretations, fears (fearlessness), insecurities, and wild conclusions as she takes you on her journey to exonerate her father and find the real murderer. Alan Bradley puts a new spin on the murder-mystery genre with a story written from the perspective of a curious child who is unhindered by social rules and what is ‘appropriate behavior’ for a young girl. She follows her scientific hypotheses, her intuition, as well as her heart to uncover the mystery of ‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.’ 

Read on my friends!

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