The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

May 15, 2012

How can you not love Flavia de Luce? She is one of the most entertaining characters I've ever 11-year-old eccentric chemist...doesn't that just sound delightful?! I read some other reviews from people who didn't like Flavia because they felt like she was too adult at some points and too childlike at others. For me, it was because of this that I loved her so much. If she had been any older, she would not have been nearly so funny. One word of caution: Flavia does do a fair amount of mild swearing (I know, an 11-year-old!), but as awful as it sounds, it really did seem to fit her personality.

The mystery itself was suspenseful and gripping and mind-twisting. The man who is murdered is a creep and a scoundrel, which always makes a murder mystery a little easier to swallow.

The book is very British (I think...I guess I don't know what really constitutes "very British") and makes many Classical references, some of which I understood and some of which I did not. I listened to the book, and the reader was excellent: she WAS Flavia.

This review was written before the birth of this blog.

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