Finding good books to read is a little harder than it sounds. I often pick up a new book to read, only to put it down again, disappointed in the writing, the story, or the characters, or occasionally all three. Perhaps I'm a little harsh when it comes to judging books, but there are just so many books out there, that when you find something bad, there is no point in reading any further. But, when you discover something really good, you wish that it would go on and on.
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley is one of those discoveries. It is one of those books where the writing is so well done, the story so magnetic in its appeal, and whose characters are so intriguing, that you savor every page, then hope the author is going to make this a series (which he is). What I found so interesting is the main character is not one that would normally captivate me the way she did.
Flavia de Luce is a precocious eleven year old who loves her father, misses her dead mother, detests her two older sisters, and has a penchant for chemistry, particularly poisons. When a series of mysterious events ultimately leads to the death of a visitor to her family home and the implication of her father in the murder, young Flavia takes on everyone, including both police and perpetrator, to prove her fathers’ innocence. Using wit and wisdom beyond her age, Flavia takes the reader on a journey across the English countryside and through her father’s troubled history.
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" is truly one of those stories that is a joy to read. Filled with mystery and humor, Bradley has created one of the great new characters of the mystery genre.
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