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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia De Luce 1) - Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia De Luce 1) - Alan Bradley
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Title: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Author:  Alan Bradley

ISBN:  9780752891934

Weight:  723g

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Take one precocious eleven-year-old girl called Flavia.  Add an ancient country house somewhere in England in 1950.  Then sprinkle with murder, mystery and dark family secrets…

For very-nearly-eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, the discovery of a dead snipe on the doorstep of Buckshaw, the crumbling de Luce country seat, was a marvellous mystery – especially since this particular snipe had a rather rare stamp neatly impaled on its beak.  Even more astonishing was the effect of the dead bird on her stamp-collector father, who appeared to be genuinely frightened.

Soon Flavia discovers something even more shocking in the cucumber patch and it’s clear that the snipe was a bird of very ill omen indeed.  As the police descend on Buckshaw, Flavia decides it is up to her to piece together the clues and solve the puzzle.  Who was the man she heard her father arguing with?  What was the snipe doing in England at all?  Who or what is the Ulster Avenger?  And, most peculiar of all, who took a slice of Mrs Mullet’s unspeakable custard pie that had been cooling by the window…

Peer & Press Reviews

(It) reads like a cross between Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle (posh family fallen on hard times, dead mother, disengaged father, crumbling pile) and the Addams family (Flavia has a well-appointed laboratory where she makes poisons to test on her spiteful elder sisters).  A strong plot, involving philately, ornithology and prestidigitation, and a wonderful supporting cast make this Canadian novelist’s debut delightfully entertaining.

Laura Wilson, Guardian

This warm and funny novel begins when Flavia finds a dead body in her father’s cucumber patch.  She uses her scientific knowledge to investigate the death and uncovers some dark secrets about her own family’s past.  This is a clever, witty and totally gripping read with lots of surprises.

Essentials

Flavia is a character that I hope will age very slowly, as I hope to read this series for a good long time.  It has a very fresh feel, and a very good sense of time and place.  I loved the way the detective was kind to Flavia, almost fatherly, yet keeping to a professional relationship.  Her struggles with her sisters were a bright spot in a delightful book.  Highly recommended.

Maggie Mason, Deadly Pleasures

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
Title:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Series:Flavia De Luce – book 1
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed:NO, this book is UNSIGNED
Book Stats
Publisher:Orion Publishing Group
Imprint:Orion Books
Awards and prizes:

Spotted Owl Award 2010 – winner

Barry Award 2010 – winner (Best First Novel)

Dilys Award 2010 – winner

Arthur Ellis Award 2010 – winner (Best First Novel)

Macavity Award 2010 – winner (Best First Novel)

Agatha Award 2009 – winner (Best First Novel)

CWA Debut Dagger 2007 – winner

Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 13:9780752891934
ISBN 10:0752891936
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:292
Size (h x w x d):223 x 143 x 28mm
Design Credits
Author photograph:Shirley Bradley
Jacket illustration:Nina Tara Design (girl on bike)

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