Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review--The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    If The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie sounds familiar, it is... Tessa has already reviewed this book, giving Alan Bradley's mystery a glowing write up. I am with her on this one... if you are a fan of Agatha Christie and British settings, in general, then you will enjoy this light-hearted and clever whodunit.
   Though the author is American, he manages to craft a story that is decidedly British, in both the setting and the tone.
    Flavia de Luce is a girl to be reckoned with, and her intelligence and quick wit drive the story. Humor abounds, as do skilled twists and turns in this sophisticated mystery. Our heroine is not above the odd practical joke, and her freakish knowledge of poisons makes her slightly dangerous. Though only eleven, Miss Flavia jumps off the page as a mature, well-rounded character, who patrols the small village of Bishop's Lacey on her beloved bike, Gladys. Flanked by two sisters, Ophelia (Feely) and Daphne (Daffy), one a self-absorbed beauty, the other a bookish recluse, Flavia shines... and so does this first of what I hope will be many more entertaining puzzles.

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