It is June 1950 and a sleepy English village is about to be awakened by the discovery of a dead body in Colonel de Luce's cucumber patch. The police are baffled, and when a dead snipe is deposited on the Colonel's doorstep with a rare stamp impaled on its beak, they are baffled even more. Only the Colonel's daughter, the precocious Flavia -when ...Read MoreIt is June 1950 and a sleepy English village is about to be awakened by the discovery of a dead body in Colonel de Luce's cucumber patch. The police are baffled, and when a dead snipe is deposited on the Colonel's doorstep with a rare stamp impaled on its beak, they are baffled even more. Only the Colonel's daughter, the precocious Flavia -when she's not plotting elaborate revenges against her nasty older sisters in her basement chemical laboratory, that is - has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim's identity, and a conspiracy that reached back into the de Luce family's murky past. Flavia and her family are brilliant creations, a darkly playful and wonderfully atmospheric flavour to a plot of delightful ingenuity.Read Less
A lovely mystery to keep you guessing! Flavia is quite a unique 11-year-old girl. She is sweet herself, yet mysterious. The fact that she loves chemistry and talks like a true chemist keeps you on your toes---you never know what masterful chemical reaction may happen in her laboratory. The 1950 setting is beautiful and a bit rustic---charming, to say the least. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" is a wonderful start to an intriguing series!
May 15, 2014
Great and Fun
This is the starting book in the series, and I generally like to read a series in order, but with these you can start with any one of them and enjoy them all!
Oct 18, 2012
Great Tween reading
Gift to granddaughter who loves this book and the rest of the triology.
Mar 31, 2011
Loved this book! Nostalgia, and a mystery, all rolled into one, through the eyes of an 11 year old who could match wits with Holmes!
Aug 5, 2010
Refreshing describes the mystery solved by the 11-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry. Flavia's enthusiastic, youthful drive to explore clues delights the reader and propels the story forward. Since a friend had highly recommended that I read this book, I willingly purchased the sequel to share with her as a thank you for alerting me to this fresh suspense novel.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-02-23 Fans of Louise Fitzhugh's iconic Harriet the Spy will welcome 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce, the heroine of Canadian journalist Bradley's rollicking debut. In an early 1950s English village, Flavia is preoccupied with retaliating against her lofty older sisters when a rude, redheaded stranger arrives to confront her eccentric father, a philatelic devotee. Equally adept at quoting 18th-century works, listening at keyholes and picking locks, Flavia learns that her father, Colonel de Luce, may be involved in the suicide of his long-ago schoolmaster and the theft of a priceless stamp. The sudden expiration of the stranger in a cucumber bed, wacky village characters with ties to the schoolmaster, and a sharp inspector with doubts about the colonel and his enterprising young detective daughter mean complications for Flavia and enormous fun for the reader. Tantalizing hints about a gardener with a shady past and the mysterious death of Flavia's adventurous mother promise further intrigues ahead. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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