Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
FTC Disclosure: library
Content: PG for dramatic details
This was a fun and creative new mystery series. Flavia is a precocious eleven-year-old; she has her own laboratory where she conducts chemical experiments. She especially loves all things poison and likes to make up a brew or two (nonlethal) for her two sisters Ophelia and Daphne. Yes, sibling rivalry is on!
It takes place in England during the 1950s, which was kind of fun. I haven't read too many novels in that era. Flavia finds a dead man in her garden early in the morning and hears him utter his last word, Vale. She sets out to solve the mystery with Sherlock senses and chemical acuity at her disposal.
The only thing I didn't like about it was it dragged a bit. There were quite a few references to things that I just didn't know about and didn't really care to find out. But overall it was fun and I really enjoyed Flavia; she's a hoot!