April 17, 2009

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley


I first read about The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (how fantastic is that title??) over at Dove Grey Reader - the source of a lot of my reading inspiration lately.

This is a novel set in an English countryside village, Bishops Lacey, in 1950 and it is told from the perspective of 11 year Flavia de Luce - amateur detective, chemist and large pain in the rear end for her older sisters Ophelia and Daphne (I would read this book again simply for the gorgeous names of all of the female characters!).

Flavia's world is really quite isolated - she lives in the run down family estate, Buckshaw, just outside of the village, her father locks himself away pouring over his stamp collections, her older sisters either ignore her or torment her, her mother died when she was only very young and her best friend seems to be her beloved bike - Gladys. Despite all this Flavia is a vivacious, outgoing, intelligent, creative and, some would say, precocious child - I loved her!

The mystery of the novel centres around the discovery of a dead body in the garden of Buckshaw by Flavia herself. Flavia steps in to work out the events that led up to the death - which actually go back a lot further than the present time.

The actual mystery plot was neither here nor there for me - I just cared about hearing more from Falvia about her adventures! I am pleased to hear that Alan Bradley has at least 2 more Flavia books on the horizon - can't wait!! A pure delight to read - I only wish those other books were out now!

10 comments:

Molly said...

The Title - and your review - definitely have intrigued me!

JoAnn said...

What a great title! I'll be looking for this one.

Nadia said...

That is a brilliant title for a book. Can't wait to read it! Thanks!

Lisa said...

I also love books with great titles. This sounds like something I would really like. I'm always more interested in great characters rather than plot/story line.

Tara said...

This book sounds like such fun! I have it on my 'want' list.

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Danielle said...

I love this title. It finally appeared in my library's catalog. I'm in line for it and am looking forward to reading it!

Karen said...

Hi Molly - glad I have got you thinking about this book - it was a great read.

Hi JoAnn - definitely worth keeping an eye out for this one.

Hi Nadia - It is a brilliant title - I'm hoping the next books in the series have such great titles!

Hi Lisa - that's exactly what I'm like too - love the character novels and if I'm interested in them I pretty much don't care what the plot is doing or not doing!

Hi Tara - Definitely a lot of fun! It was exactly the type of book I was looking for at the time.

Hi Danielle - Looking forward to hearing what you think about this one - hope you enjoy it!

Savidge Reads said...

This is a wonderful wonderful book. Am so pleased its going to be a series as I simply loved Flavia, what a great unusual heroine, plus her bike of course!

Karen said...

Hi Savidge Reads - it is wonderful isn't it? I'm so glad I discovered it - can't wait for the next one.