The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)

It is the summer of 1950and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasnt. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life...


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) Reviews

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Kasia

I cant' believe this is the author's first work, in short it's really amazing, I mean a gloriously adorable kaleidoscope of words and textures and emotions, pure bliss to read! Set in 1950's England, the mystery has a rustic feel to it but is very easy to read and enjoy. It's not often that the protagonist is an eleven year old little girl, who's as feisty and cunning as it gets. Flava de Luce has a love affair with chemistry. Glass flasks and potions are more fun than hanging out and doing kid ...more

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Tea Jovanović

Prva knjiga iz serijala od šest romana o devojčici Flaviji i njenim čudnim interesovanjima i dogodovštinama... Nažalost, publika je kod nas nije prihvatila, a ni izdavač se nije adekvatno potrudio da je predstavi čitaocima... Knjiga u kojoj uživaju i tinejdžeri i odrasli širom sveta... Autor je rado viđen gost po sajmovima knjiga u svetu... Ne skida se s bestseler lista... Must read za mlade i one koji vole dobru knjigu... Veoma je zabavna! :)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Robert

If I were an eleven-year-old girl, I’d like to think I might resemble Flavia de Luce. Precocious, ubiquitous, and intelligent, she’s filled with energy and life, refers to her sisters as Feely and Daffy, and has an unbounding curiosity about the world around her, even though there’s always the chance she could blow up Bishop’s Lacey with her latest science experiment. Not knowing what trouble she might find herself in next kicked my curiosity into overdrive. Her voice kept me finely tuned into h ...more

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Wart Hill

Things I Find While Shelving

Well, that was disappointing. I have been looking forward to reading this for awhile and I was finally in the mood and it was in at the library (I've tried the audio but find it far too annoying), so I was super psyched!

And then it was...super meh.

Flavia is beyond annoying. As are most of the characters, but especially Flavia. It annoys me greatly that she thinks she needs to compete with the police to solve a murder because a) she's eleven and b) it's a murder leave
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Carol

So ... I'm the outlier. I cannot abide Flavia de Luce - yes, the same Flavia de Luce that everyone else in the reading universe - or at least the subset of those who enjoy mysteries - loves, adores, enjoys. For months I hid my outlier status by changing the applicable shelf from "currently reading" to "to read", but have decided that today I shall end the deception and own my outlier status. I am a grown woman. I can handle the blow back from admitting that being forced to read one more page rel ...more

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Julie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a 2009 Delacorte Press publication.

Several years back, I received a copy of the fifth book in this series for review purposes. I had no idea I was agreeing to read a YA mystery, and was slightly irritated at myself for not researching the context before agreeing to review it.

But, once I started reading it, I realized the novel was not necessarily for kids or young adults. In fact, I wondered if perhaps the book was for adults but market
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
BookLover

This was a delightful little read! Thoroughly enjoyed looking at life in 1950 through the eyes of the incorrigible Flavia de Luce!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)
Elena

Such a fun, fun character! Love the series and will likely to finish all of it lightning-fast (all audiobooks are present in edmonton library). Enjoyed learning via wikipedia facts about the author. Also read on the super-suitable for the story narrator Jayne Entwistle. Definitely will follow all that from now on.