The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950--and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2009.
ISBN: 9781415964491
Additional Contributors: Entwistle, Jayne

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Oct 15, 2020

A lovely murder mystery set in England. Flavia de Luce is a charming young investigator and it's a delight to follow her adventures throughout the whole series.

May 03, 2020

Reminiscent of Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, our heroine Flavia is both brilliant and endearing. The narrative is woven with so many details to build both the characters and the mystery. I genuinely thought a mystery involving an old stamp set in England would be musty and boring; instead, it felt like the reader is side by side with young Flavia as she is subjected to the torments of older sisters and the investigations she jumps into. Highly recommend for tweens to adults who enjoy a good detective tale.

Apr 10, 2020

This series is incredible and makes me smile listening to it, the audiobooks are perfect and completely hilarious. Might be my favorite series of all time.

Feb 03, 2020

Series recommended by Godsel. This is first featuring 11 yoa Flavia DeLuce. Challenging vocab, not sure if want to finish series.

Oct 23, 2019

I thoroughly enjoy Flavia. All of the book in this series make me happy.

Jul 31, 2019

Once I suspended my disbelief about Flavia's age because that was just ridiculous it was a fun mystery.

Jul 28, 2019

Bookclub: Apr/19

satx_bookshark Jun 20, 2019

Funny story - I've tried reading this book, I think, 3 times before both in audio and print and could never finish it. But now I have finished it! *jazz hands* And it was really enjoyable.

I had been reading a lot of non-fiction that dealt with some heavy topics that were hitting me right in the feels and wanted something that was light but still witty and smart. This fit the bill! Flavia is such a wonderful main character to live through and she makes me wish I liked/was good at chemistry (alas, I am not, nor shall I ever be). For whatever reason, the narrator's voice didn't get on my nerves as it did before and I actually was impressed with it this time around. The narrator does a perfect voice for Flavia. And though this is classified at my library as adult mystery, I think a middle schooler who is of strong mental disposition (interpret as you will) would enjoy this and be appropriate.

Jun 07, 2019

5 stars!

Jun 05, 2019

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce is understandably surprised to discover a dying man late one night in the garden of her family's English estate. When the investigators' suspicions come to rest on her own father as murderer, she resolves to solve the mystery first. Our heroine, a wunderkind in the field of chemistry, is also charmingly plucky and exceedingly entertaining. I'll definitely read further into this series.

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Apr 10, 2020

CORI D. MORRIS thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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mlabreche11 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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cino1 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Dec 21, 2010

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Aug 20, 2015

Like murder mysteries? Can you compete with an amateur chemistry student who is 11 years old? Funny, unexpected murder mystery with a likeable, young heroine! Watch out - her specialty is poisons!

Aug 19, 2015

mystery fiction, yng girl interested in chemistry, mystery of father's trial

Apr 30, 2011

11 yr old Flavia de Luce murder mystery. 1st in a series

Jul 28, 2010

Flavia de Luce is an 11 yr. old chemistry whiz. She has two older sisters with whom she is at odds. Her father, a philatelist, is distant and unavailable and she is largely parented by the housekeeper and the gardener. She helps solve the murder of one of her father's school friends who is found dead in the garden.

black_cat Jul 05, 2010

An adult book but can be read by advanced younger readers. Main character is a young, strong female who finds herself in danger while investigating a mystery that arrived at her doorstep.


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May 24, 2018

"As I stood outside Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

No....eight days a week."

deborahg99 Aug 04, 2016

"As I stood outside Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

No....eight days a week."

Aug 20, 2015

“I remembered a piece of sisterly advice, which Feely once gave Daffy and me:
"If ever you're accosted by a man," she'd said, "kick him in the Casanovas and run like blue blazes!"
Although it had sounded at the time like a useful bit of intelligence, the only problem was that I didn't know where the Casanovas were located.
I'd have to think of something else.”

Feb 02, 2010

"I was me. I was Flavia. And I loved myself, even if no one else did." - p 59

Oct 29, 2009

I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.


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