The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a fascinating tale about an eleven year old chemist/detective, Flavia de Luce. Set in the English town of Bishop’s Lacy, Flavia de Luce battles with her two older sisters who seem to despise her as she attempts to solve a murder that happened in her very own back yard. She does all this using her chemistry lab left to her by an auspicious uncle while relying on her bike as her means of transportation to gather clues. This is the first Flavia de Luce mystery, with the second: The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag to be released in March 2010.
Readers will most likely fall in love with Flavia de Luce after the first twenty pages. She is a fearless and determined eleven year old girl who will stop at nothing to solve a crime or to get revenge. After being tied up for hours by her two older sisters, Flavia skillfully concocts a remedy for her sisters’ bad behaviors in her chemistry lab. Flavia cruises around Bishop’s Lacy on her bike, which she has creatively named Gladys, in attempts to discover who has killed a mysterious man in the cucumber patch at Buckshaw, the great house where she lives. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a page turner that will send you out looking for the next book in the series. Thankfully Alan Bradley is feeding our addictions and has already released the titles of the next five books.