25 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley

I can’t say that I would have read this if not for a book club member choosing this one. It was an interesting choice and I didn’t hate it, but I can’t say that I loved it either. The story was a bit far-fetched. I found that while I wanted to like the Flavia, I really didn’t like her. I found her constant know-it-all attitude to be a bit grating. I feel at times the book was over-written. It could have been awesome, but instead it felt like too much.

Aside from the bad, it was a very cute story at it’s core. I didn’t have a few little laughs (many at various character’s expense, I will admit). I liked the overall premise of the book and I enjoyed several of the secondary characters. It was an easy read that didn’t take too much hard thought processes, which I definitely appreciated at the time.

My biggest problem was the meandering middle of the book that seemed to have Flavia floating around, annoying nearly everyone in her path and basically making a nuisance of herself. Many in my group didn’t find her to be as annoying, so your mileage may vary, as they say.

Overall, I’d recommend this for someone that enjoys cozy mysteries and quirky little reads.

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. 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 wasn t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life. 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2011: 23

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