Author: Alan Bradley
Published: 24 April 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Read: 6 June 2019
Source: Pulaski County Public Library
Genre: Mystery Fiction
My Rating: Plot: 4. Character: 5, Setting: 5, Writing Quality: 4, Personal Enjoyment: 5, Overall: 4.6
GoodReads’ Rating: 3.81
Amazon Rating: 4.4
Awards: CWA Debut Dagger (2007); Agatha Award for Best First Novel (2009); Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction and Mystery/Thriller (2009); Barry Award for Best First Novel (2010); Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel (2010); Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2010); Dylis Award (2010); Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel (2010)
Other Books by Author: The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking From Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse”, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, The Golden Tresses of the Dead.
First Sentence: It was as black in the closet as old blood.
About the Book: The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie introduces the reader to an eleven-year old, precocious, little girl with an affinity for chemistry, who takes great delight in tormenting her two sisters. Finding a dead jack snipe outside the kitchen door, with a postage stamp impaled upon its beak, our protagonist, Flavia Sabina de Luce, youngest daughter of Colonel Haviland de Luce of Buckshaw, is most curious of the omen that this event presents. When she later finds a man dead in the cucumber patch and her father is arrested for the murder, her feet and acute and logical mind are set to solving this murder most foul.
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