Book Review – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I find book suggestions in lots of places. Here’s how I stumbled onto this gem.


I was reading Jen Hatmaker’s blog.  She mentioned something about ‘waiting for the new Alan Bradley book”.  I immediately began checking Amazon.  Who the heck is Alan Bradley?  I had never even heard of the guy.


People, I spend a whole lot of time in the library.  (I am a pathetic, well-read soul.)  There are lots of authors I don’t read but very few that I don’t at least recognize by name.


But Alan Bradley had flown under my radar.


This is his first book.  There are at least 3 more. (Yay!!!!)  He was in his seventies before he wrote this.  Doesn’t that just give you hope?


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a ‘cozy’ mystery.  That means there is a dead person but not a lot of gore, carnage, violence, etc.  And, really, who needs all that nonsense?


The book is set in the 1950’s.  The main character is Flavia de Luce.  She is an 11 year old chemistry wiz and detective. She has two older sisters she doesn’t particularly like and an aloof single father.  They live in a crumbling old English estate.  I know that description sounds like this book is gonna be pure drivel but trust me here.  Flavia’s  character is written so cleverly.  You will love her face off.

So there’s a dead guy.  There’s a famous stamp.  Some other stuff happens.  Go read it.  You won’t be sorry

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