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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Audiobook

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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Publisher's Summary

In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: 11-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.

To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story, that of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school's tower 30 years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder, but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse.

An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions and a rich literary delight.

©2009 Alan Bradley; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her...Bradley's mystery debut is a standout." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Fun for the reader.... Fans of Louise Fitzhugh's iconic Harriet the Spy will welcome 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce, the heroine of ... Bradley's rollicking debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Delightful!"

    Loved it. Thank you for a wonderful time. Particularly enjoyed the reader and her talent for bringing Flavia to life.

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    Jacquie74 03-16-15
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    "Couldn't stop listening."

    Flavia is Precious, funny and fascinating. The descriptive language bringsn such vivid pictures to help imagining the characters and the story. The author leads you on a step-by-step path of discovery as the story builds towards its conclusion. It was a fun a d enjoyable read.

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    Farrell 03-02-15
    Farrell 03-02-15

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Too easy an out"

    Decent enough story, kinda cute. I lean towards siding with the reviews saying the narrator was a bit irritating. She was good, but too much of the story was narrated in the child's voice. Aside from the narration, the story followed a predictable arc. Little sleuth saves the day! Didn't like how she's saved at the end, a bit too much of writers convienece. Still fun and worth a read.

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    Rachel Ellyn 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Adorable character that Flavia"

    Enjoyed the author's use of $5 words. Good storytelling. Lovely descriptions. Excellent narrator.

    Not sure I will read more of the series since it's YA. But so glad I read the book.

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    chocobochick Los Angeles, CA United States 02-25-15
    chocobochick Los Angeles, CA United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A Match Made in Heaven!"

    As one reviewer asked: Could there be a more perfect match up between the reader and the main character? Absolutely not! Both are charming, witty and oh-so-smart! Jayne Entwistle enjoys herself so much in this reading that she'll pull you in with her from the first word until the last! And if you're ever having a bad day, just give yourself a few minutes with Flavia - this little whippersnapper will have you chuckling and on your merry way once again. :)

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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 02-24-15
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    This would be a great book to listen to on a family car trip!

    Flavian is really enjoyable, I might have to purchase and listen to the next one right away.

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    skey1952 02-22-15
    skey1952 02-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent old fashioned sleuthing!"

    The young female protagonist is an ever delightful brainy want to be chemist. She moves around by a an aptly named bicycle on her way to solve the crime.

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    "Great writing!"

    Wonderful dialogue, great story and superb narrator. Will read another.
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    Chris 02-20-15
    Chris 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A super book, spot on narration, great story"
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    A mystery afoot in the life of Flavia, a young girl in a rambling estate in the UK of the 1950's, and though certainly the arrival of a corpse in the cucumber patch.

    Flavia is hands down my favorite character I love this little girl. She has a strong mind, a true love of chemistry, and a special fondness for poisons. Her mind is a joy to step inside, and her realization that her father might go down for the murder of the man in the cucumber patch is enough to put her considerable gumption and knowledge to the task of proving him innocent. The narration is perfect and I will for sure check out the series.

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    Momster Cupcakes Ohio 02-16-15
    Momster Cupcakes Ohio 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun story with a fantastic narrator!"

    The story of Flavia's mystery-solving prowess is fun and held my attention well. The narrator was the perfect choice. She WAS Flavia!

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