Flavia de Luce Mysteries

16 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 13,040 ratings

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Publisher's Summary

It is June 1950 and a sleepy English village is about to be awakened by the discovery of a dead body in Colonel de Luce's cucumber patch.

The police are baffled, and when a dead snipe is deposited on the Colonel's doorstep with a rare stamp impaled on its beak, they are baffled even more.

Only the Colonel's daughter, the precocious Flavia - when she's not plotting elaborate revenges against her nasty older sisters in her basement chemical laboratory, that is - has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim's identity, and a conspiracy that reached back into the de Luce family's murky past.Flavia and her family are brilliant creations, a darkly playful and wonderfully atmospheric flavour to a plot of delightful ingenuity.

©2009 Alad Bradley (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group
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  • Book 1

    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    It is June 1950 and a sleepy English village is about to be awakened by the discovery of a dead body in Colonel de Luce's cucumber patch. The police are baffled, and when a dead snipe is deposited on the Colonel's doorstep with a rare stamp impaled on its beak, they are baffled even more. Only the Colonel's daughter, the precocious Flavia, has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim's identity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it

    • By N. Campbell on 01-17-15

    Regular price: $11.18

    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,878
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,136

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Phenomenal!

    • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

    Regular price: $26.60

  • Book 2

    • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

    • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • delightful!

    • By L on 04-18-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • A Red Herring Without Mustard

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,075
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

    Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent addition to the series!

    • By Kelli on 02-28-11

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 4

    • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 969
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 960

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery

    • By Frobertimus on 11-03-11

    Regular price: $28.00

    • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. When a heavy snowfall cuts the village off, the actors are talked into staging a benefit performance in the parish hall. But old jealousies surface, and the leading lady is murdered. Flavia, who has been enlisted to help out behind the scenes, finds herself up to her knees in snow - and murder!

    Regular price: $16.21

  • Book 5

    • Speaking from Among the Bones

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 971
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 960

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the best Flavia yet!!

    • By Donald on 03-17-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Speaking From Among the Bones

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The villagers of Bishop’s Lacey are holding their collective breath as St Tancred’s tomb in the local church is about to be opened after five hundred years. Inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce is first at the scene, but the body she finds lying there is not that of a desiccated saint; it is Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist.

    Regular price: $20.03

  • Book 6

    • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 6
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,034
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

    On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite series: try it!

    • By Margaret on 02-01-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The absence of Flavia DeLuce’s mother, Harriet, has always cast a shadow, since her presumed death in a mountaineering accident in Tibet. Now, astonishingly, a specially commissioned train is bringing Harriet back to Buckshaw. But rather than putting the past finally to rest, Harriet's return is set to trigger a further series of bizarre and deadly events, as a most curious group of individuals converge on Buckshaw to pay their respects…

    Regular price: $19.41

  • Book 6.5

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  • Book 7

    • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,038
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

    Flavia de Luce - "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" ( The New York Times Book Review) - takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Doesn't live up to it's promise.

    • By Magpie on 02-04-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    When Flavia de Luce is banished to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, she’s soon on familiar ground when, on her first night, a mummified body is dislodged from a chimney, and she is presented with a gruesome puzzle to solve. Girls have been disappearing with alarming regularity, leading Flavia to wonder not only how and why but what exactly is the academy's true purpose? Flavia must enter a shadowy world where truth and lies seem interchangeable and no one can be trusted.

    Regular price: $14.06

  • Book 8

    • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 8
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 948

    In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty - and not empty enough.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Jayne Entwistle Brings Flavia to Life

    • By GSDNH on 09-29-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 8
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is back at Buckshaw at last, but her homecoming is overshadowed by news of her father's illness. Forbidden from visiting him in hospital, Flavia busies herself in the village, but she soon makes a macabre discovery: the corpse of a reclusive woodcarver in an empty house, except for a curiously uncurious cat. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. However, what awaits Flavia will shake her to the core.

    Regular price: $11.35

  • Book 9

    • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 802
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 744
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 733

    In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. Something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Flavia is in the thick of it

    • By Mothermersnerd on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $24.50