Hi! New to the group, invited by Adam, this is my first post.
I just finished reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
This is one of the better books I've read so far this year.
The story revolves around an 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, whose academic achievement in Science and curious nature lead her on a whimsical and sometimes dangerous tour through her 1950s English home and surround, searching for clues that will bring a solution to the mystery surrounding a death in her garden.
I love reading detective stories and The Sweetness delivers quite well using an unlikely detective. The writer, Alan Bradley, does a wonderful job describing the world that surrounds Flavia.
As an 11-year-old, Flavia is written with a mental prowess of someone much older, but with the maturity level that makes the book a fun read. At times I found myself laughing out loud at some of her antics and wit.
As much as I thought this would be a young adult type of book, the style, language, and grammar quickly made me realize that:
1. This book was written for adults.
2. I am really lacking in the grammar department.
This is written to be a series, with the second book, The Weed that String's the Hangman's Bag recently added to my Library wish list.
All in all The Sweetness as a joy to read. Sometimes it had me running to the dictionary too much, but that is more a fault of mine than that of the book. If you like detective novels, and like science, this book is a must read.
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- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie