15. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

Plot: It's the beginning of a lazy summer in 1950 at the sleepy English village of Bishop's Lacey. Up at the great house of Buckshaw, aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce passes the time tinkering in the laboratory she's inherited from her deceased mother and an eccentric great uncle. When Flavia discovers a murdered stranger in the cucumber patch outside her bedroom window early one morning, she decides to leave aside her flasks and Bunsen burners to solve the crime herself, much to the chagrin of the local authorities. But who can blame her? What else does an eleven-year-old science prodigy have to do when left to her own devices?

With her widowed father and two older sisters far too preoccupied with their own pursuits and passions—stamp collecting, adventure novels, and boys respectively—Flavia takes off on her trusty bicycle Gladys to catch a murderer.

My Opinion: A murder mystery mixed with friendly characters and a happy atmosphere make a fast paced story full of twists and turns, and its packed with hints of period drama too! An excellent book, I can’t wait to read Bradley’s next offering!

Price: $10.99 at amazon.com

Now you’ve got enough books to last you through the Winter, invest in hot chocolate and comfy slippers and enjoy snugging up in the warm. I love to read, especially in the Winter! Have you read an amazing book lately? Please let me know!

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