The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

by Alan Bradley

Published by Anchor Canada a division of Random House of Canada Limited
Cover art by Joe Montgomery

“Happiness, thy name is Flavia. Alan Bradley’s devious and charming chemistry prodigy is a heroine for the ages.” – Bill Richardson, Canadian radio broadcaster and author

 “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” is a quirky mystery suggestive of Roald Dahl’s, “Matilda” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, “Sherlock Holmes”. It is a brilliantly written psychological mystery reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel by an author possessing a singular, sometimes subtly acerbic but always entertaining sense of humour. Bradley has created a charming and deviously precocious character in eleven year old Flavia de Luce.

You enter a cerebral world as seen through the eyes of an intellectually gifted young girl as she thoughtfully analyzes every aspect of her environment and the people that populate it. We tag along with Flavia as she deals with the complexities and vagaries of life. Her mother passed away before she got to know her and her family treat her with indifference. Her father is so wrapped up in his philatelist obsession he barely acknowledges her existence, while her older sisters regard her with disdain.

Flavia, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is both appalled and delighted when she discovers a body in the cucumber patch. She is determined to solve the mystery and wrap it up in a bow for Inspector Hewitt.

The master wordsmith, Alan Bradley, offers up diabolical plot twists, a clever ending and a crazy killer. You won’t be able to put this one down. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie like a fine wine, it is meant to be savoured.