Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce is an eleven year old girl who loves chemistry, particularly poisons.  When she discovers a murdered stranger in the backyard of her family’s English mansion she welcomes the chance to solve the mystery.  She manages to do a much better job of it than the local police.  The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is only the first in a series of Flavia mysteries that keep getting better.   The adventures continue in The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, and the just-published I Am Half Sick of Shadows.