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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley: Review

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cover of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
4 Stars

I have waited entirely too long to write this review--almost over a year.


I absolutely loved this story of brilliant little Flavia de Luce. She is going to be intimidating when she grows up. Wait. What am I talking about? She already is intimidating at the tender age of 11 or so. She's a brilliant scientist with an insatiable hunger for knowledge, she's a bratty younger sister, she has a truly wicked sense of humor, and she doesn't see any limits in what she can do. You go, girl.

I had absolutely no idea who had committed this murder or how everything was going to tie together. The story twisted so much on itself that I wondered if the author even had any idea where he was going. In the end, it was obvious that he did.

I listened to this as an audiobook and I eventually came to love Jayne Entwistle's narration. It was touch and go for a bit, I admit. She came across as trying entirely too hard to sound like a young girl, and her rising and falling tone of voice led to some ear-splitting pitches at first. I came around though and now I will be sure to listen to Flavia's future adventures as well.

For those of you who have read Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and loved Merricat Blackwood, I think you will love Flavia de Luce as well. I kept picturing scenes of these two diabolical girls together and I have to say, I wanted to be in on the mischief they would inevitably make.

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  1. I also liked the audio version of this. I'll continue with the series even just to know more about her bookworm sister (she intrigued me!).

  2. I liked this also, Flavia is a memorable favourite character. I want to read the Christmas one this year.

    Glad to hear recommendation for Always Lived in the Castle.

  3. Love this series, glad that you did too despite the bumpy ride with the audio version.

  4. I really like Flavia as a character and will have to read the Shirley Jackson which is new to me. Thanks for pointing it out. Kids as narrators (in audio books or otherwise) can be tough to pull off. Bradley does a good job with it. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is another book where I think this works.


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