Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has been on our bestseller list for a while, I just didn’t get around to reading it. I did however, have the pleasure to listen to it. I have to say, listening to mysteries should be the new black. It’s kind of a big deal.
Flavia is the precocious youngest daughter in the de Luce family and she’s not your typical 11 year old. After a body turns up in the garden, she sets out on Gladys, her trusty bicycle, to solve the case. The trail of clues, however, leads back to the family.
There is a good number of characters to keep straight but Jayne Entwistle, the fantastic narrator, does great voices. Again, it’s that British accent that I’m such a sucker for. I could listen all day long.
I give this book an A-. It’s really something for all ages. The heroine being a pre-teen makes the content pretty innocent…. as innocent and murder can be anyway.
And joy of joys, this book is the first in a series. Bradley’s new book, The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag, is just out, brand-spankin’ new. Jayne Entwistle reads this one too, just a little FYI.