Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)

Summary: 
I really enjoyed this book, in particular the main character Flavia de Luce. She is an amazing bright 11 year old, who has a superior chemistry knowledge way beyond her years. She is also quite a sleuth of the "Miss Marple" or "Hercule Poirot" type. The story is set in the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. Flavia is both appalled and delighted, life for her begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. I love her character and am ready to read the next "Flavia adventure"

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Summary: 
When I read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first in Bradley's Flavia de Luce mystery series, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wondered how Bradley could keep a cozy with an 11-year old sleuth from getting too precious. Seven books into the series, Flavia de Luce remains anything but precious. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust finds Flavia in Canada at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the boarding school her mother Harriet attended as a girl. Not in residence for 24 hours, Flavia is thrilled when a mummified body comes tumbling from her fireplace. Our sleuth has more than a few mysteries to solve as she finds her way in new surroundings. Delightful!

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