The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
By Alan Bradley
Source I own it
England 1950's, Flavia, an eleven year old girl with a fondness for chemistry, witnesses an argument between her father and a red haired stranger. Early the next morning she finds the stranger dead in the garden and launches her own investigation despite everyone's irritation.
Note ( I hate synopsis'. I mean if I'm interested fine, but half the time I already know what its about, or I don't care and would rather read what someone thought of the book. So, I'll make mine short and sweet. If you want a better one you can click on the title link.)
I don't know whether to be concerned or impressed that an older man from Canada can write so well about an 11 year old from England. But he does. That was by far my favorite thing about this book. Flavia seemed very realistically written. However, that was about the only thing I really enjoyed about the book. Every time I set it down, it was torture to pick back up. I just couldn't get into it and it was predictable enough that even the mystery didn't entice me. I'll admit it got much more interesting and fast paced in the last hundred pages or so and that made for a quick finish up. And there were plenty of lines that had me smiling and laughing but that just wasn't enough to make it a "great" book in my opinion.
As I mentioned above I loved Flavia; she amused me and was incredibly believable. I liked Dogger too and loved the relationship between him and Flavia. I even enjoyed Flavia's pesky older sisters Ophelia and Daphne and I was amused by the Inspector and his patience with Flavia. Flavia's father, however was a bit too melancholy and uninterested in his children than I liked and the "villain" was a touch to cliche. But other than those two I liked all the characters and that made the book much more tolerable than it might have been.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, definitely. No, I may not have liked it that much,but I didn't hate it and besides, my opinion tends to run on the negative side of things and is usually the opposite of everyone else. The characters were well developed and well written and there were plenty of amusing lines that made it worth it.
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