I decided to read Alan C. Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie after seeing the book favorably reviewed all over the Internet. Plus, the book has received numerous honors, including the 2007 Debut Dagger Award and the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The Amelia Bloomer Project added the book to the 2010 Amelia Bloomer List, which selects books “notable for feminist content, quality of writing, and appeal to young readers.”
Fortunately for me, the book lived up to its accolades, mostly because of its utterly charming narrator, Flavia de Luce. Flavia is the 11-year-old daughter of a wealthy English widower, Colonel de Luce. When a man dies in their cucumber patch, Colonel de Luce is the main suspect of the murder. In the tradition of the cozy mystery, it is, naturally, up to Flavia to save the day.