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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (edição: 2010)

de Alan Bradley

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Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.
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Título:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Autores:Alan Bradley
Informação:Bantam (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 416 pages
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie de Alan Bradley

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    lauranav: Both show relationships and point of view of a young girl.
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    The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet de Reif Larsen (raizel)
    raizel: Both stories about brilliant and quirky children were recommended at the same time by my daughter. T.S. Spivet is the more real character and the book is beautifully written. Yes, T.S. Spivet is a boy, but I'm not sexist enough to let that bother me.
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    LongDogMom: Flavia de Luce has a similar voice as Enola and both are young, precocious and underestimated detectives.
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    Hotel Paradise de Martha Grimes (y2pk)
    y2pk: Pre-teen girl investigating adult crimes, while putting up with her sometimes-strange family and home life. Emma Graham also appears in two other books, Cold Flat Junction and Belle Ruin. They should be read in order.
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3.8 stars
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  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Actual rating: 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the plot of this story, and didn't see the conclusion coming. There were, however, a few things that I found issue with in this story.

The story is told through the eyes of 11 year old Flavia du Luce and while that doesn't sound like any big issue, the vocabulary, the deductive thinking, and the knowledge this 11 year old has is astounding. She is honestly a child prodigy if one is to believe half of the knowledge she shows and actions she performs. This didn't bother me wholeheartedly except she is able to outwit the police and figure out who the criminal mastermind was behind the dastardly deeds committed as well as the way an individual died (this was also unknown to the police). I could believe with a stretch that a teenager around 15-16 could figure this out, but not an 11 year old. Flavia spouts knowledge of chemistry that I couldn't figure out in my years at college and performs many experiments to boot. Most of the time I envisioned her as the 15-16 year old that I mentioned, until Flavia would start skipping or doing something that would betray her age again. The age thing just threw me off too greatly.

Also, the plot, while good, was a little too complicated for one to follow. I enjoy mysteries but the tiny connections of things became a little tedious and what one clue related to the dead man did not always relate to the killer (Jack Snipe bird left on the kitchen doorstep for example). To put it bluntly, I felt some of the details weren't actually necessary and that the book would have made just as much sense without them (and would have perhaps actually made more sense without).

Finally, Flavia rides her bike everywhere which is once again not at all strange in its entirety considering I enjoy biking upwards to 25 miles at a time some days. However, for a little girl to be going as much as she is without being noticed (many occasions she goes unnoticed in her sneaking around and actions) on a bike slightly blows my mind. Plus she bikes all over kingdom come without telling anyone where she is going. Is this a case of bad parenting or is she older than her 11 years already and has bypassed to her teen years of doing the opposite of what your parents want you to do? Either way, the bike riding seems slightly unlikely as her only mode of transportation considering her family does not even live within the village.

Overall though, I enjoyed the plot and I did like Flavia overall as a character. She had flaws and a good conscious which can always overrule the flaws of the writing. I hope to continue on listening to the Favia du Luce adventures on cd. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

When a dead bird shows up on her doorstep with a postage stamp impaled on its beak, Flavia’s first mystery begins. Of course, finding the dead man in the cucumber garden is also quite exciting. As a self-taught 11-year-old chemist, Flavia is no stranger to challenges, but stringing together these two events certainly puts her to the test. And she is determined to solve the case before the police do.

Flavia reminded me of a young Sherlock Holmes. And her love of chemistry was intriguing. I’ve read a few reviews that say Flavia’s knowledge was unbelievable. True she is an 11-year-old chemist, but she isn’t perfect. She’s memorized information from books, and experiments on items she steals from her sisters. Throughout her investigations, she makes childish assumptions that are wrong, but to her seem perfectly logical at the time. But Flavia was the only part of Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie that drew me into the story.

While Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a mystery, there is very little actual mystery at all. The most disheartening part of the story is when Flavia spends almost half the book searching for answers, only to have her father explain everything to her in a monologue. I wanted to see Flavia unearthing more facts for herself, and being able to confirm her suspicions without having an adult tell her whether she was right or wrong. She didn’t start diving full on into the investigation until the book was almost over.

The scene-setting was also borderline historical fiction at times. The history of buildings and minor characters filled the pages with information that did not pertain to the story. This drew away from the feeling of a mystery, and Flavia was swept up in telling the reader facts about her town that were unnecessary. There is also a large portion about the history of postage stamps. If you are a collector of stamps or a fan of historical fiction you would most likely enjoy this novel. If you are searching for a riveting mystery, this may not be the book for you. ( )
  Letora | Jan 21, 2021 |
Yes, I'm reading them out of order, but it really doesn't matter. I love the protagonist of these books! Perhaps it's the absolutely delightful audio presentation, but I have no difficulty believing in Flavia, as some readers seem to. I know, she's only eleven, but I just want her to be real so much that--for me, she is! It could also have something to do with my lifelong penchant for books with precocious and adventurous young protagonists. :)

I have a little more trouble with some plot aspects of the novel than I do with the character. A bit too much exposition here and there, for sure, and some loose threads. But still a lovely read! ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
A fun, engaging mystery with a colorful cast of characters. I will definitely be reading the series. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.

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