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    In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison.

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story, that of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school's tower 30 years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder, but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse.

    An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions and a rich literary delight.

    ©2009 Alan Bradley (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    "Brilliant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her...Bradley's mystery debut is a standout." (Kirkus Reviews)

    "Fun for the reader.... Fans of Louise Fitzhugh's iconic Harriet the Spy will welcome 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce, the heroine of...Bradley's rollicking debut." (Publishers Weekly

    "While Flavia De Luce is winning your heart, she may also be poisoning your tea. She's the most wickedly funny sleuth in years, brilliant, unpredictable, unflappable - and only eleven. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the freshest new voice in mystery yet." (Charles Todd, author of The Ian Rutledge series)

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    • E. Smith
    • 03/10/2019

    Ah, Flavia, my new heroine!

    A delightful beginning to what will most probably be the best "new cozy series." I thoroughly enjoyed this story & look forward to the next one. And --- I'm not a teen but in my 80's! Flavia is smart - love all the chemistry & physics references - and at the same time she is still a young girl. She has to deal with a disinterested father & 2 older "meany" sisters. Yea for Flavia - cheer her on!

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    • 'Nathan
    • 03/03/2010

    Phenomenal!

    To say that Jane Entwhistle read this audiobook and did it justice would be a grave understatement - this book absolutely leapt to life for me in her amazing reading.

    At its core, there is a mystery afoot in the life of Flavia, a young girl in a rambling estate in the UK of the 1950's, and though certainly the arrival of a corpse in the cucumber patch would be enough to send a weaker soul to faint, Flavia is not that soul.

    Flavia is hands down my favorite character of 2009 to date; she has a strong mind, a true love of chemistry, and a special fondness for poisons. Her mind is a joy to step inside, and her realization that her father might go down for the murder of the man in the cucumber patch is enough to put her considerable gumption and knowledge to the task of proving him innocent.

    Alan Bradley has spun a delightful and completely engrossing tale here, and I look forward to more.

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    • Jennifer
    • 02/06/2012

    A little slice of the English countryside

    I bought this just yesterday looking for something light and fun to listen to and I was not disappointed. My only hesitation had been that the eleven year old heroine might be a bit childish, but I was very surprised to discover that I liked the intelligent tomboyish Flavia immensely. She is a precocious, mischievous little Sherlock Holmes who never once lost my attention. The stodgy English backdrop to this little mystery is full of wonderful characters that flesh out the scene and give life to Flavia's world. The mystery is reminiscent of a Holmes scenario and it too had me itching to get back to the audio book as soon as I woke up this morning. It's a very intelligent story full of interesting chemistry tid-bits and historical references that made me feel as if I'd found a delightful juvenile detective series on BBC to lose myself in for a bit. And I found the narration to be superb! I listened to the sample as a few reviews suggested and never once found Entwistle to disappoint. Im downloading the second book now without hesitation!

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    • Melissa Rose
    • 08/10/2019

    Flavia is a delight

    Oh, why did I wait so long to read this book? For years I have heard nothing but good things about Flavia De Luce, yet I left her sitting on my shelf, gathering dust for years. So, I finally decided to give in and pick up the audio version of the novel to enhance my experience. I was captivated.

    Okay, yes, an 11-year-old sleuth solving a murder is fairly unrealistic. However, I loved Flavia so much, her dry humour had me chucking throughout the story.

    On top of that, what I liked about this particular book was that the mystery was quite interesting despite a rather obvious killer, and I learned a few interesting tidbits about philately along the way.

    As for the narration, I wasn't quite sure that I liked Jayne Entwistle at first, although after warming up to the voice, I thought she did an excellent job bringing Flavia to life.

    In the end, I absolutely loved The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, and I cannot wait to follow Flavia's adventures in the following books.

    I would highly recommend this story to my fellow mystery lovers.

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    • JJS1
    • 02/02/2015

    Just not for me.

    Would you try another book from Alan Bradley and/or Jayne Entwistle?

    I bought it based on all the positive reviews, but by Chapter 2 I couldn't listen anymore. Seemed silly and like it was for 10 year old girls. I suspect it would have gotten better, based on the number of very positive reviews, but I couldn't wait it out. I found myself rewinding repeatedly because my mind would wander and I just couldn't get used to the voice of the narrator. Just wasn't for me.

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    • Jenny
    • 20/02/2015

    Couldn't get past first Chapter: Narration Problem

    I read previous reviews complaining about the narrator, and I listened to the sample and thought "that's not bad..." and got the book because the physical copy has been recommended to me a few times before.

    The narrator sounds like your friend who is a friendly gossip, and is telling you something particularly fun/juicy. Which in small doses, is fun, and brings a smile to your face. It's infectious and just plane friendly! But here's the thing, the ENTIRE book is like that. It makes it sound like EVERYTHING is a gooey truth. There is no nuance. And it makes it highly irritating.I just want to say "Hey, it's okay, I get it, just talk normally for now, and when it's something really good, you can lay it on thick."

    Unfortunately, I just couldn't get through the first chapter, and I really really wanted to like it.

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    • Midi
    • 24/05/2009

    Terrific story...spot-on narration

    A nicely written mystery with all the classic elements: an English estate, an argument late at night, a dead body in the garden, a murder investigation. In the hands of a lesser writer, these elements could signify a contrived, cookie-cutter mystery. This is far from it. It follows some basic patterns expected in a mystery, but delivered in the first person narrative by a completely likeable, precocious eleven year old, it turns into a very engaging, suspenseful, funny and entertaining story.

    I loved Jayne Entwhistle's reading, her voice and inflections perfectly capture what one might expect of an eleven year old telling her tale and really brings this story to life. This was so thoroughly enjoyable that I will probably let it sit in my ipod for awhile longer so I may listen to it again later.

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    • The Louligan
    • 14/08/2013

    OUTSTANDING!!

    At 63, it's hard for me to adequately justify why I found this entire series about an 11 year-old sleuth so appealing. Young Flavia seems to think like an adult. But if you think back to the time you were a child, I'm sure you will remember how much you hated grown-ups acting like you were a piece of furniture, with no independent thought. I knew at age 3 that I hated broccoli - nothing has changed in 6 decades! Author Alan Bradley's depiction is spot on. The humor is tongue in cheek and often a real belly buster. This is also the very rare pairing of a great book with the perfect narrator. If Jayne Ebtwistle is ever replaced, this series will lose 50% of its appeal. I've read the entire series, just finishing the most recently released book which ended with a mind-blowing clift-hanger. I can't wait for book 6.

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    • Daron Dickens
    • 16/08/2010

    very enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book (if you couldn't tell from my title). I probably would have given it a 4.5 if it had been possible because the mystery wasn't super tight, but leaned to the 5.

    It was well narrated. Many have complained about this, but I think each voice is perfectly done. The heroin is a 9 year old precocious aristocrat. It may be that those who found the voice annoying really would find the heroin annoying if they were to meet her in real life. If that is the case you probably shouldn't be listen to this series. On the contrary I found that they nature of the characters and their world was the most intriguing part of the story. Flavia behaves as a precocious 9 year old would. Her area of interest just happens to be chemistry. In the world of high mindedness and proper English living it would not be that unusual.

    The mystery is done very much in the vein of Sherlock Holmes where details are everything and the pieces slowly start to fall into place by the end of the story. Again, the mystery does not have the tight reveal of some books, but is well done none the less.

    Over all I would highly recommend the book for the character development, its fun flair, the narration, and the way the story transports you to the period in which it is written.

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    • Coffee Lover
    • 23/01/2012

    Delicious!

    I'll have another piece of that pie please! Seriously, this is the most delightful surprise. I wasn't expecting that much and in fact, put off listening until a few days ago and now I cannot bear for it to end. Jayne Entwistle is absolutely brilliant in her portrayal of Flavia and I am savoring every morsel of this debut novel. Looking forward to the next one in the series and praying that the author gives us lots more of Flavia.

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    • J. Spars
    • 14/02/2011

    Unbedingt durchhalten!

    Die vielen positiven Dinge, die ich über diese Geschichten gehört hatte, haben mich dazu bewogen, mir die Hörbücher zuzulegen.
    Ich habe zwei, drei Anläufe gebraucht, bis ich mich an den Stil der Vorleserin gewöhnt hatte...und an die altkluge, vorlaute Protagonistin. Schließlich hat eine lange Autofahrt mich dazu gebracht, das Hörbuch in einem Rutsch anzuhören, und ich habe es nicht bereut!
    Pfiffig, spannend, schlüssig und witzig ist die Geschichte allemal, dazu der leicht angestaubte Charme der 50er Jahre und Familienbande, wie viele sie kennen (ich habe zwei ältere Schwestern, ich kann viele Aspekte von Flavias Nesthäkchendasein SEHR gut nachvollziehen, genauso wie ich, jetzt, wo ich älter bin, auch die Schwestern verstehe, die unendlich genervt sein müssen ob des unentrinnbaren Besserwisserchens an ihrer Seite), Unterhaltung pur!
    Neben all dem Humor, der mit jedem Wort versprüht wird, werden Charaktere mit all ihren Schicksalen und Macken beschrieben, die dem Buch eine ganz besondere Tiefe verleihen.

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    • BikerJoe
    • 24/10/2016

    An Eleven Year Old "Miss Marple"

    This book is harmless fun through and through. Why does it remind me of Agathy Christie, even if the main character Flavia DeLuce is just 11 years old? “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" follows the tradition of classical crime stories, a simple mystery, no blood and gore, no sex, no major disaster or terror attacks. Mysteries are still solved like puzzles by intelligence, understanding of human nature and hard thinking and most important of all, the heroine is always a little bit smarter than the police. The book is also very British, not just the setting in rural England, but also the dry humor and the eccentricity of some of the characters. This is amazing since Alan Bradley is Canadian and did not set foot into England until very late in his life.

    Flavia de Luce lives together with her father and two elder sisters in Buckshaw, an old mansion full of mysteries and slow decay. Her father is a retired colonel, slightly eccentric, detached and shy of showing any kind of emotion or affection. His only interest in life is his stamp collection. Flavia’s mother died many years ago during a mountain climbing expedition in the Himalaya. Flavia’s 2 sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, try to make her life miserable, but Flavia is way too smart to fall for their stupid games. There is also the gardener “Dogger” , a former soldier, who served with her father and he is Flavia’s mentor and best friend. He is fiercely loyal, but has some mental issues now and then. Not to forget Mrs. Mullet, the cook/housekeeper, she is the last member of the household.

    The idyllic life at Buckshaw comes to an end, when Flavia finds a dead body in the garden. Since there were not many people around, suspicion falls on Mr. DeLuce immediately. It takes all of Flavia’s remarkable chemical skills and intelligence to find the real murderer.

    It is a delightful first book of a series, perhaps a little bit simple, but what it lacks in depth, it offers in pure joy of reading. I am curious, what Alan Bradley will make out of it.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 06/03/2020

    Großartig britisch!

    Ich liebe Flavia de Luce! habe fast alle ihre Geschichten auf Deutsch gelesen, aber im englischen Original mit einer so fantastischen Sprecherin, die die geballte kindlich-freche Dreistigkeit und Cleverness so rüberbringt, macht es einfach nochmal mehr Spaß!

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    • learlet
    • 20/04/2011

    Very British...

    Also, zwei Dinge glaube ich ja nicht. Zunächst kann ich mir nicht vorstellen, dass Herr Bradley aus Kanada kommt, denn 'The Sweetness...' ist so wunderbar englisch, dass ich mir kaum vorstellen kann, dass es von jemandem geschrieben worden ist, der nicht in Cotswold oder Yorkshire aufgewachsen ist. Und dann glaube ich nicht, dass die Hauptfigur Flavia erst elf Jahre alt sein soll, obwohl ich zugegebenermassen eigentlich gar nicht sagen könnte, wie alt sie denn wirklich ist. Manchmal ist sie tatsächlich elf, wenn sie auf ihrem Fahrrad, dass sie Gladys getauft hat, durch englische Landschaften düst oder sich mit ihren Schwestern zankt, aber wenn sie über Chemie erzählt, bin ich mir über ihr Alter nicht mehr so sicher. Aber im Grunde ist das eine müßige Diskussion, Flavia ist witzig, einfallsreich, mutig, und die Art, wie sie ihre Geschichte erzählt (oder Bradley sie erzählen lässt), hat mich von einem Heiterkeitsausbruch in den nächsten stürzen lassen. Dabei ist ihr Humor durch und durch englisch, und wenn sie zB ihre Schwestern beschreibt und mit allen möglichen Anspielungen auf Literatur, Musik und Film lebendig macht, dann offenbart sie auch sich selbst als englisch-snobbistisches Mädchen, dass auf ironische Weise alle Klischees über Old Britain bedient. Wenn man so was mag, einen Sinn für englischen Humor hat und nebenbei auch noch gerne Krimis liest, dann ist dieses Buch ein Leckerbissen, und ich glaube sogar, besonders für Erwachsene, die all die Anspielungen auf Literatur, Film etc. verstehen.
    Vorleserin Entwistle unterstützt das, sie gibt Flavia eine passende Stimme und läuft zu großer Form auf, wenn sie in den Dialekt der Dorfbewohner wechseln darf (die erste große Szene von Mrs Mullet, Haushälterin im Hause de Luce, ist einfach klasse). Sie wirkt zwar ein bisschen gehetzt, was vor allem am Anfang für mich gewöhnungsbedürftig war, aber angesichts des Tempos, in dem Flavia auf ihrem Fahrrad durch die Story rast, ist das vielleicht sogar angemessen.

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    • Tedesca
    • 13/01/2011

    Ausgesprochen witzig, gut erzählt!

    Dieses Hörbuch lebt unter anderem auch von Jayne Entwistle's origineller Art zu lesen. Anfangs hat mich diese Kinderstimme doch recht genervt, ich hab auch nicht alles verstanden, aber nach ca. 1/2 Stunde hatte ich mich eingehört und ab dann habe ich mich nur mehr köstlich amüsiert.

    Flavia ist für ein elfjähriges Mädchen vielleicht eine Spur zu clever und zu schlagfertig, selbst für eine 14-jährige wäre sie das, aber dafür ist sie eine recht einmalige und witzige Ermittlerin. Die Beschreibung des ländlichen England in den 50ern finde ich sehr amüsant, dazu kommt eine spannende Mordgeschichte mit vielen Facetten, die letztendlich stimmig gelöst wird. Alles in allem ein echtes Hörvergnügen!

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    • sarah hemer
    • 20/10/2009

    Schade...

    dass es schon zu ende ist. Die elf Jahre alte Flavia, ist selbst-gelernte Alchimistin und nach einem Mord im Garten ihres Hauses auch selbsternannte Detektivin. Die Geschichte ist wunderbar gelesen und fesselt mit viel Humor und einer interessanten Hauptperson.

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    • SWe
    • 11/11/2009

    Alles über Schwesternliebe

    Ich freue mich schon riesig auf den zweiten Band - wenn ich es gar nicht erwarten kann, dann muss ich diesmal eben wieder zum Buch greifen. Dieser Erstling hat verdientermaßen gleich zwei wichtige Krimipreise abgeräumt - ich hätte gleich noch einen dritten vergeben, weil ich lange nichts so Amüsantes und schräg Erzähltes mehr gehört habe, wie diese Geschichte. Besonders für Schwestern ist das Vergnügen doppelt empfehlenswert!