There’s something about a feisty female sleuth that draws me into a mystery. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this.
Um, hello, Nancy Drew!
Based on reviews I’ve read and word of mouth, I’m also pretty sure I’m not alone in proclaiming my love for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This winner of the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger is the fabulous first in a planned mystery series starring the wonderful and whip-smart 11-year-old Flavia de Luce as the primary crime solver.
The youngest of the three de Luce daughters, Flavia has a keen interest in chemistry and poisons. She thinks it’s her lucky day when she stumbles upon a freshly murdered corpse on the grounds of her family’s estate in the small English village of Bishop’s Lacey. When her widowed father is fingered for the crime, however, Flavia’s interest in solving the case becomes personal. If you like humorous writing, engaging characters, and a clever mystery too, this delightful read will satisfy your every craving!