The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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I don't know if I didn't like this book because it took me so long to read (started it 3 times over more than a year), or if it took me a long time to read because I didn't like it. Regardless, I was disappointed. This book seemed to offer many of the trappings I enjoy: crime, weird details about miscellaneous things (here, chemistry), slang or period language, interesting characters, appealing binding. But it was also trite and cliche, too Deus-ex-machina throughout, violent towards a child, and either hard to follow or not forthcoming with important details. Some sentences made me rolls eyes, and things happened "suddenly" too often. Ramble: Why the title? The saying was referenced a few times, but never tied to the story. And who smuggles birds in pies, anyway? Wouldn't it be easier to hide it in a shoe? Or bring it in to the country live and dispense with it after? I really want to like this series, though, hence 2 stars instead of 1. Also, I think I'll read the next one, because the binding/cover keeps me hopeful.
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very good.....narrator and story teller is 11 years old and a budding chemist....nicely told
11 yr old Flavia de Luce murder mystery. 1st in a series
Flavia de Luce is an 11 yr. old chemistry whiz. She has two older sisters with whom she is at odds. Her father, a philatelist, is distant and unavailable and she is largely parented by the housekeeper and the gardener. She helps solve the murder of one of her father's school friends who is found dead in the garden.
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