I am drawn to books with off the wall titles, and that’s the reason I chose Alan Bradley’s Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie as my favourite book of the summer. This book has spent several months on the Maclean’s bestseller list, and its easy to understand why. This is a book that friends will recommend to each other and its popularity will continue to grow.
10 year old Flavia De Luce lives in a household with an aloof father, 2 annoying older sisters, an inept housekeeper and a loyal handyman. Flavia is a chemistry whiz and has an acute understanding of poisons. When mysterious events begin to happen: Like a dead bird appearing on the doorstep with a postage stamp in its beak, and a mysterious late-night visitor argues with her father before turning up dead in the cucumber patch, Flavia turns to chemistry - and her curiosity and charm- to investigate.
Everything about this novel is perfect. The characters, setting, narrative, and plot work together to make this novel truly enjoyable.
If you pick up this book, you’ll want to get a cool drink, and settle down in your favourite lawn chair, because you won’t want to put it down until it’s done.