Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New reads:

This week I'm reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It was my turn to pick a book for my book club to read, so I chose this one. I had heard a lot of good things about it, was intrigued by the basic plot line, and decided to give it a go. It's the first book in the Flavia de Luce series and apparently, it has something of a cult following. Have you read it? It's such a cute story.

"In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-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. 'I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.'

An enthralling mysery, 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."

I'm not much of a mystery enthusiast. Not that I dislike them, I've just never really delved into the genre. I'm not done yet, but I am very much enjoying this story so far. Maybe it will serve as a stepping stone into the waters of mysteries and thrillers. 

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