The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie


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It is the summer of 1950 -- and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, 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."

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is an enthralling mystery, a wonderfully told tale of deception -- and a rich literary delight.

Date Feb-2009
ISBN13 9780385343497
Publisher Delta
Formats Print / eBook / Audio
Pages 385
Time Period 1940's-1950's, 20th Century
Genre Suspense
Sub-Genres Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Historical, Historical Mystery, Mystery
Awards 2009 Agatha Award -- First Novel (Winner), 2010 Dilys Award -- Mystery Novel (Winner), 2010 Macavity Award -- First Mystery (Winner), 2010 Anthony Award -- First Novel (Nominee), 2012 Young Reader's Choice Award -- Senior/Grades 10-12 (Nominee)