The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley (2009, Doubleday Canada)
I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a heroine quite like eleven year old Flavia de Luce – to say she’s precocious would be an understatement. Clever, devilish, delightful, and as adept at getting into trouble as she is at solving mysteries, Flavia talks and thinks far beyond her years…but then she gets on her bicycle Gladys and you remember that she’s just a little girl. In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Flavia susses out the details of a murder in her own backyard, one that involves her father, his old school chums, and some rare postage stamps. I was grinning the whole time I read it, and wondered why I hadn’t gotten to this series a long time ago. Next up: The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag.