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The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

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Booklist called this one of the best crime novel debuts of the year. It features a wily 11 year old sleuth (Flavia), who has a passion for chemistry. Booklist calls Flavia the most engaging child sleuth since Harriet the Spy.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square)
02/02/15
5
This unusual mystery by Canadian Alan Bradley will have you smiling from page 2. (On page 1, 11-year Flavia de Luce is tied up in a closet -- no laughing matter.) Motherless, precocious, chemistry-keen Flavia is a sort of 1950's British Harriet the Spy/ Miss Marple as she sets about to prove her father's innocence when he is accused of murdering a former classmate for the sake of a penny postage stamp. This is the first of a trilogy, so we can expect more of the pesky older sisters, helpful spinster librarian, dour gardener, mystified local constabulary and the delightfully spunky Flavia. What fun!
Nancy Ryan (Staff) (Queen's Square)
02/02/15