|The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley|
Quirky and captivating. In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley has conjured up an enchanting little world with charismatic characters that readers will love.
‘Feely says that there is a broken telephone connection, between men and women, and we can never know which of us rang off. With a boy you never know whether he’s smitten or gagging, but with a girl you can tell in the first three seconds.’
‘I waited as this sunk in. Communicating with Ned was like exchanging cabled messages with a slow reader in Mongolia.’
And most importantly of all, Flavia de Luce is a book lover.
Many classic novels and authors are referred to throughout the novel – what more can a reader want in a protagonist?
‘As I stood outside in Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.’
‘… it had been the garage where autos had their oil and tyres change, their axles lubricated and other intimate underside adjustments seen too.’
Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has been a huge success and that success is well-deserved.
Bradley‘s talent as an author really shines through, as does his extraordinary vocabulary. For those that have not had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Flavia de Luce I strongly urge you to do so – you will not regret it.
BOOK RATING: The Writing 5 / 5 ; The Story 4.5 / 5
This book counts towards my participation in the Cozy Mystery Challenge.