Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
(Las Vegas, NV USA)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a mystery story that takes place early in the past century in the English countryside.
The book's characters come from far away to make their mark on Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion where a murder has occurred and the small surrounding villages.
The characters are easy to like and relate to. Plus, there is no inappropriate or offensive subject matter, making this book good for all types of book clubs, including conservative book clubs.
The “pie” theme is introduced quietly and repeats as the clues unfold.
You will find yourself cheering for Flavia de Luce as she searches for clues and finds answers regarding her mother, father and the dead man in the cucumber garden.
It’s light and fun reading: this book is difficult to put down! It's also fun to debate with others in your book club as you go along about what has really happened and why.
Note from Megan, Editor of The Book Club Guide
Thanks for the review, Eve. This book has been earning praise from book critics and bloggers all year long, and is at the top of my own "to be read list".