It is June 1950 and a sleepy English village is about to be awakened by the discovery of a dead body in Colonel de Luce's cucumber patch.
The police are baffled, and when a dead snipe is deposited on the Colonel's doorstep with a rare stamp impaled on its beak, they are baffled even more.
Only the Colonel's daughter, the precocious Flavia - when she's not plotting elaborate revenges against her nasty older sisters in her basement chemical laboratory, that is - has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim's identity, and a conspiracy that reached back into the de Luce family's murky past.Flavia and her family are brilliant creations, a darkly playful and wonderfully atmospheric flavour to a plot of delightful ingenuity.
©2009 Alad Bradley (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group
Worth a listen, and I'm going to give the next in the series a go too, but although the overall plot was ingenious, too much was telegraphed. As far as classic whodunnits are concerned, the absence of red herrinngs etc was disappointing. I can think of others who would have written things up better. I enjoyed the narration though.
We bought this to keep ourselves, our two teenage boys and our eleven year old daughter occupied on a long car journey, and it did the job admirably. It's tricky finding something that appeals to everyone, but this was ideal, and had enough suspence to ensure they wanted to take it back up for the return journey. My teenage sons were initially a bit suspicious due to the rather odd title of the book, but it won them round once it got going. Good paced story and very well read by Emilia Fox.
I chose Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie because Emilia Fox is such a wonderful narrator. Lucky for me, the story she narrated was entertaining and even riveting.
The first chapter in this book is an absolute corker!
Who can possibly resist Flavia de Luce?
I am a big fan of the paperbacks as well.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.