Flavia de Luce Mysteries

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 187 ratings

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Summary

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
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  • Book 1

    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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, has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim's identity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A little predictable but

    • By Ian1956 on 10-07-11

    Regular price: £10.49

  • Book 2

    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
    
    
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        Sophie Aldred
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    33 ratings
    Overall 4.0
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  • Book 3

    A Red Herring Without Mustard
    
    
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        Sophie Aldred
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    28 ratings
    Overall 4.1
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  • Book 4

    I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
    A Flavia de Luce Novel
    
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        Jayne Entwistle
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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    • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
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  • Book 5

    Speaking from Among the Bones
    A Flavia de Luce Novel
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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    • Speaking from Among the Bones

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
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  • Book 6

    The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
    A Flavia de Luce Novel
    
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        Jayne Entwistle
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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    • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
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  • Book 6.5

    The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse
    
    
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  • Book 7

    • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    When Flavia de Luce is banished to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, she’s soon on familiar ground when, on her first night, a mummified body is dislodged from a chimney, and she is presented with a gruesome puzzle to solve. Girls have been disappearing with alarming regularity, leading Flavia to wonder not only how and why but what exactly is the academy's true purpose? Flavia must enter a shadowy world where truth and lies seem interchangeable and no one can be trusted.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lighthearted, a little gruesome & perceptive

    • By Michelle on 16-10-17

    Regular price: £13.19

  • Book 8

    • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 8
    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is back at Buckshaw at last, but her homecoming is overshadowed by news of her father's illness. Forbidden from visiting him in hospital, Flavia busies herself in the village, but she soon makes a macabre discovery: the corpse of a reclusive woodcarver in an empty house, except for a curiously uncurious cat. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. However, what awaits Flavia will shake her to the core.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thought the reader was excellent

    • By carolr on 08-09-18

    Regular price: £10.99

  • Book 9

    The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
    A Flavia de Luce Novel
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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    • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • By: Alan Bradley
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  • Book 10

    • The Golden Tresses of the Dead

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Flavia de Luce, the 12-year-old chemist and amateur detective, is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister's wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out - the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great enjoyed it as have enjoyed all Flavia books

    • By Anonymous User on 19-03-19

    Regular price: £16.99