Flavia de Luce Mysteries

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 300 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 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    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 Ian on 10-07-11

    Regular price: £10.49

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    A Red Herring Without Mustard cover art
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  • Book 4

    • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. When a heavy snowfall cuts the village off, the actors are talked into staging a benefit performance in the parish hall. But old jealousies surface, and the leading lady is murdered. Flavia, who has been enlisted to help out behind the scenes, finds herself up to her knees in snow - and murder!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magnificent

    • By MR MARK T LISTER on 22-10-17

    Regular price: £15.69

  • Book 5

    • Speaking From Among the Bones

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    The villagers of Bishop’s Lacey are holding their collective breath as St Tancred’s tomb in the local church is about to be opened after five hundred years. Inveterate eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce is first at the scene, but the body she finds lying there is not that of a desiccated saint; it is Mr Collicutt, St Tancred's celebrated organist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Flavia is unique

    • By Bard Groupie on 03-09-16

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 6

    • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

    • By: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    The absence of Flavia DeLuce’s mother, Harriet, has always cast a shadow, since her presumed death in a mountaineering accident in Tibet. Now, astonishingly, a specially commissioned train is bringing Harriet back to Buckshaw. But rather than putting the past finally to rest, Harriet's return is set to trigger a further series of bizarre and deadly events, as a most curious group of individuals converge on Buckshaw to pay their respects…

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful idiosyncratic, funny,unique heroine

    • By Bard Groupie on 24-08-16

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 6.5

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  • 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 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant as usual

    • By Struth on 03-07-17

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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 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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