The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley audiobook

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

By Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle

Random House Audio

The Flavia de Luce Series: Book 1

9.90 Hours Unabridged
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Winner of the CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD and the AGATHA AND DILYS AWARD - "A wickedly clever story, a dead-true and original voice" - Laurie R. King It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2007 CWA Debut Dagger

Winner of the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Winner of the 2010 Dilys Award

Winner of the 2010 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel

Winner of the 2010 Barry Award for Best First Novel

A 2010 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel

A 2010 Arthur Ellis Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Selected for the May 2009 Indie Next List

Winner of the CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD and the AGATHA AND DILYS AWARD - "A wickedly clever story, a dead-true and original voice" - Laurie R. King

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fresh, engaging first novel.” Library Journal
“If there ever was a heroine set for stardom it would be Flavia de Luce…Think Agatha Christie crossed with the Mitfords and laced with mischievous humour.” Sunday Herald
“Brilliant, irresistible, and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her…Bradley’s mystery debut is a standout.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Amazingly entertaining…The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie introduces a charming and engaging sleuth.” Booklist (starred review)
“Delightfully entertaining.” Guardian (London)
Fun for the reader . . . Fans of Louise Fitzhugh's iconic Harriet the Spy will welcome 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce, the heroine of . . . Bradley's rollicking debut. Publishers Weekly
“A delightful whodunit.…hilarious, eccentric and mischievous. Tangled Web, UK “Oh how astonishing and pleasing is genuine originality! . . . This is a book which triumphantly succeeds in its objectives of charming and delighting. And on top of that it is genuinely original . . . we may well be talking in a few years about one of the great voices and great series of mystery fiction. I resort to—and it is very, very rarely that I use this—that old cliché, a must-read.
A wonderfully written, engaging novel….It’s rare that a book of which I feel quite passionately enraptured crosses my desk, and this is one of those special books that fully deserves five stars. The plot is well-paced, the dialogue is thoughtful and succinct, and being inside the head of Flavia de Luce is delightful. Her wry, dry humour and resigned frustration with the adult world are seriously entertaining….I loved her to bits. Oh Baby Magazine, NZ
Brilliant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her…Bradley’s mystery debut is a standout.“—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Delightfully entertaining. The Guardian, UK
Alan Bradley brews a bubbly beaker of fun in his devilishly clever, wickedly amusing debut mystery, launching an eleven-year-old heroine with a passion for chemistry–and revenge! What a delightful, original book! Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand series
While Flavia De Luce is winning your heart, she may also be poisoning your tea. She's the most wickedly funny sleuth in years, brilliant, unpredictable, unflappable—and only eleven. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the freshest new voice in mystery yet. Charles Todd, author of The Ian Rutledge series
A wickedly clever story, a dead true and original voice, and an English country house in the summer: Alexander McCall Smith meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Please, please, Mr. Bradley, tell me we'll be seeing Flavia again soon? Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell series “Alan Bradley’s marvelous book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, is a fantastic read, a winner. Flavia walks right off the page and follows me through my day. I can hardly wait for the next book. Bravo!
Utterly charming! Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce proves to be one of the most precocious, resourceful, and well, just plain dangerous, heroines around. Evildoers–and big sisters–beware! Lisa Gardner, author of Say Goodbye
Flavia is an engagingly smart new sleuth with a flair for bringing out the child–and the detective–in all of us. Christopher Fowler, author of the Peculiar Crimes Unit series
At once precocious and endearing, Flavia is a marvelous character. Quirkily appealing, this is definitely a crime novel with a difference. Choice Magazine, “Book of the Month.”

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Author Bio: Alan Bradley

Author Bio: Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of novels, short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the CWA Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 9.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English