Published on The Advent Book Blog on December 21, 2010.
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In 2010 I submitted a recommendation for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. I also submitted a recommendation for Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant, but someone had already submitted a review for the book.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieMonica Miller recommends The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Publisher: Anchor Canada (2009)

ISBN: 978-0-385-66583-4

Cover Price: $19.95

The Recommend:

This is the first book in Alan Bradley’s Buckshaw Chronicles, the adventures of child-sleuth Flavia de Luce. I absolutely fell in love with Flavia while reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and although the next ‘step’ in solving the mystery was occasionally predictable, I was enthralled enough with the characters, setting, and story to not mind. Alan Bradley has a nice balance between adult novel and YA as the language and writing style is very accessible. I also enjoyed the second title, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, and I am certainly looking forward to the third book, A Red Herring Without Mustard.

About Monica Miller:

Monica Miller (aka monnibo) is an avid reader, crafter, writer, editor, and designer. She lives in Vancouver and blogs at about books, knitting, jewellery and life in general (@monnibo)