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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

A Flavia de Luce Mystery. Winner of the Crime Writers Association's Debut Dagger 2007, YALSA Best Books for Young Adults 2010

In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. 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.”

To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story—of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school's tower thirty years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder—but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse....

An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions—and a rich literary delight.
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"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!"-Louise Penny, author of Still Life

"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

"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."

"Brilliant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her...Bradley's mystery debut is a standout."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"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."-Reviewing the Evidence

"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

"Delightfully entertaining."-The Guardian, UK
Portrait
Alan Bradley is the 
New York Times bestselling author of many 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 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are 
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, 
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, 
Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, and
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, as well as the ebook short story “The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse.”
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 384
Erscheinungsdatum 01.11.2009
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-553-84076-6
Reihe Flavia de Luce (englisch)
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17,7/10,8/3,2 cm
Gewicht 198 g
Verkaufsrang 12.914
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Keep your head cold and your feet warm!
von Glimmer am 01.01.2013

I always wanted to read this book, especially because of the German cover, which is amazing. Finally curiosity got the better of me and I wasn't disappointed. It is a really good and entertaining book, although the relationship between the siblings is rather cruel. Anyway Flavia de Luca is a... I always wanted to read this book, especially because of the German cover, which is amazing. Finally curiosity got the better of me and I wasn't disappointed. It is a really good and entertaining book, although the relationship between the siblings is rather cruel. Anyway Flavia de Luca is a great heroine and who wouldn't love a book, where you enjoy the reading and gain some knowledge about chemistry.

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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 22.11.2011
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Ein wirklich besonderer Krimi mit "bunten" Charakteren, viel Charme, Witz und Atmosphäre. Die zehnjährige Erzählerin Flavia de Luce ist eine einzigartige Stimme. Hoffentlich werden einige Fortsetzungen folgen!

Putziger Kriminalroman
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 06.11.2010
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Es fängt an wie in vielen Roman: Die elfjährige Protagonistin ist Halbwaise, lebt mit ihrem wohlhabenden Vater in einer Villa und wird von ihren älteren Schwestern fertig gemacht. Doch Flavia kann nichts erschüttern, auch nicht der Mord, der in ihrem Garten geschieht. Mit einem Mal wird ihr Alltag zu... Es fängt an wie in vielen Roman: Die elfjährige Protagonistin ist Halbwaise, lebt mit ihrem wohlhabenden Vater in einer Villa und wird von ihren älteren Schwestern fertig gemacht. Doch Flavia kann nichts erschüttern, auch nicht der Mord, der in ihrem Garten geschieht. Mit einem Mal wird ihr Alltag zu einer spannenden Kriminalgeschichte - und ihr phänomenales Wissen über Chemie zu einem hilfreichen Begleiter. Mit wahnsinnig viel Charme und Witz wickelt sie nicht nur ihr Umfeld, sondern auch den Leser um die Finger - und macht sich auf die spannende Suche nach dem Mörder.