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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (udgave 2010)

af Alan Bradley

Serier: Flavia de Luce (1)

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Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.
Medlem:Stratosphear
Titel:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Forfattere:Alan Bradley
Info:Orion (2010), Paperback, 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Ingen

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Flavia de Luce og hævneren fra Ulster af Alan Bradley

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    Harriet the Spy af Louise Fitzhugh (lorin77)
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    Den mystiske sag om hunden i natten : roman af Mark Haddon (nysmith)
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    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate af Jacqueline Kelly (foggidawn)
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    The Westing Game af Ellen Raskin (chinquapin)
  6. 71
    Hvor blev du af Bernadette af Maria Semple (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though Sweetness is more of a traditional mystery, it shares with Where'd You Go, Bernadette an endearing, precocious, and entertaining young narrator who pieces together clues from the adult world to solve a mystery. Character interactions are delightfully, humorously depicted.… (mere)
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    I Capture the Castle af Dodie Smith (inbedwithbooks)
    inbedwithbooks: Deze twee boeken vertonen veel gelijkenis, door de hoofdpersonages, nl.jonge rijke betweterige meisjes.
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    The Elegance of the Hedgehog af Muriel Barbery (lauranav)
    lauranav: Both show relationships and point of view of a young girl.
  9. 71
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle af Shirley Jackson (citygirl)
    citygirl: Castle is much darker and Flavia is more adorable than creepy (Merricat is quite creepy), but if you're interested in unusual young protagonists, with a very particular world view, try these.
  10. 51
    Udvalgte værker af T.S. Spivet af Reif Larsen (raizel)
    raizel: Both stories about brilliant and quirky children were recommended at the same time by my daughter. T.S. Spivet is the more real character and the book is beautifully written. Yes, T.S. Spivet is a boy, but I'm not sexist enough to let that bother me.
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    The Case of the Missing Marquess af Nancy Springer (LongDogMom)
    LongDogMom: Flavia de Luce has a similar voice as Enola and both are young, precocious and underestimated detectives.
  12. 20
    Hotel Paradise af Martha Grimes (y2pk)
    y2pk: Pre-teen girl investigating adult crimes, while putting up with her sometimes-strange family and home life. Emma Graham also appears in two other books, Cold Flat Junction and Belle Ruin. They should be read in order.
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    Den lille ven af Donna Tartt (dara85)
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    A Man in Uniform af Kate Taylor (starfishian)
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Adult fiction/mystery. The diabolocally clever Flavia, at just 11 years old, is just the person to uncover the truth behind the murder victim found in her family's cucumber patch. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
A good book and a very fun read. I really liked this book, but I'm going to review the part that made it only three stars instead of four or five. So please, don't mistake my points of criticism as dislike - far from it - but I want to be honest with myself as to why I felt a bit let down.

The plot point that bugged me is that Flavia, our heroine and protagonist, survives only because of the actions of her sister and her father's batman, Dogger. Now, this is perfectly acceptable as a plot point. But it is in the response of our heroine to that fact that let down occurs. I'll explain.

Throughout the whole book, Flavia is portrayed as a very independent, calculating, and intelligent 11-year-old - a veritable genius with chemistry, a master of poisons. But for all of her smarts, she is not mature. And that is to be expected. She is constantly doing things that get her into trouble, as any one of her age would be. Fights with sisters, bugging the police, breaking into locked towers, and spending time distilling poisons.

However, her smarts always seem to get her out of it. She picks locks, sleuths, matches wits with a police inspector, and deducts her way towards fact.

But when that immature attitude gets her into seemingly inescapable situation at peril of her own life, we expect that she will be smart enough to get herself out of it, because of the "larger than life" aspect of her character. We expect her to save herself because of all the superiority she displays. So we squirm with her in her peril for nearly a chapter and a half as she tries to get out.

But, alas, it turns out that her situation truly was inescapable. She is going to be killed by a murderer. Her smarts and whit have availed her nothing. In truth, Flavia failed. The genius got in over her head and nothing she knew or did will make any difference.

And then the rescue arrives just in the nick of time.

After all the build-up, little Flavia is not that different than any other 11-year-old in a similar situation. And the author, Bradley, seems to be making that exact point. The only problem is that there doesn't seem to be any real cost.

Flavia pays nothing for her dance with death. Instead of this being a formative experience (of any kind), the book ends feeling flat. She is still sassy, arrogant, and completely obnoxious. She continues a rather petty set of fights with her sisters, she is no closer to her father (even after the much deeper understanding she gains of him in prison), no more mature than at the outset. And it cheapens the experience, because there is no real cost.

She could afford to loose a little pride, because really she couldn't do it all on her own. She could be just a little less arrogance, because at smart as she is, she wasn't smart enough.

But her only real concessions seem to be a moment of thanks to Dogger and a pittance offering to her father of a stamp. Compared with her own life, Flavia doesn't seem to realize how valuable she should be to her father when compared with that stamp. She doesn't grow. Flavia at the end feel just like Flavia at the beginning - no wiser for the experience, no worse for the wear.

It would not have taken much, and [a:Alan Bradley|1074866|Alan Bradley|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1256021843p2/1074866.jpg] is certainly to be commended for the fine debut novel. And perhaps the maturing is there and is merely hidden from my American eyes and more prominent for my British counterparts, for whom I am sure this book was really written.

Still, I think it could be just that little bit better. ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
young Flavia, 1950's England; didn't finish; pub 2009
  18cran | May 29, 2021 |
I immediately liked the idea of a precocious 11 year old with a love of chemistry trying to solve a murder mystery, and this book really delivers on that promise. She's believable smart and makes reasonable decisions, and the plot doesn't lean on deus ex machina or unreasonable twists. There are a lot of cliche elements in this story (the English country house with its eccentric lordling, bumbling police, and a sinister secret at a boarding school) but the light tone and charm of the book justify them all. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I enjoyed the whole series very much. There is so much to like about Flavia. And I remembered things about my own childhood that I thought I had forgotten a long time ago. Somehow, Alan Bradley has really got into the head of prepubescent girls. Flavia is a hoot!
Great books for young or, er, not.
( )
  Hokie | May 23, 2021 |
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