Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I am never without a book to read.  I am an eclectic reader.  From cozy Ms Marple mysteries to the Icelandic legends of Sigurd and Gudrun; from the Cat Who mysteries to The Elegant Universe; The Three Pillars of Zen to manuals for Dummies.  

The new book I have picked up is a cozy read – light – a quick read – a pleasant read for a rainy day.  

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley, is the story of an eleven year old female Chemistry prodigy who is obsessed with poisons and prisoners.   The stories take place in the 1950’s in rural England.  Flavia de Luce has the keen perceptions of Sherlock Holmes; and being eleven years old she can move through the adult world practically unnoticed.   She comes from a totally dysfunctional home with an eccentric father and two older sisters that attempt to make her life a misery.  Brilliant beyond her age, Flavia is able to solve mysteries that the local constabulary find baffling. 

A mixture of Tom Sawyer and Nancy Drew with a splash of Ms Marple and Sherlock Holmes; Flavia becomes a lovable, rascally heroine that will make you want to read the rest of the series. 

If you are looking from a respite from the government foolishness you could do worse that spend an afternoon with Flavia de Luce.

the Ol’Buzzard  


  1. I never stop reading. My reading list is totally bizarre....right now I am reading a 19th century Irish dark romance by Sheridan Le Fanu called Uncle Silas...fascinating for the historical style and form, the book I just finished was An Equal Music by Indian Novelist, Vikram Seth...who I cannot get enough of. I mourn the recent death of Elmore Leonard, because he gave me the link to the Detroit I remember....Geez-o-peeza, did you ever read Freaky Deaky by Leonard?...every time I re read it, I fall into a rabbit hole and meet people I ran into 45 years ago...My present hero is Georges Simenon....yes we all know the Maigret mysteries, but the man wrote over 1000 books and every one is a study in human behavior, like he collected and studied humans as some people collect insects...Read, Three Rooms In Manhattan....I just saw the cinematic adaptation of his novel, Le Chat...with Simone Signoret and Jean Gabin...two aging actors doing more with just gestures and their eyes than anything I have seen in recent cinema....Incredible!

  2. I plan to do a lot more reading once I am retired. O happy day!

  3. Starting in November I shall read more. Did the Shades if Grey books - I will wait for the DVD.



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