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
. 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. England
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.