THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley was read for the What's in a Name 6 Challenge (something you'd find in a kitchen).
It is the summer of 1950 - and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, 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 that that had ever happened to me in my entire life."
What a cute book and beginning a a new series.
I downloaded this one from my library as I was waiting for the next Harry Bosch book to become available. Flavia is an adorable eleven-year-old. Not adorable cute, but adorable in an intriguing way. She loves to putz around in her own chemistry lab and come up with concoctions to annoy her older sisters. But when this dying man is found, she is determined to find out what happened. By some clever sleuthing, she finds herself right in the middle of the mystery.
A funny little side note. Harry Bosch was named for a famous painter, Hieronymous Bosch. And that painter was mentioned in this book! Synchronicity!
The next Harry book is waiting, but after I read that I'll come back to Flavia and her next adventure, THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG.