The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is set in the English countryside in 1950. Eleven-year old Flavia de Luce finds a dead body in the garden of her family's home. Clever Flavia, budding chemist with a particular interest in poison, conducts her own investigation. The resolution of the matter becoming all the more urgent after the police arrest her father for the crime.
This book is a fresh combination of the elements I enjoyed in Agatha Christie's work and the Nancy Drew stories. A smart and funny story for adults, with an entertaining young sleuth as the protagonist. A fun book.
Winner of the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.