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The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie

(The first book in the Flavia de Luce Mystery series)
A novel by

Anthony Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Barry Awards Best First Novel
Dilys Awards Best Book
Macavity Awards Best First Novel
Agatha Award Best First Novel
It is June 1950 and a sleepy English village is about to be awakened by the discovery of a dead body in Colonel de Luce's cucumber patch. The police are baffled, and when a dead snipe is deposited on the Colonel's doorstep with a rare stamp impaled on its beak, they are baffled even more. Only the Colonel's daughter, the precocious Flavia -when she's not plotting elaborate revenges against her nasty older sisters in her basement chemical laboratory, that is - has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim's identity, and a conspiracy that reached back into the de Luce family's murky past. Flavia and her family are brilliant creations, a darkly playful and wonderfully atmospheric flavour to a plot of delightful ingenuity.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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