Tiny Book Review: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

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Tiny book reviews: not for tiny books, just tiny reviews.

What fun! A spirited 11 year-old heroine obsessed with chemistry (particularly poison) running around 1950s English countryside solving mysteries. It was perhaps not the most tightly plotted mystery in the world, though this may have been my fault as mysteries are decidedly not my thing and I did A LOT of skimming. Read in part on audiobook, and the narration was delightful.

Though a very different book in so may ways, it brought to mind two longtime favorites: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Flavia is like an adorable, less banana-pants Merricat with less, well… SPOILERS) and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Flavia and her family felt like they’d fit right in with the Mortmains).

3/5 stars

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