No this is not a recipe post (as if!) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a charming mystery by Alan Bradley.
Eleven- year- old Flavia de Luce lives with her reclusive father and two older sisters in a gloomy pile called Buckshaw, which has been in the de Luce family for generations.
Falvia’s two joys in life are tormenting her sisters and hatching up potions in her extremely well stocked chemistry lab. Other than poisoning her sister’s lipstick and watching for the disfiguring (hopefully) results, the summer of 1950 promises to be quite dull for Flavia. That is until a body turns up in the cucumber patch. The naturally ghoulish Flavia is thrilled, and when her father may be implicated in the crime, she decides to solve it. Zipping about the village of Bishop’s Lacey on her bicycle (Galdys), Flavia annoys both the police and more dangerously the killer.
The plot twists are not particularly knotty, but Flavia is a delightful character–irritating, funny, and resourceful. Happily, Mr. Bradley has completed another charming Flavia de Luce mystery, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, which will be published later this year.