I love a good mystery. One thing I love more than a good mystery is a good mystery series. In February, I happened upon the Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley when I was searching for audio books.
The first book in the series is entitled The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. As I began listening, I was introduced to the main character, Flavia de Luce, who is an eleven year old girl. Flavia’s passion is chemistry, and she delights in poisons.
The series is set in England in 1950 in a rambling country estate owned and occupied by the de Luce family. The family which includes a widowed father and three daughters is dysfunctional with a capital “D” which adds to their charm.
Cozy mysteries are among my favorite reads, and these books are some of the coziest I’ve ever read. I’ve listened to the first four books in the series which were read by Jane Entwistle, and I’m eagerly waiting for the library to get the fifth book so that I can read or listen to it, too.
Listening to the audio books rather than reading the series for myself certainly added to my enjoyment. I love listening to audio books recorded with a British accent. In fact, if I have to actually read the fifth installment in the series, I will have to translate it in my head to the King’s English using my best British accent.
If you’ve been looking for that next good book, I’d highly recommend this series by Alan Bradley. This series was a break from my usual book choice since I rarely (for reasons I don’t even know) choose books by male authors, and I rarely read books in which the protagonist is a child. Yet, in this series, it is Alan Bradley’s fine crafting of his child-detective Flavia with her youthful innocence, precociousness, and extraordinary deductive skills that makes this series so utterly delightful.
What good books have you read or listened to lately?
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