Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Book Report
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a book I got for Christmas from my parents. It is set in the summer of 1950 London England just after the war, in a big old mansion that is falling into debt. Living within are three sisters who hate each other, a father obsessed with stamps, a cook who can’t cook and a gardener who occasionally does strange things and doesn’t remember doing them.
The main character is 11 year old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist who absolutely adores poisons. She will spend hours playing with atropa belladonna, amaranthus caudatus, sometimes obtained through stealing stuff from around the house. In her chemistry lab she loves to experiment, mostly to annoy her sisters. A murder happens at her house and she decides to investigate.
One of the things I really like about this book is how its written. I don’t know about you, but I love books where you don’t know what is going to happen until the last page. In some books you figure it out half way through and the rest is just boring. I also like the depth of the characters. They are not little flimsy characters with no depth whatsoever, They each have big, bold personalities – and interesting, sometimes questionable backgrounds.
I love books where I actually learn things and I did in this book. I learned, among other things interesting facts like chemical equations and the antidote to arsenic poisoning. I also learned about stamps. If you are the kind of person who likes mystery and suspense as well as jokes and big words I highly recommend this book.