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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. November 2009

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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bantam (2. November 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0553840762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553840766
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,7 x 2,6 x 17,5 cm
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"While Flavia De Luce is winning your heart, she may also be poisoning your tea. She's the most wickedly funny sleuth in years, brilliant, unpredictable, unflappable—and only eleven. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the freshest new voice in mystery yet."—Charles Todd, author of The Ian Rutledge series

"A wickedly clever story, a dead true and original voice, and an English country house in the summer: Alexander McCall Smith meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Please, please, Mr. Bradley, tell me we'll be seeing Flavia again soon?"—Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell series

“Alan Bradley’s marvelous book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, is a fantastic read, a winner. Flavia walks right off the page and follows me through my day. I can hardly wait for the next book. Bravo!”Louise Penny, author of Still Life

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie offers the reader the precious gift of a richly imagined and luscious new world–but uniquely so, for this is the world of Flavia Sabina de Luce: an eleven-year-old, utterly winning, and altogether delightfully nasty piece of work. An outright pleasure from beginning to end.”—Gordon Dahlquist¸ author of The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

"Alan Bradley brews a bubbly beaker of fun in his devilishly clever, wickedly amusing debut mystery, launching an eleven-year-old heroine with a passion for chemistry–and revenge! What a delightful, original book!"—Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand series

“Utterly charming! Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce proves to be one of the most precocious, resourceful, and well, just plain dangerous, heroines around. Evildoers–and big sisters–beware!”—Lisa Gardner, author of Say Goodbye

"Flavia is an engagingly smart new sleuth with a flair for bringing out the child–and the detective–in all of us."—Christopher Fowler, author of the Peculiar Crimes Unit series

“Sure in its story, pace and voice, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie deliciously mixes all the ingredients of great storytelling. The kind of novel you can pass on to any reader knowing their pleasure it assured.”—Andrew Pyper, author of the The Killing Circle

“Told through the observations of science-experimenting snoop of an 11-year-old girl, this jolly-good-fun murder mystery is as indulgent as a Bunty annual. Flavia de Luce, daughter to a philatelist colonel father and late mother, who dies when she was a baby, finds a body in the cucumber patch. In the twists and turns that ensue, centering around the nesting habits of the snipe and the last word of the dead man, she proves herself as indomitable a sleuth as you would expect a girl who says “Oh, piffle” to be.—Good Housekeeping, UK

“In June 1950’s, very-nearly-eleven year old Flavia de Luce, rising above the torments of her two older sisters and plotting revenge in her Victorian chemistry lab, is intrigued by the mystery of snipe with a rare stamp in its beak, found on the doorstep of the crumbling de Luce country seat. And she is astonished by the effect the dead bird has on her stamp-obsessed father, the Colonel. When something much worse is found in the cucumber patch and family secrets begin to unravel, Flavia has to use all her deductive powers to solve a mystery and a crime. At once precocious and endearing, Flavia is a marvelous character. Quirkily appealing, this is definitely a crime novel with a difference.” –Choice Magazine, “Book of the Month.”

“Brilliant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her…Bradley’s mystery debut is a standout. “—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Fun for the reader…. Fans of Louise Fitzhugh's iconic Harriet the Spy will welcome 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce, the heroine of … Bradley's rollicking debut.”—Publishers Weekly

“A delightful whodunit.…hilarious, eccentric and mischievous.”—Tangled Web, UK

“An absolute treat. It is original, clever, entertaining and funny….an extraordinary maze of mystery and intrigue…driving the reader to turn those pages in glorious anticipation….a terrific book, so different to anything.”—Material Witness

“Oh how astonishing and pleasing is genuine originality!....I simply cannot recall the last time I so enjoyed being the company of a first-person narrator….Bradley has a simply astonishing gift for putting simile and analogy in Flavia’s mouth…the plot is a splendid piece of hokum with some pleasing deduction and an excellent historical back-story….This is a book which triumphantly succeeds in its objectives of charming and delighting. And on top of that it is genuinely original….we may well be talking in a few years about one of the great voices and great series of mystery fiction. I resort to — and it is very, very rarely that I use this — that old cliché, a must-read.” –Reviewing the Evidence

“A wonderfully written, engaging novel….It’s rare that a book of which I feel quite passionately enraptured crosses my desk, and this is one of those special books that fully deserves five stars. The plot is well-paced, the dialogue is thoughtful and succinct, and being inside the head of Flavia de Luce is delightful. Her wry, dry humour and resigned frustration with the adult world are seriously entertaining….I loved her to bits.” –Oh Baby Magazine, NZ

“Delightfully entertaining.” –The Guardian, UK

“The first page…is so delicious, that I actually had to stop in the middle of The Girl Who Played with Fire to read the rest of it. Flavia deserves the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and Alan Bradley the Edgar Award. Does anyone collect stamps anymore?” –Paul Ingram

“If there ever was a heroine set for stardom it would be Flavia de Luce….Think Agatha Christie crossed with the Mitfords and laced with mischievous humour.” –Sunday Herald, Australia

“If you condensed Sherlock Holmes’s deductive abilities, Madame Curie’s talent for chemistry, and Dr. Jekyll’s zeal into the mind of an 11-year-old, her name would be Flavia de Luce….full of mystery, charm, and chemistry. Its quick-witted dialogue, tongue-in-cheek humour and colourful characters will linger long after the book is back on the shelf.”—Discovery Channel, in print

“She’s a fictional 11-year-old girl detective living in England in 1950. He’s a very real 70-year-old retired television engineer living today in Kelowna, B.C. Together they are soaring to great heights in the international literary world.”—Ottawa Citizen

“Bradley adroitly brews a biting yet empathetic read that’s anchored in the English countryside and public schools, and haunted by secrets. His fresh and innovative Flavia de Luce…is a new voice that’s brilliant and fierce, funny and vulnerable….I couldn’t read the book fast enough…Another serving, please!” –Marie Ary, Seattle Mystery Bookshop; Seattle, Washington

“Amazingly entertaining…The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie introduces a charming and engaging sleuth.”—Booklist, starred review

“A fresh, engaging first novel.”—Library Journal

Praise from the Debut Dagger Award Judges of the UK Crime Writers’ Association:

"Really adored the voice of the characters in this- especially Flavia, the spirited main protagonist- and the sense of place is beautifully described, particularly when telling the history of the house and its inhabitants. The family unit, comprising of the taciturn, introspective Colonel and his three daughters is well written, humorous and the sibling relationships very realistic. The author should be praised for creating a work that has nostalgic interest as well as a murder mystery, in places this almost reads like an Enid Blyton novel for adults!"

"I adored this! Our heroine is refreshingly youthful, funny and sharp and the author creates such a strong sense of time and place. Flavia’s eccentric family are delightful and I love seeing them interact within their crazy home. There are also interesting depths to the plot — the stamp collecting, the chemistry experiments, and the acknowledgement of past events and how they have affected these characters. The author’s tone is very tongue-in-cheek and offers something quite different in this genre, and the story is cleverly structured and beautifully written. This doesn’t read like a first novel. Assuming the mystery itself will be as enticing and smoothly handled as the opening, I can see Flavia solving crimes into adulthood. Great title too!" 

"The most original of the bunch, I think, with a deliciously deceptive opening which really sets the tone of macabre fun. Flavia is a wonderful creation, along with the rest of her eccentric family, and makes for a highly engaging sleuth. Think the Mitfords, as imagined by Dorothy L Sayers. The plot, with its intriguing philatelic elements, is nicely ingenious and delivers a very good end, with a fun twist. Would make very good Sunday night telly, I think." 

From the Hardcover edition.


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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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20 von 21 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von N. Weise am 31. März 2010
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Über etwas spritziges neues, leicht verträumtes im abgegrasten Feld der Krimis zu stolpern ist, ebenso wie das auffinden einer Champangerflasche im Reformhaus, ein enormer Glücksfall. Wer nicht unbedingt auf einen psychopathischen Massenmörder in der Geschichte angewiesen sind, sollte hier zugreifen. Im Vergleich zur deutschen Ausgabe ist dieses englische Paperback nicht nur supergünstig, sondern auch von dem deutschen Titel "Mord im Gurkenbeet" verschont geblieben.
Am Rande: Dieser Roman errang den "Dagger Award" für Newcomer, obwohl der Autor (übrigens über 70) der Jury nur die ersten 15 Seiten und eine Storysynopsis eingereicht hatte - was für sich selbst spricht.
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Tester VINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 10. Juni 2011
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When 11 year old Flavia De Luce finds a dead man in the cucumber patch of her home, she is fascinated by the crime and how the man was killed. Flavia is not your normal child, she loves chemistry and experimenting with poison is her passion. When it turns out that her father is the main suspect, Flavia decides to start her own investigation. And so begins an extraordinary search for the real murderer and you can be sure that nothing will be able to stop Flavia from solving the crime.

Wow, wow, wow. "The sweetness of the bottom of the pie" is one of funniest and extraordinary books I've ever read. Flavia is an amazing heroine and you just have to adore her (at least I did). She wrapped me round her finger and I can't wait to read more of her hilarious adventures.

What makes this book so special is the heroine, Alan Bradley's very engaging writing style and the unique humour. Flavia tends to be a bit macabre and has a dry sense of humour, both are things I love. There were so many scenes in this book that made me chuckle or laugh out loud, I enjoyed every sentence of the story immensly. I especially loved the scenes in which Flavia took revenge on her sister (in such a brilliant and mean way, totally loved it), rode on her bicycle Gladys and whenever she thought about her much-loved chemistry and especially poisons. Her excitement for everything that has to do with chemistry was contagious and the little chemic details she thought about never got boring.

Some readers might think that an eleven year old girl is an odd choice for the heroine of a mystery novel, but I can assure you that she is perfect for this role. Flavia is a compelling character and every scene with her was a joy to read.
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Frank Bittermann am 29. Oktober 2011
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weil das Buch zum einen teilweise wirklich amüsant geschrieben ist, aber zum anderen unnötige Längen aufweist.
Die 11jährige Flavia lebt mit ihren älteren Schwestern und dem Vater auf einem englischen Landsitz in den 1950er Jahren. Eines Abends belauscht sie einen Streit zwischen ihrem Vater und einem Unbekannten. Kurz darauf stolpert sie über diesen Unbekannten, der sterbend im hauseigenen Gurkenbeet liegt. Für Flavia, die eine Schwäche für Naturwissenschaften hat, beginnt die Suche nach dem Mörder.
Alle Zutaten sind da und insgesamt ist dieses Buch ein -Easy Read-. Vergnüglich mit anzusehen, wie die Hauptfigur über ihre Familie und ihr Umfeld denkt und mit Akribie versucht, ihren Vater zu entlasten. Die Charakterzeichnungen haben mir gut gefallen und ebenso die Settings. Leider verfällt der Autor in der Mitte des Buches dazu, eine lange Geschichte aus der Vergangenheit auszugraben, die dramaturgisch schlecht ist, da man einfach zu wenig über die handelnden Figuren weiß und somit wenig Spannung erzeugt wird. Auch die Auflösung war eher mau, aber ich habe mir die beiden Nachfolger schon ins Regal gestellt, denn der Autor schreibt frisch und routiniert...
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24 von 28 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 3. Mai 2009
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Alan Bradley has a winner in junior detective, eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, a self-taught chemist who is undaunted in getting her way. I predict that this is the beginning of a remarkable mystery series. If she can do all this at 11, imagine what she'll be able do to at 11 3/4!

After a late-night argument with her father, Flavia discovers the blackmailer dying in the yard. To her mind, her absent-minded father is suspect number one. She takes it upon herself to solve the mysteries of what the blackmail was all about, old crimes, and this death. Naturally, everyone wants her out of the way . . . including the murdered. But it takes a lot to slow down Flavia. Merely tying her up won't do it.

Whenever a story has a precocious child hero in it, there has to be lots of humor to season the story and make us interested in what's going on rather than being annoyed by the child's smugness. Mr. Bradley clearly understands that and adds a nice light touch throughout.

The book opens in a very tight, well-organized way . . . and begins to meander near the middle. With a little more editing down of this material, this source of sweetness could have been a much more memorable one.

The plot is delicious in its humorous intricacies that successfully build around postage stamps, chemistry, sleight-of-hand, hiding places, red herrings, and false tales. Clearly, Mr. Bradley has a wonderful imagination.

I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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