Friday, February 15, 2013

The Return of Flavia de Luce

Flavia is back! I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this book for months. Before I dig into book #5 in the Flavia de Luce novels, I wanted to share how I stumbled upon this brilliant series and give you a bit of a prelude to my soon-to-come review of Speaking from Among the Bones.

Flashback to the summer of 2009...

I step into a quaint little bookshop on 1st Avenue in Seattle. There on the table in front of me, front and center just inside the door, is a little green hardback book. I'm intrigued by the image on the cover--a black crow, lying claws up, with a red postage stamp impaled on its beak. I'm even more intrigued by the title: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I turn it over and read the back. A story about an 11-year-old aspiring chemist named Flavia de Luce who has a passion for poisons and finds a dead body in the garden of her 1950's English home?

I was hooked and I hadn't even turned a page.

Thus began my love affair with Alan Bradley's beautifully crafted series.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a book to read.

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