Flavia de Luce Mysteries

14 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 219 ratings

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Publisher's Summary

In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison.

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story, that of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school's tower 30 years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder, but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse.

An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions and a rich literary delight.

©2009 Alan Bradley (P)2009 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • First of the series

    • By Libellule on 2019-04-01

    Price: CDN$ 35.20

  • Book 2

    • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

    • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
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    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is my favorite series of my entire life!

    • By Amazon Customer on 2019-05-05

    Price: CDN$ 42.25

  • Book 3

    • A Red Herring Without Mustard

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Suekachu on 2018-10-09

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

  • Book 4

    • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

  • Book 5

    • Speaking from Among the Bones

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

  • Book 6

    • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love this series!

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

  • Book 6.5

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    • The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse

    • Written by: Alan Bradley
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  • Book 7

    • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Flavia de Luce - "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" ( The New York Times Book Review) - takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

    • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Flavia de Luce is banished to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, she’s soon on familiar ground when, on her first night, a mummified body is dislodged from a chimney, and she is presented with a gruesome puzzle to solve. Girls have been disappearing with alarming regularity, leading Flavia to wonder not only how and why but what exactly is the academy's true purpose? Flavia must enter a shadowy world where truth and lies seem interchangeable and no one can be trusted.

    Price: CDN$ 18.90

  • Book 8

    • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty - and not empty enough.

    Price: CDN$ 32.42

    • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

    • Flavia de Luce, Book 8
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is back at Buckshaw at last, but her homecoming is overshadowed by news of her father's illness. Forbidden from visiting him in hospital, Flavia busies herself in the village, but she soon makes a macabre discovery: the corpse of a reclusive woodcarver in an empty house, except for a curiously uncurious cat. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. However, what awaits Flavia will shake her to the core.

    Price: CDN$ 15.02

  • Book 9

    • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

    • A Flavia de Luce Novel
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. Something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Flavia De Luce story.

    • By Ian from Toronto on 2018-04-10

    Price: CDN$ 18.05

  • Book 10

    • The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • Flavia de Luce Series, Book 10
    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister, Ophelia, is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding”, muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Young heroine flavia continues to enchant

    • By Deb on 2019-07-01

    Price: CDN$ 30.70

    • The Golden Tresses of the Dead

    • Written by: Alan Bradley
    • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Flavia de Luce, the 12-year-old chemist and amateur detective, is eager to turn professional. She and her father's valet, Dogger, have founded a detective agency, Arthur Dogger & Associates, and unexpectedly cut into their first case during the revelry at her sister's wedding reception. After an eventful ceremony with a missing best man and spontaneous ventriloquist act, spirits are high as Feely and her new husband head for the towering and beautifully iced wedding cake. But as Feely slices into the first piece, a scream rings out - the bridal cake contains a severed human finger. 

    Price: CDN$ 23.22