Thursday, June 25, 2009

And now for something completely different...

Jaded. That's how I was feeling after reading too many mysteries and book reviews of mysteries. I would start books and not finish them because I could figure out not only what the ending would be but also what would happen on the way there.

Then, just as I was about to chance the uncertain waters of general fiction, an uncommon mystery came along. It's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. The heroine/sleuth is 11 years old, lives in a crumbling ancestral estate, and is passionate about poisons. She's Flavia de Luce. She has her own online fan club, and she is the most intriguing and entertaining fictional character I've met in ages.

If you haven't read it yet, lucky you! You have a treat in store. Even non-mystery readers will find a lot to enjoy within its pages.

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