I love Flavia de Luce, the precocious eleven-year-old detective protagonist in Alan Bradley’s bestselling ten-part book series, which begins with the novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Flavia is an 11 year-old girl who is fascinated by chemistry. The actual plot of The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the most mystery-lite book in the Flavia de Luce series (and that’s saying something). Whether you're 11 or 111, Flavia de Luce is the perfect protagonist for you. The television rights to the series have been optioned by Sam Mendes. Also known as The Buckshaw Chronicles, the series is set in 1950s England. There is a man who is pushed under a train at the beginning of the book, but his death is overshadowed by the arrival of Harriet’s casket, and the presence of Winston Churchill (yes, that one). The Flavia de Luce series has won a number of awards. It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Flavia de Luce Awards. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a mystery by Alan Bradley published in 2009.

An eleven year-old girl with a passion for poison and all things chemistry-related uses her knowledge to solve murders in the English countryside. Flavia de Luce is the central character in a series of mystery novels by Canadian novelist Alan Bradley. The Flavia de Luce series is a page turner collection as Flavia solves mysteries around the city on her bicycle; the series has won many awards since the first book came in 2009. Set in the English countryside in 1950, it features Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old amateur sleuth who pulls herself away from her beloved chemistry lab in order to clear her father in a murder investigation. Flavia de Luce mystery series (including The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) Alan Bradley (born 1938) is a Canadian mystery writer known for his Flavia de Luce series, which began with the acclaimed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Early life and engineering career.