Meet Flavia de Luce

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, but are looking for something with a different twist, with a bit of quirkiness, you really need to meet Flavia de Luce, the heroine of a long-running series of books by Alan Bradley. The hook is that the detective is a precocious 11-year old girl with an expert knowledge of chemistry, especially poisons. Set in a post-World War II English village, Flavia lives with her father and a pair of irritating sisters in their ancestral home. Call her inquisitive, or even nosy, but Flavia’s knowledge of her neighbors’ eccentricities comes in handy as dead bodies keep turning up. The books are best read in order, so start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley