23. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
Penny Black! Carbon tetrachloride! Vale! I learned things from reading this book! For some reason I was expecting this book to essentially be a novelization of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “The Curse of Millhaven,” where the little girl murders nearly everyone in town – but not little Biko, that was two junior high school psychos – and goes along singing about it…but that’s not the case. I should have known that it might not be possible to sustain a mystery series around an eleven year old serial killer, she’d probably muck something up pretty quickly. Flavia de Luce really doesn’t muck very much up though, so if she did turn that corner she’d probably get away with killing someone and leaving them in the cucumber patch. Good for her.