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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie | Alan Bradley
Winner of the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Debut DaggerA delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family.The summer of 1950 hasn’t offered up anything out of the ordinary for eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce: bicycle explorations around the village, keeping tabs on her neighbours, relentless battles with her older sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, and brewing up poisonous concoctions while plotting revenge in their home’s abandoned Victorian chemistry lab, which Flavia has claimed for her own.But then a series of mysterious events gets Flavia’s attention: A dead bird is found on the doormat, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. A mysterious late-night visitor argues with her aloof father, Colonel de Luce, behind closed doors. And in the early morning Flavia finds a red-headed stranger lying in the cucumber patch and watches him take his dying breath. For Flavia, the summer begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw: “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”Did the stranger die of poisoning? There was a piece missing from Mrs. Mullet’s custard pie, and none of the de Luces would have dared to eat the awful thing. Or could he have been killed by the family’s loyal handyman, Dogger… or by the Colonel himself! At that moment, Flavia commits herself to solving the crime — even if it means keeping information from the village police, in order to protect her family. But then her father confesses to the crime, for the same reason, and it’s up to Flavia to free him of suspicion. Only she has the ingenuity to follow the clues that reveal the victim’s identity, and a conspiracy that reaches back into the de Luces’ murky past.A thoroughly entertaining romp of a novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is inventive and quick-witted, with tongue-in-cheek humour that transcends the macabre seriousness of its subject.From the Hardcover edition.
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Lmstraubie
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I have been holding off on this series because I couldn't find it through my library. I finally sucked it up and purchased the first book. I'm HOOKED! Jayne Entwistle is one of my favorite narrators 🙂

Peddler410 I own it but haven‘t read it yet. But I will! 3w
rwmg Another one that's on my virtual TBR shelf. So many books, so little time.
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Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @rwmg If you like audiobooks I highly recommend it in that form. 3w
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Auntynanny
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Mehso-so

I liked this book all right, but I don't think I'll read the next in the series anytime soon. It was a good, fairly entertaining mystery, but it just didn't really wow me.

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Susanita
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I liked but didn‘t love this selection for next month‘s mystery #bookclub - interesting story but the MC is a bit much.

emz711 The series is great! The science is so fun. The books delve more into the family history 1mo
rretzler Flavia is one of my favorites! 1mo
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Auntynanny
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A modest #libraryhaul Guess I'll see if this movie of Fahrenheit 451 is any good :)

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alanacristin
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Pickpick

Picked this up last month at our library in Tokyo for #Readharder2019 (a cozy mystery) and was pleasantly surprised! Flavia is a cheekier, younger Nancy Drew who loves chemistry and trying to unravel all the mysteries. Full of charming and quirky locals in post-WWII English countryside. And to find out it's a series with heaps more 😍 currently on book 3 💨 #mommyreads #cozy #mystery #crime

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MicrobeMom
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I just finished this on audio and on the whole I found it a fun mystery. I love the narrator, Flavia. She is young, confident, arrogant, highly intelligent, and a true individual. The mystery itself was just ok and could have been better especially given Flavia‘s propensity for chemistry. I would recommend to anyone that likes British mysteries.

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emz711
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All the colors of the rainbow!
Ready for the next one in paperback!

#flaviadeluce #rainbow
#pie #hangman #redherring #shadows #bones #arches #chimney #thrice #graves #colormepretty #cmyk

PurpleyPumpkin They look so pretty together!📚 2mo
emz711 @PurpleyPumpkin the next one is pink! 2mo
emz711 Anyone else love Alan Bradley? 2mo
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rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 I absolutely love Flavia and this series. I have all the books as ebooks and your pic makes me want the paper versions too! 2mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 2mo
emz711 @rretzler I decided on paperback instead of hardcover for my wallet's sake but both are super colorful on a shelf! 2mo
rretzler I can‘t ever wait for the paper - I‘m too impatient to read them. That‘s why I buy the ebooks! 🤣 2mo
emz711 @rretzler I request from the library for the new one. First person on hold every time! 2mo
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jenniferw88
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Do you have a #sweetdisposition to murder? #maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen Clever!!! 2mo
emz711 Pick Alan Bradley! 2mo
Teresa3 The Flavia de Luce series is one of my favourites. 2mo
rohit-sawant Nice one! 2mo
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Louise
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I am bailing on the #audiobook version of this book because the reader is so terribly distracting. I find the emphasis is put on the wrong words so often that I almost have to translate the lines to make better sense of them, and the tone and cadence of the voice is completely wrong for the character of Flavia as I understand her. I might try reading the printed version sometime instead!

julesG Agree. I couldn't do the audiobook for this either. 2mo
LeahBergen Really? That would annoy me! 2mo
Bookwormjillk I bailed too! Going to try again in print. 2mo
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Blueroseis I found the print copy enjoyable and quite exciting in places so it is worth a read. The series went down hill around the 5th book so I no longer follow Flavia's adventures. 2mo
lahousewyfe So sad that the audio is bad! I loooved this book and found Flavia such a fun character. 2mo
emz711 Omg read it! You'll be hooked and then read them all! 2mo
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Lexicon1982
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Flavia de Luce is the sweetness at the bottom of the pie, without her this book would just be a bunch of crust!

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saradxxiii
Mehso-so

The most surprising part of this whodunnit, to me, was how much I struggled to get through it and how relieved I was when it was over. I didn‘t connect with Flavia at all. I kept waiting to, and it never happened. I rather disliked her whole family, if I‘m being honest. The setting was nice, and I liked the chemistry tidbits and facts about stamps. But I‘m not sure I‘ll be continuing the series. 😐

ItsAngel I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. I really struggled to like this book and at about 1/3 of the way through, I decided to put it down and try again later. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
emz711 Oh no! Well there are some I like more than others but I hope you find one in the series you really enjoy 2mo
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Smangela
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Even though Ohio is a far cry from CA, I‘m enjoying myself sitting by my window and reading this DELIGHTFUL mystery.

Eloise meets Poirot? Perhaps.

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raeintheworld
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Bailedbailed

I have been craving comfort so I decided to go back and listen to some Flavia de Luce. I‘ve read all but the last one and loved them, so I thought listening to them would be perfect. But the narrator is all wrong. She‘s bright and chirpy and, in my head, Flavia is wry and dry and cynical. I was really looking forward to listening to all the books, but I‘m going to have to bail on the audio.

Mdargusch That‘s too bad. I didn‘t mind the narrator although I do agree, she didn‘t sound like the Flavia I had in my head. 4mo
Coleen I‘ve also read all but the last. I read a lot of books on audio, but have not done any Flavia in that format, although have been tempted to. Maybe I shouldn‘t be.... 2mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Green books for the rainbow challenge and St. Patrick‘s Day! 🍀💚

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EclecticBookLover
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This is my new favorite insult. #flaviadeluce

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 4mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Green books!!!

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LauraBeth
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Flavia is a delightful character and I‘m enjoying this book immensely.

“If there is a thing I truly despise, it is being addressed as ‘dearie.‘ When I write my magnum opus, A Treatise Upon All Poison, and come to “Cyanide,” I am going to put under “Uses” the phrase “Particularly efficacious in the cure of those who call one ‘Dearie.‘” 🙌🙌

LeahBergen I like this series, too! 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks This is on my TBR! I hope to get to it soon! Glad to hear it‘s good! 5mo
valeriegeary I love Flavia to death! I need to jump back into this series asap! 5mo
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TNbookworm Flavia is my favorite❤ 5mo
batsy Flavia 💜 5mo
LauraBeth @ElishaLovesBooks it‘s actually better than I expected! Hope you‘re able to get to it soon. 😀 5mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen, @valeriegeary, @TNbookworm, @batsy I‘m a big Flavia fan now! 😀 🧪 5mo
ApplesandSpindles I loved this one! 4mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles I read a comment that you left on a Rachel Hollis book and was like, “I need to friend her...”😀 4mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth Lol! It's fun when you find a book twin. 😛 4mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles 👯‍♀️ 4mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth Also, now I am wondering what I said! Lol!! I am not always kind where she is concerned. #sorrynotsorry 4mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles you said it perfectly: “She floats around Austin in a cluelessly elitist way. She is not our proudest bit.” 😂😂 4mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth ??? I forgot about that! Still true! I recently commented on Silent Book Club (on facebook) that "The quicker she sashays out of Austin, the happier we'll be." 4mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth I am not really this mean. Now I feel bad...at least a little. 4mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles I thought it was hilarious! 😂 4mo
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LauraBeth
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If you haven‘t eaten lunch on the couch while reading from your Kindle (and while the dog is staring at you and the cat is napping in his Nike shoebox) - then what are you waiting for?

Hooked_on_books I am so very familiar with that expression! 🐶😂 5mo
Tanisha_A Hahahahahah. My life is such a waste 5mo
Stephaniereads1 I‘ve seen that look. 5mo
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Reecaspieces Hey Bitsy! And if I am home...I usually have 4 looking at me 😂😂😂 5mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 5mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve done all but the dog part. 😀 5mo
Melissa_J I love that the cat enjoys hanging in a shoe box 😂 5mo
AlaMich That‘s some quality multitasking on your part! 😆 5mo
UwannaPublishme Bitsy‘s look is priceless! 😂 5mo
LauraBeth @Hooked_on_books 😂 “I‘m starving!” 😂 5mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A 😂 noooo - you travel! And paint! 💕 I have animals staring at me while I eat. 5mo
LauraBeth @Stephaniereads1 😂 it‘s a look I think they try and work on privately to refine it. 5mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces 😂😂 Bitsy just saw the sun for the first time in over a week so I made her go for a long walk. She says hi to you and your crew 👋 5mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen The BFG has already put on enough weight that he busted the box 😹 5mo
LauraBeth @Lcsmcat then you‘re doing life right! 😂 5mo
LauraBeth @Melissa_J 😂 he has an actual bed but... 5mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich 😂😂 5mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme 😂 she‘s pitiful 5mo
Tanisha_A @LauraBeth Aw! ♥️ I think I'd like to have a baby elephant stare at me while i eat. 5mo
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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

I found myself very distracted while reading this, which means to me that it was not that gripping. I will likely read the next one, but I am finding cozy mysteries are not my jam.

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Lauren.Archer
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Finally getting to read this after I have heard so much about this one. So excited.

Sherri My friend lent me this one last year. I had never heard of the author or series. It was fun to read. 5mo
Carolyn11215 Such a sweet book and Flavia is such a great character!! 5mo
melissajayne I love the series. 5mo
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hwestfall
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I thought this book was hilarious. I will be reading the rest for sure.

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Lynnsoprano
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I love Flavia de Luce. I think she is one of the most delightful characters I‘ve met in a book in quite a while. She is what puts this book over the top. It‘s a good mystery and nicely depicted setting, but Flavia and the other characters are the stars. I can‘t wait to read the second book in the series. 4⭐️

Mollyanna I adore Flavia. I‘m reading the third book right now, and she cracks me up. 6mo
TNbookworm I completely agree! Flavia is one of the best characters, I love her! 6mo
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Lynnsoprano
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1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
2. Sleepless in Seattle. Why is that😂
3. Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch. Dating myself.
#manicmonday

JoScho 😊❤️🍰 6mo
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Lynnsoprano
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It‘s a cool, rainy, damp day, unusual by South Florida standards. Perfect reading weather. I actually brewed a pot of coffee in the afternoon, which I never do. My goal is to finish this book today.

Suet624 Sounds delightful. 6mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I‘m haven‘t gotten much reading done the last couple of days, because we went to Orlando to see Hamilton, thanks to the birthday gift from our son and DIL. But I discovered that they have the entire Flavia de Luce series on their shelf. I plan to check #2 out of their library when we go back next week to babysit.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled “Will babysit for books” 😁😂 6mo
Lynnsoprano @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Or for more show tickets😂 6mo
TNbookworm I ❤ Flavia so much! 6mo
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Lynnsoprano
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For fiction reading, I usually alternate physical and ebooks. I just finished one of my Kindle and was going to head back to the Irish Country Doctor series, but this #kindlitsy gift started calling to me. And I listened 😂. Now I‘m hooked. For someone whose father and grandfather were chemists, and who married her high school chemistry teacher, Flavia is my kind of character.

Crazeedi My daughters kitty's name is Flavia! 🐱🐱 6mo
Crazeedi I love the Irish country doctor series! 6mo
Sharanya Just put this on my tbr last week! It has rave reviews. 6mo
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Susannah Oh, I‘m so glad you liked it so much! This is wonderful news. ❤️ 6mo
Dolly What‘s the Irish country doctor series? 6mo
Lynnsoprano @Dolly It‘s a wonderful series by Patrick Taylor of a doctor in a Northern Ireland village. Wonderful characters, great stories. The first in the series is 6mo
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Blaire
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Mehso-so

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️. 11 year old Flavia is an amateur chemist who lives with her dad and 2 sisters in a large old home. When a dead body is found in the garden Flavia undertakes her own investigation. Found parts of this clever and entertaining but also found myself skimming. Overall fine and fun. May continue the series if I need a quick palate cleanser now that I know the back story. #booked2019 #femaledetective

crazyspine cool water bottle patteen 6mo
Cinfhen Love that Swell!!! I tried Flavia.... not my jam 🙁 6mo
Blaire @crazyspine thank you! It makes me drink more water because I enjoy looking at it. 6mo
Blaire @Cinfhen thank you! Yeah I found myself skimming about the first 40% then got into the story. But won‘t be rushing to the second book. Sometimes I‘ll give a series two tries to make sure. Tho tough when there are so many books out there. 6mo
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MolliesaurusRex
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Nothing I love more than being rudely awoken at 7AM on my day off by a screaming child who can‘t deal with being told she can‘t sleep in our bed like she has every day for the past month. I so love this regression they‘re both going through.🙃 reading now because I‘m awake and, unlike my boyfriend, I can actually take a nap later.

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MolliesaurusRex
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Back to Miss de Luce and snuggles with the CatDog plush my boyfriend won for me at Dave & Buster‘s because 1.) I am a child and 2.) he felt bad because I wasn‘t invited (family boy‘s night) #WinterStormReadathon #IHaveNoIdeaHowMuchTimeIHaveRead

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Redy2trvl
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Chores are finished, dinner dishes are washed & I‘m ready to relax. After spending last week reading a work required management book 🤮, I am back to Flavia & her adventure. I am truly enjoying Alan Bradley‘s writing style. I see myself owning the entire series.

Anyone notice George in the background? Yes, he has decided my new lap desk is now his new pillow. 🤦🏻‍♀️ #catsoflitsy #crazycatgeorge

Lauram 😻 👑 6mo
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MolliesaurusRex
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I do not like snow here or there,
I do not like snow anywhere!

My poor baby MINI is buried. I can‘t tell if the town has bothered to plow yet or not (not like they do even a decent job anyways; 1/2 inch of snow results in nasty roads here🙄). Kids woke up at the buttcrack of dawn. So I‘m getting some cereal and reading to try and curb the cabin fever I‘m already feeling! #WinterStormReadathon

DannyHattan Sounds like a good excuse to get the fire on and get some serious reading done! 😊🙌🏻 6mo
MolliesaurusRex @DannyHattan ugh, how I wish we had a fireplace in this rinky-dink apartment!😭 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh goodness 🥶🥶🥶 6mo
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Blueroseis
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If anyone collects First Editions, I have put on Ebay UK a signed copy, first UK edition, first imprint of Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

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MolliesaurusRex
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Snowed-in weekend = lots of reading. Taking a short break to watch Mary Poppins with the kiddos, but once they‘re in bed, it‘s back to reading. #WinterStormReadathon

BookBabe 😊👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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A cold but melty #audiowalk before the snow starts again. #litsywalkers

DarcysMom 👟👟💜 6mo
Kaye 👟🌟🎧 great ! 6mo
Wife 🌹 6mo
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hwestfall
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I am really enjoying this book!

Oblomov26 Yep that sounds right 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Hello #litsywalkers. The sidewalks of the city aren‘t as well maintained as my suburban sidewalks, so my #audiowalk was a bit treacherous today. Still I survived my mile and a half loop, and enjoyed my book. Plus I saw some beautiful birds trying to get lunch through the snow cover. Should hit 10,000 steps on my way home tonight. Then it‘s cub scouts and a bath for this sleepy mom.

Kaye Good job. Looks like some of our sidewalks. A bit scary walking on some of them. Hoping it‘ll warm up and melt soon. 6mo
Bookwormjillk Me too! 6mo
BookNerd9906 So pretty! 6mo
Wife 🌹 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Most of these steps were from shoveling and sledding, but I managed to stretch dropping off my daughter into almost a mile walk, and hit my 10,000. Now that the snow has stopped, and the sun is out, it‘s a beautiful day for an #audiowalk

I‘m enjoying the book. It‘s pretty funny for a story about murder.

Mdargusch I love Flavia! 6mo
Kaye Great job 6mo
Wife 🌹 6mo
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Redy2trvl
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Loving Flavia!!!! She is the perfect companion on this rainy day! My sinus infection is in full swing, so I thought a little cinnamon toast would be great medicine while Flavia and I continue our adventure.

ElishaLovesBooks Feel better! 6mo
Bklover I‘m heading to the kitchen to make myself some cinnamon toast now! Looks so yummy I need some ! 6mo
rubyslippersreads Cinnamon toast is the best medicine I can think of. 😊 6mo
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Mimi28 Hope you feel better ❤️❤️ 6mo
Redy2trvl @ElishaLovesBooks Thank you! @Bklover @rubyslippersreads I wish I would have made more!!!! 6mo
Redy2trvl @Mimi28 Thank you! 6mo
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Redy2trvl
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Just told my husband not to judge me as I‘m headed to bed. Excited to start my first #Flavia story. I think I can stay awake for a few more hours for this. 😉

BookishMarginalia I love that series 💜 6mo
rubyslippersreads I need to catch up on this series. I ❤️ what I‘ve read so far. 6mo
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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

Total fluff, but an easy listen for cleaning and driving. Obvious props for a spunky girl detective. #audiobook

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MolliesaurusRex
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Kids are going to church with their grandparents. Boyfriend is going to Walmart. Which means uninterrupted reading time for me (oh, & one of my donuts from Paula‘s😍🍩) #booked2019 #booksanddonuts

Cinfhen Yum 🍩😋 6mo
britt_brooke Ooh, enjoy!! 6mo
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MolliesaurusRex
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I‘m loving this so far. So much better than Gone Girl, & it feeds into one of my favorite, ultra-specific genres: mystery series with a quirky female detective who isn‘t quite spectacular but far from ordinary at the same time.😍 I‘m positive I‘ll gobble this one up & then collect the rest of the series.

Blueroseis The first 4 books in the series were good but you may find the books get a little slow later in the series. Although I was a fan of Flavia it came to a point where I eventually stopped reading about her exploits. 6mo
MolliesaurusRex @Blueroseis thanks for the heads up - I‘m still looking forward to finding out!😊 6mo
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DarcysMom
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BookBabe Okay, you‘ve talked me into it! 😉 6mo
DarcysMom @BookBabe I loved it! 6mo
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DarcysMom
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It was a lovely, cloudy day for walking. My favorite!
#audiowalk
#2019kmin2019
#105mileJanuary
#overdrive

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umbrellagirl I love this series! 7mo
Leftcoastzen Nice walk! 7mo
DarcysMom @Leftcoastzen Thanks! My schedule is weird this month, so I have planned longer walks for Tuesday/Thursday mornings. 😊 7mo
DarcysMom @umbrellagirl I am really enjoying it! 7mo
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Kaye Best wishes for a grand new total for the year. 7mo
DarcysMom @kaye Thank you! I hope you have a happy 2019! ❤ 7mo
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8little_paws
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Pickpick

A 3 star cozy mystery with a 4 star character. I'm pretty late to the Flavia party--i might pick up another in this series down the line. It was mostly cute and charming with a few missteps. This was my cozy mystery choice for #readharder.

Carolyn11215 I‘m so far behind in this series. I think I read the first three. I‘ve been meaning to go back to them. 7mo
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Lynnsoprano
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@Susannah Thanks so much! I‘ve really wanted to read this. Thanks for your thoughtfulness 😘 #kindlitsy

Susannah You‘re welcome! I‘m so glad you like it. 🎄🎁📚❤️ 7mo
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EadieB
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Day 16 - #adventrecommends

1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison and series of inexplicable events: A dead bird, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch.

This is a unique mystery series about 11 year old Flavia de Luce in the 1950‘s! She is not your normal 11 year old but wise beyond her years!

TNbookworm Flavia is one of my favorites💕 7mo
Blueroseis The first 4 or 5 books in this series are good but from then on they go down hill quite a lot which is a shame. 7mo
Ruthiella Love this series! 😍 7mo
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