I've given up recommending books to other people. It seems most people find the books I like either offensive or boring. And I'm particularly hesitant to recommend books to my family. So it was a big risk when I recently sent my parents an audio book with the thought that they might like it, even though there was (cover your ears) a sex scene.
I did it because Major Pettigrew's Last Stand seemed like a book both my mom and dad would like, so I sent them the audio book. Surprisingly, they loved it. In fact, my dad has now listened to the book three times. And, as I was leaving from my last visit to see my parents, my dad pulled me aside, discretely gave me a hundred dollar bill, and asked me to send him other audio books I thought he might like. That's a lot of pressure since most of the books I read would likely offend my parents.
But I accepted the challenge and immediately went looking for books that I thought my dad would like. I've considered reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alad Bradley for quite some time. And it seemed like a possible book for my dad so I decided to read it.
This book isn't as good as Major Pettigrew's Last Stand but it's still a lot of fun. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce is a delightful heroine. She's smart, witty, and precocious. She reminds me a lot of my nieces. Normally, I don't like books written in first person. But somehow, Flavia is charming telling her own story.
As with most mysteries, I have a hard time with the "reveal" sections of the story; where the detective fills us in on the things we couldn't have possibly known. But Bradley keeps these moments to a minimum. Instead, he spends most of his time developing interesting and strange, small-town characters who are delightful, particularly if you come from a small town.
I'm sending this audio book to my dad in the hopes that he'll love the chemistry, the science, and the smarter-than-average girl who might just remind him of his granddaughters. And I may read Bradley's second novel in the series to see if it might be another recommend for my dad.