Sweetness and Poison
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has won the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, and it is a delicious read. Flavia de Luce, a brilliant eleven year old, lives in a faded mansion belonged to her declining aristocratic family. One evening her father has an argument with a stranger in his study, and later she finds the stranger dying in the cucumber patch. Of course, she has to investigate! Flavia is fun and endearing and we are promised more to come by the author. Others to read: Jemima Shore's First Case and other Stories, and Miss Marple: the complete short stories.