The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

By Alan Bradley

It's the summer season of 1950–and on the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, younger Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a fondness for poison, is intrigued by means of a sequence of inexplicable occasions: A useless chicken is located at the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia unearths a guy mendacity within the cucumber patch and watches him as he is taking his demise breath.

For Flavia, who's either appalled and thrilled, lifestyles starts in earnest while homicide involves Buckshaw. “I want i may say i used to be afraid, yet I wasn’t. really the opposite. This used to be by way of a long way the main fascinating factor that had ever occurred to me in my complete life.”

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Not anyone is familiar with whereabouts on the time crime used to be devoted. Insp. Hewitt has already arrested him and charged him with homicide, so we all know the place the Inspector’s suspicions lie! DOGGER: little bit of a depressing horse. Don’t recognize a lot approximately his earlier, yet do recognize he's fiercely dependable to Father. Overheard Father’s quarrel with Bonepenny (but so did I) and will have determined to dispose of probability of publicity. Dogger topic to “episodes” in the course of and and then reminiscence is affected. may he have killed Bonepenny in the course of this kind of? might it were an coincidence? but when so, who bashed Dogger at the head? MRS. MULLET: No rationale, except to wreak vengeance upon one who left lifeless snipe on her kitchen door-step. Too outdated. DAPHNE de LUCE and OPHELIA GERTRUDE de LUCE: (Your key's out, Gertie! ) Don’t make me snort! those so absorbed in publication and looking-glass that they wouldn’t kill cockroach on personal dinner plate. didn't comprehend deceased, had no rationale, and have been noisily snoring with mouths open whilst Bonepenny met his finish. Case closed, as some distance those dimwits involved. MARY STOKER: reason: Bonepenny made fallacious advances to her at 13 Drakes. may well she have him to Buckshaw and dispatched him in cucumbers? turns out not going. TULLY STOKER: Bonepenny used to be visitor at 13 Drakes. Did Tully listen what occurred with Mary? choose to search revenge? Or is a paying visitor extra vital than daughter’s honor? NED CROPPER: Ned candy on Mary (plus others). Knew what occurred among Mary and Bonepenny. could have made up our minds to do him in. solid purpose, yet no facts he used to be at Buckshaw that evening. may have killed Bonepenny elsewhere and taken him right here in wheelbarrow? yet so may well Tully. Or Mary! pass over MOUNTJOY: excellent intent: Believes Bonepenny (and Father) killed her uncle, Mr. Twining. challenge is age: Can’t see Mountjoy grappling with an individual Bonepenny’s top and power. until she used a few type of poison. question: What used to be the professional explanation for loss of life? could Insp. Hewitt inform me? INSPECTOR HEWITT: Police officer. needs to comprise purely as a way to be reasonable, whole, and aim. used to be now not at Buckshaw at time of the crime, and has no recognized purpose. (But did he attend Greyminster? ) DETECTIVE SERGEANTS WOOLMER & GRAVES: Ditto. FRANK PEMBERTON: Didn’t arrive in Bishop’s Lacey until eventually after the homicide. MAXIMILIAN BROCK: Gaga; too outdated; no purpose. I learn via this record thrice, hoping not anything had escaped me. after which I observed it: anything that set my brain to racing. Hadn’t Horace Bonepenny been a diabetic? I had chanced on his vials of insulin within the package on the 13 Drakes with the syringe lacking. Had he misplaced it? Had it been stolen? He had traveled, probably via ferry, from Stavanger in Norway to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and from there through rail to York, the place he’d have replaced trains for Doddingsley. From Doddingsley he’d have taken a bus or taxi to Bishop’s Lacey. And, so far as I knew, in all that point, he had no longer eaten! The pie shell in his room (as evidenced through the embedded feather) were the only within which he secreted the useless jack snipe to smuggle it into England.

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