Monday, August 20, 2012

Love This Book Series!!!!


It's no secret that 
I'm no stranger to the library...
Yep...
I'm a library card carrying kind of girl:)
I have always loved books.

So I wanted to tell you all about a series that I have read this summer that I
 really really love:)

The first in the series is called
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie"

The setting is in the charming country landscape of 1950's England.
The books are written in the voice of 
11 year old Flavia De Luce... 
who lives in an old victorian mansion 
with her father and two older snobby sisters.

Flavia is my new heroine.
 She is a chemist/crime solver...
 who loves to get back at her older sisters for being so snobby. 
I fell in love with her immediately...
she makes Nancy Drew look like a 
goody two shoes...haha!!!

Come to find out...
I'm not the only one who feels this way about Flavia!
 The books have won several awards and there is a Flavia De Luce fan club!!!



Second in the series....


Third in the series...


And the latest in the series.
There will be another coming out early next year called
 "Speaking from Among the Bones"
 and then another 
after that called
"The Dead in their Vaulted Arches"
I can't wait!

I don't normally read murder mysteries
 but these were just too wonderful 
to pass up and besides...
 getting to know Flavia De Luce 
is the icing on the cake :)

I love a good series...
how about you?
What's your favorite reading this summer?
I'd love to know...
I'm always looking for the next good read:)
xx
Lori

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44 comments:

Marsha said...

right now I'm reading all the Elin Hilderbrand books... I just got started and have already finished two of them... but I'm going to add Flavia's to my list.

Just curious but since these are from a young girl perspective are they appropriate for young readers? My daughter loves to collect YR material for her middle school classroom.... Thanks - M

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I love this series too. Flavia is so unique and funny. I love the sisters too. I hope someday we get more insight into why they resent her so much. I enjoyed every book of the series and can't wait for more.

Jamie Lee said...

I will have to read these! I have read every book by Alexander McCall Smith but my favorite series of his is 44 Scotland Street.

bybido said...

So glad to read this! I downloaded the book several months back...but haven't read it yet. I'll have to give it a go!

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I'm off to the library after work!! xoxo Debbie

Janet said...

I've read all of these and enjoyed them immensely, although I felt the last one was lacking a bit of the charm of the earlier ones. Or maybe the plot was just too fantastic. I'm happy to hear there are some more to look forward to.

Needled Mom said...

I'm going to have to check these out. I haven't even heard of them. Thanks.

Beth said...

I love Flavia too!

Brenda said...

Mystery series are my favorite and I just made a note on this one. I like Hannah Reed's Queen Bee Mystery series, they are newer and I have been reading the Seaside Knitters Mystery series by Sally Goldenbaum, very good! The Embroidery Mystery series by Amanda Lee are good and a new one that I picked up but have not read yet for the quilter in you is a new series by Elizabeth Craig, Quilt or Innocence is the first book in A Southern Quilting Mystery series. Wanted to let you know that I cut out the first of the 2 1/2 squares for the Great Granny Along and have posted what I came up with on my last blog post! Thanks for the instructions!

kbzelazny said...

Thanks for the suggestion-sounds good. Right now I'm reading the George Martin series Game of Thrones. I love a big, fat book in the summer!

lifeinredshoes said...

My fave this summer was To Kill A Mockingbird, can't believe I hadn't read it sooner?
I just finished Tell The Wolves I'm Home. Very good, different that I thought it would be. I'm not sure if everyone would enjoy it?
I will be looking into to your suggestions :)

trish said...

Hi Lori. :o)
Funny thing ... I too posted the book I am reading, today. :o) I am reading The Canterbury Tales. Since much of the summer was full of school work, I didn't crack any book open until now. Thank you for sharing your favorites. I will need to look into them. :o) I also discovered Miss Marple. A perfect way to get some handwork done. Netfix carries the dvds of Miss Marple. :o)
Have a great week. love, Trish xo

Patti said...

So pleased to see another Flavia fan! Alan Bradley lived and worked at the university here for many years, so I am particularly pleased for the success of his books. No doubt about it, Flavia is one of a kind!!

Pam Fields said...

This sounds like a great recommendation and I will be giving Flavia a try! My favorite series is Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I am waiting restlessly for the next book to be released.

Fankle said...

I read the Half Sick of Shadows first, because it was a present, and loved it! Have read the middle two, and waiting for the postman to deliver the first one :) Cant wait for the next in the series, and in a few years my little girl will be ready for them too. Cool!
I read voraciously. Loving Philip Kerr right now, and John Connolly, with some Jasper Fforde and Karen Maitland thrown in....

KerryQ said...

How fun to combine two great hobbies! I'm loving the Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton right now. Really great plot twists. It starts with a 4 year old girl being abandoned on a boat leaving England for Australia around 1915. She had me there.

Flavia has been on my list, but you moved her up a few notches. Thanks!

KerryQ said...

Oh, and have you read the Maisie Dobbs series - very Downton Abbey/detective mix. I think there are 10ish books. Really unique.

Karamat said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm always on the hunt for new books.

This summer I've been catching up on the Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) books. And I'm waiting (impatiently) for the October release of John Sandford's new Virgil Flowers book.

Sweet Pea said...

I'm reading an Irish author's memoirs...Frank McCourt...Angela's Ashes and 'Tis - A Memoir. I've been sucked in to this wonderful man's miserable childhood in an impoverished Ireland. In his 2nd book ('Tis - Memoir) he arrives in USA (his place of birth believe it or not). Flavia sounds interesting...may have to add her to my 'to read' list.

Linda Ruthie said...

I just finished the 4th book this morning! I happened to see these on Pinterest back in June and my library had all 4! What a joy these are. I couldn't wait to get time to read and see what Flavia was up to next.
I was sad to finish and have to wait for the next book but when I returned it to the library today, I found the newest story in another series I love. The Meg Langslow Mysteries by Donna Andrews is a series I found a couple of years ago. Such wonderful, fun characters make all 14 of these a great read.

Siobhán said...

Are you on Good Reads? If you aren't, you should join! I love it--great place to keep track of my books.

I am a huge Flavia fan. In fact, her bike was the inspiration for the name for my new iPhone--Gladys. How can you not love a girl who names her bike Gladys?? Or that describes her sister as the devil's hairball? Or whose sister calls her an odious prawn?? LOL They are such fun and the turn of phrase is fantastic.

I second the love for Kate Morton's Forgotten Garden. That & her House at Riverton are among my favorite books. I also love Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale. This year's favorite book for me so far was probably Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge. Favorite mystery series are those by Earlene Fowler, Karin Slaughter, and Tess Gerritsen. I am reading Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prisoner of Heaven, which is the third book in a 4 part series which is fantastic. Not something I thought I'd get into, but I liked the first book, and then listened to the second one, which was read by the guy who plays Matthew on Downton Abbey. It was amazing. Oh, and another good book that I enjoyed this year was Joshilyn Jackson's A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. One more thing and then I promise I'll stop. If you haven't read any Karen White books, get yourself to the library and get some! Her most recent book out this year wasn't as good as others. The Beach Trees and her Tradd Street series (a fun mystery series) are wonderful.

Deb said...

I have read one of the Flavia De Luce books - don't remember which one, she is great! I recently became obsessed with a series of books Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy and then I read about the author's (Lisa See) ?Great Grandfather in On Gold Mountain.

shauna said...

One of my favorite series is the Mitford series! Quirky characters that you will fall in love with and make you wish you could live in Mitford. A very uplifting series and everyone I know who has read them has fallen in love, also.

Patti said...

Thank you so much for this. I used to love Nancy Drew when I was a kid and I've been looking for some good books to take on holiday (vacation) with me on my Kindle and I have saved all of these on my wish list and they shall be coming with me. I love reading almost as much as piecing.

Patti said...

Thank you so much for this. I used to love Nancy Drew when I was a kid and I've been looking for some good books to take on holiday (vacation) with me on my Kindle and I have saved all of these on my wish list and they shall be coming with me. I love reading almost as much as piecing.

sandra said...

I just finished Hunger Games, I didn't really think I would like it but it pulls you in and now I have to read the next book.I haven't read any of the Series you were telling us about but I will certainly check my Library for them. Thanks for the suggestion. Sandra

jlhoeting said...

Ooohhh...love a new series! Thanks for the heads up! My family makes fun of me bc I frequent the library so often I have my 14 digit library card number memorized!

Sherry said...

I work for the library and I have not seen these books. I will be ordering this series for some of my homebound customers. It sounds perfect for them.

Anonymous said...

Have you read the Mitford Books? My absolute favorites. Also enjoyed the Marie Bostwick quilt series.

Swannie said...

I think I'll have to check out this series, sounds like a good read. This summer I picked up one of the books by Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber and what a great read. Historical novel set in England in the 1700s with a little time travel thrown in and a little romance and a strong female character and what's not to love. Don't know why I waited 20 years to read it! Hard to put down. It's a big one though, around 900 pages. I also love any of the books at Alexander McCall Smith and Kathy Reichs.

Helen L said...

I love to read too, but have a hard time finding well written and clean together!! I'm going to try your recommendation :-) My favorite lately has been the Inkheart series. If you saw the movie, it was a grave injustice to the books!! Give them a try. They are very well written, with great characters!! Enjoy :-P

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so excited to hear more about these books. I've read the first one you mentioned and LOVED it! Mysteries are the best! Thanks!

Allie said...

Oh how I LOVE these books - I'm a huge Flavia fan - I'm anxiously waiting for the next ones!!!

pandchintz said...

Thanks - I'm a huge murder mystery fan and have just bought this book on your recommendation!

Elise said...

Agreed! I love these books as well. Glad to see another fan out there.

suemac said...

I have read the first book in the series. I really enjoyed it. You are motivating me to catch up with Flavia's antics.

Kathy G. said...

Just finished Kate Morton's The House at Riverton - loved it! I'll look for her others now. This is for any Downton Abbey/Brit fan. Now I'll check out Alan Bradley and Flavia - thanks!

MIss Sherry said...

I dont have a television in my sewing room, so I always listen to books on tape. I have just finished all the Flavia books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I have learned a lot of amazing facts.

Bari Jo said...

Thank you for the recommendation - I have never heard of them! Loved Nancy Drew growing up! I will have to check them out! :o)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I had read the first book so I requested the second and picked it up at the library today! Thanks!

Marcia said...

Thank you for suggesting this series. I bought the first one and absolutely enjoyed it!

Miss Jean said...

A cross between Nancy Drew and Miss Marple!! Sounds like something I would love to read.

Irene said...

Hi Lori,
Thank you so much for these titles, I have just gone to our library and reading the second in the series right now. I can recommend Elizbeth Peters, her sleuth is Amelia Peabody, the books are brilliant. I would recommend reading the first in the series Crocodile on the Sandback published in 1975.
irene
xxxx

Sally said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I've put it on my list for my next trip to the library.

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