In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Piem, young Flavia de Luce plays detective when she discovers an almost dead man in her family’s cucumber patch. He died shortly, but not before uttering an unusual word that she know must be the key to the mystery. Her investigation intensifies when someone close to her is arrested for the crime. And she is inclined to seek answers from an incident a long long time ago at a school attended by the accused.
“Mediocrity, I discovered, was the great camouflage; the great protective coloring. Those boys who did not fail, yet did not excel, were left alone, free of the demands of the master who might wish to groom them for glory and of the school bully who might make them his scapegoat. That simple fact was the first great discovery of my life.”
Flavia’s fondness for all things chemistry is the centerpiece of the novel by Alan Bradley as she invesitigates the murder. This book was just okay for me.