New Book = :) and I have a wonderful relationship.  Many, MANY months, maybe even years ago now, I gave them my credit card number and when I find a new book I desperately need, I put it in my cart, hit the appropriate buttons and VOILA! In just a couple of days the book arrives ready for reading!  And I must confess, and I have a similar relationship though we don’t see as much of each other as maybe we should 😉 Today is like so many others – Mr. UPS Man brings me a box marked AMAZON and my heart skips a beat and I rush to open it to see what is next on my reading list.



Isn’t she beautiful?  A LOVELY cloth covered (I hate book jackets!), mystery!  I quickly open it and it falls open to this quote:

Unless some sweetness at the bottom lie, who cares for all the crinkling of the pie?

~William King, The Art of Cookery (1708)

Ain’t it so?? I found this lovely while looking for a vintage cookbook I needed for research for my pie cookbook.  Ummmm got this instead since the only copy of the cookbook I wanted was $129, used and only in fair condition.  I am going to get my library to do an inter-library loan for me.

Anywho back to the book itself.  The back of the book says:

In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven year old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison.  It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home.  A dead bird is found on teh doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak.  Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.  For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t.  Quite the contrary.  This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life. “

I will certainly let you know how well I liked it when I am finished reading! Right now I am getting ready to go pick Husband up from the airport.  He has spent a week in Norwich, England for work and I expect some bit of pleasure, though he says it would have only been fun had I been there.  He does know what to say!

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Oh, who wrote about this on their blog? Was it Nan at Letters from a HIll Farm or Maureen at Random Distractions? Ack, I cannot remember, but the minute I read about this book I knew it had to be placed at the top of my book wish list! You lucky duck, getting your own copy. I’m on my way to Amazon UK right now. 🙂


I can’t wait to hear how you are liking the book!!!