The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) is delighted to announce that Alan Bradley, author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, has won the 2010 Dilys Winn Award!
Alan Bradley The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie ($15)
s with a dead snipe (with a rare stamp embedded on its beak) found on the back doorstep. This is followed by a dead human body in the garden and, later, by a poisonous custard pie. Revelations about the mysterious past of Colonel de Luce complicate matters. Others supporting players include the housekeeper, Mrs. Mullet, and the gardener, Dogger, who suffers from shell shock. When Colonel de Luce is arrested for murder, it’s up to Flavia to solve the mystery. The 11-year-old claims she is not afraid because “this was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.” Only those who dislike precocious young heroines with extraordinary vocabulary and audacious courage can fail to like this amazingly entertaining book. Expect more from the talented Bradley."
Mr. Bradley will be at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore to sign the sequel, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Bantam $24) on April 1st 7 pm