The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley

Book #1 of Bradley's 1950's England Flavia de Luce mystery series. The magic of Bradley's style is that his writing is full of perverse and delightful twists. 11-year-old Flavia is wise beyond her years and yet innocent in her thorough-going delight in the gruesome. The mystery was layered and enjoyable, but it is really Flavia who makes the whole book come alive through her personality. I am excited to read more by this author!