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Rating: 4.5

Summary: Working in a mindless office job in small-town Indiana with a stagnant love life, Maggie is blown into a new job in a shop called Enchantments.  While Maggie isn’t sure what to make of her new boss Felicity’s profession she’s a witch, Maggie is quickly pulled into a world she did not know existed – the world of magic.

Reaction: Magic meets mystery – I liked it. Actually, I liked it lots. The mysteries were somewhat predictable – the author plays fair and you can tell “who done it” before the end.  Maggie is a lovable and realistically written, and I sympathize with the family quirks that Maggie faces every day.  (My family is wonderful, but there are definitely quirks.) I also enjoyed the small town setting, where everyone knows everyone’s business. So – read it. Won’t take you long, and it’s short, light and fun.

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Due to time constraints (aka my job, my husband, my friend getting married), I’ve been reading without reviewing or commenting. While these books certainly are worthy of longer entries, that’s just not going to happen. So, I’m going to try to catch up with some mini reviews (and add pics later…).

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley

Rating: 4.5

This book is about 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, a little girl who is thrust (and wiggles her way into) a murder investigation, where the victim was found by her in her backyard. She follows clues and investigates leads in true sleuth fashion. In the end, she solves the case and saves her father.

Think of this book as British (and brilliant) Nancy Drew, the early years. My favorite part of this book is Flavia. She’s adorable – mean enough to her big sister to be believable, and smart enough to leave me far behind in her discussions of her favorite subject – chemistry.  She doesn’t ever seem to worry about her own wellbeing, perhaps because very few other people are concerned about her. She doesn’t shy away from the thought that her father committed the murder, while simultaneously trying to protect him. 

I thought the strength of this book was the personality of Flavia, so while my impatient side wished for a faster pace, the way it was written really fit with her character and the 1950s English setting (which was obviously well researched and very well done).

I will read the next one!

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