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Let’s Discuss our Case Files: THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE
Salutations Sleuths! There is currently a TV series in production for the Flavia mystery series. The series currently has nine novels and one novella. Currently, there are five different hardcopy omnibus editions (the latest one with the first 7 books of the series). An overview of our selection: It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, 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.” Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6218281-the-sweetness-at-the-bottom-of-the-pie Paperback: 374 pages Published: by Delacorte Press (April 28, 2009) About the author: Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats. With an education in electronic engineering, Alan Bradley worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media center at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994. He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. His children's stories were published in The Canadian Children's Annual, and his short story, Meet Miss Mullen, was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children's Literature. For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan (Extension Division) at both beginner and advanced levels. His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries. His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio. He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings. Here, he met the late Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, Ms. Holmes of Baker Street. This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as "a firestorm of controversy". The release of Ms. Holmes resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto's Harbourfront. His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post. His book The Shoebox Bible (McClelland and Stewart, 2006) has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr. God, This is Anna. In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the (British) Crimewriter's Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce, which has since won the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,the 2010 Dilys Award,the Spotted Owl Award, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Happy Sleuthing!

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Some people, myself included, think that there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a book and a beverage. Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa, and come join us in our exploration of the (cozy) mysteries!

Cozy mysteries typically have an untrained or non-professional investigator as the protagonist who, as an amateur detective, finds themselves in the middle of an investigation, typically, but not always, to try and find a murderer. Inquiries often come with a side of romance, a cast of kooky characters, a charming small-town community, and sometimes a dash of magic. These elements are not set in stone, but are the usual fare you will find in the modern version of the genre.

The cozy genre has a lot going for it and the books themselves are fun to read, though they are at times mindbogglingly complicated with red herrings and multiple suspects. The casual gumshoe will appear in a variety of settings as well as a variety of occupations with an assorted range of sidekicks - including potential love interests, family, irritating neighbors, cats, a dog or two, or even a ghost. In the modern version of the genre, there is also a tendency to center on themes such as recipes, crafts, libraries, book stores, and even book clubs.

To qualify for inclusion in the genre, our heroic sleuths will have a keen understanding of human nature and are astute in observation and deduction; the crime itself usually takes place behind the scenes; there is no graphic violence or use of strong language; and any serious romantic interludes will happen off stage.

This group was created to explore the cozy mystery genre, both the classical and the modern incarnations, and to bring people that enjoy the genre together for discussion and camaraderie. There will be a focus on either stand-alone books or the beginning book of a series, unless the books in a series can be read separately without feeling as if you are constantly missing character clues that were discovered earlier in a series.

Welcome and well met, Sleuths!

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