MOUNT VERNON — “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” and “The Weed That Swings the Hangman’s Bag” by Alan Bradley are the featured novels for the Adult Book Discussion on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon.
These are the first two of what will eventually be a six-novel series, featuring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. Flavia may have braces, glasses and pigtails like a typical 11-year-old girl, but she is also a brilliant amateur chemist with an obsession with poisons and a fully equipped, personal laboratory on the top floor of her family’s home.
Mysterious events begin to occur when the family’s cook discovers a dead jack snipe on the porch with a rare stamp pierced through its beak. Then Flavia and the gardener overhear a heated argument between Flavia’s father and a red-headed stranger who shortly turns up dead in the cucumber patch.
When her father is arrested for the crime, Flavia goes to work confounding her scheming sisters and the police as she follows a trail involving political intrigue, theft, blackmail and murder. The discussion will be led by Ted Dingler of the library’s reference and adult services staff.
Copies of both books can be checked out of the public library or purchased at Paragraphs Bookstore or Colonial Book Shop and Kids’ Shelf.
The book discussions are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 392-2665, ext. 230.
Published on June 17, 2011