Flavia de Luce 1 - Mord im Gurkenbeet: Roman by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce 1 - Mord im Gurkenbeet: Roman

byAlan Bradley, Gerald Jung, Katharina Orgaß

Kobo ebook | October 2, 2009 | German

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Eine liebenswerte Giftmischerin

Der Debütroman von Alan Bradley sorgte bereits vor Erscheinen für eine beispiellose Sensation: Er wurde mit dem renommiertesten Krimipreis der Welt ausgezeichnet, dem „Dagger Award“ – auf der Basis eines einzigen Kapitels!

Die junge Flavia de Luce staunt nicht schlecht, als sie im ersten Morgenlicht eine Leiche im Garten entdeckt – ausgerechnet im Gurkenbeet! Jeder hält ihren Vater für den Mörder, denn Colonel de Luce hat sich noch tags zuvor mit dem Verblichenen gestritten. Nur ein einziger Mensch glaubt felsenfest an die Unschuld des Colonels – seine neunmalkluge Tochter Flavia. Schließlich ist der Ermordete vergiftet worden, und – ganz im Gegensatz zu Flavia, die eine begnadete Giftmischerin ist – ihr Vater hat nie Interesse an der Chemie des Todes gezeigt. Also fragt Flavia in vermeintlich kindlicher Unschuld sämtlichen Zeugen Löcher in den Bauch. Hartnäckig folgt sie jeder noch so abwegigen Spur – bis sie einsehen muss, dass ihr Vater tatsächlich ein dunkles Geheimnis hütet. Und so befürchtet Flavia, dass sie vielleicht eine zu gute Detektivin ist …

Gewitzt, ironisch und unwiderstehlich liebenswert – Flavia de Luce ist eine Ermittlerin, wie sie die Welt noch nicht gesehen hat!

Title:Flavia de Luce 1 - Mord im Gurkenbeet: RomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 2, 2009Publisher:Penhaligon VerlagLanguage:German

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ISBN - 10:3641034213

ISBN - 13:9783641034214


Rated 1 out of 5 by from I tried twice. I tried it on audiobook as opposed to reading thinking it would be more engaging - it was not. I just didn't care about the characters, nor did I find the story compelling. That being said, if you enjoy Agatha Christie, you will like this series.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great British mystery! I was pleasantly surprised by this book, as I was not able to put it down. I really enjoyed the characters and that there was enough detail so we could get a feel of all the personalities. Very happy to be able to support a Canadian author
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More pie please! I loved this story from beginning to end. Terrific characters, location and plot.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this character Flavia is such a breath of fresh air. These books are set in late 50s, early 60s England, but I can relate to Flavia riding her bicycle (Gladys) along the lanes and paths of the countryside. A true friend, a chemistry whiz who concocts ways of solving mysteries and scheming against her neglectful, somewhat bullying older sisters. I immediately ordered all of the next books that were available and always preorder any new ones. Yes, Yes, Yes would recommend.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing I was pulled into this story from the very beginning! Flavia de Luce is 11 years old and is a detective, a chemist and an observer of all life. Her ability to observe, question and believe in her abilities to understand are gifts all can be reminded of. For Flavia, challenges are simply that; an opportunity to delve deeper, trust intuition and believe in solutions. Her powers of observation are candid, humorous and endearing. Alan Bradley brings all of his characters off the page. His descriptions make you laugh out loud, shed a tear and pause.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavia De Luce is great I found this book to be interesting and funny. The main character, Flavia, is refreshing and will appeal to readers of all ages. Looking forward to reading about many more of her adventures.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harriet the Spy for adults Very cute story with a little girl who is too smart for her own good at the center of it all. Captivating, smart, interesting, and mysterious. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for those who love English mysteries! I am not a fan of mystery by any means, I find many plots and twists predictable. Sherlock Holmes is the only mystery series I can stomach. However, I found myself loving this book and wanting to purchase the others in the series. I greatly enjoyed how reading it was like being taken along for the ride, I found myself in the moment with the story (if that makes sense?). It was a bit slow going at first, but once the scene is set, the plot picks up. There was also a lot of humour and I smiled and laughed quite a bit. Flavia is also one of my new favourite characters, she's impossible to dislike and I can only wish I was like her when I was eleven.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Alan Bradley is an exceptional writer, this book was so hard to put down!!
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED I bought this book, the first book in the series, and it was so GOOD. While the main character seems oddly mature for an 11-year-old, she is nonetheless personable and an endlessly fascinating character!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great main character Good mystery, and I liked that the setting was in the 1950s.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A bit of a slow start but keep going--it gets better the more you read. Flavia is amazing and I'm so excited to read more of her adventures!
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Flavia was an adorable protagonist that even made my mother laugh with some of her antics. It was a little difficult to get into, but once you did it was a pretty solid read.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love Flavia! I have been hooked on this series since I read this novel. I found the main character, Flavia, to be a mixture of Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew. She is always finding herself in the wrong place at the right time, and with her spunk and determination, she ends up solving cases to the bewilderment of the local detective. I highly recommend this novel and the others in the series.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Flavia! Great series, cozy mystery featuring the quirky and determined Flavia Deluce, girl scientist/sleuth in a 1950'sl English village.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I really enjoyed this book. It is the first of a great series written from a unique perspective ( a clever and drole 13 year old girl). Another plus - the author is Canadian!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good It was written well and there were times where the plot got really exciting but there were also times where it got pretty slow.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun series Definitely appropriate for 11 and up and adults too - yes, especially adults.Flavia is a charmingly morbid 11 year old scientist-sleuth. I can't wait for each book to be released and have never tired of Flavia's antics and ambitions.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An entertaining read With a name like Flavia for the main character, I had reasonably high expectations for this book and wasn't disappointed! It was well-written, the characters were quirky and full of life, and the overall tone of the book is exactly what one wants when they sit in a swing on a breezy summer day with a glass of sweet tea.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting series! I love reading novels written about this time period! Wasn't sure if I would enjoy the writing when I first started reading, but within the first couple chapters I was hooked.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good solid mystery with a great heroine I love Flavia! She's the kind of 12 year old we all would have loved to have been. A good solid mystery with a great heroine.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea 2 and 1/2 stars actually. The story was quite unconvincing.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read! So glad to find this series. While I found it a bit slow to get into I really enjoyed the second half. Great characters and story line. Love the main character.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intoxicating Intoxicated and addicted. That is how I feel about this series. These books are so well written that I find myself stopping once in a while and taking a break, for the sole purpose of making the reading experience last longer. The stories have a fairy tale feel about them, with colourful settings and characters, and yet have a real authenticity. The main character is so fascinating, intelligent, likeable, and curious, but with a strong streak of the typical mischievous and emotional eleven-year-old. This is a series for which I tried my best to have all the books at hand, because I will probably devour them one after the other. And hunger for more.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Beautifully written, really great characters that you felt a lot of empathy for. Would love to read more from this series. Maybe a little too long and some paragraphs dragged a little but otherwise great fun.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a great introduction to a very entertaining series. The pace, setting, and characters were well drawn, and I found myself unable to put the book down.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun introduction to a great new series The charm of this book comes from it's fabulous main character and her quirky and ingenious ways. Mystery isn't too difficult if you're someone who tries to solve them, but is delightful to follow along with.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First book of the Flavia de Luce series Recommend reading all of her adventures, great light read!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Flavia! I was introduced to this series by my mom, and we both cannot get enough of Flavia! She is like a mix of a Harriet the Spy and Nancy Drew. She is a young girl who seems to constantly find herself in the wrong place at the right time. I definitely recommend these books!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Series I just love this character - she is hilarious but whipper snapper smart! Can't wait to get my hands on her next adventure.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Not a big mystery fan until I was introduced to Alan Bradley's Flavia series. Amazing character!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Sweetness At rhe Bottom of the P Flavia is a delightful precotious character. The E book had many typos where an L was ommitted and very distracting. The story and mystery were well developed
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it Honestly I thought it was a good book however slow in a few spots. I enjoyed the main character she was quite witty. It needed a little more thrill in some instances. Over all fabulous book!
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good for a children's book Not in the league of Harry Potter and too silly for adults
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice but too many typos I am enjoying this book but there are too many typos in the ebook version. Whenever there is a word that is supposed to begin with "fl" the "l" has been dropped. So, "fled" is "fed" in the ebook, "flattened" is "fattened" in the ebook, "flame" is "fame" in the ebook and so on. I wouldn't have thought that there were a lot of "fl" words before this typo appeared in this ebook.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adored It! This first novel in the Flavia DeLuce series remains my favourite because it introduced me to this family and these characters that I adore. My only complaint is that the author only releases one title a year! As much as I would probably want to murder Flavia if she was my kid, I adore her as a character.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun story with fun characters. Really enjoyed this.
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Easy read, not exciting but passes the time.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intelligent and charming A wonderful read - I will read more in the series.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Flavia is delightful - one of my favourite literary characters to date! Great book
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweetness at the bottom of the pie Although I generally enjoyed this book I had a hard time relating to the characters including the main character. The author gave fleeting glimpses of the 1960s (3 speed sturmy archer) but was not consistent. Sometimes I couldn't tell what decade we were in. Perhaps better suited to a younger reader.
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie A great read, about a precocious eleven year old in England, maybe a little too precocious?, but fun to read. Would make a great movie
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the sweetness at the bottom very good . fun to read. love the characters! I was a bit surprised at the number of spelling errors in the book...mainly any word with an "f l"
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the sweetness at the bottom The pace of this novel was far too slow.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from delightfully dark and funny. Mini Book Review: As usual when I love a book I struggle with reviewing it. My jumbled way of writing (not to mention my way of speaking) cannot due justice to the brilliance of this story. Flavia is a delightfully wicked little imp. She is charming yet devilishly naughty and positively brilliant. I fell in love with her within 5 paragraphs of this wonderfully charming, yet fast paced story. Bradly is a gifted storyteller and it was the kind of book you just don't want to put down. The opening paragraph hooks you in and it just keeps getting better and better. It is full of dark twisted humour, fascinating secondary characters and an enchanting setting. I need to move in to Buckshaw just to spend time in my dream library. I am a little disappointed that I have to read 4 or 5 other books before I can get to the next story in this wonderful series. I look forward to learning more about Flavia and her truly unique world. I think fans of The Spellman Files will enjoy as well. Favorite Quote "I made the Girl Guide three-eared bunny salute with my fingers. I did not tell him that I was technically no longer a member of that organization, and hadn't been since I was chucked out for manufacturing ferric hydroxide to earn my Domestic Service badge. No one had seemed to care that it was the antidote for arsenic poisoning." 5 Dewey's I purchased this after my coworker and Fellow Jen recommended it to me - Thanks Jen, you were bang on
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good mystery This was a good mystery that involved an unusual character. I may read other books in the series.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! A light refreshing read that reminded me of my childhood reading days when i spent time with Nancy Drew!
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better the second time Just re-read this book becaused I loved it so much the first time. Flavia is such a wonderful character and Mr. Bradley's writing is so rich that you feel as though you you are right there in the midst of her adventures.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Easily on my list of top five favourite books I've read this year. I couldn't put this book down. The sibling rivalry, along with Flavia's sharp tongue had me laughing through the pages. I am very excited to find this new author and look forward to reading more of Flavia's adventures in chemistry, crime solving, and sisterly revenge.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavia, the great sleuth of England (Nancy Drew's distant cousin?) Flavia, Flavia, Flavia - the youngest of the 3 daughters of Mr. De Luce. The story takes place in the 1950s in English countryside. She is one firecracker with a scientific mind. Follow her as she discovers a dying man in the cucumber patch and how her father lands in jail, only for her to find the culprit on her adventures with Gladys (her bike). I enjoyed this book, as the character reminded me a bit of Nancy Drew
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific find! I'm delighted to have discovered Alan Bradley and his unusual and engaging characters. This is not your average mystery but is definitely a series I shall continue reading. It may not be for everyone but those who like quirky, flawed characters should give it a try.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, brilliant narrator 3.75 stars 11-year old Flavia de Luce loves chemistry and is very interested in poisons. When she discovers someone who has been murdered in her yard, she sets out to figure out what happened. I listened to the audio and I loved the narrator. I also loved Flavia. I loved her character and the way "she" (or the author) described things. Despite all this, my mind did wander at times, so I did miss things, so I'm rating the book a 3.5, "good", with an extra .25 stars for the brilliant narrator, Jane Entwhistle.
Date published: 2012-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really nice read!! This book was a really nice read. Flavia is one amazing kid. Her antics made me laugh and I could just picture her being a little brat to her sisters!!!. I enjoyed the easiness of the book.
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No punch The story wasn't badly written but I found that it lacked that punch that makes me want to pick up the book at any spare moment. I found it somewhat predictable and it really lacked the highs and lows that captivate my attention. Maybe geared more towards youth?
Date published: 2011-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horray for Flavia I absolutely loved this book, along with the two that have followed. Flavia is a charming character that keeps you intrigued throughout the entire book. I would recommend this to anyone, and have several times already.
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch The best book I've ever read... and I've read a lot of mysteries! The writing is sublime. Flavia is a wonderful character.
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it, but did not love it I enjoyed Bradley's writing and the main character, Flavia. The book was very cleverly written and witty. I did not however, love the book and I do not think I will read the sequel.
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet, but I would like it sweeter Let's go straight into it shall we? Flavia de Luce would like that. Alan Bradley is a talented writer, there is no denying that. Not only is his language fluent and easy on the reader, he has a knack in transporting the reader to the "scene of the crime," the book's setting - that old English countryside of once-prestigious estates in the post-WWII world. It evoked a similar feeling and style, although a little darker and more mysterious than, of a recent British period drama series, Downton Abbey, that I watched in the fall of 2010. Quite a feat for a local author who had never been to England as he penned the book! Bradley must also have a wealth of information stored in his brain or done copious amount of research for the chemistry knowledge and other encyclopedic information that he includes in the plot. Which brings me to our 11-year old mystery detective, Flavia. Her obsession with poison and over-precociousness sometimes is a bit too much. It surely made for an interesting character and at least Bradley did provide some context as to why Flavia is as smart as she is. While I did enjoy the book, I don't feel the draw towards reading the second and the recently published third novel. Mystery lovers, however, should definitely give it a try.
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be warned... This book reads like a young adult detective story. It reminded me of old Encyclopedia Brown books I read as a kid. It is fine if you enjoy this type of book, or are expecting it - I wasn't. I found it a chore to read.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie When I read the back of this book in the bookstore I was excited. I am a chemistry buff and when I read that the main character was an aspiring eleven year old chemist named Flavia de Luce I just had to buy it. The book takes place in the summer of 1950. Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him die. Thus starts the mystery of who killed this man and why a dead bird with a postage stamp pinned on its beak was found on the doorstep of Flavia's home. Flavia is the youngest of three girls in a family who has lost the matriarch of the home. A budding chemist who loves to torture her sisters, Flavia is smart and loves to roam and learn. Her father is into philately and is removed emotionally from the girls and seems quite unaware of their lives. When the father is arrested for murder, Flavia is determined to solve the mystery of the dead man from the cucumber patch. I was expecting a lot from this book and unfortunately I was disappointed. Mysteries always seem to disappoint me due to lack of character development and so much emphasis on plot, but I thought this one might be different, but it was not. I was hoping for more chemistry and more attachment to characters; the book did not deliver either. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley should appeal to those who love mysteries without gore, violence or bad language. It is a squeaky clean book, which is a good thing. It contains enough chemistry and poisons to entertain those who just want a spattering of chemistry knowledge and it also provides a good dose of knowledge about philately.
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Flavia de Luce, a little smartass curmudgeon, with a lightning quick mind, is like no other 11 year old girl. Her prestigious family lives in Buckshaw, the rambling ancestral estate of the de Luces. Her father either bolts himself in his study to pursue his philetist interests or in his aging Rolls Royce to grieve the long past death of his wife Harriet; her sister Daphne always has her head buried in Dickens or some other esoteric author; and her sister Ophelia spends her hours staring at her reflection and primping or absorbed in playing her piano. Flavia is left to her own devices, which would be to indulge in her obsessive interest in Chemistry in the laboratory she has claimed as her own at Buckshaw. When Flavia stumbles upon a man dying in the early hours of the morning in Buckshaw's cucumber patch and with his last odorous exhale states “Vale”, she determinedly sets out to investigate the manner of his death. Flavia is delicious in her pleasure of things of a gruesome nature. I often found myself chuckling at her over the top rudeness, diabolical thoughts and ornery nature. Flavia tries to be this strong, indomitable force, yet we are shown that at her heart she is still an 11 year old girl with a clutch of insecurities. The novel is a complex formula in itself; layers and sidesteps and sequences all combined together to form a brilliant deduction. The quality of the writing is first rate, with vivid descriptions of a bygone era. The abundance of details in this unique series debut are a sheer delight. So many interesting topics are described in myopic detail that keep you enthralled with the story - philetology, chemistry, the art of conjuring, forensic science and investigations, and literature. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a brilliant effort that shines bright and true. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Really enjoyed the setting and the writing. Loved the character, the way the story is told reminds me a bit of a Sherlock Holmes type of story. Looking forward to more of Flavia's adventures.
Date published: 2009-11-27