The sweetness at the bottom of the pie
First of a wonderful series about Flavia De Luce, accomplished chemist, amateur detective, and extremely intelligent 11 year old girl, one of three accomplished daughters being raised by English widower in 1950. The estate is in serious financial trouble because Flavia's mother Harriet disappeared while rock climbing 10 years before without a will, and her father, once a prisoner of war, immerses himself in stamps rather than finances. In each novel, Flavia tells the story and helps solve murders while trying to figure out why her older sisters, all busy upholding the standards of British society, dislike her so much. Think Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey) if she were a young girl and very interested in poisons.