« Overblurbing, Underselling, and the Dustbin of History | Main | Pining for a Subgenre, Part 1: Domestic Suspense »

November 11, 2009



I read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and didn't find it sacchrine at all. And believe me, I am so not a cosy-lover. I can practically feel my teeth rotting from the oh-so-nice amateur cooking/crochting, antiquing, you name it amateur sleuths.

I found SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE to be great fun with wonderfully eccentric characters that could only be British and a bright, precocious narrator who is at once incredibly intelligent and strangely naive. I loved every page of this book.

Nina Lewis

Out of your 3 book choices, I've only read The Thirteenth Tale. I thought it was well-written: good descriptive phrases, well-chosen words. And, the plot is fresh -- not the I-know-by-chapter-3-how-it-will-end kind of plot.

This is not your Motel 6 book. Rather, it's a Ritz-Carlton experience.

(You ought to let us know what YOU think of the books after reading them . . .)


Thirteenth Tale is definitely gripping, but sort of meh by the end. It will be an enjoyable read for the trip, but it's not any great, deep literature.

Kathleen Mutch

The only one of the three I've read is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I would recommend it. It demands a reader's attention (definitely not a beach read or a cosy!)but rewards with characters that are intriguing - not at all predictable and not always likable - a plot that makes sense and a puzzle worth solving. Before I finished reading, I went looking for Larsson's next book to have it on hand when the first one ended. I was hooked on the two main characters, their curious relationship with each other and with the layered way in which Larsson reveals the "truth" of his story. Have a great trip!


I've read all three of them and only liked one, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And that one I liked a lot. As a matter of fact, I just finished the final book in the trilogy, having ordered The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest from Amazon UK as I didn't want to wait until March to get it in the U.S. I think these books are fabulous, with great characters, complex plots, and absorbing mysteries.

I found The Thirteenth Tale too dreary and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie kind of blah and ultimately unrewarding.

I just realized I'm probably posting this comment after your trip is over! Sorry. This is my first visit to the site in a while.

The comments to this entry are closed.