The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is for Witching

I couldn’t help but marvel at the similarities between these two books. The young female narrators, the large and odd mansions, the absence of the mother, the English setting.

But there, the similarities end. For while The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie was a fun lighthearted read, White is for Witching was rather eerie and haunting and far more complex.

This morning’s fog made me think of White is for Witching. The way the dense clouds hang over the neighbourhood, obscuring the hill behind and the houses perched on it. There is a strange quietness today, partly due to the holiday, but I’d like to think that the fog has something to do with it. Imagine living on that hill behind, and waking up most mornings, wondering if you’re living in the clouds.

In a sense, there was an eerie quietness about White is for Witching, where the borders of reality faded in and out, and so does the narration, which blends and bleeds into each others’ voices.

This is quite a difficult book to review, so I’m going to point you over to Eva’s review, which  inspired me to read White is For Witching.

As for Sweetness, I’d say that I’m probably one of the last few people to have read this book, so everything that was needed to be said, has already been said. But I’d add that as a reader who seldom reads crime/mystery novels, this was a fun read with a quirky young detective with a passion for poisons, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Flavia’s exploits!

Books provided by – my library


3 thoughts on “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is for Witching

  1. I enjoyed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, so I’ll add White is for Witching to my list. Although… I read Eva’s post, and she mentions Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which was memorable, but was not my favorite.


    1. I’ve actually not read Castle but had spotted Witching on my library’s new arrival shelves the day before Eva posted her review. So I just had to see how it goes. It took a while to get into but am glad I read it.


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