Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, follows 11-year-old Flavia as she uses her love of chemistry (specifically poisons) to solve mysteries in her small English town. Since her mother disappeared when she was a baby, she has a strong relationship with her father, which makes it all the more alarming when he's suspected of murder in the first novel of the series.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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