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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (A Flavia de Luce Mystery)


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nrlymrtl, March 11, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
I loved the first book and I love the second; in fact, I think the second was slightly better because the character development continued for the main characters.

In this mystery, the body doesn’t turn up until nearly half way through the novel. So the reader has the scrumptious chore of trying to figure out who is going to be the murder victim as well as who is going to be the murderer. The author also throws in some information about how German prisoners-of-war in England were treated; a little tidbit of history that I knew nothing about. There is also a little additional information about Flavia’s missing mother, presumed dead. And of course there would be a traveling puppet show.
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The Book Fairy, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by The Book Fairy)
Delightfully witty! Definitely my favorite of the year. Does not need describing; just buy it, read it, and share it.
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Chastity Babineaux, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Chastity Babineaux)
I LOVED the first novel from Bradley, "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" and it got me through an otherwise excruciating term on jury duty. SO I wsa totally looking forward to the next Flavia de Luce book, and this one did not disappoint. The highest compliment I can pay it is, I will buy everything Bradley writes, IN HARDBACK and at full price. Can't wait for the 3rd!
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, June 14, 2010 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
11-year old Flavia, despite her penchant for poisons and the "darker side" of chemistry (plus a thirst for "revenge" against her older sisters), is proving to be a beguiling and charming amateur sleuth. My only complaint is that the book ended too soon-- I couldn't put the book down and therefore finished reading it all too quickly. Curses! However, all is not lost-- Bradley is hard at work on the 3rd Flavia de Luce mystery A Red Herring Without Mustard. Hurrah! If you haven't read either of the the de Luce mysteries yet, be sure and begin at the beginning (a very good place to start!), with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
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jscholni, March 24, 2010 (view all comments by jscholni)
Great second novel in the series. Even better and more entertaining than the first!
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A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Bradley, Alan
Bradley, Alan
Delacorte Press
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery-A to Z
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7.78x5.30x1.32 in. .88 lbs.

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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (A Flavia de Luce Mystery) New Hardcover
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Flavia de Luce, the intrepid and canny 11-year-old amateur detective, is back in full force! When a TV personality and comedian is electrocuted during a performance, Flavia decides that it's up to her to unmask the murderer. Soon, she's busy cycling about her bucolic neighborhood, asking questions and uncovering old buried secrets and scandals. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag is a first-rate mystery novel that will keep you happily guessing till the end.

"Staff Pick" by ,

I let out a little sigh of relief when I realized that book two of the Flavia de Luce series is just as great as the first one: fears of a sophomore slump were unfounded.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag finds Flavia again stumbling upon an unexpected death, which turns out to be a murder. In this installment, 10 year-old Flavia becomes involved with a traveling puppet show, complete with a surly puppeteer and his put-upon assistant. When the puppet master dramatically turns up dead, Flavia is in the thick of it again. Her almost super-human powers of observation serve her well, and with a little tinkering in her chemistry lab, she proves her hunches.

While trying to avoid her father's wrath, her sisters' tauntings and her aunt's prickly presence, Flavia makes her way around town questioning all possible sources of information and untangling the connections and relationships that lie underneath the surface. Bishop Lacey's inhabitants are a motley crew of charming eccentrics, and Flavia manages to coerce even the most guarded townsfolk into dropping tantalizing nuggets of information.

Luckily for us, Flavia misses nothing, and her discoveries build a complex tale of love, need, sorrow, revenge and madness. With her fabulous chemistry lab, ubiquitous notebook, and trusty bicycle, Gladys, there's no containing the force that is Flavia. I wish many long years of fruitful writing upon Alan Bradley. The man is, like no one else, uncannily able to crawl inside a 10-year-old girl's precocious mind. Bravo!

"Review" by , “Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”
"Review" by , “Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast.” (four stars)
"Review" by , “Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery.”
"Review" by , “A pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut.”
"Review" by , “Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure — it’s a sheer delight.”
"Review" by , “Wickedly funny.”
"Synopsis" by , From Dagger Award-winning author Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction's most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders.
"Synopsis" by , From Dagger Award–winning and internationally bestselling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacy are over—and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces’ crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets.

Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she’s letting on? What of the vicar’s odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there’s a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson’s assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can’t solve—without Flavia’s help. But in getting so close to who’s secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?


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