The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

A Flavia De Luce Mystery

Book - 2010
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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?
 
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385342315
0385342314
Characteristics: 364 p. : map ; 20 cm.

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hania4987 Aug 08, 2013

Flavia's adventures and investigations continue. Between her chemistry experiments, Flavia plots revenge on her sisters, becomes reacquainted with her Aunt Felicity and solves 2 murders. There are some touches of humor, but the tone here is more melancholy and introspective. Yaroo!

andreajomartin Apr 12, 2013

Second book in the series and I loved it even more than the first. The writing is fun and interesting and I found it a quick read because I became invested in knowing what happened. Highly recommend the series!

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