The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

Large Print - 2010
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Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders, sets out to solve the murder of a beloved puppeteer. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can't solve-- without Flavia's help.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781410429117
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 481 pages (large print) : maps ; 23 cm


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Aug 30, 2019

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce is at it again, this time investigating the murder of a traveling puppeteer and its mysterious connection to another local death five years previous. Astonishingly clever, delightfully morbid and delectably devious, Flavia is a sleuth who will charm your pants off.

Jan 29, 2019

This is my second Flavia de Luce novel - the 2nd in the series about a precocious 11 yr old girl in post WWII England. Our gal Flavia is a logical thinker living by her own rules fascinated by chemistry and death. Allowed to roam her small English town free, Flavia's acute senses stumble her into murder mysteries. In this episode, she finds herself meeting a pair of passer-throughers stranded by their broken down van. Upon finding out they are a TV famous puppeteer dual the town Vicar insists they give a couple shows while in town. At first the couple seems to be strangers to the town, but slowly Flavia is able to draw solid lines connecting the puppeteer to people of the town. Lines begin to cross with the unusual death of a young boy in the town from several years earlier and Flavia finds herself with not one - but two murder mysteries on her hands.
I read this on in audio and am so glad I did. The first in the series I read a hard copy and the voice didn't settle in me well enough to grasp the dry witted humor of the young girl. This narrator helped me see the quick transitions in Flavia's inner dialogue that makes the story so enjoyable. Minimal violence but no romance makes it a fun unique cozy type of mystery.

Mar 09, 2018

This story meandered and moseyed, with more than its share of bon mots, and I still don't care. Once again Flavia finds herself trying to solve a murder, but because it involves another death, from years before, she wanders far and wide to try and piece it together. It doesn't help that she still isn't sure what an affair is or "taken" means in her sister's novel. Yet, as she says, she may get there a different way, but get there she does, and takes us all along for a clever and fun time in the English countryside.

This novel is much more about the journey than the destination, and in fact, the destination is quite a bit more dark and disturbing than the journey would lead us to believe. But if you like meeting quirky characters by the armful and listening to Livia hold forth on the wonders of chemistry, it's a trip worth taking.

Jan 22, 2016

Flavia returns in her second adventure. A puppeteer and his assistant, having broken down in the village are convinced to perform a show in the church. Things go quite not as planned when the puppeteer dies. A madwoman, a child several years dead, a missing clip– Flavia endeavors to piece together the full story in this most exciting tale.

Jun 08, 2013

This Flavia is way better than the first one who dealt with a stamp. This one is about real people and real intrigue . Flavia is also more herself, if you wish. A little pest that you love to love. Can't wait for the third instalment.

Apr 07, 2013

better than the 1st - so much so I'm looking forward to the 3rd...

Dec 29, 2012

Like Alan Bradley's Flavia mysteries - very enjoyable. Found this one started much slower than the first and wasn't sure I would like it so much - but it picked up and was ultimately very engaging. Looking forward to reading the next one!

Oct 02, 2012

A wonderful read about a precocious young girl detective who uses chemistry and wit to solve local mysteries in her 1950s British village. Part of a series of equally great books by Alan Bradley.

Aug 24, 2012

A really enjoyable book. I read the first one months ago and had forgotten how much fun Flavia and her setting are.

Aug 17, 2012

The Weed. . . is the 2nd in the Flavia Mysteria stories and such a charming story it is. Alan Bradley has a great way of putting together words to tell his story and to create great characters, especially 11-year-old Flavia, who doesn't always get the hints given at things that go over her head, but we, the reader, know exactly what is going on. She peddles the through 1950 English countryside with great care, using her chemestry knowledge wherever she lands. This is a great book, along with book #1. Can't wait to go on to the next.

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