Review: The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley

Published: 2010
By: Books on Tape/Random House Inc.
Series: Flavia de Luce
Source: EPL/FMPL
Format: Audiobook/ Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307704788/9780385342315

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 Bronte 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?
– Excerpt from Goodreads


Another lovely Flavia de Luce adventure. In this account Flavia finds herself the protégé of a famed BBC puppet-master whose van has broken down in the little town of Bishop’s Lacey. Also, not only is the puppet-master stranded in this little English village but also is murdered during an evening showing in the auditorium of the church.

Young Flavia takes it upon herself to help the police in solving this murder mystery with only her limited knowledge of chemistry and social ability with the locals of the gossipy little town. See if you can figure out who murdered Rupert Porson and why before Flavia does in the second installment of a Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley.

Although, I jumped between the audiobook to the hardcopy, I really enjoyed this novel, just like the last one, and it’s fun reading the large chemical names, being a bit of a lover of science myself. Miss Flavia (as usual) is a fantastic character to follow about and watch her and her antics. Nicely done, also is the fact that you don’t need to read to the first book to know what or who the secondary characters. I would really recommend this book even if you aren’t into mystery novels. It’ll also give you a chance to get in some Canadiana reads 😉

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About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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