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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, Bk 2)
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - Flavia de Luce, Bk 2
Author: Alan Bradley
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?se...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385343459
ISBN-10: 0385343450
Publication Date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Flavia de Luce: an exceptionally bright, smart-aleck yet vulnerable 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry. She's one of the most engaging characters I've ever read. Living in a slowly decaying mansion in England, with her emotionally distant father (he's still grieving for her mother, lost in Tibet many years ago) and her two tormenting sisters, she sticks her nose into local murders to the exasperation of the police.
I have no idea how Flavia would compare to a real 11-year old but I don't care. She's wonderful, so bright about chemistry and the clues to catch a murder but then believing the outrageous things her sisters tell her about her mother. Some of her ideas about adult motives will make you howl with laughter.
This book is the second in the series, and while you could start with it, I think the new reader ought to start at the beginning. But no matter, you'll soon be caught up in Flavia's world.
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When I read the first book in the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, I was charmed by the story and the humor, but I have to admit that thinking of the eleven-year-old main character sneaking around trying to poison her sisters presented me with a misgiving or two. Now that I've read this second book, those misgivings have disappeared, and it's all due to author Alan Bradley's characterization. The entire de Luce family has grown and developed in this second book, and Flavia's behavior is much better understood. In fact-- since her two sisters remind me a great deal of Cinderella's stepsisters-- I rather hope Flavia is successful with her potions. (And I'll have the pleasure of finding out by reading the other books in this series.)

It is pure pleasure to watch this little girl uncover evidence... clues... secrets... and then try to get the police to act upon her discoveries. She sometimes appears to be by far the most adult person in Bishop's Lacey and the surrounding area. I also love how she applies her reading and her scientific experiments to her investigation.

The wit, the humor, the twists and turns of the plot, and an incredibly bright little girl make these books a joy to read.
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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 doesnt 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 Flavias missing mother, presumed dead. And of course there would be a traveling puppet show.