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Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Bradley
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Readers ready to allow themselves to be led by Flavia's strong, cool intelligence and sharp wit and Bradley's deft evocation of a past that never quite existed, will certainly welcome the reappearance of this most original heroine (Yvonne Klein REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE.COM )

In this mystery, subtle humor abounds - the kind that kids who know they're really smarter than adults thrive on. It's Harry Potter territory without wizards and with more erudite writing... If Bradley's characters don't make it on the big screen, someone out there is reading the wrong stuff (Sue Emmons MYSTERY SCENE )

Precocious amateur sleuth and chemist Flavia de Luce returns in this charming and captivating sequel...This is a fresh and kooky crime novel that will leave you wanting more' (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY )

Alan Bradley weaves a hauntingly nightmarish tale that involves Punch & Judy - and in particular Mr Punch's nemesis, the hangman, Jack Ketch - a frighteningly realistic puppet show, and a hitherto unexplored corner of Bishop's Lacey known as Gibbet's Wood. For Flavia, undoing the complex knot that ties these strands together will test her precocious powers of deduction to the limit - and provide a shocking insight into some of the darker corners of the adult world (TANGLED WEB )

This is a rich fruitcake of a book, chock-full of choice morsels, drenched in heartening spirit!...All will be revealed, of course, as the intricate plot unfolds, but there is such period charm to this book, and the precocious Flavia is so original a character, that on all fronts it's a joy to read from start to finish! (CORNFLOWER )

I didn't work out the ending until it happened ...and so Bradley and Flavia outwitted me which I enjoyed. I do like feeling very clever and having figured it all out myself but there are more twists and turns and with an addition of an old mystery thrown in you have lots more to contend with...I think this series is just going to keep on getting better and better. Its books like this that make reading such a pleasure (SAVIDGE READS )

Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old sleuth, who first captured readers' hearts in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,, unravels a complex plot. There are some chilling moments in this ingenious novel (CHOICE )

memorably funny (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW )

this is a rich fruitcake of a book, chock-full of choice morsels, drenched in heartening spirit!...The intricate plot unfolds neatly against a charming period backdrop of 1950s' England, while the precocious but indomitable Flavia is so original a character that the book is a joy to read (GOOD BOOK GUIDE )

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'Readers ready to allow themselves to be led by Flavia's strong, cool intelligence and sharp wit and Bradley's deft evocation of a past that never quite existed, will certainly welcome the reappearance of this most original heroine' -- Yvonne Klein REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE.COM 'In this mystery, subtle humor abounds - the kind that kids who know they're really smarter than adults thrive on. It's Harry Potter territory without wizards and with more erudite writing... If Bradley's characters don't make it on the big screen, someone out there is reading the wrong stuff' -- Sue Emmons MYSTERY SCENE 'Precocious amateur sleuth and chemist Flavia de Luce returns in this charming and captivating sequel...This is a fresh and kooky crime novel that will leave you wanting more" WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY 'Alan Bradley weaves a hauntingly nightmarish tale that involves Punch & Judy - and in particular Mr Punch's nemesis, the hangman, Jack Ketch - a frighteningly realistic puppet show, and a hitherto unexplored corner of Bishop's Lacey known as Gibbet's Wood. For Flavia, undoing the complex knot that ties these strands together will test her precocious powers of deduction to the limit - and provide a shocking insight into some of the darker corners of the adult world' TANGLED WEB 'This is a rich fruitcake of a book, chock-full of choice morsels, drenched in heartening spirit!...All will be revealed, of course, as the intricate plot unfolds, but there is such period charm to this book, and the precocious Flavia is so original a character, that on all fronts it's a joy to read from start to finish!' CORNFLOWER 'I didn't work out the ending until it happened ...and so Bradley and Flavia outwitted me which I enjoyed. I do like feeling very clever and having figured it all out myself but there are more twists and turns and with an addition of an old mystery thrown in you have lots more to contend with...I think this series is just going to keep on getting better and better. Its books like this that make reading such a pleasure' SAVIDGE READS 'Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old sleuth, who first captured readers' hearts in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,, unravels a complex plot. There are some chilling moments in this ingenious novel' CHOICE 'memorably funny' HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW 'this is a rich fruitcake of a book, chock-full of choice morsels, drenched in heartening spirit!...The intricate plot unfolds neatly against a charming period backdrop of 1950s' England, while the precocious but indomitable Flavia is so original a character that the book is a joy to read' GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (15 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FXCSMM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PULLING THE STRINGS 21 Jun 2012
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Flavia de Luce rides again. Aboard her trusty bicycle "Gladys" the eleven year old sleuth/aspiring chemist is off on another adventure. Her latest escapade is precipitated by a chance meeting in the local churchyard with a young woman named Nialla, assistant to a relatively famous television puppeteer named Rupert Porson. Rupert, it seems, has some ties with at least one of the local village residents and when the vicar extends an invitation to Rupert and Nialla to perform their puppet show for the locals, the mystery begins. As with Alan Bradley's first novel,THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, this story also takes place in the small English village of Bishop's Lacy circa 1950. Once again, suspicious deaths are the order of the day and Flavia takes center stage in this unusual who-dunnit.

Flavia's family still resides in the crumbling mansion known as Buckshaw. Still present are the banes of Flavias young life, her sisters, seventeen year old Ophelia and thirteen year old Daphne, who take gleeful pleasure in taunting Flavia with tales of her unwanted birth and/or adoption and, as usual, Flavia continues to plot delicious and devious ways to avenge herself on her tormenters (her latest attempt at "getting even" involves a box of candy and noxious odors). The unconventional family is rounded out by Flavia's introverted philetalist father and her eccentric, outspoken visiting Aunt Felicity. Although Flavia's reaction to her sisters represents the typical reaction of an 11 year old to teasing, her powers of deductive reasoning, her knowledge of chemistry and her wild imagination definitely place her far beyond her chronological years.

To enjoy this book, please do not attempt to apply logic when it comes to Flavia's amazing and unbelievable intelligence. Just think of Flavia as wonderful wine ......you don't know how it's made, but the flavor is full and pleasing so you just enjoy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely 5 glowing stars! 24 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
Flavia de Luce is back and better than ever. Actually, I can say that I enjoyed this second book even more than the first The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie because the mystery was very good in this second novel and Flavia really had to use her powers of deductive reasoning to find the culprit and answer all the questions raised.

Something as simple as the breakdown of a van was the catalyst for involving the people of the hamlet of Bishop's Lacy in murder. This second story in the series involves the entire population of the village when the famous puppeteer agrees to put on a show in the church hall to pay the expenses for fixing his van. The world of Flavia de Luce in 1950's England is once more brought brilliantly to life by Alan Bradley. All of the characters we met were very interesting for me and the sheer number introduced made the solving of this mystery very much harder than in the first novel. There were hidden things going on in the background of this small community which came to light as Flavia and the police began to investigate who had committed this murder.

I really enjoy the way Bradley has written the character of Flavia here. There is more humor in this book than in the first and it really solidified my liking for Flavia as a person. In all honesty I must say that I had never noticed before how many of the worlds most infamous (or should that be famous?) poisoners had names beginning with the letter "C". Now that's the kind of interactions Bradley makes his character have with the reader that allows me to think that Flavia could walk into this room right now and I could hold a conversation with her. She and I would get along just fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply addictive 18 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Whilst an excellent piece of crime fiction in its own right this is also a wonderful pastiche. It evokes all that was good in the Golden Age crime novel but the distance in time lends it an ironic air. This is a murder story for grown-ups, however, and any sweetness has a very dark centre. The tea room does after all have an interconnecting door with the undertakers! If you don't like Flavia you won't like the book, but I loved Flavia and I found Bradley's very twenty-first century resurrection of the world of Allingham and Christie simply addictive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 30 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Right from the very first line I was hooked on this book. "I was lying dead in the churchyard" is a line that is guaranteed to grab the attention of the reader. The " deceased" Flavia De Luce is a wonderful creation, a young lady who is both a great detective and a mad scientist with a worrying fondness for poisons. Flavia is mature beyond her years with a brilliant nack for seeing right through people. The plot revolves around the arrival of a famous tv star Rupert Porson and his young lady friend Nialla. They bring with them a travelling puppet show which Rupert is very proud of, making all the puppets, sets, lighting and sound systems. Initially Flavia takes an interest in Nialla, discovering Nialla's secret thanks to interesting chemical works in the lab of her late uncle. Flavia lives with her father and two sisters, the latter two making sure that Flavia's life is not so comfy.

During a much anticipated performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, the locals notice the likeness of one puppet's face to that of a dead child from the villages past. During the performance, tragedy strikes and a death occurs in a shocking way. During her investigations, Flavia delves into the past histories of the village she has grown up in, with some amazing revelations. A cunning and sometimes devious young lady, she gets answers that the police can't and in her round about way solves the murder. There are some great comedy moments in the book as well, and some very interesting information, for instance, that in the eyes of Flavia Emma Bovary is the best documented death from poison in literature. The saga with the chocolate box had me smiling especially at the end where we are left to imagine the stench Flavia created.

All in all an excellent read, one that had me captivated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flavia de Luce - the Sherlock of Bishop's Lacey
If Sherlock Holmes were an 11-year old girl living in a small English village called Bishop's Lacey after the Second World War, his name would have been Flavia de Luce. Read more
Published 15 days ago by S Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Not as good as "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" but still an interesting and funny read. I look forward to reading the next one in the series
Published 1 month ago by Eager Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is another wonderful read. Don't be put off by the apparent odd subject for a "detective novel" the plot and characters are superb.
Published 1 month ago by K. A. Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted murder mystery
THE WEED THAT STINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG is the second instalment in the Flavia De Luce mystery series. For me, the enjoyment with these novels lies with Flavia herself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brida
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really boring, just ineffectual
A librarian friend in the US said that I would really enjoy these Bradley Flavia de Luce mysteries. I tried. I really did. But I just couldn't get into Flavia and her mysteries. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DixieAl
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavia does it again
A great second episode. I really am getting to know Flavia better and better. Download book three whilst I type.
Published 8 months ago by Marcus Tyley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love Flavia de Luce stories - beautifully written, funny and well plotted. And this is before I've actually read this particular story... Thank you Alan Bradley!
Published 9 months ago by bruyere
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavia is great
Another great who done it to be solved by the inimitable flavia. I adore ghastly aunt felicity. Dogger is always one jump ahead. Daphne and Ophelia as the sisters are incomparable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars 1950's mystery
Another good Flavia tale. Always original and full of characterful little twists. A lovely cast of characters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The weed that strings the hangman's bag
The second Flavia de Luce book in the series is slightly different from the first, in that she solves a crime commited years ago. Read more
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