Review: The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag

November 10, 2010 Whitney Review 3 Comments

Review: The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s BagThe Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Author Alan Bradley
Series: Flavia de Luce #2
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication Date March 25, 2010
Source: Bought

In 1950s English bucolic Bishop's Lacy, narrator Flavia de Luce 11, has a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. Puppeteer Rupert Porson has his strings sizzled, his charming helper Nialla suspect. Astride trusty bicycle Gladys, she investigates Gibbet Wood madwoman, vicar, German pilot, and poisoned chocolates.

Flavia is such a precocious child that you can’t help but love her and route her on from the sidelines.  One thing that I found very interesting about The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag is that a times it didn’t even feel like a mystery, the back story of the novel’s characters is so intriguing that at times I forgot there was another murder that needed solving.  Although, unlike the first in this series, Flavia didn’t use her chemistry skills as much to put together clues as in her previous case, but instead focused on poisoning her oldest sister Ophelia with chocolates sent by an admirer.  In the end, all the pieces of the puzzle are put together and the strings neatly tied, equaling a fun and clever story.

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