The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
A Flavia de Luce Mystery (Flavia de Luce Mysteries)

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BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Alan Bradley's A Red Herring Without Mustard, discussion questions, and an essay by the author.

Flavia de Luce, a dangerously smart eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders, thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey are over—until beloved puppeteer Rupert Porson has his own strings sizzled in an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. But who’d do such a thing, and why? Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she’s letting on? What about Porson’s charming but erratic assistant? 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?

 

About Alan Bradley

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ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. Prior to taking early retirement to write in 1994, he was director of television engineering at the University of Saskatchewan media center for twenty-five years. His versatility has earned him awards for his children's books, radio broadcasts of his short stories, and national print for his journalism. He also coauthoredMs. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir,The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author ofThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, andI Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Bradley lives in Malta with his wife and two calculating cats, where he is at work on future Flavia de Luce mysteries.
 
Published March 3, 2010 by Dell. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction

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Almost 11 and keen on poisons, Flavia de Luce gets a second chance to broaden her lethal knowledge.

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Bradley’s endlessly entertaining follow-up to 2009’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie finds precocious 11-year-old Flavia de Luce once again in

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Book Reporter

In Alan Bradley’s first novel, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, Flavia helped solve the murder of a visiting childhood friend of her father’s, utilizing her chemistry knowledge --- and, frankly, her tendency to be overlooked and underestimated by the adults around her --- to get to the bot...

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The Bookbag

Add to this a great supporting cast of characters (I can't think of a weak one) and a well-worked plot and you've got a book that's well-worth reading.

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USA Today

Think of Flavia de Luce as a rougher, tougher Hermione Granger, a daredevil and lock-picker willing to bend a few rules and conduct illicit experiments in her chemical laboratory to solve crimes.

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BookPage

It’s both the humor and the pathos that keep Flavia from being annoying and unbelievable, like Charles Wallace Murry, the smugly infallible boy genius from Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time.

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Reviewing the Evidence

At the end of the book, the de Luce family gathers to watch a televised funeral on a set specially hired for the occasion, but the spectacle that is most lovingly described and most lyrically evoked is a puppet show, Jack and the Beanstalk, wrought from traditional British folklore and still, at ...

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Teen Reads

This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths --- separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

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Chron.com

Deftly channeling his heroine’s distinctive voice — beneath which it is possible to glimpse vulnerabilities — Bradley gives a pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut.

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A Patchwork of Books

For this reason, it should come as no surprise that the story of Annie is just as well-known today as when Ralph was racing to the radio—or that virtually everyone you know can sing at least a few bars of “Tomorrow”.

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