Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

I just finished The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley, the 2nd book in the Flavia de Luce Mystery Series and it was even better than the first book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I love these novels! They are intellegent, inventive and suspenseful, keeping my mind engaged beyond belief while I'm sitting on the edge of my seat!

Told from the point of view of 11 year old Flavia de Luce, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag is set in the small village of Bishop's Lacy in 1950's England. Having survived being held captive after finding the answers to forbidden questions about the first murder in Bishop's Lacy, Flavia de Luce, a fledgling chemist and all around clever girl is caught up yet again in the web of a mysterious death that occurs before her very eyes! While the whole town suspects that the death is an accident, Flavia knows better, using her scientific knowledge to decipher that the death was in fact a homicide. The story follows Flavia as she snoops, concocts and interracts with the strange characters of Bishop's Lacy to get to the truth, which once revealed is shocking!

While it sounds as those these novels might be children's reads, I assure you they aren't. I would highly recommend these books to anyone who loves a great story, colorful characters, humor, mystery, sleuthing and historical fiction/period pieces. I'm so happy to have read in the author's biography that he's currently living in Malta and working on the 3rd installment of the Flavia de Luce mysteries. I hope they make these books into films cause they'd be fantastic!


  1. i love Love LOVED Flavia in the first book, but haven't read the 2nd for fear it might not be as good. i'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it even more! the guernsey book is one of my all-time favorites and i hope you enjoy it as much! love your cutie pie blog. xoxo

  2. I've been curious about this author. But like you, I have way to many books in the queue before I need buy more! After I get through some of the pile, I'll have to pick up The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

    Thanks for the review. I've been loving all of your book reviews. My "I want this book" list is growing!

    Happy 4th of July!

  3. Happy 4th of July!!! Xoxo-BLC


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