The Weed that Strings the Hangman's BagFlavia De Luce Mystery Series
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The second outing for the wonderful Flavia de Luce. Flavia investigates another murder in Bishops Lacey and tries to track down the ingenious killer using her powers of deduction and her chemistry lab. Brilliant and charming this is an excellent crime series.
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The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
The story opens with the immortal words 'I was lying dead in the churchyard' (spoken, astonishingly, by Flavia herself) and ends with a funeral watched by the De Luce family on a newly-installed television set. Inbetween, 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. The plot, beginning with the arrival in Bishop's Lacey of a travelling puppet show, features a grisly murder during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the village hall and reaches back to an earlier, even nastier crime centring on an ancient, rotting gibbet that has lain like a shadow over the village for years. 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.
ReviewsThe 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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Publication date3rd February 2011
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PublisherOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
CategoriesCrime & mystery
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