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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY) (edition 2011)

by Alan Bradley

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Didn't charm me as much as some of the others in the series, but a good read nonetheless. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Didn't charm me as much as some of the others in the series, but a good read nonetheless. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
The surprise and glee that accompanied Mr.Bradley's first novel, writing from the perspective of a 12 year old girl are gone. He still carries off the impersonation of a precocious pre-teen, but Flavia is beginning to grate and no longer ingratiate. For a first time reader, this novel will still be delightful. I will need some time off. ( )
  KLTMD | Dec 30, 2014 |
Not as good as the first one. The murder doesn't happen for 150 pages, and Flavia does a lot more deducing than she tells the reader about, so the ending isn't as interesting. ( )
  Alliebadger | Aug 28, 2014 |
Alan Bradley has done it again! This time Flavia de Luce gets tangled up with a travelling puppet show, one that's already famous on the new medium of television (Buckshaw doesn't yet have such a wasteful and silly device). She does her best to help Nialla, the troubled (and abused) assistant to the well-known Rupert Porson, but when Rupert is murdered everyone is suspect, from Nialla to the vicar to the BBC producer to the crazy old woman in the woods. Rupert, it turns out, had many secrets involving people in Bishop's Lacey, but it takes Flavia to figure it all out.

The story and mystery are entertaining enough, but what I love most about the Flavia books is the extraordinarily clever language. I found myself last weekend sitting in the airport laughing out loud, probably to the puzzlement of several around me. Flavia's relations with her older sisters are as sour as ever, and her love of chemistry and poison again provides amusing sidelines, but I will look forward eagerly with a hope that this series enjoys a good long run. Another 5 stars and a big thank you to Mr. Bradley and Flavia. ( )
  J.Green | Aug 26, 2014 |
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The secret of the novel’s charm involves the way in which Flavia teeters on the border between precocity and childishness, spouting faux-cynical epithets that result from the fact that her intellectual gifts far outpace her emotional capacity.
All in all, it’s a perfectly detailed and credible English village in the Agatha Christie manner, inhabited by people you can believe in and sympathize with.

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Sir Walter Raleigh To His Son

Three things there be that prosper up apace,
And flourish while they grow asunder far;
But on a day, they meet all in a place,
And when they meet, they one another mar.

And they be these; the Wood, the Weed, the Wag;
The Wood is that that makes the gallows tree;
the Weed is that that strings the hangman's bag;
The Wag, my pretty knave, betokens thee.

Now mark, dear boy -- while these assemble not,
Green springs the tree, hemp grows, the wag is wild;
But when they meet, it makes the timber rot,
It frets the halter, and it chokes the child.
Again, for Shirley
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I was lying dead in the churchyard.
"Children ought to be horsewhipped," she used to say, "unless they are going in for politics or the Bar, in which case they ought in addition to be drowned."
"Fetch my luggage, Clarence," she said, "and mind the alligator."
Seen from the air, the male mind must look rather like the canals of Europe, with ideas being towed along well-worn towpaths by heavy-footed dray horses. There is never any doubt that they will, despite wind and weather, reach their destination by following a simple series of connected lines.
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Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders, sets out to solve the murder of a beloved puppeteer. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can't solve--without Flavia's help.… (more)

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