Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag…

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

by Alan Bradley

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
2,0831903,175 (4)1 / 322
Recently added byprivate library, nolanotes, drslm, alo1224, storm_indigo, Nextian, akcurrent, feliciaflea
  1. 40
    The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (47degreesnorth)
  2. 41
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (kraaivrouw)
  3. 41
    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (kraaivrouw)
  4. 10
    Hotel Paradise by Martha Grimes (y2pk)
    y2pk: Pre-teen girl investigating adult crimes, while putting up with her sometimes-strange family and home life. Emma Graham also appears in two other books, Cold Flat Junction and Belle Ruin. They should be read in order.
  5. 00
    The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (47degreesnorth)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

Showing 1-5 of 193 (next | show all)
I have to say, Bradley has an incredible imagination, and is the king of simile. This series is just full of such creative detail. I fell asleep a couple of times while listening (no fault of the authors) and had to back track a little which left me a little out of sync, but this is a fun series when you are looking for something entertaining. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 21, 2015 |
Genre: Historical Mystery

Rating: Very Good!

Second in the Flavia DeLuce series. I know a lot of people find Flavia annoying, but I think she’s utterly hilarious and I envy her dreadfully for being so interesting and complex.

Terrific characters, and intriguing world.

Wonderful series I’ll happily continue. ( )
  majkia | Feb 8, 2015 |
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 193 (next | show all)
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.

» Add other authors (25 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bradley, Alanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Entwistle, JayneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goudy, Frederic WilliamTypeface designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hobbing, DianeDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montgomery, JoeCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sullivan, SimonCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
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
First words
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.
COPYRIGHT PAGE NOTICE (for Mystery Guild reprint, presumably also the Delacorte Press hardcover edition):

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
738 wanted
4 pay6 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4)
1 1
2 11
2.5 10
3 126
3.5 102
4 372
4.5 64
5 188


3 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alumn

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley was made available through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Sign up to possibly get pre-publication copies of books.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 96,159,745 books! | Top bar: Always visible