The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2) by Alan Bradley

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)

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 ab...

Details The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)

TitleThe Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
Release DateMar 25th, 2010
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Audiobook, Crime, European Literature, British Literature, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Adult

Reviews The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    I can't really explain it, but I really like this series. I don't read books like this and yet here I am with book two under my belt and looking forward to book three. I actually liked this book better than the first book The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I was talked into reading the first book, and prejudged the book which it took 3/4 of the book to convince me that I really was having a good time. With book two I picked it up already con...
  • Jeanette
    I see I'm not the only one unthrilled by this second book. There are no spoilers in what follows, but if you loved the first one and are excited for this one, read no further. Or if you do, don't complain to me that I killed your joy. This story meandered way too much to keep my interest, and I thought the plot was dreadfully thin. Lots of window dressing and trying too hard to be cute. It felt very much like a 70-something-year-old man trying to...
  • Richard Derus
    These are cute, cute, cute books! I don't buy it, a kid being this kind of smart, but I don't care. The plot's a little on the thin side, but I don't care. The fun of these books is the delightful fantasy of Eng-er-land post-WWII seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Flavia, daughter of decayed privilege.The murdered man, a puppeteer/drug dealer, *richly* deserved killing, which always makes a mystery more fun for me. His relict, of sorts, is ...
  • Laurie
    Flavia returns! Oh, delicious young poisoner Flavia de Luce, cousin to Wednesday Addams, Sherlock Holmes as an 11 year-old girl. A delight.
  • Heather
    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag picks up a little more than a month after The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie leaves off, so it was good to read them consecutively. It's summer in Bishop's Lacey, the little village outside of which eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce lives with her father and two older sisters in the old family manor, Buckshaw. Flavia's relaxing in the churchyard when she sees that she has company: it turns out that the van...
  • Carolyn
    I love this series, especially the feisty 11 year old Flavia deLuce at the centre of it all. England in the 1950s must have been a golden time for childhood. Flavia is left totally alone to roam the countryside on her bike, visit whoever she wants and poke her nose in wherever she wants. Of course things might be different if her mother hadn't died at her birth and it was left to her distant father and two hateful sisters (who Flavia may end up p...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Delightful! That's is precisely what this book is. Just a delightful story with the precocious Flavia de Luce. This time is she trying to find out who killed the famous puppeteer Rupert Porson and she does her usual way, by being curious, listening to gossip and putting two and two together. And, thinking of ways of killing people with poisons..especially her sisters. Flavia de Luce is such a wonderful characters, she will either be a great detec...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    I liked the first book a little more. I think the mystery was better crafted in the first book. However, it was still quite a mystery. This one was quite sad due to the subject matter. I think that was another reason it didn't sit as well with me. Flavia is her usual self. Very precocious and highly astute and observant. She makes a formidable detective. Much in the style of the highly esteemed Miss Marple. One that people will often overlook bec...
  • Adina
    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag is the 2nd book in the Flavia De Luce series. I liked the novel less than the first one as I could not connect with the characters in the beginning and I was a little bit annoyed by Flavia. That changed soon enough and the book became entertaining, as I was expecting. For those who do not know this series, it is about a 12 years old girl living in an old English mansion with her father and two sisters after...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I think I liked this second book even better than I did the first book in the series, even though I didn’t get to experience the same novelty of Flavia as a character.I love Flavia and Flavia’s narration. She’s such a hoot. It helps to have a very warped sense of humor to enjoy this mystery series, and I am the proud possessor of a warped sense of humor, which allows me to enjoy all sorts of humor.I knew too much about the mystery too soon,...
  • Emma
    This series is growing on me. Flavian is such an engaging, quirky character as are the rest of her household. The mystery to be solved was a good one. The idea of an eleven year old running rings round the police force and inspector works well.and although she's so feisty and independent, we still see how affected she is by her mother's death as well as the horrible things her sisters say to her. I loved the family's first experience with the one...
  • Brooke
    Even better than the first one, "The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag" was so lovely!!! These books are so unique because what Alan Bradley does is takes his readers through layers of imagination. When I read his books I literally see everything and I'm transported to a different time. He is so great at writing characters and setting its so fun and fantastic! This book had a charming plot even though it was about murder. The puppeteer idea was...
  • Carol
    I could only barely make it through one Harry Potter novel even though they are very imaginative and popular. Yet I am addicted to Flavia de Luce books as much as Flavia is addicted to chemistry, solving mysteries and devouring horehound sticks. Flavia has a hilarious and sweet view of her world and she make you want to be a part of it. Eleven year old Flavia lives in Buckshaw, an old estate on the edge of Bishop's Lacey. She is know by all the l...
  • Lorraine M. Thompson
    I read this book because I fell in like with the protagonist Flavia de Luce in "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie". (And yes, I do sometimes select a book to read by its cover which is the main reason I picked up "The Sweetness...It had a crow on the cover and I am a huge corvoid fan!).I just learned that there is a new Flavia book out and an totally looking forward to reading it.Anyways, how can you not like a writer who pens: "If you remem...
  • Elyse
    I skipped the other 2 books I have out from the library to dive right into this! One of my favorite lines in this book, "Take myself, for instance: I am often thought of as being remarkably bright, and yet my brains, more often than not, are busily devising new and interesting ways of bringing my enemies to sudden, gagging, writhing, agonizing death." Oh Flavia! Such a funny, smart-ass. And she's only 11! Another delightful murder mystery in whic...
  • Melissa
    Give me resistance, give me marching in the streets, and then give me books about an eleven-year-old chemist who rides her bike around the village solving crimes and threatening to poison her sisters for the end of the day when all I want is to try to take my mind off of how fucking shameful & reprehensible my country is.
  • Julia
    I have heard good things about this series from others. I decided to finally give it a chance. Unfortunately my library didn't have the first volume, but they did have the second volume and that is where I started. This feels like a stand alone mystery, so I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Flavia is a likable character. It is hard to remember she is only 11 years old. She is a great detective and chemist and is sure to do good things as ...
  • Francesca
  • Tatiana
    Another lovely and funny Flavia de Luce mystery.One afternoon Flavia stumbles upon a traveling puppet show van at the local church's graveyard. The van is broken and in the temporary absence of the mechanic, stranded in Bishop's Lacy for a few days. Not to waste their time, performers decide to do a couple of shows to entertain local public. Of course, Flavia doesn't hesitate to befriend the famous puppeteer Rupert Porson and his beautiful (and p...
  • Valerie Best
    It took me a little while to get into this one, which surprised me, because I liked the first book in the series so much. But, I powered through, and this one was really great too. The mysteries Bradley creates are interesting and intricate, without being too complicated to follow (mostly), but his writing is the real star of these books. Bishop’s Lacy has such an genuine sense of reality, like you could turn the knob and walk right in. He’s ...
  • Jennie
    Look, I like Flavia De Luce - I do. But Alan Bradley needs to make up his mind about whether this girl is eleven or thirty; she can't be both. I can't tell you how much it bothers me to have an eleven-year-old thinking things like "As if they had been sucked in through my pores by osmosis, I knew even as they swept over me that I was hearing the bitter words of an old man to a love far younger than himself." How can she know that? Nothing about h...
  • Stacey
    Oh Flavia, you and your poison...This second installment in the Flavia De Luce series was a bit slower than the first (the murder doesn't even occur until half-way through the book!) but more revealing of the De Luce family background, which made up for the slower start. Flavia is freakishly observant and manipulative, and she's 11 years old. The mysteries are told from the viewpoint of a very precocious, highly intelligent child. She misses thin...
  • Niina
    Jo Alan Bradleyn ensimmäinen, suloisesta myrkynkeittäjästä Flavia de Lucesta kirjoittama teos Piiraan maku makea hurmasi, ja sarjan toinen osa Kuolema ei ole lasten leikkiä jatkaa samalla tasokkaalla ja koukuttavalla linjalla.Bishop's Laceyyn saapuu kuuluisa nukketeatteritaitelija Rupert Porson. Flavialle käy nopeasti selväksi millainen ihminen Rupert on ja alkaa hienovaraisesti käärimään auki salaisuuksien päälle ohuelti kiedottuja ...
  • Beth Cato
    I don't read many mystery books, but I am hooked on this series--and have gotten my mom hooked as well. In this second book, 11-year-old Flavia continues her adventures in the British countryside where she roams wild with her unhealthy interest in murder and poison. In this book, a visiting puppeteer is murdered, and the cast of suspects is wide. Bradley, a Canadian, has a magnificent knack for creating characters who are brilliant and quirky in ...
  • Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
    I have to say, Alan Bradley's ability to evoke a time and place is simply amazing. Whether I enjoyed the mystery or not I would probably read this series just for the opportunity to escape to these small towns in 1950s England.IF you adored the SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE I hardly think you need me to urge you on to read Flavia #2. However, if you are like me and somewhat on the line as to whether to continue, let me give you a little nudg...
  • Kathy
    Flavia de Luce is one of the most delightful characters to come along in contemporary mystery fiction in some time. Introduced to this charming character in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, she continues to entertain and engage the reader in this second novel of the series. Bradley in his writing, full of wit and humor, is able to spin tales that are totally absorbing, literally the kind you don't want to put down and can't wait to pick up...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Flavia is searching for clues to solve the murder of Rupert Porson who met his untimely end thanks to a current of electricity during a puppet show. Surprisingly that wasn't the only shocking thing to happen at the show. The puppet for Jack and the Beanstalk had an uncanny resemblance to Robin, a young boy who died tragically in their small town a few years ago. Puppet and puppeteer both leave the people of Bishop's Lacey shaken.Is there a connec...
  • Mikko Saari
    Splendid. Better than the first part, which was already really good. Flavia is a lovely character, but the other cast is full of interesting people. The crime that has happened is a curious one, with lots of fuzzy detail, but the little chemist Flavia manages to figure everything out, as usual.
  • Marta
    Fun as the previous. Good story, and Flavia is just as mischievous and clever as before.