The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths--separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads. Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic... show more
Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths--separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.
Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop's Lacy are over--and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who'd do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces' crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop's Lacey's deadliest secrets.
Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she's letting on? What of the vicar's odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there's a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson's assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can't solve--without Flavia's help. But in getting so close to who's secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?
Publish date: 2010-03-09
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 364
Edition language: English
Series: Flavia de Luce (#2)
This is the second book about eleven-year-old Flavia De Luce, who was first introduced in "The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie", where she put her considerable talents to work in solving a murder her father had been accused of. In this instalment, Flavia becomes involved with a travelling puppe...
I think I'd have phrased things a bit differently, but in the interest of time, I'm just going to copy and paste from my thoughts when I read the book a couple of years ago and add in a bit for the audiobook: The plucky young chemist with a nascent obsession with death is back in action. The case ...
Flavia stößt durch Zufall auf den berühmten Puppenspieler Rupert Porson, dessen Auto eine Panne hat. Rupert und seine Assistentin Nialla erklären sich bereit, im Gemeindesaal des Ortes ein Puppentheater aufzuführen, damit die Reparaturkosten für das Auto eingenommen werden können. Während der Vorfüh...
This is the second Flavia de Luce mystery book, though the order in this series isn't (at least at this point in the series) important. I really enjoy how Flavia interacts with the citizens of Bishops Lacey, and works to ask the right questions to get the answers she's looking for. Unlike the first...
After 3 days and switching between reading the book and listening to a horrendous audiobook (if I didn't know I already hated audiobooks, I would have started hating them now), I finally finished this book, and I am hereby dropping this series from this book on. I am not going to push myself to fini...