The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
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 &... show more
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.
Publish date: April 2010
Pages no: 300
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...