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

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

by Alan Bradley
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Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
TWTaz More than 1 year ago
While I did enjoy the second installment in the Flavia series, I have to say I was a little disappointed after the pace of the first book. For me, the action moved a little too slowly with the murder not occurring until almost half way through the book. But once Flavia's sleuthing skills kicked in, things picked up. All in all, it was a commendable second book in the series and I look forward to the next Flavia adventure. This is a gem of a character that puts a smile on my face!
llewellynVA More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it pays to take the road less traveled. My list of last read books includes double intrigue spy and counter spy thrillers, tales of a Louisiana detective, the fall of the Roman Republic, life of Julius Caesar, Siege of Malta and a book about an eleven year old chemist whose hobby is poisons. I can begin a conversation about any of the above less the young chemist. What I can say is the English language, wry similes and memorable characters abound is this book. Alan Bradley's writing is a bargain at whatever you pay for his books. It is a fair bet you will search out and purchase all of the Flavia stories and you will be like me, not quite sure how to describe the pleasure each brings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book very very much, and I eagerly waited for this second book to come out. I must say, I am very disappointed, because there is no point to the story, the story line is chopped up and all over the place, and Ms. Flavia is so much less witty, wicked and interesting in this second book. I don't think I'll be recommending this book to anyone at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the first! Flavia is just as charming as in Sweetness, and I found the story line more compelling in this second. Can't wait to read the next one! Alan Bradley is such a gifted writer who has created an unusual character. There are times when she seems too "wise beyond her years" and the narration sounds too much like an adult, but overall, I love the characters and what Bradley does with them. Very enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series of books by Alan Bradley are very well written and so cute! The heroine is an 11 year old girl who likes to dabble in her late great uncle's chemistry lab. She seems to fall into sleuthing the problems in her village. Very mid-1900s British background, just wholesome and fun and done quite well!
PricelessReads More than 1 year ago
Just like the first book in this series, Flavia de Luce embarks on an adventure to solve a mystery. Everything about her delights me. I think it has to do with her being a little sneaky while still maintaining her goody-girl image. The mystery in this story unfolds at a good pace, keeping you interested till the end.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The First Half Strings Us along a Bit Too Much If you haven’t meant Flavia, she is an 11-year-old living in the small town of Bishop’s Lacey in England in 1950. Oh, and she has a fascination with chemistry, poison, and death. These were only heightened by a murder she found herself involved in and solving just a couple of weeks before this book opens. That opening finds Flavia sitting in the cemetery. Her thoughts are interrupted by a woman crying. The woman is Nialla, the assistant to famous puppeteer Rupert Porson. They are on a nationwide tour performing his amazing version of Jack and the Beanstalk, but their van has broken down. While they await the repairs, and to earn some money to pay for those repairs, they agree to do two performances in the village, and Flavia finds herself helping them set up. However, before the performances are over, someone is dead. Flavia and her family witness the deed, and Flavia immediately begins to investigate. Will she once again find the killer? As I hinted at earlier, that murder doesn’t take place until almost the half-way point. Yes, some of what happens before that is important to the solution of the case, however, the tension just isn’t there. It’s more a series of events that we just don’t care about for far too long, and I was a little bored at times. Honestly, some of these revelations could have been worked into the story after the murder takes place so we care about what we are learning. It would have made the book stronger. Once that second half hits, the pace definitely does pick up, and I began to enjoy it much more. The climax is not as suspenseful as the first book, but it is gripping in other ways and very well done. The characters are still absolutely wonderful. Well, Flavia’s older sisters are truly horrible to her, but then again, Flavia isn’t a saint to them by any means either. We meet quite a few new characters in this book, and they all come across as real. These characters are the true strength of the book. Flavia is not your typical 11-year-old, and her observations, especially in the first person narration, are often funny. This isn’t a humorous novel overall, but you will find lines that will make you smile if not laugh. And yes, I do intend to continue the series. While this book could have been paced better, I’m still curious what happens next to Flavia.
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hanro More than 1 year ago
Flavia's adventures and investigations continue. Between her chemistry experiments, as Flavia plots revenge on her sisters, she uncovers some village secrets and solves 2 murders. There are some touches of humor, but the tone here is more melancholy and introspective. Yaroo!
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A great sequel to "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie". 11-year-old Flavia de Luce returns in this series for adults, as a unique child with a bit of a mad scientist streak. Death strikes again in Bishop's Lacy, England, and Flavia is on the case. Rupert Porson, a traveling puppeteer, dies on stage in front of the whole town. Flavia is shocked, saddened and fascinated with the whole scene as it unfolded onstage.  Off to the laboratory for a chemical examination! Note: The storyline hints that Rupert was not always the charming entertainer that he seemed to be in public, but that was rather involved with women. Although the book is captivating, it's also not very moral. Even Flavia's cunning deeds show that she has rather evil intentions sometimes --- although still quite laughable.
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MsTeriousDM More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, cheeky, and adorable all at once, Flavia once again gets the job done almost before the local inspector gets a chance to start. Not his fault though. The bored 11-yr-old scamp can slip freely into places the police cannot and bluntly ask questions an adult wouldn't dare. I went through this one like a newly sharpened pen knife through a cucumber.
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This is one of the best series of books I've read in a long while. Flavia de Luce is such a remarkable little girl, and I love seeing the world from her viewpoint.
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A very enjoyable series.  Flavia's personality is captivating.  From the beginning you are drawn into the story and hooked!