Excerpt from The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag

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I have been reading a couple more of the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley. Right now, I am reading The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. Since I’ve ended up reading the few that I have in reverse chronological order, it’s been very interesting to see how much some of the characters have changed since the beginning! Flavia’s family and the villagers have really softened in the later books.

I find it sometimes a curse and sometimes a blessing that I have inherited Harriet’s acute sense of hearing, since I am able, as I am fond of telling Feely, to hear things that would make your hair stand on end.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, by Alan Bradley

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce didn’t intend to investigate another murder — but then, Rupert Porson didn’t intend to die. When the master puppeteer’s van breaks down in the village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is front and centre to help Rupert and his charming assistant, Nialla, put together a performance in the local church to help pay the repair bill. But even as the newcomers set up camp and set the stage for Jack and the Beanstalk, there are signs that something just isn’t right: Nialla’s strange bruises and solitary cries in the churchyard, Rupert’s unexplained disappearances and a violent argument with his BBC producer, the disturbing atmosphere at Culverhouse Farm, and the peculiar goings-on in nearby Gibbet Wood — where young Robin Ingleby was found hanging just five years before.

It’s enough to set Flavia’s detective instincts tingling and her chemistry lab humming. What are Rupert and Nialla trying to hide? Why are Grace and Gordon Ingleby, Robin’s still-grieving parents, acting so strangely? And what does Mad Meg mean when she says the Devil has come back to Gibbet Wood? Then it’s showtime for Porson’s Puppets at St. Tancred’s — but as Nialla plays Mother Goose, Rupert’s goose gets cooked as the victim of an electrocution that is too perfectly planned to be an accident. Someone had set the stage for murder.

Putting down her sister-punishing experiments and picking up her trusty bicycle, Gladys, Flavia uncovers long-buried secrets of Bishop’s Lacey, the seemingly idyllic village that is nevertheless home to a madwoman living in its woods, a prisoner-of-war with a soft spot for the English countryside, and two childless parents with a devastating secret. While the local police do their best to keep up with Flavia in solving Rupert’s murder, his killer may pull Flavia in way over her head, to a startling discovery that reveals the chemical composition of vengeance.

Comments

  1. I’ve been noticing this book! Great teaser…and thanks for sharing. Here’s mine: “THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW”

  2. Kathy Martin says

    I recently bought the first book in this series and tossed it on TBR mountain until my review stack is lower. It does sound like an interesting series. This week I have A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn. I’m hooked on this historical mystery series. Happy reading!

  3. I am so behind in this series (which can be said of many series)!

  4. I’ve been curious about this series. Good teaser! My Teaser comes from an urban fantasy title this week: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter.

  5. This sounds good and I’ve not heard of this series before. Thanks for sharing:)

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