The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan C. Bradley

BradleyWeedThatStringsHangman'sBagWhy I Read It: Book 1 in the Flavia de Luce novels was excellent.

Where I Got It: The library.

Who I Recommend This To: If you like your mysteries with a few, but not many, gruesome bits and a precocious protagonist, then these are worth your while.

Narrator: Jayne Entwhistle

Publisher: Random House Audio (2010)

Length: 8 CDs

Series: Book 2 of the Flavia de Luce series

Flavia de Luce rides again! This was the second in the mystery series by A. Bradley featuring an 11 year old British girl in 1950s England. I loved the first book and I love the second; in fact, I think the second was slightly better because the character development continued for the main characters.

In this mystery, the body doesn’t turn up until nearly half way through the novel. So the reader has the scrumptious chore of trying to figure out who is going to be the murder victim as well as who is going to be the murderer. The author also throws in some information about how German prisoners-of-war in England were treated; a little tidbit of history that I knew nothing about. There is also a little additional information about Flavia’s missing mother, presumed dead. And of course there would be a traveling puppet show.

Jayne Entwhistle, the audio artist for both The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, made these books extra enjoyable. When Flavia pouts, exclaims in excitement, or whispers secrets, Entwhistle’s performance makes all of it come through to the listener.

What I Liked: Flavia is a little chemistry professor in the making; a bit of history was thrown in; there was the double mystery of figuring out who was going to be offed and who was going to do the offing.

What I Disliked: Flavia gets a little older each book, doesn’t she?

This review originally posted on on 05/01/11 and has been reposted (and reformatted) here with the permission of Lady Darkcargo.

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