The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag; Alan Bradley
Flavia de Luce, the lonely, independent, brilliant, almost eleven-year-old with a passion for poisons and chemistry is back in the second installment of Alan Bradley's, "Flavia de Luce Mystery", The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag.
As in Flavia's debut: The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie , the period is the 1950s in the English village of Bishop's Lacey. At the old mansion house of Buckshaw, lonely Flavia, is still being taunted by her two older sisters. She passes time tinkering in the laboratory she inherited from her mother who died when she was very little, and an eccentric great uncle. Just as she is thinking her crime solving days might be over, Flavia finds herself gathering clues for two deaths, one involving the famous puppeteer Rupert Porson, who met his untimely death during a St. Tancred's church production of Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as young Robin Inglesby's hanging death several years before.
Flavia and her family are in the audience, and they are sure the puppeteer's death was no accident. So once again, Flavia, notebook in hand, along with her trusty bicycle Gladys, are off gathering clues from the eccentric members of the community, performing chemical tests in her laboratory, to assist Inspector Hewitt with his murder investigation once again., and readers will find that there are plenty of suspects or motives, to keep you turning the pages.
MY THOUGHTS - I really enjoy the way Alan Bradley writes. He has created an endearing character in Flavia. The story is told from the perspective of the child who is just so, precocious. I loved this junior sleuth and her keen eye for detail. Although this is book #2 of the series (you can read my earlier review here) , there is no need to read book #1 before reading this one. You can pretty much pick up all there is to know about Flavia and her family by jumping in with this installment. Fans of finely tuned cozy mysteries should really enjoy this book and series. RECOMMENDED - (4.5/5 stars)