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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag Audiobook

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

From Dagger Award-winning and internationally best-selling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery, starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacy are over—and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces’ crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets.

Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she’s letting on? What of the vicar’s odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there’s a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson’s assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can’t solve—without Flavia’s help. But in getting so close to who’s secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?

©2010 Alan Bradley (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Billiant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her. Bradley's mystery debut is a standout." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Victoria 03-14-17
    Victoria 03-14-17 Member Since 2008

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    "Treasured every minute!"

    An engaging detective story looked into by our dear Flavia! Funny, sweet, atmospheric listen for a good mood. Learn, how the little boy died, and have a glimpse into love affairs of Bishop Lacey!

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    Jane New England 03-08-17
    Jane New England 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    Enjoyed my second Flavia mystery! It does get a bit fantastical imagining that a 10 year old would say and do the things that Flavia says and does, but the mysteries are well thought out and very detailed. Very entertaining!

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    Chris 01-30-17
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    Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads. Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacy are over—and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces’ crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets. Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she’s letting on? What of the vicar’s odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there’s a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson’s assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can’t solve—without Flavia’s help. But in getting so close to who’s secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?

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    "Enjoyable but not as good as first in series"
    If you’ve listened to books by Alan Bradley before, how does this one compare?

    Not quite as good as first in series.


    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jayne is an excellent actor and brought emotion and insights into the characters.


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    Suzy Temple, TX, United States 10-29-16
    Suzy Temple, TX, United States 10-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Jane Entwhistle Bravo"

    Such an enjoyable tale! Jane Entwhistle has given Flavia life! Murder has never been more outrageously fun! This is my second go round with the series. Can't wait for the next book!

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    Maine Knitter 08-30-16
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    "I love Flavia"

    Not as good as the first one but still quite entertaining.

    If you look at this as a story of Flavia, her family, and her community it's first-rate. The mystery was a little weak but Flavia's actions and discoveries are what make this book good. I had a few "ouch" moments, such as reference to "long distance" calls which wasn't a British term, to my knowledge.

    The narration was excellent. I will continue with this series if only to see how Flavia torments her sisters.

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    TAJ Alameda, CA United States 05-06-16
    TAJ Alameda, CA United States 05-06-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Delightful!"

    Flavia is at a peak of her detecting prowess. The narrator brings her to life in such a delightful way. What a complex plot! Bravo!

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    Lindsay Beattie Fort Worth, TX USA 04-07-16
    Lindsay Beattie Fort Worth, TX USA 04-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Quaint and complicated story! Beautiful narration!"

    Quaint yet complicated story! Flavia de Luce is a firecracker of a character. Her adventures, dabbling in chemistry, and preoccupation with death and all things morbid combine to make one of my favorite literary personalities. I loved this book and its surprisingly twisted turns. Jayne Entwistle's narration is absolute perfection for such a story and made every minute a total joy. The characters and intrigue jumped right out of the prose and into real life. I felt as if I'd been transported to the 1950 British countryside.

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    "Flavia de Luce does it again!"

    Loved this second in the series & will go for the third! Great performance for audio!

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    "The Weed That Strings. . ."

    What can I say, I love this series. The writing is polished, the characters are delightful, and Jane Entwistle is the perfect narrator. I hope Alan Bradley doesn't give up on it and I would love to read on as Flavia ages.

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