Weed That Swings the Hangman's Bag
Flavia deLuca # 2
By Alan Bradley
TV star Rupert Porson arrives in the quiet English town of Bishop's
Lacey with his traveling puppet show with his assistant and wife
Nialla. They agree to put on a show, Jack and the Bean Stalk, for
the church. During the performance Rupert is electrocuted.
who in addition to being fascinated by chemistry especially poisons,
is convinced that this is no accident. With a genius for solving
mysteries, she sets out to solve this and finds there is a connection
between this and an earlier crime involving an ancient rotting giblet.
She must try to untangle the clues that threaten her own life.
is another entertaining mystery featuring a precocious imaginative
intelligent 11 year old Flavia. She lives in an old English country
home with her insufferable older sisters and reclusive father. There
is an excellent sense of time and place, it is set in the 1950's.
There is a blend of the present and ancient history with enough
twists and turns to hold the reader's interest. Perhaps Flavia could
be considered a British Nancy Drew. May we hope for more of her
adventures in the future!
of other titles in this series
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie #1 [review]
The Weed That Swings the Hangman's Bag #2 [review]
A Red Herring Without Mustard #3 [review]
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows #4 [review]
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches #6 [review]