Friday, March 23, 2012
Book Review: The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
I love the clever titles Alan Bradley has come up with for his Flavia de Luce series. This title, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, comes from a poem written by Sir Walter Raleigh to his son. It fits this novel well.
Eleven year old, Flavia, is thrust into a new mystery when a famous puppeteer comes to town. When he unexpectedly dies at the helm of his marionette, Flavia must deduce what brought him to town in the first place (the weed), what it has to do with the mysterious death of a neighbor's boy (found hanging from a gallows), and who is responsible for doing Rupert Porson in. Again, she amazingly stays one step ahead of the adult investigators.
Alan Bradley has certainly created an entertaining protagonist in this series. His mysteries move along at a good pace and include interesting tidbits of information about chemistry (Flavia's love). I have already checked out the third book in this series.