Monday, March 22, 2010
New Release: The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
In this book we rejoin the eleven year old Flavia de Luce as she is lying in a graveyard, imagining her own death and funeral. She is brought out of her morbid reverie by the sound of a woman sobbing. The woman turns out to be the beautiful Nialla, assistant to renowned BBC puppeteer Rupert Porson. Their van has broken down and the mechanic is away for the weekend. There's nothing for them to do but to schedule a pair of shows for the locals and try to earn some money toward their van repairs. But, of course, nothing is as it seems and Flavia soon finds out things about not only Nialla and Rupert but also some of her own neighbors. Eventually, she takes her part in solving both a modern-day crime and also a five year old one.
If you like mysteries at all and haven't read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie yet, get yourself a copy. I know it had a lot of hype last year when it came out but it really deserved it. It's a fantastic book. And this is a wonderful sequel. It is a different type of narrative--the murder doesn't even happen until almost half-way through the book--but it's the same Flavia. She's smart and observant and tough. She still fights with her awful sisters and exasperates her eccentric father. She is kind to the shell-shocked Dogger and is almost universally liked in Bishop's Lacey. The mystery is strong and just as shocking as some of Flavia's more poisonous thoughts. What else can I say except that Alan Bradley can't finish the next book soon enough!
Pondering how my advanced chemistry classes now seem so inadequate,
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