The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley audiobook

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

By Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle

Random House Audio

The Flavia de Luce Series: Book 2

9.84 Hours 1
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From Dagger Award–winning and internationally bestselling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-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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Summary

Summary

From Dagger Award–winning and internationally bestselling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-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?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Flavia is incisive, cutting, and hilarious…One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.” USA Today
Wickedly funny. The Times-Picayune
Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure—it’s a sheer delight. Winston-Salem Journal
Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature. USA Today
A pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut. Houston Chronicle
Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery. Entertainment Weekly
Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast. People (four stars)
“Utterly beguiling…Wicked wit…The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast.” People (4 stars)
“Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery.” Entertainment Weekly
“Brisk, funny, and irrepressible, Flavia is distinctly uncute, and the cozy village setting has enough edges to keep suspicions sharp…Bradley gives a pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut.” Houston Chronicle
“Like its heroine, the novel is spiky, surprising fun.” Parade
“A gloriously eccentric cast of characters…There’s not a reader alive who wouldn’t want to watch Flavia in her lab concocting some nefarious brew.” Kirkus Reviews
“Endlessly entertaining…The author deftly evokes the period, but Flavia’s sparkling narration is the mystery’s chief delight. Comic and irreverent, this entry is sure to build further momentum for the series.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Flavia’s] sleuthing skills both amaze and amuse.” Mystery Scene
“Bradley’s second novel is both creepy and laugh-out-loud funny, and his style is as dark, witty, and charming as Flavia herself.” NPR
“Bradley has once again created an engaging, whimsical, twisting tale that rewards readers as much with its style and background as it does with the central investigation…Compellingly larger than life.” Edmonton Journal

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Author Bio: Alan Bradley

Author Bio: Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of novels, short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the CWA Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English