Friday, August 26, 2011

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

This is the second book in the series of hilarious mysteries solved by an 11 year old girl in the 1950's England.

"Flavia, the precocious and wickedly funny heroine, begins narrating this novel while lying in the church's graveyard as she contemplates her own death. No, she is not thinking of suicide, but rather how sorry her family would be if she were no longer alive. Macabre as is sounds, Flavia's thoughts are so humorous that you will find yourself smiling." By delicateflower152 Amazon book review.

I was smiling the whole way through the book. It was funny to listen to the thoughts of a little girl that is preoccupied with poison and getting even with her two mean sisters yet curious about why people do what they do in her community. She has a knack for putting the not so obvious together just like Sherlock Holmes. The tiniest things come together for her because she is well read and very observant.

The mystery is how a famous traveling puppeteer died right at the end of his show. He was performing to earn money to get his van fixed at her church auditorium. He had a nice lady with him and he had other ties in the community that really were quite shocking. An unsolved murder or suicide from the past resurfaces. Did you know that people eat pidgins? I didn't, they are such little birds it never accrued to me that they were bred for consumption.

There isn't any bad language or gruesome details of murders. This is a clean book but with a huge vocabulary so kids might have a hard time with that. Read it and laugh!

broken book, healing book but yet whole

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