The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag The delightfully dark second volume in the acclaimed Flavia de Luce mystery series sees murder and puppetry coming to the village of Bishop's Lacey.
- Published: 15 April 2010
- Format: Hardback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780752897134 ISBN 10: 0752897136
- Sales rank: 171,556
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Full description for The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
The story opens with the immortal words 'I was lying dead in the churchyard' (spoken, astonishingly, by Flavia herself) and ends with a funeral watched by the De Luce family on a newly-installed television set. Inbetween, Alan Bradley weaves a hauntingly nightmarish tale that involves Punch & Judy - and in particular Mr Punch's nemesis, the hangman, Jack Ketch - a frighteningly realistic puppet show, and a hitherto unexplored corner of Bishop's Lacey known as Gibbet's Wood. The plot, beginning with the arrival in Bishop's Lacey of a travelling puppet show, features a grisly murder during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the village hall and reaches back to an earlier, even nastier crime centring on an ancient, rotting gibbet that has lain like a shadow over the village for years. For Flavia, undoing the complex knot that ties these strands together will test her precocious powers of deduction to the limit - and provide a shocking insight into some of the darker corners of the adult world.