Monday, February 13, 2012

The 2nd in the Series Doesn't Disappoint

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
By Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce returns and doesn't disappoint. A genius puppeteer arrives, and Flavia helps him set up a puppet show at the local church. Suspicions stir at the Ingleby Farm (where son Robin was hung in mysterious circumstances in Gibbet wood years before). This book delves into Flavia's character, her loneliness, feelings about her deceased and adventurous mother Harriet, her distracted father, and evil older sisters. 

Performance Day brings more than entertainment--murder and mystery, what else? We get to know the town of Bishop's Lacey even better. But with such a long list of suspects, will Flavia ever solve the mystery?

Fun Fact: The setting is so well-developed, I almost didn't believe it when I found out that author Alan Bradley had never set foot in England before writing the first book. 

Song to Read By: "End Title" Shawshank Redemption Soundtrack composed by Thomas Newman:

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