It’s no secret that I loved Alan Bradley’s Dagger Award Winner The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Therefore, I’m happy to announce that the plucky, winsome eleven-year-old chemist Flavia de Luce is back and better than ever in Bradley’s latest release The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag.
Yes, the second book in the Flavia de Luce mystery series is even, dare I say, cleverer than the first. Why? Perhaps because both Alan Bradley and Flavia are a bit bolder and a bit more daring (of course I realize that one supersedes the other). Though Flavia continues to sport a respectful air toward her elders, her inner dialogue in The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag is sheer wit and genius.
Alan Bradley is a risk taker with interpretation (just look at his titles) and an absolute superstar with a simile. Ramping up both character and plot, The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag is pure head candy sprinkled with smarts. Whether you read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie or not, Bradley’s second shot is a hit and not to be missed.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer