Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag

I so enjoyed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, so I was excited to read the second tale of 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. In this book, little Flavia once again comes across a murder, which somehow connects to a murder several years prior. Through her own cunning and swift questioning of the townspeople Bishop’s Lacy, Flavia once again trumps the local investigator and solves the case.

From a mystery standpoint, this story didn’t grab me quite as much as the one in Sweetness. Also, the villain wasn’t really a villain at all, unlike the dangerous murder from the previous book. Flavia was in real danger in Sweetness. In Hangman, she seemed more like a curious kid rather than a sleuth. But, the book was still cute (Flavia’s a superb character), fun and a quick and easy read. I would read more about Flavia if more books should come out. I just think author Alan Bradley should move her up to the next level in investigating, rather than pull her back.


Em said...

I just realized you were posting here again! I agree with your review on this one - I adore Flavia, but this installment lacked some of the spark of the first one. I'll keep reading this series if it does continue, though.

Charley said...

I agree - this one was not as much of a page-turner as the first. There were even a few moments where I considered quitting, which was surprising, as I couldn't get enough of the first book.