Last year, Alan C. Bradley’s bestseller The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie introduced us to Flavia De Luce, the 10 year old chemistry whiz with a passion for poison. The book became an instant bestseller, and readers hoped that a follow-up novel would not be far behind.
Well, Flavia’s back in The weed that strings the hangman’s bag. Again, Flavia must use her quick wit, youthful charm, and her knowledge of chemistry to solve a mystery. This time she becomes involved with a travelling puppet show. When the puppeteer is electrocuted, Flavia suspects it was not accident. Flavia delves into the background of some of the interesting characters involved and finds that there is much more to the story than first thought.
Bradley is a gifted writer and his ability to pen an adult novel narrated by this charming 10 year old is amazing. Who could resist a supersleuth whose only method of transportation is her bicycle named Gladys.