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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

A Flavia de Luce Mystery Book 2

By Alan Bradley

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  • £8.99

Cosy crime historical mysteries featuring Flavia de Luce - the teenage amateur sleuth you'll never forget. Perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.

Pigtails, poisons and murder-most-foul

A travelling puppet show arrives in the sleepy village of Bishop's Lacey - and a shocking murder takes place. For eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, the crime will test her precocious powers of deduction to the limit - particularly when she discovers that the murder echoes a tragedy which occurred many years before...

Praise for the historical Flavia de Luce mysteries:
'The Flavia de Luce novels are now a cult favourite' Mail on Sunday

'A cross between Dodie Smith's I Capture The Castle and the Addams family...delightfully entertaining' Guardian

Fans of M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin, Frances Brody and Alexander McCall Smith will enjoy the Flavia de Luce mysteries:
1. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
2. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
3. A Red Herring Without Mustard
4. I Am Half Sick of Shadows
5. Speaking From Among the Bones
6. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
7. As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust
8. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
9. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

If you're looking for a cosy crime series to keep you hooked then look no further than the Flavia de Luce mysteries.

* Each Flavia de Luce mystery can be read as a standalone or in series order *

Biographical Notes

Alan Bradley was born into a family of storytellers who never stopped talking about the old days 'back home' in England - for which he is eternally grateful. He is a former professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where he lectured on screen writing. Alan is the author of a memoir, THE SHOEBOX BIBLE in addition to the bestselling Flavia de Luce series. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in the Isle of Man.

To find out more, visit www.flaviadeluce.com.

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  • ISBN: 9781409117605
  • Publication date: 03 Feb 2011
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Orion
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Certain to become a national treasure — Daily Mail
Delightfully entertaining — Guardian
Flavia is enchanting — New York Times
A breath of fresh air to the world of period-piece sleuthing — Independent
Flavia is mercilessly addictive — Daily Telegraph
A clever, witty and totally gripping read with lots of surprises — Essentials
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Praise for the cosy crime Flavia de Luce Mysteries - perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders: The Flavia de Luce novels are now a cult favourite
Certain to become a national treasure
Delightfully entertaining
Flavia is enchanting
A breath of fresh air to the world of period-piece sleuthing
Flavia is mercilessly addictive
A clever, witty and totally gripping read with lots of surprises
At once precocious and endearing. Flavia is a marvellous character. Quirkily appealing, this is definitely a crime novel with a difference
It's like entering the lost world of the Mitford sisters where the girls are allowed to run completely wild
Hilarious, eccentric and mischievous
Engaging, entertaining, bright and breezy; and above all, great fun!
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