Thursday, January 09, 2014

First of 2014: The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag!

Flavia, Flavia, Flavia! You're the perfect pick for my first book of 2014. I finished The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, by Alan Bradley, on January 4th, and I'm so glad I picked it up. 

In this installment of the series, Flavia deals with the mystery surrounding a little boy's death years before, a famous puppeteer, his wacky girlfriend, and the village idiot, Mad Meg. Not to mention the usual drama surrounding her father and sisters. 

Unlike The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, it actually took a while to get around to the murder Flavia had to solve in this book. I'm not complaining at all, as we also get more of Flavia's passion for poisons, and some of characters I love best (Dogger!) are developed further. 

I also found this book even wittier than the first installment, which is saying a lot. There's no end of snappy retorts and dramatic conclusions. I love Alan Bradley's writing hard, and these characters are gold. 

Pub. Date: February 2011
Publisher: Random House
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780385343459
Source: Bought it!

23 comments:

  1. I love this series as well and really liked the second book just as much, if not more, as the first one. I think we were introduced to Dieter in this book as well. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Same here! I really think it might've been better. And I loved getting to know Dieter. Hoping for more of him in future books!

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  2. I had really looked forward to the first book but when I read it it was a bit of a disappointment. Still wondering if something got lost in translation. The cover of this book is brilliant (as with all the other books) !!

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    1. I can imagine a great deal might be lost in translation. I'm not sure how the humor would translate? I find it very dry and what I consider very "British." And yes, I do adore these covers. Such lovely colors and quirky design.

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  3. I thought this one was a lot of fun. Flavia is just a joy to read about. I don't know how long I can hold off on the third one!

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    1. I have the third one waiting on David's nighstand. He's been reading it when he's at my house on the weekends, so I might have to snatch it up and read it during the week. lol

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  4. I love Flavia too and need to get back to the series!

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    1. How far along are you in the series, Kathy?

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  5. Honestly, I really didn't like this one. Actually, I seem to enjoy every other installment of this series for some reason. Weird, huh?

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    1. Ha! Well that's batting 50% so maybe that's not so bad? :)

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  6. Yay! I got the latest Flavia book from Netgalley, so I shall be enjoying a binge read of the last few books as soon as I finish my current read. The characters are just so fun!

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    1. Oooh, that sounds excellent! I started to request it but I didn't think there was any way I could cram them all in that fast. Enjoy your binge!

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  7. My entire series got wet and muddy and basically destroyed when we moved. It still makes me sad... Don't mind me! I did read this one before, though, and really liked it. I am working at getting the series back in time for the new one out this month. :)

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    1. Oh noooo! That's terrible. In fact, I might've cried. I hope you can get the rest back and get to reading. :)

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  8. So happy to hear that you loved Flavia. I've just finished the final one and the series just gets better... :)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Mel! I can't wait to read more. It's all I can do to stay away from #3 a bit longer.

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  9. First time I saw this I didn't realize it was part of a series. Do the stories stand alone, or are they best read in order?

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    1. I think they can stand alone, but they're best read in order as they do build on each other at least a little bit.

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  10. How exciting that you had such a great first book of the year! This sounds like a really enjoyable series :)

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  11. I guess I have to read the previous book first. I love the cover!

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  12. I keep hearing such good things about these books and I love the cover designs. Sigh. More to add to my TBR pile. I'm going to die buried under a TBR pile like the governess is buried in the fallen bookshelves in The 13th Tale. Whoops! Spoiler alert!

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  13. I really need to start this series -- everyone and their mother raves about it. I'm glad you had a hit, too, for the first read of 2014!

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  14. You've just got to love a witty writer!

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