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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
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Jul 24, 2010

really liked it
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Precocious 11 yr old Flavia living in bucolic English countryside with father and two sisters with whom fight continually, love poisons, chemistry, solving murders. Madwoman inGibbet Wood. Hanging of boy in wood. Vicar? Couple on farm, what secrets? German pilot obsessed with Bronte sisters…but at centre a puppet master, famous on BBC and his current assistant who turns out pregnant. When the puppet master is electricuted in the middle of one of his shows in church hall, they mystery is joined. Rather slow in getting going, but the charm of this 11 yr old is enough to carry the story.

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