The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

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US: Bantam Dell
US Audio: Random House
US Large Print: Thorndike
Canada: Doubleday
UK: Orion
UK Audio: W.F. Howes
UK Large Print: Magna
Brazil: Saraiva
Bulgaria: AMG
China: Harbin
Croatia: Naklada Ljevak
Czech Republic: Euromedia
Denmark: Forlaget Punktum
Estonia: Paikese Kirjastus
Finland: Bazar Forlag
France (hardcover): JC Lattès
France (paperback): 10/18
Germany: Blanvalet
Germany (Audio): Random House
Hungary: Maxim
Israel: Matar
Italy: Mondadori
Japan: Tokyo Sogensha
Korea: Munhakdongne
Lithuania: VAGA
Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff
Norway: Forlaget Press
Poland: Vesper
Portugal: Planeta
Romania: Editura Trei
Russia: AST
Spain: Planeta
Spain (Catalan): Columna
Sweden: Lind
Taiwan: Azoth
TV: Robert Mickelson, Mystic Point Productions


Alan Bradley (Photo: Jeff Bassett)
(Photo: Jeff Bassett)

Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. The Flavia de Luce mystery series has been sold in 39 territories and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. The books have been bestsellers in Canada, the USA, Germany, Russia, Brazil, China, and Holland, appearing on bestseller lists in The New York Times – where the first two books appeared simultaneously – and Der Spiegel – for four months.

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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

by Alan Bradley



The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag coverFlavia de Luce didn't intend to investigate another murder — but, then again, Rupert Porson didn't intend to die. When the master puppeteer's van breaks down in Bishop's Lacey, he puts on a show with his loyal assistant, the disarmingly charming Nialla, prone (by Flavia's estimation) to strange bruises and long, solitary cries in graveyards. While Nialla plays Mother Goose, Rupert's goose gets cooked, the victim of an electrocution that is too perfectly planned to be an accident.

Putting down her sister-punishing chemistry experiments and picking up her bicycle, Gladys, Flavia uncovers long buried secrets of Bishop's Lacey, a seemingly idyllic town that nevertheless has a mad woman living in its woods, a prisoner-of-war with a soft spot for the English countryside, and two childless parents with a devastating secret. It'spossible Rupert Porson's van didn't break down so accidentally in this charming hamlet. It's possible the police won't be able to solve his murder most ingenious. It's possible that his killer may help guide Flavia in wayover her eleven-year-old head, and to a startling discovery that reveals the chemical composition of vengeance.

Alan Bradley wins Best Foreign Mystery at the 2021 Moscow Book Fair!



“Bradley is a writer of great charm and insight, and he infuses even minor characters with indelible personality. … Flavia de Luce is a marvel and a delight.”  — ALFRED HITCHCOCK MAGAZINE

“There’s not a reader alive who wouldn’t want to watch Flavia in her lab concocting some nefarious brew.”  — KIRKUS REVIEWS

“[A] delight from the inimitable Alan Bradley.”  — BOOKPAGE

“Bradley’s endlessly entertaining follow-up to 2009’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie … deftly evokes the period, but Flavia’s sparkling narration is the mystery’s chief delight. Comic and irreverent, this entry is sure to build further momentum for the series.”  — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“It is impossible not to be utterly charmed by Flavia.”  — USA TODAY

“One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”  — BOOKGEEKS, UK

“… the real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast … utterly beguiling.”  — PEOPLE

“Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery.”  — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut.”  — THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

“Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure—it’s a sheer delight.”  — WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL

“Wickedly funny.”  — TIMES-PICAYUNE

“Flavia is the heart and soul of these novels, the sort of heroine that is too rare in fiction today: utterly realistic, yet compellingly larger than life.”  — THE EDMONTON JOURNAL

“Flavia remains one of the most original and endearing characters around.”  — CALGARY HERALD

“Flavia is a precocious delight.”  — NATIONAL POST

“…it's the evocation of [Flavia’s] world that provides these books with such solid underpinnings.”  — THE STAR PHOENIX

“ All in all, it’s a perfectly detailed and credible English village in the Agatha Christie manner [and] determined sleuth Flavia de Luce is the bright centre…”  — THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“It's the complex, sprightly, yearning voice of Flavia that makes the book fly.”  — LONDON (ONTARIO) FREE PRESS

“It's the evocation of her world that provides these books with such solid underpinnings. There are some memorable narrative setpieces … but at times, the crimes seem a mere makeweight: the characters and sense of place are what count.”  — THE DAILY NEWS (NANAIMO)



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