The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag – Alan Bradley (2010, Doubleday Canada)
Flavia de Luce – girl sleuth, chemist, and troublemaker – is back for a sequel. In this fun romp, she tackles the case of a murdered puppeteer and his pregnant assistant and while doing so, dusts off an old tragedy of a hanged child and his bereaved mother. And just what does the garden filled with plants of the illegal variety have to do with all of this? Allow Flavia to spill the beans – you’ll enjoy it, I promise.