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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - Alan Bradley Boy there was some darkness going on in The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag! I liked this mystery more than that in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I liked the darkness and the menace in this book. There was very little light, very little happiness. You could almost feel the fog, and the rain, and the cold, and the muck penetrating this story as characters' grief, and misery, and meanness penetrated them. And then there was Flavia. She is a wonderful character, and it is just so great to follow her through the story.

I didn't quite buy some parts of the reveal, and frankly, I thought those parts were pretty ridiculous. But that's ok. I will forgive that because the rest of the book with its characters, its language, and its richness was so satisfying.