- Publisher: Bantam
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 175mm x 32mm | 206g
- Publication date: 1 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0440422914
- ISBN 13: 9780440422914
- Sales rank: 20,613
Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer had abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? Had it something to do with the weird sect who met at the river to practice their secret rites?
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Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His second Flavia de Luce novel is The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. Bradley lives in Malta with his wife and two calculating cats, and is currently at work on the next Flavia de Luce novel, I Am Half Sick of Shadows.
By Tarissa 08 Oct 2014
A delicious novel with a murder mystery that none other than 11 year old Flavia can solve. The story is so rich with details of 1950's England, in a simple little village, where murder seems to be commonplace. The story does involve gypsies and a bit of fortune-telling (not my favorites features). But still... I loved reading "A Red Herring Without Mustard"!
“Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”—USA Today “Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure—it’s a sheer delight.”—Winston-Salem Journal “Wonderfully entertaining.”—Chicago Sun-Times, on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie “Wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast.”—People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag