'I was lying dead in the churchyard...' So says eleven-year-old
Flavia de Luce - but soon a murder provides a gruesome distraction
from her own death... A travelling puppet show arrives in the
sleepy English village of Bishop's Lacey, and everyone gathers to
watch a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the village hall.
But a shadow is cast over proceedings when a shocking murder takes
place during the performance - a murder which strangely echoes a
tragedy that occurred many years before. For Flavia, undoing the
complex knot that ties these strands together will test her
precocious powers of deduction to the limit - and throw a revealing
light into some of the darker corners of the adult world...