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A Murder Hatched: Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins, the First Two Books in the Meg Langslow Series (Meg Langslow Mysteries) Kindle Edition

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“If you long for more ‘fun'’mysteries, á la Janet Evanovich, you’ll love Donna Andrews’s Meg Langslow series.” —The Charlotte Observer

“Andrews’s talent for the lovably loony makes this series a winner; to miss it would be a cardinal sin.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Death by yard sale epitomizes the ‘everyday people’ humor that Andrews does so well.” —Rocky Mountain News

About the Author

Donna Andrews is the author of the Meg Langslow mysteries, including Stork Raving Mad and Swan for the Money. She has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and two Lefty and two Toby Bromberg Awards for funniest mystery. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She lives in Reston, Virginia.


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  • File Size: 1369 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 30, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UND97Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I've been writing since I learned to print, but didn't get published until Murder with Peacocks won the Malice Domestic/St. Martins Press Best First Traditional Mystery contest in spring 1998. Since then I've written six more comic mysteries books featuring ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow: Murder with Puffins (2000), Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos (2001), Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (2003), We'll Always Have Parrots (2004), Owls Well That Ends Well (2005), and No Nest for the Wicket (August 2006). I've also started another series in with the sleuth, Turing Hopper, is an artificial intelligence personality living inside a corporate computer: You've Got Murder (2002), Click Here for Murder (2003), Access Denied (2004), and Delete All Suspects (2005).

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Meet Meg Langslow, a blacksmith by trade... reluctant sleuth by circumstances. "A Murder Hatched" is a bundle of the first two Meg Langslow books - "Murder with Peacocks" and "Murder with Puffins".

In "Murder with Peacocks", Meg has gone back to her hometown of Yorktown, Virginia to be the Maid-Of-Honor in three back to back summer weddings. Relying on her notebook-that-tells-her-when-to-breathe, Meg takes the summer off from her business to plan and manage every detail for each wedding. The three brides - her best friend, her brother's fiance, and her mom - are more hindrances than helps. Having a very eccentric family constantly gathering for parties doesn't help either.
The summer is made even more difficult when a murder occurs, of the former sister-in-law of the widower Meg's mom is marrying. Meg's dad, a doctor with a passion for poisonous plants and murder mystery novels, can't help but investigate the death - dragging Meg along with him - putting all of them in danger of being the next victims. Thankfully, Meg is helped by Michael - the rumored to be "in-the-closet" son of the dressmaker - when it comes to both the weddings, handling her eccentric family, and the murder investigation.

"Murder with Puffins" finds Meg on a getaway trip with her boyfriend, Michael, for some very much-needed privacy. Meg is still stuck back home with her crazy family who stuck around after all the weddings. When Meg and Michael finally reach her aunt's cottage on a secluded island in the middle of a hurricane, they're surprised to find it occupied by her entire family. So much for a private getaway!
Trapped on the island due to the hurricane, Meg and Michael have no choice but to try to make the best of it.
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MURDER WITH PEACOCKS

MURDER WITH PEACOCKS probably had about two too many weddings for me. Sure, this novel was entertaining, and it’d be hard not to be with a cast of zany characters and enough murder and mayhem to bring down an entire forest. But it felt like Ms. Andrews tried a bit too hard. I certainly applaud her for her effort, but there was enough craziness for two or three novels compacted in a little over 300 pages.

And the weddings. I understand that women have the entire ceremony planned out from the time they are twelve years old down to the church, flowers, hors d’oeuvre, and possibly even the minister. But three weddings in about three weeks? That seemed about as crazy as a group of peacocks and peahens camped out in the middle of the desert. Or maybe I just needed a bit more focus on the murder and mayhem, since it seemed to catch on about as well as the flu.

I did enjoy the back and forth between Meg and Michael; I would have preferred a bit more of that as well. More relationship and more sleuthing would have made for a better tale. I have high hopes that the second novel will be an improvement over the first.

MURDER WITH PUFFINS

While MURDER WITH PUFFINS did have more of Meg and Michael, I still had to deal with a smaller scale version of the Langslow clan. On a positive note, there was nary a wedding to speak of, after having endured three from MURDER WITH PEACOCKS, all of which had their share of hiccups. The Maine locale proved to be a nice change of pace.

The zaniness still felt a bit forced to me. More often than not, the antics seemed a bit too cute, a bit too over-the-top, and probably even a bit forced. While the relationship and the sleuthing did improve, it still felt like this series was missing something.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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If you enjoy lots of humor with your murder, you will enjoy the Meg Langslow Mystery series. A Murder Hatched contains the first two complete novels in the series by Donna Andrews: Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins. Nice value for the money.

Ms. Andrews does a great job with the entire cast of characters. The main character, Meg, is likable with a great sense of humor. The regular characters surrounding Meg are also very enjoyable and you grow to love them as the series continues. (Yes, I have read all the books in this series and it only gets better with time.)

The plot in both books leads you down a twisted, merry path to the solution of the crimes. As an added bonus, there are little side mysteries that also get solved along the way. Give this compilation a try, I think you will be very pleased by the purchase.
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Okay, I must admit that I'm a big fan of Donna Andrews's Meg Langslow series. I've read all of them and am anxiously awaiting the release of her new book. I've read them in order and I recommend that approach. However, this series is written such that you don't have to read them all to enjoy one. I found myself laughing out loud more than once and have grown to feel like Meg and her quirky family are close friends. Well written and funny as they can be! A great escape. Enjoy!
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This author was recommended by a "read-alike" web site where you put in an author you like and it recommends others. I think I put in Evanovich and got this recommendation. The stories are cute, fun to read, but fairly contrived and somewhat hokey.
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