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Murder With Peacocks (Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Andrews
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Book Description

Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from the town's drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.

And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Souther hospitality is strained to the limit by an offenseive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she's found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents--some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arragements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral...

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Meg Lanslow, maid of honor for three impending weddings, returns to her Virginia small-town home for the summer in order to arrange the details. Amidst the near disasters, truculent brides-to-be, screwball relatives, and minutiae-filled days, someone kills the rudely annoying sister of her mother's fiance. Meg's divorced but amicable father, an insatiable busybody and doctor, begins investigating?with assistance from Meg. Loquacious dialog, persistent humor, and interrupted romance brand the 1997 winner of the publisher's "Malice Domestic" contest. A fun, breezy read.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Lucky Meg Langslow. Hardly any decorative blacksmiths get invited to be maid of honor to three brides in three weeks. As Meg knocks herself out to satisfy the whims of her business partner Eileen Donleavy (who wants all 600 guests in Renaissance a ttire), her brother Rob's fianc Samantha Brewster (who thinks some peacocks might be one of those little touches that would make her wedding special), and her mother Margaret Langslow (who, long divorced from Meg's cheerfully uncomplaining father, a retir ed physician whose hobby is poisonous plants, now plans to marry a deeply boring widower), newcomer Andrews shows why everybody depends on Meg: she's the only family member who's not out of her mind. Businesslike Meg can enlist her gossipy mother to save the professional reputation of the ailing dressmaker's handsome son, rescue Samantha's rented peafowl from the kitten she's brought home from the tippling calligrapher's, fend off the advances of a pair of loathsome suitors, and deal betweentimes with the odd murder or two (the widower's meddlesome sister-in-law, a great choice for starters), because she's channeled the Langslow tendency to mania into her deadpan prose, whose unflappable cadences (``The shower was going fine until Samantha vomited into th e onion dip'') and cutaways from farcical tableaux suggest half Jane Austen, half battery acid. The resulting Three Weddings and Three Funerals, with all due respect to the overshadowed killer, will leave you helpless with heartless laughter, especially when only one of the nuptials goes even remotely as planned. The perfect wedding gift for those friends and relatives you wish would elope, or take vows of chastity. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312970633
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 7, 2006)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OYIAA6
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Weddings were Wishes May 28, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am not a frequent reader of the 'cozy' mystery genre. Not that I haven't enjoyed them over the years, but I normally go for a suspense story, with a dash of horror and a cup or two of pure detection. So notwithstanding the large number of Lilian Braun's and Elizabeth Peter's in my library, I tend to heavier fare. Inevitably, though, one needs a bit of light relief, based on several reviews and recommendations I decided to try Donna Andrews. Equally unusual for me, I began with the first in the series, not the last.
'Murder with Peacocks' introduces a new 'investigator,' Meg Langslow. No Miss Marple is Meg, she a young craftswoman specializing in ironmongery. In short, she is a blacksmith. Meg has returned home for a short time period to play wedding coordinator for three ceremonies, her best friend Eileen's, her brother Rob's, and her mother's. These are due to take place in Yorktown, a small town in Virginia, which seems to be occupied primarily by Meg's eccentric relatives, or by those who are shortly to become her relatives. All three brides seem determined to dump the work on Meg. It speaks a great deal for her temperament that it is not she who commits murder.
The victim, when she finally arrives is the extremely unpleasant sister-in-law of Jake, Meg's future stepfather. In the short time we get to know her, she manages to offend most of the Langslow brood, browbeat Jake, and terrorize the local children. It is not really a surprise when she shows up dead. It is a surprise though when Meg's father takes an interest in the case and suddenly is narrowly escaping being blown up and poisoned. Meg's own interest is piqued when she also faces several attempts on her life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light on the Mystery, Heavy on the Fun January 4, 2002
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Meg Langslow has agreed to be the maid of honor at three separate weddings. All three of the brides place the planning in her capable hands, leaving her running around trying to make sure all three weddings go smoothly. Which isn't easy when one wants a theme wedding but won't decide on dresses, and another wants peacocks. Then, an out-of-town visitor turns up dead under mysterious circumstances. Meg's father is convinced it's murder and drags her into his investigation. Soon, mysterious accidents convince Meg that her dad is right. But can she find the murderer before anyone else dies and still make sure the weddings go as planned?
This is a fun book. It's filled with eccentric characters that make it a pleasure to read. I often found myself chuckling or laughing at their behavior. However, as a mystery it leaves a little to be desired since solving the murder often takes a back seat to the antics of the brides and Meg trying to deal with them. Still, I found the book a pleasure to read. The characters come off as believable and not caricatures. The romantic sub-plot with Michael is amusing because we as the reader know what's going on, even if Meg has no clue. By the end of the book, the mystery has been solved and all the plots tied up, leaving me anxious for more.
An interesting note is that instead of chapters, the author breaks the action down by day. It makes for rather uneven breaks in the narrative, but it's also easier to keep track of the passing time since the plot takes place over two months.
In lesser hands, this book would have fallen flat, but in her debut, Donna Andrews proves what a superb writer she is. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Meg Langslow series.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny! August 10, 1999
By A Customer
Move over, Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie! Here comes another terrific author who writes hilarious mysteries! MURDER WITH PEACOCKS is a great read - very funny and very entertaining! The main character is Meg, a bridesmaid in three weddings this summer. Then a murder occurs. In between writing invitations, booking peacocks and other sundry bridesmaid duties, she attempts to solve the mystery.Add other fun characters, hilarious situations and a dropdeadgorgeous leading man (who I imagined to look like Greg Montgomery from Dharma and Greg), and you will have finished this book in no time! Bravo, newcomer Donna Andrews! Write some more - you're GOOOOOD!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A delightful heroine, Meg, overworked, has amazing energy to organize three weddings for difficult brides-to-be, one of whom is her mother. In spite of a murder here and there and near-fatal ``accidents," Meg tries to organize everything from fittings for gowns to addressing hundreds of invitations and even ``renting`` peacocks for her brother's wedding. In between her hectuc schedule, she tries to solve the murders as well, all the while hampered by demanding brides-to-be, relatives, an eccentric father and fatuous mother, and a host of zany characters.
A fun book to read, as a mystery, and as a comedy and good natured farce on weddings, their rituals, and the entanglements of a small town where almost everyone is related.. Even the animals are fun... Duck, the Dog Spike, and of course, the peacocks.
The unraveling of the mystery leaves some questions unanswered, but it's fun getting all the way to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars This was recommended by a fellow reader
This was recommended by a fellow reader. I don't know why but it missed the mark for me. Not interested at all.
Published 6 days ago by Susan B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great beginning to a great series.
Published 9 days ago by Cynthia Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 1 of Meg Langslow great book
I started out reading the Meg Langslow series with a recommendation from my daughter. Two of Donna Andrews' books were given to my mother during her illness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Essary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This is the book that got me hooked on the whole series. I love it, Meg, and her crazy family.
Published 1 month ago by Trudi Stuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Fun read.
Published 1 month ago by HopShop
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
I've made my way through most of the Meg Langslow series now and I've really enjoyed it. I had one person ask if they are children's books. They are "cozy" mysteries. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The first and one of the best Meg Langslow mysteries. I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Sciacca
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Mystery
This was really enjoyable and if a book can be "cute", this was. Maybe it was the cast of characters I really enjoyed. Sounded like a fun family.
Published 3 months ago by Glad
5.0 out of 5 stars This was such a fun book. Meg has been tasked with being Maid-of-Honor...
This was such a fun book. Meg has been tasked with being Maid-of-Honor for 3 different weddings all happening in 3 consecutive weeks in July, which also means she is the wedding... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Growing_hair
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sorry I liked it
This is a book I'd recommend to anyone who likes to be entertained. Plenty of laugh out loud moments, some mystery, but nothing overtly graphic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Chesley
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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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