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If you long for more fun mysteries, a la Janet Evanovich, you'll love Donna Andrews's Meg Langslow series. (Charlotte Observer)

A long-running series that gets better all the time. A fine blend of academic satire, screwball comedy, and murder. (Booklist)

Six Geese A-Slaying produces at least one chuckle--and sometimes a guffaw--per page. Joy to the world, indeed. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

About the Author

DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of 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. She spends her free time gardening at her home in Reston, Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1St Edition edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250009502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250009500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Greyhaunt on July 13, 2014
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I've always loved this series, but I have to confess that with the last few books I've found myself rather missing some of that which originally drew me to it. Where is cousin Horace and his gorilla suit? Surely he hasn't discarded his furry ways. Why does Michael seem relegated to just someone who keeps the kids out of the way while Meg investigates things? Even Spike, the terrible one, seems rather downplayed this time out. And Meg's blacksmithing - such an incredibly unique profession for a cozy mystery detective - seems to have been referred to in the last several offerings as something she hopes to do more, yet never seems to. I'd really like to see that come back to some prominence in one of the books.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and devoured it in one evening as I have every book in the series, but I rather miss some of the "old friends" and fear that the introduction of new ones will just push them further away.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zoeeagleeye VINE VOICE on August 9, 2014
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I've never been impressed with authors who physically beat up their heroines. They usually do it for one of two reasons. Either they want to "prove" that their "girl" is "tough." or at least as tough as any man, or they are looking for the sympathy vote as they make their heroine a victim. For an author who strives to give her heroine as much smarts, strength and opportunities as any male, Donna Andrews has fallen far short of her goals in this book. As for the victim thing, she is outrageously out of date and out of style for the times. Meg Langslow spends the entire book hurt and getting further hurt and the last 30 pages were ruined for me as she does one stupid, inept, duh thing after another.

In "The Good, the Bad, and the Emus" Andrews proves once again that she doesn't handle action scenes very smoothly. It's as if she simply cannot imagine the action she is writing about. She takes a competent, strong, smart, imaginative woman and turns her into a total dunce in the last 30 pages.

I've read all of Andrews books. They are deliciously unique with memorable characters, lots of fun and plenty of excitement. But when it comes to action they each hold too many characters who fall apart or stand by idly. Michael is one of the most underwritten characters of all -- a temptingly sexy, viral, interesting man who spends all his time standing about or taking care of the kids. Meg talks more to aging P.I. Stanley than she does to her own husband. What is the point of Rose Noire? A rather fascinating character, she is used only to mention a fact or two, or to spell Meg from mother duties. Dad is a little boy who is always running to and from a scene of trauma. Rob seems to have no sense and so does senseless things or nothing at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mother Raphaela on August 12, 2014
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The characters and situations in this series continue to develop: Meg Langslow is maturing from the hysterically funny and therefore slightly hysterical young woman of "Murder with Peacocks" who was fearful of commitment and living as far from her family as possible to being now (a number of years later) the mother of growing twin boys who better understands and appreciates the dynamics of family and parenthood.

Andrew's plots have always been well crafted. They are becoming more serious now, literally bringing Meg's family together, with the serious healing that brings to her ever-less-dysfunctional family, As a result, Andrews is settling down to more realistic, less manic plots. Don't get me wrong -- I enjoyed the "laugh a minute" style of the first books in the series, because that's who Meg was at the time, but all of the characters are gradually maturing, perhaps I would even say becoming more believable, and for that reason, what happens to them has also become much more important. We won't mind when Meg's hand gets better and we hear more about her iron-crafting, but this is the book that tells the story of her grandmother's joining the family, and at the same time, the ending seems to be paving the way for showcasing the entire family's creativity. Michael and the boys could not realistically have been center stage in this book: Grandmother Cordelia was a woman seriously frightened for her life, acting the part of an elderly recluse who could not have handled boisterous 4-year-old twins boys.

If you take a book like this seriously enough to read it more than once, you realize how much the author has put into it. Andrews is doing a great job juggling an enormous family and cast of characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 8, 2014
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If you've been reading the Meg Langslow series, you know about the surprises in her family tree. This book offers even more surprises, along with an intriguing mystery and an emu roundup. The scenery is different as well, with most of the action taking place in the foothills of the mountains. Fun characters, a joust with motorbikes and horses, and unlikely animal heroes make this a delightful read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cassie Alexander on July 11, 2014
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I enjoyed this book but found the mystery part of the book not as well done as Ms Andrews usually does. This book is more about looking for Meg's long lost grandmother. Her father's biological mother. That part of the story is great but still not up to her usual standards. Even though this book wasn't as good as some of her others, anybody who has followed Donna Andrews' books will treasure this book simply because of the family history. I didn't find the book a tear jerker but some might.

It all starts with Dr Blake deciding to hire Stanley Dunton, a PI who we first meet in SOME LIKE IT HAWK, to look for Dr Blake's long lost love Cordelia. Fortunately, the story starts after Dunton has found Cordelia. That's the good news, the bad news is Cordelia is dead and her cousin, Annabelle, believes she was murdered.

All of the familiar characters are in this book, but this book dwells more on the relationship between Meg and Annabelle. Annabelle, Cordelia's and Meg's cousin, is holding her memories of Cordelia hostage until either Meg or Dunton can convince the Chief of Riverton that Cordelia was murdered. The way Ms Andrews can weave all the different stories that are going on in one of her books has always been a joy to read.
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