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The Hen of the Baskervilles: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries) Hardcover – July 16, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
Book 15 of 19 in the Meg Langslow Mysteries Series

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Meg Langslow is second in command at the Virginia Un-fair, Caerphilly’s answer to the state fair, although its version highlights heritage animals and heirloom crops. On opening day, Meg awakens to learn that two rare chickens were stolen from the chicken tent, and one of the giant pumpkins was smashed, leaving its young grower heartbroken. Next, a valuable quilt disappears from the arts-and-crafts barn. Are these pranks meant to sabotage the fair, or are they decoys to muddy the waters and hide the real crime? While patrolling the fairgrounds to prevent further incidents, Meg and her husband hear shots fired and then find a body. When Meg’s friend Molly is arrested for the murder, Meg investigates to clear her and save the fair. Meg’s breezy first-person narrative, her quirky extended family members and friends, and information about heritage animals framed by the sights and sound of a state fair make this another enjoyable entry in the series. --Sue OBrien

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“Diverting... Enjoyable.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Andrews' ever-present humor and detailed animal lore will be familiar pleasures, and the grounded and endearing heroine offers the perfect balance to the silly shenanigans in this neatly plotted potboiler.” ―RT Book Reviews

“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

“Donna Andrews is known for combining wicked crimes with witty storytelling, and her latest novel featuring blacksmith Meg Langslow, Some Like It Hawk, lives up to its 13 predecessors.... An exercise in homicide and humor, "Some Like It Hot" will prey on the reader's little gray cells and funny bone alike.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch on Some Like It Hawk

“A satisfactory whodunit with plenty of wrong turns and red herrings… Just the cool tonic for a hot summer afternoon.” ―Star News (Wilmington, NC) on Some Like It Hawk

“The latest Meg Langslow Mysteries is a great tale that satirizes the financial industry as a bunch of predatory hawks who will do anything for another golf course. Filled with eccentric characters, fans will relish this jocular whodunit.” ―themysterygazette.blogspot.com on Some Like It Hawk

“With colorful characters, a solid mystery and laugh-out-loud moments. . . readers will have a rollicking good time with the new Meg Langslow mystey.” ―RT BookReviews (4 stars)

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

“Andrews...keeps her trademark sly humor in rare form....Andrews is a pro at finding the absurd in ordinary situations and a Christmas parade is a natural fit for this Virginia author.” ―South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Six Geese A-Slaying

“Few writers are as adept as Andrews at affectionately managing a large and varied cast of eccentric characters and concealing the murder among them until the very end of the book.” ―Denver Post on Six Geese A-Slaying

“This novel is a laugh-aloud, fast-reading romp sure to de-stress your holidays.” ―Omaha World-Herald on Six Geese A-Slaying

“Andrews...scores points for her witty writing and abundance of Yuletide tinsel and tradition.” ―The State (Columbia, South Carolina) on Six Geese A-Slaying

“Andrews mixes humor and domestic life effectively in this ninth installmetn iof the popular series.” ―Booklist on Cockatiels at Seven

“Andrews' wit makes 'Cockatiels at Seven' more fun than seven cocktails - and a lot safer, too.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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I got this this morning and 5 hours later I just finished it. Another funny mystery with a good plot and interesting characters. Meg's family members didn't have as large a role as in previous titles, but most of them were still there--and still fun--in a smaller capacity. Already pre-ordered the next book in the series because all the titles are an automatic order for me.
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Much, much better than her last book, and back to par with her first books. Ms. Andrews seems to have her game back. This takes place at their Un-Fair...you've got good guys, bad guys, murder, chicken thieves. What more can you ask for? A darn good mystery.
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I love the Meg Langslow Mystery series. One of my favorite things about it is that even 15 books in, it doesn't just feel like the same book over and over. The big reason for that is that Meg ages, her life moves forward. It's not 15 books that take place in a 2 month period. In this book, Meg is the deputy director of the Un-Fair, Caerphilly's local fair that was organized in case the Virginia State Fair went bankrupt. The folks in Caerphilly wanted to make sure people had a place to bring their show animals and foods and crafts.

But something is rotten at the Un-Fair, chickens are stolen, a quilt is vandalized, and a giant pumpkin is smashed. Meg needs to get to the bottom of it before it ruins the fair's reputation. When someone turns up dead at the fairgrounds, the heat is really on.

This series has a cast of characters, most of whom are Meg's extended family that bring the levity and humor into the mystery. This time some of the extended family takes a back seat and Meg's husband Michael and their now two-year old twins get a chance in the spotlight.

I highly recommend this book and this series for fans of cozy mysteries who like theirs with plenty of humor.
I will read anything I can get my hands on by Donna Andrews, although some of her other series are harder to come by.
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I received this book through a Goodreads win.

This is my second book by Donna Andrews. The first being Murder with Peacocks.

I read a lot of gruesome murder mystery books and every once in a while I like to read something a little more lighthearted. Donna Andrews does that for me.

Her main character, Meg Langslow, lives in the country somewhere in Virginia and the laid back atmosphere surrounding her life definitely comes through in the books. Meg has been set up perfectly to have many books written about her. Her mother is the nosy one who knows everyone and all the gossip. Her father is a retired doctor. Her uncle is a retired forensic specialist. All the people you need at your finger tips when a murder takes place.

Meg herself is a blacksmith who lives on a small farm with her husband and two twin boys. They raise llamas, fruit trees, vegetables and live usually a quaint life. Until a murder takes place. Meg just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time and is always involved with the police to find out what happened.

Sure, this can get monotonous in book after book. However, I really like the characters and the old hometown feel these books have. The author does a lot of research in her books. She is well versed in all the species and types of whatever bird she is using in the title. I never knew there were so many types of chickens!

I would recommend this book if you were into cozy mysteries. They read quickly and you really get to like the quaint main characters.
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I've loved every one of the Meg Langslow books as they've come along. But this one really let me down. I found the plot to be derivative, and the laugh-out-loud moments were few and far between. This book felt like the author had laid it out earlier in the series and shoe-horned it into the time line by adding a few scenes and rearranging a few more.

I'm very sorry I spent the money on a hard cover version: My collection would be just fine without it.
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A dastardly murder and the kidnapping of a prize chicken threaten to ruin Caerphilly's state fair--fortunately, Meg Langslow is on the case of The Hen of the Baskervilles

The newest mystery in Donna Andrews's gut-bustingly funny, award-winning, New York Times bestselling series is anything but elementary. Meg Langslow is helping Mayor Randall Shiffley organize the Virginia Un-Fair, Caerphilly's entry in the race to replace the old state fair (which has gone bankrupt). Before a line can even form outside the ticket booth, however, a pair of Bantam Russian Orloff chickens are stolen from their coop in the chicken tent. Soon, a rash of vandalism crops up at the fair, showing no heritage farm animal, prize vegetable, or artisanal craft to be safe.

While patrolling the fairgrounds, determined to catch the perp, Meg runs into her friend Molly, who has been building a successful business making goat cheeses. Molly is terrified that she may lose her farm because her idle husband Brett has left her for Genette Sedgewick, a rich hobby winemaker, and is demanding his half of the land. Meg enlists Mother's help to find Molly a divorce lawyer, but later that night, Brett is found murdered and Molly is swiftly accused as his killer.

Meg is convinced that her friend wouldn't so much as harm a fly, but can she find the real killer before it's too late? Will she track down the vandal who has been terrorizing--however creatively--the fair's participants? And will Michael be able to convince her to add members of his new favorite heritage breed to their growing menagerie? Meg's most hilarious caper yet, the curious incident of the hen in the nighttime will have readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

My first Meg mystery, I know it won't be the last!
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