- Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 20)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250078555
- ISBN-13: 978-1250078551
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 144 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Die Like an Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries) Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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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
As always, Andrews laces this entertaining whodunit with wit, a fine storyline and characters we've come to know and love. ―Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Real Macaw
With colorful characters, a solid mystery and laugh-out-loud moments . . . readers will have a rollicking good time. ―RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on Swan for the Money
About the Author
DONNA ANDREWS’s debut novel, Murder with Peacocks, introduced the Meg Langslow series and won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards for best first novel, as well as a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for best first mystery. She has also received three Lefty Awards (Murder with Peacocks, We’ll Always Have Parrots, The Real Macaw) and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery (Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon; Swan For the Money). She spends her free time gardening at her home in Reston, Virginia.
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If you haven’t met Meg Langslow yet, you are in for a real treat. These books are a ton of fun. We always join her as she is getting involved in some activity with lots of passionate participants. This time, it’s baseball, specifically youth baseball. And really, who is more passionate than sports people and sports parents.
Meg’s twin boys Josh and Jamie are joining the local youth baseball league, much to the delight of Meg’s husband Michael, who is very passionate about the sport. However, Meg has quickly learned that the local league is under the thumb of Biff Brown, a man with his own set of extra rules that he enforces strictly – on the other teams. Things like no unscheduled practices and only coaches he has approved. Meanwhile, the field is in a state is disrepair because he claims there isn’t enough money to do anything about it.
None of this seems to dampen the twin’s enthusiasm for opening day, and even the rest of the town is in a baseball fever, partially brought on by a four day weekend. However, before the first game can even begin, Meg makes an unfortunate discovery – a dead body located in the single porta potty at the field. What is going on?
Sometimes, I complain when a book has a weak mystery. This is not one of those times. Yes, the mystery was sometimes in the background, with Meg’s investigation being more subtle. As you would expect, the book is filled with suspects and there were even some nice surprises at the end. However, there were times it didn’t feel to me like the focus of the book.
The focus instead was on small town politics or more particularly the politics of this baseball league. Honestly? I was so caught up in that drama, I didn’t care. I sped through this book in two days because I didn’t want to put it down; here were so many great scenes and I was having so much fun. And these scenes allowed Meg to learn a bit more about the mystery without being in your face about it. That’s actually a change from the normal books I read that I loved.
Meg has a very large family, and some of them have become permanent fixtures in the series. It’s always a joy to see them again. Over the course of the series, we’ve made some friends in town as well, and I just love it when they show up. In fact, I’ve realized one thing I love about this series is the sense of community. When someone or something needs help, everyone pitches in to get the job done. There is a character I’ve been complaining we hadn’t seen for a couple of books who shows up here again as well, which delighted me. Naturally, we get great suspects that keep us guessing until the end.
This series is also known for its humor. I had to laugh at some of the lines and situations Meg got into along the way. At times, the humor is subtle, but it adds another layer of delight.
With each book it gets harder to say goodbye to these great characters, and I’m already looking forward to my next visit with them. Pick up Die Like an Eagle today and get ready for a delightful read.
As was in the case of Meg and the world of Baseball. Meg's twin sons are in little league. Their worlds now evolve around the lure of bats, balls, and games. The only problem is that the President of the league is a major league headache. He appears to be corrupt. This is why, we the reader, are surprised when his half-brother meets foul play.
Meg is off to save the game, if not just the innings. We learn a bit more about Women in Baseball and so does the Corporate Sponsor of the league.
This was a good novel and I look forward to Meg's next adventures.
I keep reading these because there comes a time when the stress of the world is bearing down that I need to get some crazy fiction in my life and Meg and her family of wacky individuals make me laugh and make me forget the troubles of the day. If you like the cozy mystery and strange family members like Meg's then read DIE LIKE AN EAGLE BY DONNA ANDREWS and brighten up your day a little.