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Murder with Peacocks (Meg Langslow Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 2000
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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.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by Donna Andrew's Murder with Peacocks. This is the first installment of what happily turns out to be a large and hopefully-growing series. The characters, aside from Meg and her love interest, are varying degrees of zany. The book has a plot line that kept me hooked, the characters were mostly likable, and I was kind of sorry when I finished that there wasn't more. I LOVED the croquet-playing ladies, esp. the one who knocks her ball onto a bowl of potato salad then climbs up onto the table to bat it out again with her mallet. Even more did I adore the dipsomaniac cat lady. Both were minor side characters but they added to the fun. The entire book was a frothy, delightful romp. I wish I lived in that little Virginia town and was related to those people. What fun! I plan to buy more of this Meg Langslow series. I hope the others are as delightful as this one!