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We'll Always Have Parrots (Meg Langslow Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2005

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Always heavy on the humor, Andrews' most recent Meg Langslow outing is her most over-the-top adventure to date. By setting the story at a convention for fans of the TV show Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle, Andrews opens the door to all variety of zany characters--including the show's cast, its die-hard fans, and the vendors who are trying to hawk Porfiria -related merchandise. Meg's boyfriend, Michael, one of the show's leading hunks, has to sign lots of autographs, leaving Meg plenty of time to snoop around and get into mischief. Although she should be minding her booth, where she peddles merchandise, Meg instead tries to find the killer of Tamerlaine Wycliffe-Jones, the evil leading lady whom everyone calls "The QB"--with Q for queen and B for something other than bee. Adding to the atmosphere are hundreds of monkeys, parrots, and a tiger, brought in to make the hotel more junglelike. Meg remains an imminently likable heroine, and the wacky supporting characters make Parrots a hoot--perfect for fans of Hess' Maggody series. Jenny McLarin
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“Perfectly showcases Donna Andrews' gift for deadpan comedy.” ―Denver Post

“Laughter, more laughter, we need laughter, so Donna Andrews is giving us We'll Always Have Parrots...to help us survive February.” ―Washington Times

“I can't say enough good things about this series, and this entry in it.” ―Deadly Pleasures


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Product Details

  • Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reissue edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312996756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312996758
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on April 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's an ordinary convention, celebrating the stars of a 'B' grade television show, Porfira, Queen of the Jungle. Meg Langslow accompanies her actor-boyfriend Michael and hopes to sell some of her swords (Meg is a blacksmith). But ordinary SF conventions are anything but ordinary. Parrots and monkeys escape and run wild in the hotel, space-suit clad fans mingle with angry writers and actors, and everyone is angry with leading lady Wynncliffe-Jones. But when the actress ends up killed, her dying words echoed by an African Gray parrot, Meg knows she needs to get to the bottom of the mystery. Because if she doesn't, her boyfriend is likely to be a chief suspect.
With occasional assistance from her nerotic doctor-father, Meg explores the world of comic books (graphic novels) on which Porfira was based, the 1960s culture that spawned some pretty good art and bad story-telling, and the web of contracts and bad will that Wynncliffe-Jones used to maintain control over the Porfira franchise.
This was a very funny book. Author Donna Andrews has an eye for the zany world of fantasy fans, prima-donna actors, and ambivalent family relations. Protagonist Meg Langslow makes a good and sympathetic character with real personality and skills.
I picked up my first Meg Langslow mystery, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, because of the title and WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARROTS is another great title. What's great, though, is finding a book that can live up to a title like this. And Andrews delivers exactly that book. Anyone who enjoys a slightly zany approach to mystery, kick-ass female protagonists, and a tongue-in-cheek look at American culture will want to get their hands on this one. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Blacksmith Meg Langslow accompanies her fiancé, drama professor and actor, Michael to the Friends of Amblyiopia convention though neither wants to attend. Michael has a minor part in the cult hit TV series Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle that requires him to grace several of these events as insisted upon by the executive producer Tamerlaine Wynncliffe-Jones, who also stars in the title role. Michael hopes he can persuade the unpredictable star to give him a break, but expects nothing but grief from QB as everyone calls Tamerlaine behind her back.
Following the release of screeching parrots, someone kills the unpopular star. The police quickly learn that many people associated with the show and some just attending the convention detested the victim. Unable to perch on the sidelines and not trusting the police to follow the real clues amidst a pageant of costumed characters, Meg investigates the murder, unaware that if she learns the truth a buzzard will kill her.
The fifth murder so fowl Langslow amateur sleuth tale is an amusing mystery that pokes fun at hero worship that places stars on pedestals. The only seriousness in this very humorous story line is Meg's inquiries into the homicide. Fans will delight in the zaniness of the support cast whether they are a monkey, parrots protesting their candy cotton candy roles in the TV show, actors who cannot use any pronoun but I, and Meg's wacky family. Still Meg as in the previous terrific bird brained who-done-its is the glue that keeps the plot together. Donna Andrews furbishes a fabulously loony entry in her delightful offbeat series.
Harriet Klausner
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By SAS on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think the Meg Langslow mysteries are charming, funny, and witty and I very much looked forward this installment. I did not find We'll Always Have Parrots up to that standard. Like the other characters in the book, I did not lament that the victim was murdered and about halfway through the book I decided that I no longer cared who murdered her. I went ahead and finished it until the end but it took longer than previous Donna Andrews' books. For some reason I found the almost exclusive use of calling the main character the QB annoying and after a while I just wanted all the parrots and monkeys to fade into the background. I missed Michael and Meg's father playing more prominent roles. With Michael playing such a minor role and he being the reason behind Meg's desire to solve the mystery, I just felt it could have been better. Every series has their less than best book. We'll Always Have Parrots was that one for me but I look forward to the next one in hopes that it will be as enjoyable as the first three were.
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This book is well written and interesting in a way, yet, overall, I didn't really like it. This may be just me because I am not sure anyone else would care about the things I noticed. Also, humor is so subjective, you can't hit with everyone which does not mean your humor doesn't catch a lot of people. So here are my issues.

1. I didn't think it was funny. It was situational humor, which I like, but I think the other problems distracted me.

2. Parrots and monkeys get loose in a hotel. Apparently dozens of them. The author must not have any idea how much these animals are worth or how hard they are to take care of. Or how loud they can be! So, let's suppose there are 25 parrots, including some macaws and all of which can talk. Assume there are 5 macaws. Macaws must cost at least $3,000 each. We'll estimate that the others are $1,000 each, which I'm sure is low. That's $35,000 in parrots running lose in a hotel. Where is their owner? I would suspect some of the convention goers would know how valuable these birds are and attempt to capture them for their own purposes. And that's not counting the monkeys, which are certainly not free. Plus, if you're going to have monkeys in a situation like that, why not make some of them howlers?

3. The murder turns out to be the last person you'd suspect because we have absolutely no reason to suspect him/her and know almost no information about him/her. I hate it when that happens.

4. The tiger is gratuitous. And if it can have a dedicated keeper, why can't the monkeys and parrots?
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