I liked this installment better than others in the series I enjoyed the kookiness of the Mutant Wizards office and thought it added a much needed comic element to this series A good mystery with lots of red herrings and honestly I didn t figure this one out. As usual, very giggle worthy I have to say I almost like this seriesfor its cast of eccentric characters, than for the actual murders Poor Meg Langslow She S Blessed In So Many Ways Michael, Her Boyfriend, Is A Handsome, Delightful Heartthrob Who Adores Her She S A Successful Blacksmith, Known For Her Artistic Wrought Iron Creations But Somehow Meg S Road To Contentment Is Rutted And Filled With Potholes Than Seems Fair There Are Michael S And Meg S Doting But Demanding Mothers, For A Start And Then There S The Fruitless Hunt For A Place Big Enough For The Couple To Live Together And A Succession Of Crises Brought On By The Well Meaning But Utterly Wacky Demands Of Her Friends And Family Demands That Meg Has A Hard Time Refusing Which Is Why She S Tending The Switchboard Of Mutant Wizards, Where Her Brother S Computer Games Are Created, And Handling All The Office Management Problems That No One Else Bothers With For Companionship, Besides A Crew Of Eccentric Techies, She Has A Buzzard With One Wing Who She Must Feed Frozen Mice Thawed In The Office Microwave And Michael S Mother S Nightmare Dog Not To Mention The Psychotherapists Who Refuse To Give Up Their Lease On Half Of The Office Space, And Whose Conflicting Therapies Cause Continuing Dissension This Is Not What Meg Had In Mind When She Agreed To Help Her Brother Move His Staff To New OfficesIn Fact, The Atmosphere Is So Consistently Loony That The Office Mail Cart Makes Several Passes Through The Reception Room, With The Office Practical Joker Lying On Top Of It Pretending To Be Dead, Before Meg Realizes That He S Become The Victim Of Someone Who Wasn T Joking At All He S Been Murdered For Real Donna Andrews S Debut Book, Murder With Peacocks, Won The St Martin S Malice Domestic Best First Novel Contest And Reaped A Harvest Of Other Honors As Well This Is The Fourth Book In The Meg Langslow Series, Which Features The Intrepid Meg And Her Cast Of Oddball Relatives Their Capers Are A Lighthearted Joy To Read This is probably the funniest of an extremely whimsical series I think it s because of the unique Andrews take on the interaction between semi functional computer role playing geeks and some somewhat less functional therapists This book is recommended to anyone who has ever Worked at a software company been a therapist seen a therapist considered seeing a therapist played a role playing game worked or wished they d worked at a company with a bring your pet to work policy and an animal rescue station on the campus hunted housing in a truly tight housing market become seriously bored while being paid to answer the phone and done something about it If like me, you have done all of these things, you re in for a truly special treat Enjoy Lots of fun, I could fit right in with Meg s family There s buzzards and gamers and lawyers and a murderer of course There are therapists and karate styles andSit back and enjoy the craziness. So far the series is getting a bit better in every book In this installment Meg is temporarily helping her brother Rob with his new start up company for his computer game Lawyers from Hell Their father is hanging around though Michael is away acting in California When the company jokester turns up dead everyone in the building is a suspect and Meg doesn t have a lot of faith in the local police chief to not just pick the easy target her brother So of course she starts snooping around I thought this was a bit better than the previous book because I never had any trouble keeping the many new characters separate The way they were introduced and reinforced made it easy to always remember who was who I was pretty sure I knew who dunnit, but I may have read this one before and just remembered there were still plenty of viable candidates to keep the reader guessing So far this series is a cut above the average cozy, with interesting and creative settings, motives and characters for me to enjoy.NB This is a series that you could jump into at any point, I think Of course it s always nice to read the books in order and keep up with the characters evolving lives, but if one particular book sounds better it should be just fine to jump in there. A good entry in the series This book isn t set around Meg s blacksmithing She s working at her brother s software company looking after the switchboard and looking into odd things happening around the office Odd things like the office practical joker riding around on the autonomous mail cart, moving through the office several times before anyone realizes he s actually dead and not just faking it The office isn t short of suspects, but Meg s brother is quickly arrested The usual happens she investigates, mayhem happens and crimes are solved This series has so much humour in it It s a fun read. 3.5 stars The central elements of the 4th installment of the Meg Langslow series are solid Meg, her parents, Rob, Michael, and Spike are there, being their quirky, comedic selves The setting and plot of the mystery however are less stellar than the previous book There are quite a few new characters, too many, in fact and the number of red herrings makes the execution feel scattered and chaotic in places It s still a fun read On to 5. In this 4th book in the Meg Langslow series, the blacksmith amateur sleuth goes into action when her brother is accused of murder The book can be read as a standalone Once again there s trouble brewing in Caerphilly, Virginia Rob Lanslow feels something is amiss at his computer game company Mutant Wizards So he convinces his sister Meg Lanslow blacksmith and amateur sleuth to sign on as temporary receptionist, hoping she can uncover the problem Sure enough, Ted the office practical joker pain in the neck is soon murdered as he rides around on the automated mail cart The Chief of Police, who pays minimal attention to evidence, arrests Rob for the murder So Meg, convinced her brother is innocent, jumps into action to investigate Mutant Wizards employs a full array of oddball characters as well as sharing their premises with a group of psychotherapists, so there are plenty of suspects Also on hand are Meg s dad, who enjoys a spot of sleuthing himself, and Meg s fiance Michael, who calls in his admonitions from an acting gig in California.As Meg uncovers a variety of clues several possible motives present themselves Did someone murder Ted to get his living quarters in housing deprived Caerphilly was Ted a blackmailer was Ted involved in a harmful lawsuit Meg has to find out.The murderer is revealed in a finale that s mildly amusing but so drawn out that it becomes a bit tiresome This is an entertaining light mystery with fun characters, my favorites being George the one winged Buzzard who eats microwaved mice, and Spike the bad tempered dog who bites anyone within reach.You can follow my reviews at This was a reread of the laugh out loud funniest, and my favorite, of Donna Andrews Meg Langslow mystery series In this one, Meg is temporarily filling in as receptionist at her brother s software company, Mutant Wizards, which is working on a new edition of the game Lawyers From Hell To complicate things, this wacky company has to share its office space with several psychotherapists, who are just as wacky.The murder mystery starts when the office prankster, who likes to lie on top of the electronic mail cart pretending he s dying, is murdered for real, and it s up to Meg to find out whodunit, since the police chief has decided that her brother, Rob, is the prime suspect.With pink teddy bears who spout affirmations, a one winged buzzard who lives in the lobby, an assortment of dogs belonging to the techies, a biker type who has become a holistic veterinarian, and a wonderful variety of eccentric geeks and shrinks, not to mention Meg s mystery obsessed dad, this makes for a lighthearted, fun read for anyone who enjoys humorous mysteries.
Donna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting of Murder with Peacocks and Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos, and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she s messing in the garden
- 320 pages
- Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (Meg Langslow, #4)
- Donna Andrews
- 28 February 2019 Donna Andrews