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Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon 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 pra 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 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 poli 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 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 e 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 I had never read any of this series beforebut heyit had a buzzard, also known as a vulture, on the cover and I needed something on the cover that started with the letter V that s rightfor a challenge I thought it might be funnyit s been my experience after 28 years in a zoo that vultures were often funny creaturesbut unfortunately it was just ridiculous and Meg was just plain annoying I mthan likely a minority here but I think I ll skip anyof these. I enjoyed this humorous book in the Bird series The main character s funny parents are back, as well as therapists computer geeks I enjoyed this humorous book in the Bird series The main character s funny parents are back, as well as therapists computer geeks 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 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 th 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 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. A buzzard is an odd pet for an office staff unless they are the computer programmers at Mutant Wizards where they are hard at work on a new version of the computer game Lawyers from Hell Meg Langslow is pitching in on the switchboard while an injury from her blacksmithing vocation has her sidelined Sound calm and serene Think again The staff has just moved into space they share with six psychotherapists who are not used to guarding the door against rabid fans and spies from rival companies S A buzzard is an odd pet for an office staff unless they are the computer programmers at Mutant Wizards where they are hard at work on a new version of the computer game Lawyers from Hell Meg Langslow is pitching in on the switchboard while an injury from her blacksmithing vocation has her sidelined Sound calm and serene Think again The staff has just moved into space they share with six psychotherapists who are not used to guarding the door against rabid fans and spies from rival companies Security becomes a greater issue when an employee known for his practical jokes is found dead on the automated mail cart that follows an invisible track around the office Ted was strangled with a mouse cord in a move that resembles purse fu that Meg taught the staff from her martial arts defense class However, police seem to think Meg s brother Rob, the owner of Mutant Wizards, is the most suspicious when they find a blackmail note in his in box Bouncing ideas off her boyfriend Michael who is currently acting in Hollywood, Meg visits Ted s home and finds a secret stash of an odd collection of items that includes a list of code names that Meg suspects are all blackmail victims She begins to decipher just who is who on this list from names such as the Voyeur, the Hacker, the Ninja, Mata Hari, and the Iron Maiden As she figures out secret identities and night time antics, Meg pieces together just who had it in for Ted.This is another delightful entry in the Meg Langslow series There s no need to read the earlier entries to enjoy the hilarity of this one but the clarification of just how eccentric Meg s family really is from those earlier tales would not dull your enjoyment of this installment in the Langslow history.I have enjoyed all the entries in this series, but I found this oneadvanced in its writing The story is just as loony and madcap as ever, but the biting sarcasm is gone that previously rubbed me the wrong way There is no endless speculation ad nauseum to move the plot along Sure the characters are just as quirky but a bitbelievable and likable Who doesn t have a mother with decorating tips and is into gossip Well, maybe not as deeply as the Langslow clan who can figure out who the biker dude searching for the pregnant cat under a car in the dark parking lot at midnight is Meg s dad, the doctor who adores mystery novels, is in his element and tags along with the medical examiner Rob is his usual lovable and trusting self And I got a good chuckle over the pink teddy bears who spout affirmations and the changes the programmers made in the numerous bears around the office.Meg, well, if she can t find a temp to take on this challenged office, she might be stuck there forever Let s hope not Her misadventures are too much fun to miss


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About the Author: Donna Andrews

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 gardenhttp us.macmillan.com author donnaa


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