I really liked this book -- the characters are very real and the subject matter is a little different from most of the other mysteries I've read. The only drawback is that I figured out the culprit (but that may be because I've been reading mysteries for 40 years!)
Third in the Meg Lanslow series, Meg takes her wares to a reenactment of the seige of Yorktown, only to be embroiled in yet another murder.
Ornamental blacksmithMeg Lanslow, her boyfriend, Michael, and her whacky eccentric family are involved in a crafts fair/Civil War reenactment. Meg has a booth selling her handcrafted replicas of civil war artifacts along with a specially commissioned flamingo. Unfortunately, the bird becomes a murder weapon throwing Meg right into the middle of another murder investigation.
Third in the series. The titles are geting more creative, as are the settings and plots. This one takes place at a Civil War re-enactment in Meg's hometown and is filled with wild antics and crazy characters the way the last two were. This is quickly becoming my favorite series.
I find this series really funny. On this book, Meg is selling her iron works during a Yorktown recreation.
Ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow, her boyfriend Michael, and their extended families participate in a reenactment of the battle of Yorktown. Michael's mother, absent from Donna Andrews' first Meg Langslow book, is the diva of direction, making sure that everyone stays in costume and in character. Meg is trying to garner commissions from her period work, but has also fashioned a few "modern" pink flamingos for sale. When one of her birds is found to be the murder weapon at the battle scene, Meg is drawn into yet another crime-solving scenario. Her retired doctor-dad and pseudo-lawyer brother round out the list of characters in this 3rd bird-themed mystery.
A relatively light hearted murder mystery. I was given this and mysteries aren't my favorite genre, so it's hard for me to say if it's all that good or not. I found it OK, but a few details in setting were off (I do some art shows and I worked in software for many years). Still, if light mystery is your thing, you might enjoy it.
Book 3 of the Meg Langslow series finds ornamental blacksmith Meg and her boyfriend Michael participating in the reenactment of the siege of Yorktown in full period costume, and running a booth selling bayonets, buckles and other metalworks, including a dozen neon pink wrought-iron flamingos that Meg has stashed out of sight as they are not of the colonial period. But tensions and rivalries are simmering everywhere, and when an unscrupulous businessman is killed with a flamingo, Meg has to solve the mystery before the incompetent new homicide detective decides to pin the murder on her or one of her friends or family. Trying to expose a killer while avoiding Michael's mother who is in charge of the event and has made herself a terror browbeating everyone into maintaining the authenticity of the period makes an amusing and entertaining background for a solid mystery.
Okay, better than the 2nd book, but not nearly as funny and complicated as the first book. I am finding Meg very bossy and not so likable.
This is the 3rd in a series, but the only one I have read. It was a little slow at first, but then picked up and ended up being a good one.
ANother fun mystery featuring ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow and her boyfriend Michael.
Once again a very funny story with a good mystery. Interesting information about re-enactment action and iron work for weapons and decorator items. Wonderful characters.
this is a cozy and a good read.. this is the 3rd in her series
#3 in a fantastic cozy mystery series. :-D
Great- Lots of fun in the style of Joan Hess
Another fun read by Donna Andrews! This was a good story about Meg, still like her, still enjoy this series a lot. Can't wait to read more!
I'm so glad I discovered this author. These cozy mysteries are quick reads (I usually get through them in a day or two) with just the right amount of mystery and humor. This is the third book in the Meg Lanslow Mystery series, and though not required that you read them in order, the back stories progress nicer if you do.
In this story, Meg (an ornamental blacksmith), her boyfriend Michael, her brother Rob, and the rest of the extended family and friends are participating in a craft fair/reenactment of the siege of Yorktown, right down to the Colonial dress and all the period pieces. When a murdered entrepreneur, much hated by many of the locals for varying reasons, winds up dead in Meg's booth, her and her friends become the prime suspects by the town's new deputy (NOT a family member unlike most of the other people in town). Meg will stop at nothing to prove the innocence of her and her friends, even if it means stepping on a few toes along the way, including those of the arrogant deputy himself.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes the cozy mystery genre. It's nice light reading, the kind you don't want to put down but doesn't strain your brain with all kinds of police procedurals and stuff. :)
If it weren't for the word "anachronism" being used approximately 500 times in this book (half of which are in the first few chapters) I would have loved it as much as I loved the first two in the series. Instead, I found myself being annoyed with the first half and laughing out loud while reading the second half.
Ornamental blacksmith Meg, her boyfriend, and their extended families have dressed up in costume for a reenactment of the siege of Yorktown, complete with cannons and crafts fair. Her father, a doctor, is running the first aid booth, and to serve as an educational tool, he has fixed it up to look like a medical tent of 1781, down to the last gory detail. Meg has some modern pink flamingos hidden under the counter, and when a murder is committed with one of them, she and her friends head the list of suspects.
Meg Langslow stumbles upon murders, and then is compelled to solve them.
She's surrounded by a town filled with very eccentric people (most of whom are related to her).
This is a fun addition to a series, and each book stands on its own. Not literally, you know, story-wise....
I enjoy all her characters and the new ones who try to understand how related everyone in town is. Can't wait to read another of Donna Andrews.
As usual, another fun read by this author.
I've enjoyed all her books.
fast read book. easy reading. cute. alot like the other ones she wrote. this one explains what you might have missed in the first two. I enjoyed this book. as i have with her other ones. i would recommend it to others.
This was a light read, only the bad guy is killed, and I got a peek at life at a craft fair/Revolutionary War reenactors weekend.
Very funny stuff. Andrews is one of my favorite authors and I snap up each entry in this series as soon as it comes out. Love it.
I really enjoy the Meg Lanslow series. These are fast, fun reads.
I have been reading these books in order, and I have to say that I just love this series!
In this, book three of the series, Meg is participating in a period craft fair as part of the annual celebration and reenactment for the Battle of Yorktown. Trying to get on Mrs. Waterston's good side, she's agreed to help make sure her fellow craftspeople stay completely in period. But being the go between just might be more then Meg can handle. Especially since her boyfriend's mother is cracking down on anything and everything. Meanwhile, Michael wants more from their relationship, and Meg is shying away from any form of commitment. And her brother Rob is meeting with someone interested in buying his computer game. But Roger Benson has a shady reputation at best, and when this computer guy turns up murdered in Meg's booth, the list of suspects is long. Not that she needs any more to do this weekend, but now Meg must solve this crime before the police arrest one of her friends.
As with the others is the series, this book has quite a bit going on beside the mystery. And, as the title would suggest, this is a fun, light cozy. If this is what you want, you'll love the book. Even if the mystery doesn't progress quickly, there is so much going on to keep you engaged you really don't care. And the humor, from Meg's father, who insists his air tight alibi is full of holes, to gorilla costume wearing Cousin Horace, is top notch. Yet, the mystery still provides some great twists and turns. And the characters are very well defined.(Credit: Mark Baker)
Another outing with Meg and her slightly off-center family and as usual it was a fun read. This series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum books but one you wouldn't mind having your grandmother read. I liked it a lot and would recommend it.
Not my favorite of the three I have read but a good book.