Fifth in the series and as mad-cap and likeable as the first four. This one had more crazy antics than any of the others, and if it wasn't for Donna Andrews writing style they would of seemed over-the-top. But she tempers the whackiness with down to earth sensibility, dry humor and a decent plot. This series is one of my all time favorites.
Donna Andrews is always good for a laugh and laughter is good for you...it tightens the stomach muscles! She combines misadventure and weird with a main character who is mostly normal. The result is wonderful.
I liked it - an easy read, colorful characters and setting. I have to admit I guessed who the killer was way before I should have, but that did not take away from the interesting drama at the end. I may read more in this Meg Langslow series.
Meg knew the fan convention for her actor-boyfriend's hit TV series would be weird, but she went along to sell her hand-crafted weapons. She was dealing with the costumed fans, the batch of escaped parrots and monkeys running through the hotel, and all the egos. But after Meg confronts the egomanical star, the "Queen B" turns up dead. Now Michael is the prime suspect. I think Andrews gets better with each novel in this series. When I read the next book (Crouching Buzzard) I could hardly read from laughing.
Meg and her boyfriend are attending a fan conference for the TV show her boyfriend stars in. When a much-disliked cast member is murdered, Meg and her family go hunting for clues. The parrot reference in the title is hilarious - in an effort to make the hotel fit the theme of the show, monkeys and parrots are brought in for flavor. When the monkeys let the parrots out - well, they add a lot of comic flavor to this mystery. Donna Andrews has a knack for combining humor and a taste of romance into her mysteries.
I know I'm reading this series backwards, but Andrews has definitely improved since the first award-winning volume of the series. This time Meg is accompanying her actor boyfriend to a convention for his hit TV series, and finds the Queen B*** murdered. Meg is determined to investigate on her own as Michael is a suspect along with every member of the cast who all had reason to hate her. Full of amusing visuals and tongue-in-cheek parodies of every die-hard Star Trek convention, the addition of parrots and monkeys running loose all over the hotel makes for an entertainingly hilarious read as well as a solid mystery that Andrews's fans have come to expect.
I do not think that this addition to the series is up to par with the prior ones.....It still is LOL funny and Meg is once again involved in the murder of a nasty individual.....but...still worth a read...