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Stork Raving Mad (Meg Langslow #12)

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Meg Langslow is pregnant with twins when Michael asks if she wouldn't mind having a houseguest. One of his doctoral students is directing his new translation of a play by a minor Spanish playwright, who has agreed to come to town for the production. Surely they can spare some room for such an important academic cause?

Señor Mendoza turns out to be a partygoer who loves to s
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published June 17th 2010)
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At any given time you can find me working on two to three lengthy cozy-mystery series while trying out books in other (smaller) series or trying out books in new genres. The Meg Langslow series is one of the longer series I am currently working my way through, and boy is it a good series!

Donna Andrews has a talent for weaving humor into her mysteries. I don't think there's been a book in this series yet that hasn't made me laugh out loud, or at least chuckle to myself. Meg has an enormous family
Vannessa Anderson
Jan 01, 2016 Vannessa Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donna-andrews
The furnace used to heat the college dorms is broken so the entire town of Caerphilly, VA has opened their homes to college students. Meg and Michael have students and professors living in every room of their home except their bedroom, the bathrooms, the closets, the nursery, and the kitchen.

A pregnant Meg, who is due at anytime, finds Dr. Jean Wright, one of the most hated professors on campus, dead in the library. Meg, already uncomfortable due to the pregnancy, finds herself unwillingly and
"Stork Raving Mad" by Donna Andrews, book #12 in the Meg Langslow series. It's been awhile since I've caught up on this series, but I am oh-so glad I have. A fun, quick, entertaining mystery (or "cozy mystery" as I recently learned), and it was just as funny & quirky as I remember the previous novels being, and it was so easy to slip back into the town of Caerphilly, VA. This particular novel follows 8 1/2 months pregnant Meg, a blacksmith and amateur sleuth in a small Virginia college town. ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy life Meg leads! The plot of this one is as unbelievable as the rest of hers. The entire book takes place within a twelve hour period of time, and the entire book is set at Meg and Michael's house and outbuildings. This time the heat has gone out at the college and they have literally about 30 extra people living in their house, including a group in the basement that have been there for weeks without Meg knowing about it. I would have thought she would have noticed when she did laund ...more
Richard Derus
Meg and Michael are homebound on a dreary winter's afternoon, marooned in their huge Victorian home. Alas, alack, poor things, right? Ha! They have dozens of houseguests. Students from Caerphilly College, where Michael teaches drama, slung out into the cold by the College's heating system going kerflooie in the coldest winter anyone can remember.

Add to the madness Meg's mom on a kamikaze decorating binge for the arrival of Meg's twins (genders unknown and referred to by cute names throughout lik
Susan Ferguson
Nov 20, 2012 Susan Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2012, nook-owned
I enjoy this series. Meg's family is totally insane. Meg's husband is a professor of drama at the local college, her father (an orphan) is always doing some activity or other and trying to get involved in mysteries (he loves mysteries). Her brother went to law school, but invented a game about lawyers to play on computer and is now the head of a software company. At the moment, Meg herself is huge with twins due any minute. The heat has gone off at the college and they are housing many of the dr ...more
Jul 26, 2010 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and quick reading addition to this series--even all the action (and there's plenty) takes place in a period of less than 12 hours at the home of our delightful heroine Meg and her dream husband Michael. Meg is in her last days of pregnancy with twins and this plays a big part in the narration. As usual their home is filled with a LARGE number of characters-family, guests, college students--and plenty of them are eccentric to say the least. The plot hinges around skulduggery and infighting ...more
Donna in Southern Maryland
I LOVE Donna Andrews and her sense of humor! This one is a little different in that it only covers one day, from morning until night. The murder and mystery were good; I usually figure out whodunit much sooner.

It was funny how the babies were referred to by every duo's name you could think of - except I think she left out Frick and Frack! The usual characters are around, and added to by many more students and some faculty from the college.

Read in 2 days, and can't wait for the next installment!
Meg Langslow super amateur sleuth is pregnant with twins! Donna Andrews once again introduces us to an eccentric and funny cast of characters. When a faculty member of her husband Michael's college is found murdered at their house, it is going to be a time full of mayhem and mystery leading up to the delivery date. Find out how Meg, along with her madcap family and law enforcement solve this crime in time for another chapter in Meg and Michael's marriage to begin.
Dawn Michelle

I love this series. It makes me laugh, I rarely know who the killer is and the trouble that happens to Meg and Michael is just craziness [but believable craziness]. Add her parent's and brother and "interesting" cousin to the mix of house guests, the fact that Meg is 9 months along with twins and a nasty person is murdered in their library and not one person is sad about it, you have a hilarious and fun read.
May 20, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was funny, I always enjoy Andrews' books more for their humor than for the mystery. The mystery angle felt lacking this time though. The essential plot twists were obvious and described so early that only having the main character have pregnancy brain was she able to miss them.
I will keep reading this series because I find it hysterical, but this wasn't one of the better ones.
Jan 21, 2012 Derk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's with these Meg Langslow books? I enjoy reading them but why? There's not much suspense, the humor is light, most characters are rather interchangeable. The plot is almost non-existent. The villain at the end is usually an arbitrary pick. Still I like them and will read another soon.
Mary Mascari
Jan 30, 2015 Mary Mascari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining cozy mystery, especially for someone like me who has experienced both college theatre programs and pregnancy (not at the same time) (and not with twins).

The murder in Meg's house is almost the least of her worries. She's extremely pregnant with twins, her house is full of her husband's theatre students, a playwright from Spain is visiting, her husband is up for tenure, and her mother has decided to redecorate the nursery. This makes for some very funny scenes, as wel
Jul 20, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, mystery
Happiness is a new Donna Andrews book. I especially enjoyed seeing a beloved character, Meg Lanslow, experience the end of a pregnancy. The compressed timeline was also interesting, it normally takes her more than 12 hours to solve a murder.
May 10, 2014 cheryl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book is on my TBR list have not started this book yet.
Jan 13, 2015 Flewts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donna Andrews writes hilarious mysteries, and this is no exception. Added to the mayhem this time, the female protagonist is pregnant with twins, and each time she or her husband refers to them, a different pair of names surfaces ... Tweedledum & Tweedledee, Hansel & Gretel, Jeckle & Hyde, etc. Running joke throughout the book.

If you enjoy Janet Evanovich, you'll enjoy Donna Andrews. In fact, I started reading her books because a friend recommended them, based on the fact that I enjo
Jan 03, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-reads, 2014
I'm not sure why I keep reading (and admittedly kind of enjoying) the books in this series. They have all of the elements that normally irritate me no end - e.g. a female protagonist who has no backbone, says 'yes' to everything and everyone when, even when she wants to say 'no' then complains that she has to do what she agreed to do; the protagonist grumbles about a whole lot of other things too; there are more antics than plot; the protagonist stumbles across, rather than solves, the mystery; ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Tiger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg is eight and a half months pregnant with twins when Michael asks if she wouldn't mind another houseguest. One of his doctoral students is directing his new translation of a play by a minor Spanish playwright, and the playwright has agreed to come to town for the production.

Senor Mendoza turns out to be a drinker, a smoker, and an inveterate partygoer. Before long, Meg's kitchen is filled with the smells of Spanish food and the voices of all the wilder souls in both the drama and Spanish depa
Sep 08, 2011 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stork Raving Mad (Minotaur 2010) finds Meg, heavily pregnant with twins, and her husband Michael hosting a swarm of Caerphilly College students who are temporarily homeless because of a failure of the college heating system. One of the resident students is Ramon Soto, a student of Michael’s consumed with planning a performance of his dissertation topic, a play by Ignacio Mendoza, a minor Spanish playwright. Unfortunately Mendoza is closer to the Benny Hill than the Shakespeare of Spain, and Dr. ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#12 in series. I really liked this one! Meg is pregnant with twins (38 weeks along) when a murder happens right at their house. Was the victim poisoned, hit over the head or what happened? There are several dozen people around who might have wanted to kill the victim! Meg really wants to have just a quiet house to bring the babies home to............we will have to wait until the next book to find out if she gets her wish. At least the guilty party is found, just when Meg goes into ...more
Mailis Viiand
Feb 01, 2012 Mailis Viiand rated it really liked it
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Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, cozy
Meg Langslow is an excellent cozy. She is a blacksmith in a tiny college town in Virginia. It is great to follow the escapades of her many relatives, some newly discovered and some those she has known forever. It never really gets old as there are connections with her blacksmithing, her husband's college career in the drama department and the shenanigans introduced by her many relatives and the animals that are interlaced in the series. This is number 12.
Adrienne Testa
Meg's house has become a dormitory for the drama students, when the boiler is broken at the college. When the English department dean is murdered in Meg's library, there is no shortage of suspects. All the students hated the dean and each has motive. As Meg awaits the birth of her twins, she helps the chief uncover the truth and faces off with the killer as she goes into labor.
Only disappointing part, is you don't find out what Meg has until the next book.
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Meg is eight and a half months pregnant with twins, but that doesn't stop her from investigating when a member of Michael's tenure committee is killed in their overcrowded house. This book wasn't as funny as some of the earlier books in the series, but it was still amusing. And the mystery was great as always.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jul 16, 2015 Anam rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I had a hard time getting into this, but it was adorable once I did. I think some of it was just so very bizarre and it was hard to suspend disbelief. Once I could do that and revel in the silly, I enjoyed it. I did peek ahead at the excerpt from the next book to learn about the babies.

I was excited upon finishing the book to read about the author and see she lives fairly close to me!

Looking forward to more in this series.
Tyler Tork
Oct 07, 2013 Tyler Tork rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish there were a rating between 3 and 4.

I've read all the books in this series, I think, but I didn't buy them. They're not deep, but they're amusing little mysteries, if that's what you're in the mood for. They're "fair" mysteries in the sense that they don't withhold important information, but they're generally not especially hard puzzles. I thought the (view spoiler) angle in this book was telegraphed too blatently; I got it immediately.

I could wish for there to
Aug 24, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12 in the Meg Langslow series. The book reads like the very successful result of a composition assignment - write a screwball comedy that takes place (in the Meg Langslow universe)in only one day. But what a day! It can be only fully appreciated by followers of the series, but this entry is extremely funny!

Meg Langslow series - Michael asks if Meg wouldn't mind another houseguest. One of his students is directing a play by a Spanish playwright, who has agreed to come to town. Before long, Meg's
May 19, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Appropriate for: age 13+
You will like this book if you like: Mystery, funny mysteries, strong female characters

I love this author and I love this series. Despite the fact that it's for adults it is teen appropriate! No swear words (yay!) except one b word (illegitimate child). I wonder how the rest of the books will go as now she'll have kids to deal with as she solves mysteries
Oct 16, 2012 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a new series for me and I liked the Meg Langslow character and the problems of the drama department at Caerphilly College. This was about her husband's drama department getting funding and the two English department and budget directors trying to stop all plays and programs.
After the death of Dr. Wright in their home, the multiple suspects and the house full of college students, professors, Meg's family members, and decorating crew, and a visitor from another country, cause worry for Me
Apr 12, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 12th book in the Meg Langslow series is another zany ride with an eclectic cast of characters that never fail to entertain. Donna Andrews has done a wonderful job of creating hilarious situations and plenty of suspects when one of the less than likeable characters in the book is found dead in Meg & Michaels's library. Meg, at 8 1/2 months pregnant with twins, tries to stay uninvolved but it seems every time she heads for a long-awaited nap or bathroom break someone confides in her "their ...more
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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
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