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Owls Well That Ends Well (Meg Langslow #6)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,377 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Meg Langslow was actually looking forward to renovating the old Victorian mansion she and her boyfriend Michael bought. But she wasn't thrilled by the lifetime of junk accumulated by the house's eccentric previous owner, Edwina Sprocket. The easiest solution: hold the end-all and be-all of gigantic yard sales. But when the event attracts the late Miss Sprocket's money-hung
Paperback, 326 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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I do like these things. My mom mails them to me in pairs, and I think I'll read one and then wait on the other, but then I read both in 3-4 days. This one is lots of fun, and although I kind of felt it would end up how it did, it didn't have to. This was probably the best-constructed mystery of the set so far, insomuch as the guilty party wasn't completely obvious from the beginning, neither was the guilty party only revealed at the end through previously withheld evidence.

The character of Micha
Meg, a smart likable amateur sleuth, and her would be fiance Michael, she has commitment issues, buy an old house far out in the country buts it's cluttered to the rafters with ugly antiques. Meg's solution is to have a giant yard sale , all her relatives are invited to sell their own junk and the Sprockets, members of the previous owner's family, show up along with local folk to sell a humorous array of items. Along with the house Meg and Michael also got a barn with an actual barn owl.

During t
Meg is conducting the yard sale to end all yard sales - literally. Their new house, a falling-apart relic previously inhabited by a hoarder, has to be emptied before it can be renovated.

Behind Meg's back, her father and brother have put about the rumor that there may be a pirate's hoard concealed among the junk, and the town population pretty much relocates to Meg and Michael's yard. This offers plenty of suspects for the murder of a very unpopular antique dealer, so why do the police have to ho
Warning if you are having a YARD SALE anytime soon you may change your mind after reading the 6th installment of the Meg Langslow mysteries. What a hoot! You'll be laughing out loud when you read the tale of the antiques dealer who is found stuffed in the trunk with his head bashed in and the media turns up on the doorstep and interrupts the frenzied shoppers. The suspect may in fact be among the customers who are dressed in costume as there is a discount offered to those who dress-up. Meg's ec ...more
Murder at a yard sale - with owls and SPOOR. This was a great book that kept me guessing til Meg and Michael figured it out!
"Andrews may be the next best thing to Janet Evanovich"-Rocky Mountain News. Well....Janet makes me laugh out loud, Andrews not so much. But I think I know why they compare the two authors. The slightly sarcastic somewhat sassy self talk that goes on inside Meg's head is similar to Stephanie Plum's. In this story Meg Langslow is "actually looking forward to renovating the old Victorian mansion she and her boyfriend Michael bought. But she wasn't thrilled by the lifetime of junk accumulated by th ...more
Pros: If you're looking for a hilarious, comedic mystery, you should definitely pick this one up. I was laughing the entire way through...Meg is a hilarious, slightly sarcastic character and I loved seeing her reactions to things. There are so many funny scenes with Meg's extended family (who came to help with the yard sale), including a cousin who changes her name about every other week. I have a large, crazy family, I found Meg's relatives absolutely hilarious. There was pretty much n ...more
Kate Baxter
This book, (which is not the first in its series), was my first introductions to Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series, which I absolutely adore. Meg, a skilled blacksmith, comes from a well-meaning, educated and somewhat dysfunctional family where all members meddle in Meg's affairs. She has fallen for a local college professor. They just purchased an aged and dilapidated farmhouse from an old woman's estate which is still filled with the prior owner's belongings. They embark on holding a yard sal ...more
I must admit I am a huge fan of Donna Andrews' books. In particular I love this series featuring birds names in the imaginative titles, the Meg Langslow series. Meg and Michael have purchased as-is, a very large, rundown and furnished (more to the point, stuffed) with the former owner's belongings which they are to dispose of and share the proceeds with the deceased owner's family.

What would you do if you had a huge yard sale that grows to include half the town taking it over? And what would you
This is book 6 in the series.

I munch through these mysteries rather quickly, and still needing a brain break after finishing Nova Swing, I consumed book 6.

Premise of the book is Meg and her actor-boyfriend Michael finally decided to buy the Victorian mansion they discovered in a previous book outside of Caerphilly. The house comes at a price though, the previous owner, Edwina Sprocket was an eclectic hoarder and left behind room and rooms and sheds and barns full of various sundries. And there
Owls Well That Ends Well is the 6th in the series of whodunits by Donna Andrews. Meg Langslow is a blacksmith who cohabitates with long time boyfriend Michael. The couple has just purchased the run down estate and its contents from a now deceased packrat. As part of the deal they must dispose of accumulation of junk from the previous owner. Meg and Michael host a community wide yard sale on the grounds of the estate. The sellers include many of the town's more colorful characters including an an ...more
It is more than fair to say that, given that it's less than 24 hours since I picked up this book and started reading, and now I've finished it, that it goes fast. That's not a complaint. I read this so quickly because it was so darned much fun.

I've always said that what one gets out of a book depends in large part on what one brings to it. That was certainly true for me and Owls Well That Ends Well. This is a humorous murder mystery that takes place during an enormous yard sale and features, fo
Dec 03, 2009 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Rebecca by: my mother
Shelves: rmr-project
Desperate to rid the house of clutter, Meg Langslow recruits friends and family to help with a giant yard sale. Along with the usual locals, Meg has to deal with a number of unusual junk dealers, her own extensive family (many of whom are meeting her boyfriend for the first time), and the heirs of the family from whom she and the boyfriend bought the house. A sales clause gives those heirs 10% of the profits from the sale of the items left on the property. It's enough to drive a woman crazy.

Each book seems connected to something in my life. This one was about a yard sale. In Canada we call it a garage sale and every weekend in the summer we used to go garage sailing. Also, Meg and her 'notebook-that-tells-me-when-to-breathe'. The paragraph that seemed to speak to my life was this one: "Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I take out the notebook and make sure I've written down everything I have to do or remember. No matter how dauntingly long the list is, I know I'll feel better once I hav ...more
Adrienne Testa
Meg and Michael finally have an old Victorian to call home. Even if it needs lots of repairs and is crammed with junk. The solution to the junk is to have a two acre yard sale, as her father protects the barn owls. But, all doesn't go well when the local antique dealer is killed in her barn. And, Meg can't help herself, she must snoop. Unfortunately, Meg protects the wrong person and almost gets herself killed. Plenty of quirky characters and amusing situations. Quick read.
Mix Meg's zany extended family, a giant yard sale, endangered barn owls & a murder & what do you have -- a thoroughly enjoyable, well written book that keeps you guessing on "who done it?" almost to the end. The sixth book in the Meg Langslow series finds Meg & Michael arranging a giant yard sale to clear out all of the clutter from their newly bought large old Victorian house. Of course, nothing goes as planned & when a not well liked antiques dealer is murdered at the sale & ...more
Mark Baker
The large garage sale Meg and Michael are throwing to clean up their new home is drawing huge crowds. Sorry, the body in that trunk isn't included. The humor had me laughing the entire way through, and I thought this was the best mystery of the series. Very well done.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
This mystery is centered around a huge yard sale. While trying to make everyone happy, Meg tries to figure out who is mucking up the works when they hide a body in a trunk. Meg's off beat family as well as Michael and spike help as well. Great regular and minor characters that remind us of the real life ones in our own lives. Dad has a new project and Michael's teaching job might be on the line.
Melbourne on my mind
3.5 stars. An entertaining if largely forgettable addition to the Meg Langslow series. As always, I read these books for the characters rather than the storyline, and in this one, Meg's madcap family deliver in fine form. The gist of the story is that Meg and Michael are holding a giant yardsale to get rid of all the junk that was left in the house they bought "as is". Family members from all over the country descended to add stalls of their own or run food stands or supply towing services.

As fun as usual. I love Donna Andrews when I'm in the mood for a laugh. This time Meg and her boyfriend Michael have bought an old house that came "as is" which included 50 years of stuff from a hoarder. The solution is obvious- yard sale. Of course Meg's very eccentric and large extended family want to join in to make it the yard sale of all yard sales. Including a murder.
#6 in the Meg Langslow series. Meg and Michael advance on the domestic front with a move to a house. The housing market in Caerphilly, VA is tight and expensive but their current housing is extremely tiny. They find a huge house at a ridiculously reasonable price and begin to understand the price when they encounter its dilapidated condition and hoarder stuffed condition. Assuring each other that they can update the house with sweat equity, they go ahead with the purchase.

Meg Langslow series - M
So, these books are more comedy than mystery. I enjoy them, but I have to wonder if that is in part due to having a LARGE family on my mother's side (as does the main character). And while my real life family members do not in general provide as much entertainment as Meg's, there are similarities.
Meg and Michael have bought a house. But it is filled with clutter that they want to get rid of. So yard sale. As usual Meg's family from all over come to help. There is also a relative of the previous owner who they will share the profits with. The yard sale starts but just like everything Meg plans - it is put on hold due to a dead body found. Meg with all the yard sale and family to deal with adds sleuthing to her agenda. She finds so many suspects that it takes its toll on her. And with her ...more
There's no doubt that Donna Andrews is a talented writer. I did enjoy this book -- the third in her Meg Langslow mystery series. There were several bright points that made me smile, but I did not get the "laugh a page" that the cover blurbs promised.

Andrews' ability to craft language and to create unique scenarios will win her a place on my shelf, but there were some problems with this book. The characters were not introduced sufficiently to win over new readers. What does Meg look like? How ol
I didn't really like this one as much as the rest of them, but it was still hilarious. Meg's a little off, which makes sense given that she has to deal with her family, all in her house, while organizing the mother of all yard sales. There is also a murder, crazy bargain hunters, nesting owls, a flock of highly-mobile sheep to deal with. So yeah, the yard sale part is highly entertaining. The mystery has a couple of extra twists too. And I'm in love with her family - I wouldn't wish them on anyo ...more
Carly Kirk
Sometimes I think Andrews takes things a step too far (exactly how many people ended up finding the dead body and lied about it??) but it was still an entertaining read and while probably not one of my favorites in the series, it's definitely worth a read.
Dec 05, 2008 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: light mystery readers, pun lovers, the ill
Shelves: fiction
Leave your expectations about believability at the first page and enjoy the best developed of the Meg Langslow mysteries I've read to date. Book six adds richer detail in scene setting while retaining the same tongue-in-cheek and lighthearted approach Andrews has carried through the series, complete with more relatives than I'd want to have, much less hold a yard sale with.

I even learned something about sheep, more about owls, and am glad that Meg's character is coming around to see her mom as m
Meg Langslow & her boyfriend Michael have purchased a large, rambling house that use to belong to a deceased pack rat. With the help of her large extended family, Meg decides to host a huge yard sale that seems to be more of a county fair. But it turns into a murder scene when one of the local antique dealers is found dead locked inside of an old trunk. So Meg's dream of getting rid of all the junk is prolonged while the police investigate the murder. True to her nature, Meg immediately star ...more
When I need a zany, crazy, funny book to read, I turn to the Meg Langslow series. They are a kick! Meg and Michael have a giant yard sale to clear out their money pit house and insanity ensues.
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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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