Owls Well That Ends Well (Meg Langslow, #6)
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Owls Well That Ends Well (Meg Langslow #6)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,030 ratings  ·  97 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...more
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.

"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, too...so 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...more
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...more
Kathy Carmichael
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...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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Linda Cole
Murder and owls

Very funny story with additional twists and turns to throw you off who really did it meg and her family are zany as ever

Sometimes the rating on a book coinsides with what is going on with my life when I choose to read it. For me, at this time, Owls Well that Ends Well was just what the Dr. ordered. A kwirky, crazy, fun, fast, laugh out loud , roll your eyes at times read. I think this was the second best in her series. My favorite is rated as such for sentimental reasons.
And this fit sooooo well into my week. My son and I just finished having our second weekend of a yard sale and both agreed that we RETIRED per...more
Laura Rodd
Wonderful, fun spirited read.
Meg's family (which includes hundreds of distant relations) descend upon her and Michael's 2 acre yard sale as they try to
empty 100 years worth of hoarding from the past inhabitants of their new (falling in) historic home. Maverick booths are set up,
sheep abound, Spike the dog is on a biting spree, relatives are sleeping top-to-toe in the decrepit house and fighting over the 2 working bathrooms, and someone is ill-mannered enough to murder a local sneaky antique boo...more
I learned more about owls than I think I ever wanted to know. However, setting up a murder in the midst of a yard sale? I can see it happening. People are crazy.
Meg and Michael are organizing all of the junk left over from the Sprocket family when they sold an oversize rundown house. But the Sprockets are sticking around to make sure they get their cut of the profit. That adds to the family members who have moved in so they can sell their own materials and the scads of early birds who can't unde...more
Number 6 in the Meg Langslow Mystery series. Meg is having a very large yard sale to clean up what was left in the house she and her boyfriend bought. Of course her crazy family decides to help and a body is found. Meg doesn't always get everything right, so there are twists and turns that make you wonder what could happen next! These are just fun books to read. I like how some of the last book leads into this book. Will Meg and Michael ever get married? Will the barn ever become Meg's workshop?...more
More adventures in the Langslow family.
I really like that in this one, Meg is shown facets of her personality that she doesn't necessarily like - so she has a chance to grow in future books. Meanwhile, Michael is still dreamy, yet still doesn't have enough personality for me. Yes, this is the sixth in the series, and this is their first "fight" - how long have they been living together, and in that tiny little "cave" as they called it? I feel like I know more about Meg's Mom and Dad- their personalities and quirks than Meg's mate- an...more
Surprisingly good read with a twist.
A Meg Langslow mystery. I have read a few of this series and love them! I plan to read all of them someday.

This is a zany series told in a unique way, love the characters. Donna Andrews has such a fun sense of humor. If you want to read a fun, light mystery this series is it!

This book was about Meg holding a yard sale and her whole crazy family and neighborhood show up, oh and let's not forget the dead body. The ending was one of my favorites-completely unpredictable to me!
Verity W
I really do enjoy this series - I have the next on on order. I was chortling merrily through this as Meg tried to deal with hoardes of family, a giant yard sale and a murder. This series always makes me smile - and I like that Donna Andrews doesn't resort to breaking up her lead couple to create drama in their relationship as happens in so many series/sequels - Meg and Michael have enough drama to keep the relationship interesting without that and that's good.
This was my first foray in the Meg Langslow Mystery series and I found it to be a riot. I have a soft spot for quirky characters and sarcastic wit so this book was a great find for me (BooksaMillion bargain bin). After completing it I went on to read the remaining book in the series. This one is still probably my favorite although it gives the first in the series a run for the spot. If you like light, humorous mystery you should enjoy this.
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