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Owls Well That Ends Well (Meg Langslow #6)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2,912 Ratings  ·  150 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 ...more
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Published April 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books (first published 2005)
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Probably the best int he series to this point. Excellent; the killer completely blindsided me.
Dec 29, 2014 Cornelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 02, 2016 Aya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Meg Langslow: 6
Well, this book seems to clarify the timeline confusion. Apparently there was a time skip of a few years (the 'few' is not very clear) somewhere around book 3 or book 4. This book finally deals with the house Meg and Michael ended up buying at the end of book 4. The main character, Meg, is a mess of emotions. After all this time, she has resentment against her mother for being model-worthy beautiful compared to herself. She resents Michael for putting most of the responsibility fo
Feb 01, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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!
Jan 26, 2017 FangirlNation rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Owls Well that Ends Well, Meg Langlow has her hands full of junk, and she wants to get rid of it! Her boyfriend, Michael, had bought a house sight-unseen from the heirs of the greatest hoarder on earth, with the stipulation that the heirs will get a percentage of the profits of everything Michael and Meg make by selling the contents. Thus develops the biggest yard sale in the world! Everyone they know seems to want to contribute junk to get rid of at this yard sale, making it the event of the ...more
Before Meg and her boyfriend remodel the old home they bought, they have a huge yard sale to get rid of the contents. It turns into a community event involving Meg's whole family. And then an obnoxious collector is found dead in a trunk and there are many good suspects. Meg once again puts her detective abilities to use.
Teresa Scott
Feb 28, 2017 Teresa Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of the books in this series, mainly the let ones, and I must admit I think I like the earlier written ones better. This was book six and I have not read 1-5 yet. I am tempted to search for them. The characters are likable and the book kept moving. It was a quick read and you don't need to read 1-5 to understand the plot.
May 06, 2017 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really a little disappointed in this one. A bit rambling
May 12, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good cozy mystery with plenty of humour
Jun 06, 2017 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stupid storyline 😐
Jean Kovats
May 10, 2017 Jean Kovats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not ba plot nutty people
Marilyn Slusher
Mar 19, 2017 Marilyn Slusher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never knew a yard sale could be murder!!
Mar 05, 2017 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual eccentric characters. Crazy huge yard sale with all kinds of strangers and odd objects. Once again Meg puts herself in great peril but of course it all works out. The family of the former owner of the house is also quite the family. Great sense of humor
Dec 07, 2010 Graceann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
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
May 03, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 30, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-books, mystery, 2014
"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
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
Connie N.
#6 in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series

I really liked the last book in this series (at the gathering for Michael's TV show), but this one was even better. It's official that Meg and Michael have bought the falling-down house of their dreams and have spent weeks clearing it out, getting ready for a yard sale. As is always true in Meg's family, things get a little crazy until now it's a totally giant multi-family sale that is taking up acres, with tons of customers. Things are wild, and Meg is
Dec 03, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Vannessa Anderson
Author Donna Andrews has an imagination that must have been nurtured since childhood because her stories are so way out there they should be unbelievable but they aren’t because families like Meg Langslow’s really do exist in small towns.

Meg and her husband, Michael, buy an old house that was sold “as is” because the family didn’t want to be bothered with clearing out all the junk that had been hoarder—they hold a yard sale to get rid of the lifetime of junk.

In the meantime, someone wanted to p
Mar 11, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy-lit
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
Jan 30, 2015 Karen-Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
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
Sep 06, 2015 Carole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Meg and her boyfriend have bought a very old, extremely cluttered Victorian mansion and other buildings out in the country. Every nook and cranny is jammed with junk, antiques, and every other thing imaginable. Before they can start repairing and remodeling the house and other buildings, they have to get rid of all these unwanted things. They decide to have a yard sale, which keeps growing and growing as more and more people want to sell their junk too. Meg has a very large, very eccentric famil ...more
#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
Kirsti (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.

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