The Real Macaw: A Meg Langslow Mystery
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The Real Macaw: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow #13)

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The Real Macaw

Donna Andrews

*Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel*

During an early-morning feeding for her four-month-old twins, Meg Langslow hears an odd noise and goes downstairs to find her living room filled with cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a stunningly foul-mouthed macaw. What the—bleep—is going on here?

Turns out that a...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published July 19th 2011)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: Meg juggles twins, murder, and a back-talking bird in the next side-splittingly funny installment in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling series.

During a 2am feeding for her four-month-old twins, Meg Langslow hears an odd noise and goes downstairs to find her living room filled with dozens of animals—cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a stunningly foul-mouthed macaw. She soon learns that financial woes have caused the local...more
I got this Advanced Read Copy (ARC) in a Goodreads giveaway and I'm glad I entered this contest. I've never read this series or this author but I'll certainly be adding myself as a fan.

This book hit the right spot in every respect. From the very first, it grabbed my interest and kept me interested right up to the finish. What this book (and probably the entire series) has going for it is not only a well-written mystery with plenty of red herrings, but a small town populated with interesting peop...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I'm a huge Donna Andrews/Meg Langslow fan, but I have to say I was a bit worried when Meg started having children - I'm not a fan of cozy mysteries that involve families, for some reason. But Donna Andrews wrote with her usual hilarious wit, and refused to take any of it too seriously. The mystery was a good one and it kept me guessing until the end. I hope for many more Meg Langslow mysteries to come.
Adrienne Testa
With infants and a five year old, Meg's hands are full with motherhood, until the local animal shelter's animals are in her living room. Her father and grandfather heading the raid, as their fellow activist is being murdered across town. Every one thinks its because he was loose with the women, but no one is more surprised to learn the Mayor has used the town's buildings for collateral to re develop the town's waterfront. The waterfront that is owned by the town people. Meg tries hard not to get...more
Elizabeth Bear
These are increasingly ridiculous, and I mean that in the best possible way.
All the usual characters in place, but no snap or vigor.
#13 in series. Meg now has 4 month old twin boys. She and Micheal really need sleep when their house becomes home to animals taken/rescued from the animal shelter. corrupt Political officials have put the town/county in debt, a murder takes place and now it is Meg to the rescue once again. I real like the story line that has Micheal being such a good dad to the twins. He puts up with Megs crazy family and they are also taking care of Timmy whose mom is in the military in Germany.

I would like to...more
Kasia Hubbard
*I won this on Goodreads* This was my first Andrews novel and it was amazing! Andrews keeps the characters real without adding unwanted or unneeded fluff to her stories. Meg is a mother of 4 month old twins who finds herself in the middle of mayhem. She wakes up to feed her sons and hears animals downstairs and soon finds out that the animals of the local shelter have been hijacked and are now filling her living room. As her Grandfather is calling their accomplice in the animal burglary, the chi...more
Read The Real Macaw for the best in comic cozies. Meg Langslow has twin baby boys to keep her busy. Her life gets more hectic when she finds the contents of an animal shelter in her barn. The dogs, cats, and birds were facing death because their facility ran out of money. The evacuation plan for the critters went awry. Meg’s dad and grandfather knew Meg’s barn was available. When one of the animal rescuers is murdered, Meg adds finding the killer to her “to do” list.

The fun in the story is watc...more
Angie Holtz
From: Lilac Wolf and Stuff

This has the classic Meg Langslow cover. I love that every title and story in the series has at least one animal as a central part of the mystery. And yes, in this one it's a Macaw...apparently very rare and with a colorful vocabulary. lol

Meg Langslow is back with her quirky and very large family. She has just had twin boys, so her and Michael are dealing with lots of sleep deprivation. Despite her worries in previous novels, she is a great mother. She still has her "no...more
Lisa P
This was my first book by Donna Andrews, but definitely won't be my last. I received this free copy from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though I have not read the other books in the series (yet), I did not feel as though I were missing anything from the storyline. Donna's delightful descriptions of the southern town of Caerphilly and the quirky characters that reside there, made it very easy for me to feel as if I were a part of the community myself.

In fact,...more
Dec 24, 2011 Kathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Recommended to Kathy by: new book shelf at library
Meg Langslow is struggling with the reality of having four-month-old twins, sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, a dirty kitchen. One evening Meg finds herself awake for late night feedings, and also finds am entire menagerie in her living room! To add to the trouble, the chief of police shows up on her doorstep...with a barking phone and the news of a murder. With so much on her plate as mother, reluctant zookeeper, and sleuth, how will Meg manage, and will she make it home in time for the twins n...more
Susan Ferguson
Four months after the birth of the twins, Meg is up with one of the boys when she hears a noise downstairs, like someone watching the animal planet too loudly. She cautiously goes downstairs and finds her living room full of animals - cats, dogs of all kinds and sizes and a macaw, who uses very blue langusge. It seems that with the city's budget crisis, the city manager has recommended a change in the dealings of their no-kill shelter. They will begin to euthanize all the unclaimed pets. So, a g...more
There are some fictional characters that would make great friends, and Meg Lanslow is one of them. Despite the fact that she's so busy, she always seems to have time to talk over tea.

In this, the thirteenth book in the series, Meg is especially busy because she now has 4-month old twin boys, Jamie and Josh, along with her blacksmithing business, her husband, and her large (and seemingly ever-present) extended family.

For example, the book begins with Meg getting up for a middle-of-the-night feedi...more
Kathy Davie
Thirteenth in the Meg Langslow mystery series based at her and Michael's farm.

The Story
The key is an illegal animal rescue maneuver that finds all the occupants of the Caerphilly animal shelter in Meg's living room. Seems the mayor decided to save money by eliminating the no-kill rule. And when Parker Blair didn't show up with his furniture truck…well, Meg's place seemed the most reasonable refuge.

The town of Caerphilly has been bled dry by the Pruitts and the creditors are coming. The Pruitts p...more
Jessica Andersen
I love Meg Langslow and her cast of wacky supporting characters! This installment finds Meg and husband Michael dealing with the sleep depravation caused by four month old twin boys. Understandably, Meg is hoping she is having hallucinations when she hears the sounds of an animal menagerie coming from her living room. Unfortunately, sh's not hallucinating, her living room is indeed filled with cats, dogs, birds, and other assorted pets. When the man who was supposed to transport the animals turn...more
#13 in the Meg Langslow series. This hilarious entry, winner of the 2012 Lefty award and nominated for the 2011 Agatha award, may owe a debt to Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason mystery The Case of the Perjured Parrot (1939) for inspiration. Andrews goes beyond the cozy murder mystery, however, to expand the history of Caerphilly, VA. In this episode, the town mayor, has bamboozled the county board into pledging the county buildings, town hall, library, jail and courthouse, to raise funds to be...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I am never disappointed with a book written by Donna Andrews. The Real Macaw is no exception. Can you imagine being in Meg's family?

Meg Langslow and her husband, the incredibly patient and loving, Michael are new parents of now 4-month old twin boys. But, as we whom follow this series knows, life is never calm.

Meg wanders down the stairs thinking she is sleep deprived and there is no way a dog is barking in her living room. And, she is right! There are dozens of dogs, kittens, and even a Macaw s...more
Meg has her hands full, not only with her own twins but also Timmy, whose mother joined the army and is now stationed in Germany. So when she wakes up one night to the sounds of animals, she's confused. The only animal they have is her mother-in-law's (now her and Mike's) dog, Spike, and he's with her. When she goes downstairs, she discovers her father, grandfather, brother and the local vet moving animals into her living room. It seems the CORSICANs (Members of the Committee Opposed to the Ruth...more
delightful. I started laughing a few pages in and continued to do so several times throughout the rest of the book. I think people at the DMV thought I was strange. The plotlines were rich, the characters rewarding, the specific scenes well-done. Every now and then when I think Donna has hit a lag in the series, she produces another amazing rendition.

I particularly enjoyed the legal asides -- city corruption, eminent domain, Kelo v. New London. But my far my favorite was figuring out whether or...more
Mj T
The Real Macaw is a mystery book about what happens to Meg. Meg is a mother of twins and was takeing care of her baby twins. When she comes down stairs to find her living room full of animals, Meg freaks out because her dad is part of the reason why. This is because of Parker got in a car crash and is dead. Parker is supposed to take the animals. The mayor had shut down the no-kill shelter. So Meg and her family have to do something. Meg thinks the mayor had to do something with the car crash....more
Meg lLangslow lives with her husbsnd Michael and new babies in Caerphilly. Her life
is never humdrum with the cast of characters who camp at her house or live near by. She is feeding one of the babies when a noise startles her. She goes to investigate finding her grandfather, father etc taking care of multiple animals. Her grandfather was on the phone trying to reach their driver with no luck. Then the chief shows up announcing a murder. Throughout the book, Meg tries to stay neutral because of...more
Laura Rodd
This was a wonderful addition to Andrews's Meg Langslow series. The only thing formulaic about this series is that there will be a murder with plenty of eccentric relatives and neighbors offering insights while Meg quietly investigates the case.

Meg is slightly tied down in this addition because of her twin babies and the fact that her house has been taken over once again as an animal sanctuary by her father, her grandfather and their animal lover acolytes. There are dark clouds on the horizon as...more
The mystery series with Meg Langslow is funny to me. Meg's family and all the relatives are fun but crazy. This mystery has Meg up late feeding her 5 month twins when she hears animal noises in her house. She finds her dad, brother, and grandfather helping others bring animals from the rescue shelter into her living room. The group is trying to save the animals from the change in no-kill policy at the shelter. The Chief shows up at Meg's house in the morning to ask the rescue group about Parker,...more
Kate Baxter
Another fine installment in the Meg Langslow murder series. This time, we find our heroine resigned to her sleepless and selfless existence in caring for her 4 month old twin boys. Just when she thinks that she can get a moment's rest, her serenity is shattered by the noises of the menagerie her father, brother and grandfather have assembled in her living room. It's all part of a plot to rescue the animals from the county shelter destined for certain demise owing to cost-cutting measures. But on...more
☯Emily has reviews on Booklikes
When I need to relax because life is hectic or depressing, I read my new favorite author, Donna Andrews. This book continues with the complicated life of Meg Langslow. Having four-month old twins hasn't lessened the chaos her relatives cause in her life. This time her father and grandfather with other animal lovers have illegally moved animals from the animal shelter to her house without her knowledge. The thief is complicated by a murder of one of the volunteers who had promised to transport th...more
Mailis Viiand
If you get the expectations out of your head, that everything Donna Andrews writes is funny, then you get a decent mystery book that does not disappoint.
All the mayhem that surrounds our heroine would give a good sitcom material and would probably carry better on screen.
I loved reading the kid hassles part, because I know about the mysterious species that is a quiet and perfectly behaving kid. I just have not been able experience this miracle first hand. And maybe its a good thing, because dur...more
Mark Baker
With four month old twins, Meg is finding life unpredictable and crazy. And that's before her father and grandfather show up with a bunch of animals rescued from the local shelter. When their "get away" driver is found killed, Meg keeps finding more information that leads to some shocking discoveries. I found the plot of this book very interesting, and I can't wait to see how it plays out in further volumes. The usual cast of characters are present, but they don't provide the laughs they used to...more
In the middle of the night, Meg's house fills mysteriously with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, etc., including the macaw. These are the results of Meg's animal-activist family burglarizing the local animal pound, which is due to start killing its excess population. The expected transportation hasn't arrived, which is why the animals got dumped on the exhausted, sleep-deprived Meg and Michael and their 4-month-old twins.

The expected transportation turns out to have been shot dead. Meg and the rest of t...more
A sudden budget crunch causes the little town of Caerphilly to change policies at the animal shelter. Before the no-kill policy goes into effect, some animal-lovers, including members of Meg Langslow family, steal all the animals. Oops! The man who promised to whisk them out of the county for safekeeping is murdered, so they all end up in Meg's living room. Meg has her hands full with four-month old twins and a visiting five-year-old, but she's an animal lover, too, and can't help her insatiable...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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