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Some Like it Hawk (Meg Langslow #14)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,968 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one. Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year. But the le ...more
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Published July 17th 2012 by Dreamscape Media
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Meg Langslow is like my “comfort-food” mystery. After I read tons of books that blend together I can count on these books to stand out and be easy reads that I love and enjoy.

In this (fourteenth) book in the series the town is still evicted from their buildings, but they’re making do and having a booming tourist business because of it. However, when a body shows up only a few steps from a man who barricaded himself in the courthouse basement the entire town’s facade might come crumbling down.

Jul 17, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really read these books because of the mystery. (Um, remind me, who actually did get killed in this one?) I read them because of the zany-ness, the humor, and the likeable characters. Donna Andrews is what Janet Evanovich aspires to be - silly, fun and each book a fresh treasure. Not sure that the buying public agrees but they are just wrong.

This particular one should especially interest archivists and to a lesser extent librarians. Thank you, Ms. Andrews, for making the job relevent.
Kathy Davie
Fourteenth in the Meg Langslow usually much funnier mystery series revolving around Meg the blacksmith and her interfering family.

My Take
I can't wait for the funny bits to hit...and I'm, mostly, still waiting. Definitely not one of my favorites in this series. Although, I did enjoy the big Evil Lender getting theirs in the end!

I do love what everyone does to keep the entrance hidden. Andrews really did do a clever job on this one. I guess I just miss having so many of the family participating th
Jan 19, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourites in the series so far, possibly because it involves a festival specializing in loud sounds, a secret passage, a medical examiner dressed as Dracula, a forensic evidence technician dressed as a gorilla (how does he manage to keep fake fur out of the crime scene, anyway?), a bunch of (figurative) flying monkeys, a pig-calling competition, and a recalcitrant mime:
"I got a letter of complaint today. Someone threatening to sue Caerphilly Days for discriminating against her in our
Aug 10, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advance reading copy through Goodreads First Reads. I was very excited because I had never won anything before, but my excitement soon turned to puzzlement. Imagine my surprise when, as I'm sitting on a plane trying to finish this book before we land, I hit page 312, Meg's about to crack open the whole mystery, copy of the book ends.

Since all the previous books in this series didn't end on cliffhangers, I'm going to assume something was wrong with my copy. It's difficult t
May 29, 2014 judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I'm always amazed that I love these books because funny mysteries are not my thing. I gave up Evanovich. Why don't I give up Andrews? I may have figured it out--Andrews isn't going for the laugh. There isn't anything odd or amusing about Meg. She does have some eccentric relatives and a mother whose passion for decorating can drive her nuts. Still, we're within the bounds of normal. Somebody is going to get killed in each book--but in true Agatha tradition--it's never gruesome. Meg's level-heade ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While none of the Meg Langslow mysteries have quite matched the laugh-out-loud fun of the original Murder With Peacocks, Some Like it Hawk was a fast, enjoyable read. Meg and a cast of lovably eccentric characters are working to save their beloved Caerphilly from foreclosure by the Evil Lender. The city clerk has barricaded himself in the basement of the courthouse, aided and abetted by most of the townspeople, but their plans go awry when a bank official is murdered just outside the barricade. ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series that I have listened to via audiobook. Unfortunately I have not been able to listen to the series in chronological order because the library only offers about four titles. If I actually had to sit and read this series, I don't think I would waste the time. I find this series somewhat entertaining but also annoying. Does Meg ever actually take care of her twins? Why is everybody who lives outside of Caerphilly considered evil...or perhaps that is the theme o ...more
Donna Andrews once again delivers another fun and fantastic tale from the town of Caerphilly! I don't want to give anything away, let's just say that this involves the town's financial woes, a dead executive, and a whole host of colorful characters and events. There's no end to the twists and turns that drive this story to it's final destination. Meg Langslow and her clan never fail to deliver humor, and hi-jinks. A good read, guaranteed to give you the giggles!
Aug 21, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this installment of the Meg Langslow series, although I did miss the usually more substantial interaction between Meg and her family members. She was spread a bit too thin between Caerphilly Days and solving the mystery in my opinion. I was excited to find out what Meg's new role of Mommy is like and she was a mostly absent one... not something I would have anticipated.

Still it was a delightful read and refreshing.
Carol Stanley-Snow
This is the first i've read of Donna Andrews, but, rest assured, it won't be the last!!

She has a GREAT sense of humor and it shows through her cast of characters. The whole town, well, most of them, are just too funny!!

They all play a part in this mystery. Evan the kids are humorous. I can't tell how funny this story is...I smiled and chuckled the whole time.

A light mystery read for the summer...and then you'll read all year long!
May 16, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If you've ever enjoyed an Evanovich, Stephanie Plum mystery you will absolutely love Donna Andrews and Meg Lanslow. It has all the eccentric characters (without being over the top)and all the zany situations (without the lack of realism and slapstick) and a mystery that is interesting. I love Meg and find myself thoroughly wrapped up in the plot. Always FUN, fairly light reading!!
Teresa Scott
Jan 02, 2015 Teresa Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: army-ant
I really enjoyed this book. The ending was a little predictable, but it was still a very interesting read. I am going to see what else Donna Andrews wrote.
Ok mystery
Jan 07, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun little book.
Jul 17, 2012 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The citizens of Caerphilly have banded together to keep their town operating after the Evil Lender foreclosed on all the town's buildings. To give the town's economy a boost, Meg and her fellow craftsmen have capitalized on their misfortune of being "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail" to hold the "Caerphilly Days" - a festival of the arts.

However, they have an ulterior motive. The town clerk has barricaded him in the city hall's basement and refuses to leave, even though the Evil Lender is now t
Sep 25, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the quirky humor of this series
Jul 23, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Humour is something is I love to find in books. Whether it's offered in witty dialogues or slapstick events I am bound to respond with huge smiles, chuckles or even a big laugh. Donna Andrews is one of the authors who excels at offering both. Her Meg Langslow series is not only an auto-buy, but one that I often re-read and always look forward to with great anticipation. Some Like It Hawk is not the funniest book in the series, but it still brightened up my day and provided me with some much need ...more
Jill Olsen
Sep 14, 2012 Jill Olsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I don’t read a lot of mystery books but this series got me hooked, especially when I could read books 1-11 right after continuing the story line. I do like the characters and how each book continues the story and then at the very end it sets up the plot for the next one. I am always surprised by who the murderer turns out to be. I keep looking for clues but there is a twist that I didn’t see coming (because I hate it when I can figure it out before the characters in the book do).

The series start
Susan Ferguson
Jan 14, 2014 Susan Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, nook-owned, 2014
Love these books - and this author.

Meg has her hands full with the twins and her blacksmithing. There is currently a fair going on in the town to raise money. The former mayor got a big loan from a bank and absconded with the money and the bank is trying to foreclose on the town. Only the clerk is holed up and barricaded in city hall in the basement in his own little domain. The bank security has people positioned in the courthouse to evict him if they can. They are also trying to find out how h
Jul 06, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The town of Caerphilly, VA, finds itself in a unique position this July; their rat of an ex-mayor mortgaged the town buildings then fled, at which point the 'Evil Lender' evicted all town employees from the buildings--except for Mr. Throckmorton, who barricaded himself in the courthouse basement with his beloved Archives. Unbeknownst to the Evil Lender, there is a secret tunnel into the Courthouse, through which those town residents in the know have been ferrying supplies and information to Mr. ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donna Andrews has been writing about Meg Langslow for quite a while now, in fact this is book 14 in the series. I now own all of the series but this is the first I've read. I've heard wonderful things about the series but other books just seemed to keep pushing to the front. Well, no more! Even though I normally read series in order I made an exception for this book because I won it as an ARC and promised to read and write a review.

Having missed out on the first 13 books I'm going to be very car
Katharine Kimbriel
Jul 03, 2012 Katharine Kimbriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna Andrews fans, cozy lovers, humorous mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery, humor
This is another fine cozy in the Meg Langslow series, continuing the tale of Meg, her crazy extended family, and her habit of falling into mysteries, usually with a body or two attached.

The strength of these books is Meg’s rock solid love of her family (including husband and kids) and her desire to get crime wrapped up so she can get back to her Real Life – creative blacksmith, professor’s wife and mother to youngsters. The stories take place in small town Virginia, with an extended cast of char
Oct 09, 2012 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2012
Meg Langslow is a blacksmith showcasing her trade during her town's Caerphilly days, a festival inspired by her town's Notoriety as "the town that mortgaged its jail". The mayor has run off with the town's money and the 'Evil Lender" (Bank)has foreclosed on all of Caerphilly's public buildings, and all the employees have evacuated-except one. Phineaas Throckmorton, the town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for more than a year. So the real reason for the festival is to make ...more
Luna Martin
I haven't read all Donna Andrews' books, but I've read a lot including books not in this series. I've enjoyed the whole series, though in the beginning there was a bit of excessive silliness and the longest days, but Meg is a solid, capable female lead character. Since I've always liked Meg, her organization, and her ability to keep her head in emergencies and deal with a very large family. Though I'm not great at putting into words what has changed, I'd say that in the most recent books not onl ...more
❂ Jennifer
Mar 29, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love this series - it's probably one of my top 5 favourites and it's always good for a chuckle. I will admit to some concern when Ms. Andrews brought twins into Meg's story as I'm not a mad keen fan on reading about mommy-hood. I'm happy to say that Ms. Andrews handles it family additions beautifully - they don't detract from the story and give some of the secondary characters (like Spike) someone to play off of. With Meg's crazy extended family around she's able to continue sleuthing in fine ...more
Natalie Davidson
I really enjoyed this installment from the citizens of Caerphilly and all of their quirks. The story was a bit slow in going, but once the murder happened (around page 55) it picked up considerably.
The highlights included Horace and the PI Denton's involvement in the monkey suit.
The "Church tent wars" were hilarious.

A few things were disjointed in this particular installment:
I think the urgency of the Evil Lender, the Pruitts, and the ex-mayor should have been a bit more spelled out and more ins
Sylvia McIvers
Meg is demonstrating the finer arts of blacksmithing at the fair in the town square, when a tourist bus passes by, blaring “This is the town which mortgaged its own jail.” Then things get really strange.

The (former) mayor ran off with all the money, and the bank wants to foreclose the town’s public buildings. Most of the buildings have been evacuated, but the town clerk refuses to abandon his post. He barricaded himself in the basement with all the files, and no one can get him out. Thanks to fa
#14 in the Meg Langslow series. A representative entry in this long-running, award winning series. Meg is often referred to, in earlier books, as a lady blacksmith; there are references to her blacksmith upper body strength, her barn based forge, and the custom made rose secateurs (Swan For the Money (2009)) she made for her mother.
But at the town festival, for the first time (that I recall) since Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingoes (2001), she actually fires up the forge and produces somethi
Jun 17, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Donna Andrews book I have read. I listened to it as an audiobook. It is extremely cozy, which is not a bad thing in small doses. Since I have not read the series and this one is number 10 or 11 I am sure there are back stories and relationships I am in the dark concerning. However, it was well written with likable characters. It is an easy to listen to book making it perfect for my daily walks, where I can listen without having to concentrate on the plot, where I can follow the ...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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