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Hen of the Baskervilles (Meg Langslow #15)

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A dastardly murder and the kidnapping of a prize chicken threaten to ruin Caerphilly’s state fair—fortunately, Meg Langslow is on the case of The Hen of the Baskervilles

The newest mystery in Donna Andrews's gut-bustingly funny, award-winning, New York Times bestselling series is anything but elementary. Meg Langslow is helping Mayor Randall Shiffley organize the Virginia U
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Published July 16th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Jessica Andersen
This is book 15 in the Meg Langslow series. What keeps this series fresh for me is that Meg lives her life. She's gotten married and had a set of twins since the first book, she is not running around doing the exact same things and dithering over the same couple of guys like another amateur sleuth I could name.

Caerphilly definitely seems like a dangerous place to be if you're not a relative of Meg's. However, if you find yourself in Meg's small Virgina community and end up dead, or accused of m
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Carly
Another enjoyable adventure with Meg Langslow. In this episode, Meg is in charge of the logistics for the Caerphilly UnFair, which is in danger of destruction by theft and vandalism. A quilt has gone missing, a pumpkin has been smashed, and animals, including some heritage chickens, are disappearing from the fair grounds. The game is afoot--or possibly awing--and Meg is determined to get to the bottom of the shenanigans.

As always, I have issues with some of the cozy mystery tropes that Andrews e
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Darkand
This book is my first foray into the world of Meg Langslow but it won't be my last. This was a fun and entertaining little mystery and even though I have not read any of her previous titles in this series (this book being # 15) I was able to follow along quite well. I found Meg to be clever and smart and incredibly organized so it was easy to see how she was able to find the clues that she did - it didn't seemed forced like some of the scenarios for cozy mystery sleuths. I did wonder how she and ...more
Kathy Davie
Fifteenth in the Meg Langslow funny mystery series revolving around Meg and family in their small town of Caerphilly, Virginia.

My Take
Lately the Meg Langslow stories haven't been as funny, but The Hen of the Baskervilles reminds me why I adore this series. It's cozy, homey, and downright hilarious with its small-town life and obvious villain. Add in the focused pride of individual participants in their particular plants, animals, and crafts, and its humanity in spades.

I hadn't really thought of
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Mary
I saw good reviews about this book so decided to have a read.
This isn't the type of book I usually read, altho I do read the occasional Cat Cozy-mystery which I like a lot more than I did this particular book.
Unlike other reviewers and the book's own jacket notes, I didn't find this at all funny. Especially the hectic, sleepless life of Meg wasn't my idea of a soothing, good-time story.

Did my last sentence seem incomplete?

Several times I found sentences that seemed incomplete or poorly construc
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Mark Baker
Meg is the assistant direct at the Un-fair, a local alternative to the state fair. The first morning things get off to a rough start with some vandalism and theft, including two heritage chickens from the chicken tent. Throw in tension in the wine pavilion and things are hoping before the dead body shows up.

While I didn't find this one as laugh out loud funny as some of the previous entries, I did really enjoy it. The plot was good and the characters - new and old - were fun. Meg's twins stole e
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Pamela Freeman
I love this series but I think this one is not quite up to the five-star oepning novel, Murder with Peacocks. Andrews has the problem of all long-standing series: she has so many familiar characters, all of whom need to be included in the current story, that the mystery itself may seem to take second place to the community in which it occurs.

On the other hand, any book which features Meg Langlow's mother is okay with me - a character who has become more nuanced as the series has progressed.

I wo
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Nancy
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Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
3.5 stars. I won this as a Goodreads First read giveaway and I enjoyed it immensely. I have read the first two books in this series and also enjoyed them so it was nice to return to Meg's world. I also really enjoyed the the fact that this one took place at a "state" fair. Very fun!
Ann
Meg Langslow is Vice-Chairman of Caerphilly County’s answer to the state fair, the Unfair. Two rare chickens are stolen from the chicken tent, a giant pumpkins is smashed, and a valuable quilt disappears from the arts-and-crafts barn all on the first day of the event. While patrolling the fairgrounds to prevent further trouble, Meg and her husband hear shot and then find the body of Brett Riorden. When Meg’s friend and Brett's estranged wife Molly is arrested for the murder, Meg thinks the polic ...more
Katharine Kimbriel
Mar 21, 2015 Katharine Kimbriel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amateur detective fans, cozy readers, people who like to follow a light mystery series
Recommended to Katharine by: Lori Wolfe
Shelves: humor, mystery
Donna Andrews is known for writing cute mysteries with crazy supporting characters and often intricate plotting. Most of her Meg Langslow novels also are very funny. The ones that aren't laugh out loud still get me smiling. This time (for me) the book was a Smiler, not a Chuckler. But well worth reading for all those touches of small town weirdness-es Andrews excels at. Some readers think people just dump on Meg all the time, but she always manages to come out ahead and smiling.

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Barbara
The town of Caerphilly, Virginia is hosting a fair and Meg Langslow - blacksmith, wife, mother of toddler twins, and hobbyist farmer - is assistant director. Amidst preparations for opening day a vandal targets the fair and valuable chickens are stolen, a prize-worthy pumpkin is smashed, and a beautiful quilt is sullied. Soon afterward a straying husband is shot dead. The Caerphilly cops reluctantly team up with neighboring Clay cops to solve the crime and, of course, Meg helps investigate as we ...more
Charlene
Enjoy this lighthearted series set in rural virginia, but could be anywhere. Meg, Michael, rob, mother, dr. Langslow, the Chief, the Schiffleys, rose noire, assorted animals, especially the hens, and the rival next door county all have a roll in this mystery. The Un Fair is off to a rough start, when some exhibits are destroyed or stolen. As in previous stories super organized meg is trying to bring calm to the chaos. The story moves quickly And the culprit and motive do not become clear until t ...more
Nd
When I started the Meg Langslow books, I found them a little bit confusing because of the cast of characters (both human and other). Still they always were fun to read and I really enjoy the plays on words within Donna Andrews' books. The Hen of the Baskervilles may be my favorite one yet. This one, set in another Caerphilly fair (the Un-Fair), was packed with interesting information and local Caerphilly dramas aside from but leading into the main plot. The specialty chickens, llamas, pigs, guar ...more
Will
Sep 03, 2014 Will rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Will by: 132
For those who have not encountered the "bird" mysteries, Meg Lanslowe is one of those people who can not go anywhere without finding a dead body.... and Caerphilly County, Virginia and environs, like Cabot Cove, has a surprising number of homicides. This one involves skullduggery at an agricultural fair (or "Un-Fair"), which Meg solves with the aid of the usual cast of Characters: her army of relatives, the Mayor and HIS army of relatives, and this time some attack goats. As diversion, we get m ...more
Joy
Meg, deputy director of the Caerphilly County Un-fair, is the first person exhibitors call when a pair of rare chickens is stolen. And when a giant pumpkin is smashed, and when ... well, there is more destruction. But would someone kill over a fair competition? How greedy is the spoiled rich woman who has co-opted the husband of Meg's friend Molly? And how far does the incompetence of the Clay County Sheriff's team reach? Meg was so busy that I was relieved when she snatched a little personal ti ...more
Kathleen Huben
A great series for fans of light, humorous mysteries. This time around the central character, Meg Langslow, has been drafted as assistant director for the Caerphilly, Virginia version of a county fair. The night before the fair opening is marked by vandalism and theft, ultimately escalating to murder. The plot is fast-moving, the characters eccentric and their interactions hilarious. A nice touch is the use of Heritage Breed livestock - and yes you CAN find out about heritage livestock breeds at ...more
Sylvie
Unfortunately certainly not my cup of tea. A novel based on action description with no introspection. This is not a book one will remember. I had received an advanced reading copy but somehow put the book on a shelf where it was forgotten. I think I might have gained by leaving it forgotten forever on that shelf

The story is insipid, and I did not see anything that could justify the book critique of fun-filled events. Just action description and relaying of dialogues. A bit like reading a transcr
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Rebecca
Blacksmith Meg Langslow is wearing another hat these days, as assistant director of the Unfair, which is essentially an unsanctioned state fair. The fair is enormous, featuring a midway and displays of every kind, including wine, crafts, food, farm equipment, and heritage breeds of every kind of farm animal possible. When two heritage chickens are stolen, it starts a string of what might be pranks, and what might be sabotage. In between enjoying the fair with her twin two-year-old sons, Meg runs ...more
Amanda
I really loved this one, and in a funny little coincidence, had just visited a nearby county fair a few days before reading Hen of the Baskervilles. I think I may have enjoyed it more because of that, and I could easily get into the descriptions of the fair itself because it was very authentic. I live in an area surrounded by small counties which has made it very easy to visit many of their fairs over the years so I can honestly say that Andrews's descriptions of a rural county fair are realisti ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I'm a huge fan of this series - Meg would be on one of those "book characters you'd like to know/be" lists, if I kept such a thing. Her family is wacky, colourful and eccentric and Meg is an absolute master at controlling all of them without them actually knowing it. I admire that skill. She is the sane, calm eye in the Langslow family cyclone. Her house sounds like heaven, complete with an out-building for any and all occasions, enough land to grow whatever any family member has a whim to grow, ...more
Skjam!
Aug 29, 2013 Skjam! rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans, Virginians, fair lovers
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclaimer: I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it. Also, this review is of an Advance Reading Copy, and there may be small changes in the final text.

Meg Langslow is a blacksmith in the Virginia city of Caerphilly, although she isn’t doing any smithing in this particular volume. It seems that (as in real life) the Virginia State Fair has run into severe financial trouble, and various communities and counties have decided to put on their own fairs,
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Lori
A *3.5*The Hen of the Baskervilles is a series mysteries by Donna Andrews. this is the first one I have read. I was a goodreads first reads winner of this book. The Character, Meg Langslow is helping to organize the Virginia Un-fair.there is much going on that should not at this un-fair. Her friend Molly is going through an ugly time with her unfaithful husband and is afraid of losing her farm and business.to add to problems, there are stolen valuable chickens. a smashed pumpkin, and a taken an ...more
Tonya
A dastardly murder and the kidnapping of a prize chicken threaten to ruin Caerphilly’s state fair—fortunately, Meg Langslow is on the case of The Hen of the Baskervilles




The newest mystery in Donna Andrews's gut-bustingly funny, award-winning, New York Times bestselling series is anything but elementary. Meg Langslow is helping Mayor Randall Shiffley organize the Virginia Un-Fair, Caerphilly’s entry in the race to replace the old state fair (which has gone bankrupt). Before a line can even form
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Sharon
This was a typical Donna Andrews read. Well thought and plotted with lots of research. Two Russian Orloff chickens are missing from Caerphilly's Un-Fair. Then a possible prize winning pumpkin is smashed and a Baltimore album quilt is missing. Meg and company are not only trying to run the fair but find out the culprit behind the crimes. The actual murder doesn't occur until midway through the book and oddly enough, I knew who the murderer was fairly quickly which is usually not the case with the ...more
Susan
Meg has taken another jump in prominence in this installment, acting as Deputy Director of the UnFair that was meant to replace the State Fair (when it looked like it would close) but has now become a place to show off heritage breeds and crops (as well as act as the county fair locally.) Its fun, if hectic, until the first thefts and pranks are noticed. Two rare Russian chickens have been stolen from the Bonnevilles (also called the Baskervilles by their annoyed fellow exhibitors), a likely pri ...more
Ricki
I love, love, LOVE Donna Andrew's Meg Langslow series! This one involves heirloom animals....this city girl did not know such a thing existed!

In the Hen of the Baskervilles, a dastardly murder and the kidnapping of a prize chicken threaten to ruin Caerphilly's state fair! Meg Langslow is helping Mayor Randall Shiffley organize the Virginia Un-Fair, Caerphilly's entry in the race to replace the old state fair (which has gone bankrupt). Before a line can even form outside the ticket booth, however
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Debbie Krenzer
I received this book through a Goodreads win.

This is my second book by Donna Andrews. The first being Murder with Peacocks.

I read a lot of gruesome murder mystery books and every once in a while I like to read something a little more lighthearted. Donna Andrews does that for me.

Her main character, Meg Langslow, lives in the country somewhere in Virginia and the laid back atmosphere surrounding her life definitely comes through in the books. Meg has been set up perfectly to have many books writt
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Don O'goodreader
Donna Andrews' latest murder mystery farce of rural life in the village of Caerphilly VA centers around a fair and, of course, the requisite murder … and heritage farm animals like Red Wattles, Tamworths, Russian Orloffs, Sumatrans, Red Polls, Dutch Belteds, Baltimore Albums, and Kubotas. The first two are pigs, then two chickens, two cows, and, just to keep you honest, a quilt and a tractor.

The victim (Brett Riordan) has left his well-loved wife Molly, that is well-loved by everyone except hims
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Sallee
I don't know how I missed this mystery series. I'm glad that I found it now. The story was great, fast paced, humorous and the characters fully developed. Meg is deputy director of the "Unfair" in Caerphilly, Virginia. The story gets a rollicking start when two show chickens, Russian Orloffs are stolen from the Chicken Tent. Their owners pitch a fit which would make for a great comedy act on its own. Then a handmade quilt goes missing and a possible prize winning pumpkin is found smashed. No on ...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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