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The Hen of the Baskervilles (Meg Langslow #15)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,903 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Fight or flight…

Meg Langslow is helping Mayor Randall Shiffley organize the Virginia Un-Fair, Caerphilly's entry in the race to replace the old, bankrupted state fair. Before a line can even form outside the ticket booth, however, a pair of Bantam Russian Orloff chickens are stolen from their coop in the chicken tent. Soon, a rash of vandalism crops up at the fair, showi
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 16th 2013)
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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
Feb 22, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
May 07, 2013 Darkand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2013 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Baker
Aug 01, 2013 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, mystery
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
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
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
Jun 10, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Charming, cosy, sweet, but not my kind of book at all. Someone else may find it more entertaining, I've abandoned it after about 50 pages.
Tom Donaghey
Aug 09, 2016 Tom Donaghey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
THE HEN OF THE BASKERVILLES by Donna Andrews finds mom and dad Meg and Michael with their two kids at the Virginia “No-Fair” Fair. While the state has decided not to hold the annual state fair, this carnival, 4 H competition and get-together for animal breeders, farmers, wine producers, etc., has set up shop to fill the void.
Meg is one of the honchos for the fair. To complicate things, as well as to make them more interesting, the displays, animal buildings, competition rings, main stage and w
Dec 02, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen a lot of other reviewers describe this book as being a "cozy" read and I agree that's a good term for it. You should know from just the title that you're not going to find a complex psychological thriller in the pages of this book but rather an old fashioned and light-hearted story. And The Hen of the Baskervilles delivers on that promise of folksy comfort wrapped around a quaint little mystery.

The premise of this story is that Meg, the heroine, is assistant director of the local count
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Eleanor Jones
Sep 04, 2016 Eleanor Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great read. As others have said, the author continues to bring fresh perspective and adventures to an ongoing character after 15 books--which is no small accomplishment. The setting is such a win for me. If you've ever been to the county fair, or Un-Fair in this case, you know the backdrop of heirloom quilts, quiet cow barns, showpiece crops, and designer (yes, designer!) poultry makes such a great backdrop to adventure and... crime. Even terror in the case of what's going to happen to t ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Oct 30, 2013 Heidi (Yup. Still here.) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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!
Apr 24, 2014 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon Todd
Jul 14, 2015 Sharon Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was unaware of this series, so #15 was my introduction to Meg Langslow.

All I can say, is, she is superwoman. How she could cover all 200 acres of the fairgrounds, while stopping to chat, calling the cops, running after people, watching judging contests, solving other people's problems all while analyzing what's going wrong and whodunit, and why would they.

Since this was an audiobook, voices are important. The reader had about six effective voices when she needed about 12. I got used to hearing
Katharine Kimbriel
Mar 21, 2015 Katharine Kimbriel rated it really liked it  ·  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: mystery, humor
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.

I think you could
Deborah Darsie
Dec 30, 2015 Deborah Darsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
Un-fair and across county lines is where we start this chapter of Meg & Michael's life in Caerphilly.

Llama obedience competitions, sheep conformation judging and more heritage and heirloom food, drink and livestock farming activities than you can shake a stick at! And the fabulous names of the various breeds and varietals are delightful - despite the fact that there are chicken-nappings, a vandalized gigantic pumpkin and an amazing quilt is stolen and placed on a horse in a pasture.

So much g
Oct 14, 2014 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2015 Nd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2014 Will rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 07, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
#15 in series. The books remain funny and contain a good mystery. Meg continues to get into trouble when there is a murder to be solved. I like her interaction with her family. She manages to balance time spent on other projects with time spent with her twins and husband. Easy reads, murders solved, but as a reader I seldom figure out the ending until Meg saves the day! I might have an idea, but it isn't often the right idea. This is a series that doesn't have to be read in order, but if you can ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cozy book is part of the Meg Langslow series. Meg is a blacksmith who is a snoop. Living in a small town she is surrounded by quirky family members. In this book she is helping chair the "un-fair" in her little town. It is in answer to the defunct state fair. When some rare chickens are stolen, a giant pumpkin is smashed, and an expensive quilt is vandalized, Meg is looking to stop these crimes. But it gets worse when a man is shot and killed on fair grounds. Light reading, Donna Andrews cr ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended by my librarian, "Hen" was a completely unexpected pleasure. This is a mystery that takes place at "The Un-Fair" and features llamas, heritage breed sheep, cows, and, as you might have figured, chickens. The theft of a pair of rare chickens leads to the murder of a cheatin' husband tied to a well-hated winemaker. Then the plot gets complicated.

I laughed my head off.

Throughout this wacko mystery, I thought of my friend's triplets, who raise sheep and go to fairs. I think this book wou
Kathleen Huben
Feb 02, 2014 Kathleen Huben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
After reading the first line of this book I knew I was going to like it. The story begins with Meg waking to find three sheep staring at her. I started reading this on the day of my grandmother's funeral. After a week of tears a fun light hearted book was just what I needed. So I settled down in her bedroom and began to read. My grandmother loved sheep, had a whole flock in her living room (the stuffed kind). So reading a book that featured her favourite animal made it even better. Now to the st ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Sylvie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-50-books
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
Oct 13, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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