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Cockatiels at Seven (Meg Langslow #9)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,167 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews

It’s time for more outrageous and feathered funin the award-winning, laugh-out-loud Meg Langslow series.

When her old friend Karen drops by with two-year-old son Timmy, Meg Langslow reluctantly agrees to babysit “just for a little while.” But when nightfall comes, the toddler is still in residence and Karen isn’t answering any phone calls. Meg decides she must find out w

Hardcover, First Edition, 304 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Excellent. Love, love, love this series!
What fun this series is turning out to be! With Meg Langslow as the main character anything and everything will surely be written in her notebook that reminds her when to breathe and her endless to-do lists. What can I say the murder, madcap madness, and mayhem continue being the thread that draws you in keeps you laughing and loving the author Donna Andrews and her small town tales. The Langslow family and all the eccentric residents of Caerphilly, Virginia will not fail to entertain you.
Sep 04, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
A former friend of Meg drops off her son with Meg and disappears. Meg and Michael have been thinking of starting a family, and keeping up with the very active Timmy gives them a chance to decide whether they are ready. Timmy cramps Meg's style as she tries to find the missing mother and disentangle an embezzlement case with murder attached.
Apr 07, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
The 9th book in the Meg Langslow series finds Meg babysitting a friend's toddler. When the friend does not return as expected, Meg tries to solve the disappearance. Is there more to the disappearance than meets the eye? Will babysitting help or hinder in any decision of Meg & her husband Michael to start a family? Of course, Meg's zany family is ever present in the story but, in this book it is mainly the immediate family involved and not the whole eclectic crowd. Although there was an under ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 19, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2008
When Meg agrees to babysit a toddler, she just thinks it will be for a few hours. So when the mother hasn't returned by that night, she begins to try to track her down. Naturally, the trail leads to scandal, and dead body, and laughs. I thought this book was stronger than the last couple in the series. The humor was sharper since it focused on the antics of the toddler, and the mystery was better.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews was a good cozy mystery to me but I don't understand why she has cockatiels on the cover and the title is about cockatiels. Cockatiels are mentioned in this book but there are no individual cockatiels connected to this story. That is my main complaint.

I liked the main character, Meg Langslow. She was smart,witty and funny.

A friend from the past makes her promise to take care of her son, two year old, Timmy. Karen says that she will be back soon. The friend, K
Emily Crow
You know that expression, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Unfortunately, that was just what I did. But who could blame me...the cockatiels on the cover are so cute, it's like a bucket of squee!

Turns out, this is a cozy mystery. Since it's a popular genre, but one I just can't warm up to, I'm not doing an in-depth discussion here. It's like someone who hates science fiction complaining about all the spaceships and aliens.

Instead, I'll focus on the two things I really hated.

One, there are no co
Aug 08, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
#9 of the Meg Langslow series. I've read through #11, wherein Meg is trying to get pregnant. It's a sad thought that if she succeeds, subsequent novels may have a taste of this one. With a two year old in tow, the action drags. Meg can't jump into a car and go somewhere, there is interminable description of loading diapers, snacks, child safety seats, and then music acceptable to the toddler. Even leaving without the kid is delayed by having to find a babysitter.

Meg Langslow series - When her ol
Aug 19, 2008 Jenger rated it liked it
I've enjoyed all the Meg Langslow Mysteries and this latest one is OK but not as laugh-out-loud funny as a few others. I did like the addition of the Timmy character but there just wasn't the quirkiness in this book as in the previous ones. Having a toddler in the story was either a change of pace or preparing readers for an upcoming pregnancy for Meg. With Timmy being so well-portrayed it might be an interesting addition to the story for Meg & Michael to have children.

I don't care for "gra
Evelyn Harvill
Jan 20, 2015 Evelyn Harvill rated it liked it
Entertaining mystery series but I REALLY want Meg to stop being such a doormat! Her family tells her she has to do this, that, and the other and she does them; they invite people to stay over in HER house and she lets them in; they dump animals off with her; they redecorate her home without her permission (or desire); and she never ever says I LOVE YOU BUT BUTT OUT AND GO HOME!
Dec 05, 2015 Melody rated it really liked it
When your long lost grandfather turns out to be a world famous zoologist you can expect to have the odd animal about? But snakes in the basement and birds in the attic? Meg should know her family is involved when an old friend she hasn't seen in years deposit off her toddler "for a little while" and then disappears. Another exciting adventure in Caerfilly, VA
Adrienne Testa
Mar 29, 2014 Adrienne Testa rated it liked it
Meg is in over her head when she agrees to watch her friend's kid Timmy. When her friend disappears, Meg puts Timmy on her hip and tries to find her only to get caught up in an embezzlement scheme and a drug case. As her father and grandfather hides stolen cockatiels from their owners. It has its moments of laugh out loud at the antics of Meg and her family.
Verity W
Sep 18, 2014 Verity W rated it really liked it
I'm still loving the Meg Langslow series. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think Donna Andrews has been so clever in the way she's plotted this series out - I know Meg's run into a lot of corpses in a small time, but Meg and Michael's relationship has evolved and developed without resorting to the endless break-ups and reconciliations that you see so often in series of this length. And as I love Meg and Michael, I'm glad we haven't done that cycle - and that their relationship has ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Peggy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
As usual, Meg Lanslow gets unwillingly involved in a murder mystery, but this time with a new sidekick--a two-year old toddler! When Meg's distant friend asks her to take care of Timmy for "just a little while," Meg gets concerned when she does not return for days. Meg goes on a search for her friend, Karen, only to discover Karen's slain husband. Adding to the complications in her life are Meg's family members who bring snakes into her basement, rare finches to her bedroom and who cleverly dis ...more
Jessie Cumpson
Sep 19, 2014 Jessie Cumpson rated it liked it
Pretty good book. Starts out slow but picks up later on. A mystery kept me interested. About a kid being left at an acquaintance the mother new about 2 years. Easy read. I don't want to give away to much about the book. I usually do not read much mystery but I might try more by this author.
Sep 22, 2015 Christina rated it it was ok
Read this in one sitting while recovering from surgery. I needed a light, easy read where i didn't need to think too much..this fit the bill in that sense. As easy as it was to get through, however, I found i lost interest about half way through and was ready to have the case solved.
Mary Schildman
Jun 15, 2014 Mary Schildman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In love

Gosh how I love the Meg Langslow series. Great storyline, wonderful characters, funny little twists, and a "nice" murder mystery. Also "Megs" family is sooo much like mine. Now on to the next book in the series.
PS, Thank you Donna Andrews
Apr 17, 2014 Mary added it
I enjoyed reading this book but it was not as entertaining as the book she wrote about weddings. This just didn't have the "zing" that other one did. I selected this book because of the zany quality of the other and was a bit disappointed in that aspect. But, I did enjoy it.
Dawn Michelle
These books are hilarious; one of my favorite lines from this one was "she was a few ants short of a picnic.." So so funny.
This one only got 4 stars because I had some of it figured out before the end, but not all of it or the why. It was a fun and hilarious read. Cannot wait to read the next one.
The bad guy seemed obvious from first meeting to me, but still enjoyed Meg in charge of a toddler as she contemplates motherhood. Crazy shenigans ensue. Did not see the side plot with Meg's new relative or how it complicated the investigation. Enjoyed Meg as mom and sleuth.
Ginny Tata-Phillips
Aug 27, 2015 Ginny Tata-Phillips rated it really liked it
Once again - enjoying the series although I cannot say they get better and better.......I think I liked the earlier books better! But I have a few left to read in the series and I am continuing on!!!
I might not have felt the same a few years ago and I might not feel the same a few years down the line, but this book struck a chord with me since I am currently living with a toddler. Yes, they can be that annoying. At least, mine is. He's also completely adorable. As is this child to Meg (we only see his annoying parts, but she seems to like him). As always, I didn't much care for the mystery. It's sort of obvious in the way no one looks at the killer. But Meg's kooky family more than makes up ...more
Oct 01, 2009 Linda rated it liked it
This is another cozy mystery by Donna Andrews. The protag Meg again gets herself involved in a mystery near her Virginia home. An old friend of Meg's shows up out of the blue and asks Meg to take care of her toddler for "a little while". After a day has gone by and Meg's relatives and neighbors have all been involved in the babysitting, Meg begins to investigate and finds a growing mystery. My favorite character in the book is Meg's brother Rob, a software tycoon, who doesn't know much about sof ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Tori rated it liked it
Shelves: new-fiction
I found this one the weakest in terms of holding my interest. I didn't like the way Meg let herself get taken advantage of, I didn't like the way she never got back to her blacksmithing (and only thought about it once), and the ending was muddled with too many crimes and perpetrators whose relationships (and lack thereof) was not clearly laid out. Plus I thought it somewhat obvious that she was setting up a non-obvious perp by waving a way-too-obvious red herring in front of our noses. Actually, ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Fmorlan rated it really liked it
Meg and Michael back from their undisclosed honeymoon( a little annoying). Meg started working on her blacksmithing creations when a friend drops off her son for safe keeping. Unfortunately, Meg seems to be taking care of the two year old for more than a couple hours. The cast ofcharacters still exist - her mom, rose noire, dad and newly found grandfather. and lest we forget rob and cute spike. Meg goes on the hunt for Karen so she can reunite mother and son and finds herself involved in smuggli ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun mystery

Always fun and humorous, with suspense to the very end
Feb 14, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
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Carly Kirk
Sep 11, 2015 Carly Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Throw a kid in the mix and you can get more laughs! This one had a few laugh out loud moments for me and the mystery was nicely done as well.
Sep 24, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-virginia
Newly married, Meg Langslow is not sure that she's maternal enough to want to start a family. Then an old friend leaves two-year-old Timmy with her--just for a short time--and promptly disappears. Meg and her family must look after the toddler, while Meg tries to find Karen, who may be on the run from the police, or who may be dead. Meg's newly-discovered grandfather, meanwhile, has Meg's father busy fighting all kinds of animal abuse, and keeping both birds and snakes in the far reaches of Meg' ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable. I don't know how Donna Andrews continues to be so creative and humorous.
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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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