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Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow #10)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,221 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
Meg and Michael’s house is serving as the marshaling point for the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade. The theme is “The Twelve Days of Christmas,”and it featurestwelve drummers from the school marching band, elevenbagpipers, ten leaping lords costumed in medieval finery from the college drama department, etc. There are also assorted Christmas-themed floats, a live nativit ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Wonderful. Had me laughing out loud at parts and was extremely suspenseful at other parts. Recommend!
Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

This delicious romp is part of a daffy mystery series featuring the Rubenesque Meg Langslow, daughter of a chic, slim, stylish and scary Virginia aristocrat mother and a simple, single-minded doctor father who never grew up (thank goodness). She's married to an ex-soap hunk and cult TV fantasy villain actor-turned-drama-professor at a small, exclusive liberal arts college located a few miles from her hometown of Yorktown, Virginia. Her extensive extended family includes a cousi
Mar 13, 2016 Chana rated it it was ok
This is a cozy mystery set at Christmas time in a small town in Virginia. The story follows the usual crime/hunt for suspect/out the criminal mystery formula. If anything was unique about it, it was the animals and the role they play in defeating the bad guy. It gave me an appreciation for biting, spitting animals. I also liked that the girl playing the Virgin Mary on the Nativity Float was nine months pregnant. So there were a few little ironies and quirks which relieved the cozy mystery tedium ...more
EJ Johnson
Feb 18, 2009 EJ Johnson rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery readers who like an easy read
This looked like a fun, easy read and it turned out to be just that. It is a Meg Langslow mystery. I haven't read any of the series. This caught my eye because it was out on a table at the library. I suspect reading the series in order would be fun. Meg lives in a small town where her actor husband, Michael, is about to get tenure at the local college. Because she wants to be nice to those on his tenure committee, she agrees to spearhead the annual Christmas parade. The town and Meg's family are ...more
Mahoghani 23
Feb 27, 2016 Mahoghani 23 rated it liked it
Shelves: mochagirls16
Took me a moment to catch on in this book. Meg reminds me of Angela Lansbury, "Murder She Wrote." She's a local citizen that can solve murders faster than the police. Unfortunately this time, it's Santa whose been murdered.

Slightly funny but would have been more interesting if the holiday parade was not the big focus in the story. The author attempted to make suspects out of multiple people without pulling it off to well. Even with this Stated, I enjoyed the ending.
Lindsay Boitnott
Jan 06, 2015 Lindsay Boitnott rated it liked it
Meg is the Mistress of the Revels, the woman in charge of the Caerphilly Holiday Parade. This means that she is responsible for wrangling the town, and most of her family, in order to deliver the perfect parade. All is surprisingly working out until Santa Claus, played by the rather unsavory Mr. Doleson, is murdered in the pig barn. Meg's farm is now a crime scene. To make matters worse, it turns out that that Mr. Doleson has been blackmailing most of the town. Everyone in the parade is a suspec ...more
A quick, easy cozy read that doesn't ask much mentally. I am bummed that this didn't focus more on the mystery and that half of the book was about the holiday parade. I mean even a death didn't make Meg consider stopping the parade for the investigation, which seems weird to me and made it hard to fully immerse myself in the story.

While the characters were fun to read, they were paper thin and made their own cliche proud. I don't like the endings where the murderer is discovered and a standoff i
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jul 23, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Donna Andrews continues to avoid the traps that make cozy mystery series unreadable five or six books into the series. Meg Langslow and her family continue to evolve, so I don't feel like I'm reading the same book, new body. While Meg occasionally skirts the "too nosy too live" line, I don't feel as though she's madly rushing into situations that should get people killed, if the killer wasn't a total imbecile. The author doesn't dumb down the language to the least common denominator, and she doe ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Argum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Christmas in Caerphilly and Meg, for the sake of Michael's tenure, is planning the parade. Many many animals are involved along with various crazy townsfolk so add some boom lifts and motorcycles and of course a murder. The nasty man who owns the gross motel cum apartment complex and the ratty storage center is playing Santa and winds up very dead in his sleigh and costume. Meg gets the parade off without a hitch enlisting and rearranging various relatives despite the murder and the snow s ...more
Feb 09, 2016 annapi rated it liked it
Once again Andrews has come up with a story that gives me some good loud belly-laughs and a nice cozy mystery to relax with. Meg is Mistress of Revels for the annual Christmas parade, which translates into being responsible for putting the show together. This year's theme is the 12 days of Christmas, and the grand finale is supposed to be Santa in his sleigh. But someone has decided to drive a holly stake into the heart of the local curmudgeon who is to play Santa. Turns out he was not just a me ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2008
Meg is in charge of the yearly Christmas, I mean Holiday, parade. As if trying to keep the people from irritating each other isn't enough, someone kills Santa. The book starts off with plenty of laughs but it moves into more serious matters as the murder takes center stage. I did figure things out fairly early, but I was having so much fun I didn't care.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
I want to go to Caerphilly next Christmas to watch their parade. Better still, I wish I had been there to see the one just past! Who knew putting together a Christmas parade could entertain a reader throughout most of a book, have an acting "Mary" go into labor on the nativity float, and in between have and solve a murder? Not to mention the llamas and camels and elephants, oh my! Elephants? Well, it is really a Holiday parade incorporating several December holidays and Meg Langslow has been put ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Abbey rated it really liked it
#10 Meg Langslow, Caerphilly, VA; gentle - and funny - small-town cosy/amateur sleuth.

Review originally written for, and printed in, Mystery News Reviews, November, 2008:

This fast-moving cosy centers around the big holiday parade through the small town of Caerphilly, VA, and is not only extremely funny but almost entirely believable - very difficult to do in a satirical/humorous cosy series IMO. The setting up of the parade is gorgeously, broadly depicted, with all its bits and pieces of a big
Carol Stanley-Snow
Jan 20, 2015 Carol Stanley-Snow rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten just how much i enjoy reading Donna Andrews. Light hearted mysteries with just the right amount of humor thrown in.

In this story, poor Meg is in charge of the Christmas..oops..Holiday Parade. Coping with all manner of animals and humans who are making her job just a tad difficult. Then, throw in the murder of Santa and the adventure begins!!

The story also keeps you guessing 'whodunit'.

Please read.
Dec 12, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This is a great holiday read.

It is peopled with interesting characters, a great plot and an intriguing mystery.

I found it a very fast read as well.

I will be giving this to my mother to read, as there are no flashbacks or time slippage, no violence and no swearing.

It is a murder mystery, so there is a death, and appropriate efforts to determine the killer and motive, with a bit of humor tossed in as well.

I enjoyed it.
Aug 22, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Shelves: murder-virginia
I love Andrews, and I love Meg Langslow, but maybe two books about Meg within six months has strained Andrews' inventiveness. But even not-top-flight Andrews is better than most writers. Each person in a family has a role, and Meg's has always been that of the practical person who gets things done. And she's so good at it that the small Virginia college town where she lives has picked her to organize the annual Holiday Parade, which includes the twelve days of Christmas, two elephants to celebra ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Fmorlan rated it really liked it
Its Christmas time with Meg Langslow and her family. The town was having a parade that Meg eas in charge of. There were all sortsof people and animals as usual at their house. While getting the parade ready her nephew Eric came with a problem that Santa was dead. Santa was a resident of Caerphilly that was not well liked. His murder put a damper on the parade as did the falling snow. Meg got the parade moving while dealing with stranded house guests - the chief, clarence, police officers and rep ...more
Emily Cullen
Dec 25, 2015 Emily Cullen rated it really liked it
Everything is going along as smoothly as possible with Meg Langslow in charge of her town's annual Christmas parade but things take a definite turn for the worse when the parade's Santa Claus is murdered. Since it happened on her watch, Meg decides to investigate the death. This was the first book I've ever read in this series and it's a fun Christmas read with a good mystery!
Aug 05, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In the 10th entry of the Meg Langslow series, she has been volunteered to coordinate the town's Christmas parade. The parade setting allows Andrews to introduce just a few too many cute, eccentric and perhaps murderous characters for my taste. That said, it's still a solid entry in the series.

Meg Langslow series - Meg and Michael's house is serving as the marshaling point for the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade. The theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas." There are also assorted Christmas-th
Dec 27, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book in the Meg Langslow series. This is a fun holiday-mystery read, with the heroine somehow volunteering or being volunteered to coordinate the annual Christmas parade. Hilarity in the community and family members abound, along with a bit obvious mystery.

Still fun and one of the better books that I've read in this series.

Sep 14, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Find out what happened to Santa when you read another hilarious and heartwarming installment from the pen of Donna Andrews. Once again Meg Langslow is trying to do too much and her little notebook that tells her when to breathe and all the other things on that very long list of hers gets filled more and more each day with the holiday season being no exception. This particular December Meg is organizing the Caerphilly Christmas Parade and it appears that someone has done away with Santa! That is ...more
Mary Schildman
Jun 16, 2014 Mary Schildman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

I lost count of the number, 6 or 7 or whatever BUT I loved this book as much as the previous ones and looking forward to the next 6 or 7. LOL. Love Meg and all the characters, and of course the animals. ON TO THE NEXT ADVENTURES OF MEG !
John Carter
Oct 05, 2012 John Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Donna Andrews’ books (the Meg Langslow better than the Turing Hopper, but hey!). This one had an extra fillip for me though: I never solve mysteries before the detective Reveals All, but in this case—

The victim was last seen alive on page 29 and the body discovered on page 55. On page 73 a significant event occurred although it’s only mentioned fleetingly. On page 97 (when it’s next mentioned) I knew it was significant and why. On page 98 I had a strong suspicion about the identit
Nov 15, 2015 Joy rated it it was amazing
Meg has been roped into organizing Caerphilly's town Christmas parade. If I hadn't been riding the bus at the time Meg's parade started, I would have been flat on my back laughing. OK, Santa is played by a pretty nasty person, but he's eliminated early in the book.

The role of wasp is buzzed by a Washington DC reporter - why has he been sent out here? If left to his own devices, the reporter can and will make homey and eccentric Caerphilly look ridiculous. Meg's job, in addition to keeping the fl
Dec 06, 2015 Melody rated it really liked it
Meg gets drafted as the Mistress of Revels, in charge of the Holiday Parade. Not the Christmas Parade but the Christmas, Hanukkah ,kwanza,Yule etc parade. So when her Santa is found murdered in his sleigh it is up to Meg to save Christmas.
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
This book is to blame for the fact that I've been singing Christmas carols for the past three days and it's only the start of October...

This was...slightly formulaic. Basically everything you expect to happen happens. Spike bites people. Meg uncovers things the police can't seem to. Michael is adorable and supportive. Meg's parents are hilarious. Various cousins are totally over the top. Someone gets murdered. There's a menagerie of animals. Blah blah blah. The usual stuff.

That said, it's stil
Laura Brown
Nov 15, 2014 Laura Brown rated it liked it
Another fun, easy and fast holiday story. I love the holiday parade as the backdrop for the murder and enjoyed the twist that an unusually heavy and early snow fall added.
I love this series, and I think them hilarious. It doesn't matter what the mystery is, who got killed (no one is bothered, they had it coming anyway) and who is the killer and why, because that's not what the books are about, for me. It's also absolutely implausible for an entire town to behave the way it does, but it's so much fun that it's easy to let it pass. Fun, fun series. I also give Andrews major props for having not gone the love triangle route, for having made Meg and Michael such a so ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
#10 in series. Meg still hasn't learned to say NO so she is in charge of the annual town Christmas Parade. Mystery and Murder, but the parade is still a success. It was fun to imagine the costumes and the problems that kept happening to Meg!

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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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