Murder With Peacocks (Meg Langslow #1)
So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from...more
I think she was trying to write an out and out humourous book with bellylaughs from cover to cover, and I think she failed in that. However Ifound the book mostly amusing; there were good lines of dialogue and afew images that cracked me up (like when one of the ushers collapses inchurch and the other pick him up and carry him out "like pall bearerswho have misplaced the coffin").
I didn't find the boo...more
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Three Weddings...And a Murder
So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. O...more
This has some things that I normally don'...more
Meg Langslow knows she has a busy summer ahead of her. She's bridesmaid at three weddings and the main organiser of them all. Meg's mother is getting remarried, despite no-one understanding why she and Meg's father ever split up in the first place, especially since her father spends almost all his time at the family house...more
At the expense of the mystery, this book is really a humorou...more
For a mystery it doesn't pack a great mystery punch. There are murders, people acting suspicious etc. But there is very little real detecting even in the relatively low-bar for amateur cozy-mystery sleuthing when measured on the Sherlockian Scale of Great Deduction.
Meg Langslow has allowed herself to be the unpaid wedding planner-dogsbody-whipping post for her mother (getting remarried), her brother's fiancee, and her best frie...more
This is a murder mystery with a backdrop of three weddings over the course of a month. Or, it's the story of preparing for three weddings over the course of a month, and several people are murdered.
The main character is Meg, who is a blacksmith. She is the maid of honor for the weddings of her mother, her brother, and her best friend. What this actually translates to in the book is that she's responsible for plan...more
This is really fun reading. I was a bit worried at first about Ms Andrews' decision to write in a pseudo-journal style, with a paragraph or more for each date, but it worked well. (I had really worried about an attempt to carry that idea through later books, but she did not try.)
The author also...more
Meg has returned to her hometown for a chaos filled extended stay. She’s a bridesmaid for three weddings with three demanding brides and has her hands full with their ridiculous expectations. It’s the same old town, with the same uninteresting men, save for Michael, who is rumored to prefer men. Not only is he gorgeous but he’s intelligent and friendly and they become fast friends. Meg does her damndest to banish all lusty thoughts when they’re together but the me...more
So what didn't I like? I guess it was the way everyone used/took advantage of Meg and how Meg allowed it to happen. Meg was the maid of honor for three brides, mainly because the bride...more
Summary: Meg is dragooned into wrangling three different weddings in her hometown, 2/3 of which she personally thinks are bad ideas. Then people start dying and almost dying. Which you'd think would stop the weddings, but not so much.
I found this kind of charming. Sort of reminded me of Wonderfalls, except with a murder mystery instead of talking tchotchkes to push the p...more
Meg Langslow -- one summer, three weddings (each using her in the wedding party, and _she's_ been volunteered to organize them), murder, mayhem (and these aren't even family members -- which I could easily understand at times), and MAJOR humour. Add to that the fact that it was her first novel, and immediately won at least five awards.
I've enjoyed every one of this series that I've read, and also adore "You've Got Murder" whose narrator/detective is quite the interesting A.I...more
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A fun and funny mystery, the first in the Meg Langslow series. A Maid of Honor tied into three weddings also gets embroiled in a murder investigation in her small Virginia town. I enjoyed all the characters and hope to hear more from them in future stories. I'm glad I have the next few books on my shelves already, because...more
The story is based around Meg Langslow, a female blacksmith who also wears the hat of maid of honor (x3) and amateur detective. I absolutely loved the characters in this book! Meg's father is a riot and I saw a lot of myself in Meg.
The ending was a little bit predicable, but the identity of the murderer was well hidden. Also, there was just enough romance mixed in for good measure.
I would recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a...more
Donna Andrews is a marvel, a fresh voice that gives life to the sassy characters that stumble, bumble, strut, love, raise children in an insular community that is full of odd balls, eccentric elderly from "established" old aristocracy and their offspring that are trying to find their way.
What do you get when you add three weddings, a snobbish future sister-in-law, a peeping tom, a wayward duck, spanish moss, divorced parents, noisy peafowl, a ornery shaved dog and a...more
The first in the series and to my mind the best: Meg is an engaging character, hopelessly over committed planning 3weddings for people who, at the end of the day, don't truly appreciate what she is doing. I love this book enough to own it in hard copy and re-read it, but I do have some issues. Meg had more gumption than to be used by her soon to be sister-in-law in that fashion and her mother and father are afterthoughts, not fully developed characters. But it wins for stars for a like-able her...more
I believe I've read another of these stories, and they are well crafted if a bit silly. If you enjoy cozies with screwbal...more