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Swan for the Money (Meg Langslow #11)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,723 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed mystery series readers have come to love.

Meg Langslow’s eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. Dad’s gardening skill and Mother’s gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable team---
Hardcover, First edition, 306 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

I love this most recent entry in the Meg Langslow mystery series, set in fictional Caerphilly County, Virginia, and featuring the indefatigable Meg and her motley crew of relatives and neighbors in crime-solving antics reminiscent of the glory days of Harold Lloyd.

What fun, of course, and as expected, the action doesn't stop for a minute around Meg. But this time, her case is set amid the bizarre and highly competitive world of rose-show trophy hounding. How completely weird,
I loved Donna Andrews’ Swan for the Money! I could easily picture it as a comedy mystery movie. This time, Meg Laslow’s parents were not as bizarre as usual. They had adopted a new hobby, growing and showing roses. My mother and I had grown experimental roses for a well-known rose company many years ago so I was very familiar with all the work that goes into making sure that roses thrive but Meg’s mother,in this story, taught me about the madness of preparing the roses to show.

But the real star
Sylvia McIvers
The humor in Donna Andrew's series comes from putting quirky people in odd situations. Everyone has their own definite agendas, which takes the story in some very odd directions.

Meg's parents are part of a rose-growers club, and where will they display take place? The only available setting is the rich woman with a black-and-white obsession. The black swans steal the show - and the woman's black and white dog is a focal point for one sub-plot.

Meg-as-organizer is front and center. Meg-as-blacksmi
Carly Kirk
It's funny, while reading the beginning I started thinking that there wouldn't be a murder, the mystery would just be to find out who had lured deer to sabotage the roses... and I was fine with that! And kinda relieved... It could have been a funny little mystery to solve with all the kooky characters and no one would have to start wondering why they all lived in a town that appeared to be becoming murder central. Not that anyone appears to be wondering that in these books, but you have to wonde ...more
Meg has her hands full running the local rose show, in which both of her parents have entries. The logistics aren't the half of it. The bigger difficulty may be staying sane while trying to keep a crowd of exacting, demanding, slightly deranged rosarians happy. Not to mention, she might be pregnant, but Michael is gone to NYC, and every time she has a chance to ask him to bring back a pregnancy test for her, someone comes walking by. Added to this already chaotic mix, is a murder. Meg knows she ...more
It took me a while to get used to the style of writing, the cast of characters and the unwitting heroine and snoop, Meg. With a keen sense of humor, she points out the eccentricities in her relatives and absurdities in the rose growing club members, all highly excited in the throes of preparing for the local show. This was more of an intellectual connection for me, I could not really relate to the strange goings on at an emotional level and I recognized the odd and out-of-sync stuff but had trou ...more
Diane A Brown
Meg Langslow, smack dab in the middle of another mystery. Just as expected.

Donna does a wonderful job of turning a local rose show into an adventure that will make you laugh, frown, and puzzle away. Her characters are so eccentric they will stretch your imagination to the limit. Of course, not all of them are human!

Roped into organizing the Caerphilly rose show Meg holds her own against trying circumstances and animal antics. Mrs. Winkleson has agreed to allow the rose show to take place in her
I've been reading this series since the beginning, but maybe I'm getting a little tired of it all. Not a bad read, but it took me several tries to get into it, and I figured it all out too soon. I may try the next one, as I have enjoyed the main characters in the past, but perhaps it's all going on too long? I did like the details of competitive rose growing- I imagine that some of those involved really are that crazy.
Mark Baker
Meg has gotten talked into running the Caerphilly Rose Show, which involves dealing with the eccentric owner of the farm they are using and all her black and white animals, including swans and fainting goats. Oh yeah, and there's a murder, too. Wonderful fun as always.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Laura Rodd
This was a really great addition to the Meg Langslow series.
A rose competition is about to begin and Meg who is the only person "capable and organized" in her immediate and extended family of hundreds is dragged into plan, implement and oversee the success of this competitive event. The event is set on a strange, unwelcoming farm where all the decor from outbuildings to mansion bathrooms are in white or black. The animals that "grace" the lawn and fields are ornamentations only and must have pri
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
#11 in the Meg Langslow series is an above average entry - the book moves right along and doesn't become topheavy with cute and oddball characters like a few in the series.
Meg Langslow series - Meg's parents would love to snag the Winkleson Trophy for the darkest rose at the local rose show, but they face competition from Philomena Winkleson, who's hosting the event at her estate. Before the event, Meg's dad's roses are sabotaged, and Philomena's white purebred Maltese is kidnapped. During the
Meg Lanslow's antics in the Donna Andrews books are so much fun to dive into. It's light and fluffy. I started it yesterday and finished it today with a big smile on my face. This may be my favorite one yet in this series.
Wow, competitive rose growing, fainting goats, monochromatic color scheme for house and animals and plants! Oh and did I say attack swans?? The zaniness continues as does murder. Never a dull moment! Love this series.
Anne E Smith
Another good one that shouldn't be missed

If you like a good mystery with humor and a large cast of characters
Then you should give these books a try.

Ginny Tata-Phillips
This was a good one although 11 books into the series it is really amazing how people keep dropping dead around these core characters!!! Love the animals in all the books!
Sarah Adamson
Another great Meg Langslow - featuring fierce swans, prickly roses and even pricklier local loaded ladies!
Fun adventure with excitement, adventure and the search for a pregnancy test - oh and a murderer!!
Latest entry in a successful series of comic mysteries=this tale of decorative iron worker Meg, her drama professor husband, and her very large and very eccectric family is typical goofy fun. Some of the characters are maybe a little too eccentric (and this includes the murder victim) but Meg and her semi retired doctor and great mystery fan father are as delightful as always. The mystery takes place on a large country estate where everything is literally black and/or white (except of course thi ...more
Swan for the Money is another book that will fill have you crying tears of laughter. That is "Black" tears, because there are roses,swans, and much more all in black that lead to theft, murder, and much more in this the 11th Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews. There are the usual cast of comical characters, and then some. Be sure to read and learn all about the wonderful,eccentric world of rose growing and competition. Believe me it is just as competitive as any sport or beauty contest that ...more
Murder mystery with humor and panache. I'm really enjoying this series, and so glad a friend recommended Donna Andrews!
Evelyn Harvill
Well, she managed to say no at the end of the book. I hope she keeps it up but its hard to believe in.
Carol Hall
really like the recurring cast and the setting for the series.but i would think twice about living in caerphilly.
I liked it. The least expected suspect was the one who did it. Lots of cute animals. I got to learn a thing or two about roses.
Claudia Wright
Love this series. Donna Andrews characters are a hoot.
I enjoyed this book. A good light-hearted read.
Meg Langslow is helping run the local rose show, on the palatial estate of rich Philomena Winkleson. Unfortunately, the widow Winkleson is a control freak who insists that all her guests wear black, white or grey. It's no surprise when one of the guests is killed in mistake for Mrs. Winkleson. Then there's another attempt on her life, and the police chief seems totally at a loss. Meg just wants the rose show to run smoothly and her father to be happy, but she soon finds herself out of her depth ...more
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Once again Meg gets roped into organizing. The Rose Show is being held on the estate of a very unpleasant rich woman, but the atmosphere is leavened by the antics of the rose-grower contestants and a herd of fainting goats. The mistress of the estate is even more unpleasant than her decorative, aggressive swan. In the end, none of them are a match for Meg.

I enjoyed SWAN FOR THE MONEY even more on second reading. Catchy, fast, and highly entertaining, it was the perfect antidote for a day when I
Meg has agreed to runhe rose show for Caerphilly. She is dealing with her parents and their entry as well as the owner of the farm where the exhibtion is being held. There is a dog napping, possible poor treatment of farm animals. But who would think a murder would occur over roses. Meg gets in the thick of it in orderto pull off the show and solve the murder. This was ok - did not hold my attention except the fam is named Raven Hill l, my old high school. The regulars are there so comic relief ...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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