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Swan for the Money (Meg Langslow #11)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,538 ratings  ·  110 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,
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
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.
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
Her stories use to be "cute" I find the characters; shelfish, self-centered & mired in co-dependency....the stories are tedious, repetitive.
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.
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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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
Mar 14, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Meg Langslow's ecdentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in flower shows. Meg gets roped into organizing the rose show and reception. When her father covers the yard with manure, Meg has to find a new venue for the reception. Rich Mrs. Winkleson is convinced to allow her estate to be used but she puts on so many restrictions that Meg starts getting curious. A murder puts her in detective mode; she stays there to find out who's stealing her father's prize roses. Pretty g ...more
Andrew's trademark sly humor is in good form with this outing. Meg's parents have taken up a new hobby, this time its rose growing and the competitive world of Rose shows. Set on a farm owned by the Mrs. Winkleson who only allows black,white and a touch of gray both in her house and on her farm animals. We're off for another comedic romp with a cozy mystery full of our favorites of Meg's eccentric family back again to help.Did you know there is such a thing as fainting goats or belted cows?
This is # 11 in the series. I read it out of order so now have reserved the books I missed. Meg is organizing a Rose Show. Of course, this is only because her mother "twisted her arm" and Meg just can't say NO to her mother. You know a murder has to happen and so the story proceeds.

book on loan from Brenda
Mailis Viiand
Not as funny as last one, but don't worry its still wonderfully cozy and as we all know the world is full of fodder to use as basics for new crazy hobbies Meg Langslows huge family will find. The wonderful nutcases that surround her, make it unique experience every time, and you can help but like them. Also the villain in this book is inventively unlikable to a whole new level, reminding me a bit of Cruella DeVil from 101 dalmatians with her antics.
Great Donna Andrews book, with the typical fabulous humor. I thoroughly enjoy reading her books.

I first discovered her when I lived in Leesburg, VA and happened upon her books. She was a local author (from Northern Virginia) and I thought that was just so neat to read somebody local. Her first Meg Langslow book hooked me and I've read all 10 since then.

You'll enjoy the mystery, the charaters, the humor.... it's a great, light read!
I don't think I can say enough good things about Donna Andrew's Meg Langslow--a blacksmith by trade, possessed of a hilarious (and often crazy) extended family that she can't ever seem to get rid of. Meg herself is a smart, independent heroine--the mysteries (and murders) she gets mixed up in are often interesting, but the real draw of the stories is the well-conceived characters and Andrew's smart, funny writing.
Nancy Brady
The eleventh book of this mystery series involves the competitive rose shows as Meg's now the organizer of the Caerphilly Garden Show for Roses. Her parents are now into roses, and there is mischief afoot when roses are being stolen, eaten, and much more. Who will win the coveted Black Swan Trophy? And who is killing off the competitors? A thorny problem indeed for Meg's sleuthing abilities!
Sian Jones
As always, a fun read, but the research on the rose competition, interesting as it is, and a highly melodramatic villain, overwhelmed the book and left no room for what I really love about this series -- Meg and her crazy family. I found myself wondering, when was the last time the entire Hollingsworth clan showed up for a shindig? Why not now? I missed the chaos. And the blacksmithing. Sigh.
Gretchen Swain
This was a funny quick read. The author did a very good job of mixing humor with mystery. Even though this was one within a series, I did not feel like I was missing any information. The characters were interesting and likable. This book reminded me of the Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie series that I have read in the past. I look forward to reading another book in this series.
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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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