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Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (Meg Langslow #4)

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Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. An
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 6th 2002)
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Sheila Beaumont
This was a reread of the laugh-out-loud funniest, and my favorite, of Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery series. In this one, Meg is temporarily filling in as receptionist at her brother's software company, Mutant Wizards, which is working on a new edition of the game "Lawyers From Hell." To complicate things, this wacky company has to share its office space with several psychotherapists, who are just as wacky.

The murder mystery starts when the office prankster, who likes to lie on top of the e
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JoyfulK
This is probably the funniest of an extremely whimsical series. I think it's because of the unique Andrews take on the interaction between semi-functional computer/role-playing geeks and some somewhat less functional therapists. This book is recommended to anyone who has ever: Worked at a software company --- been a therapist --- seen a therapist --- considered seeing a therapist --- played a role-playing game --- worked (or wished they'd worked) at a company with a "bring your pet to work" poli ...more
Kris
Publisher's Weekly Review
In Agatha and Anthony-winner Andrews's fourth wacky bird-themed mystery (Murder with Peacocks, etc.), Meg Langslow, a temporary switchboard operator at her brother Rob's computer-game company, Mutant Wizards, must find the real killer when Rob, who made his fortune from a game called Lawyers from Hell, is accused of strangling the office pest to death with a computer mouse cable. Keeping exposition to a minimum, the author lets crackling dialogue propel the plot. The off
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Ruth
ok cute funny.

Andrews's fourth wacky bird-themed mystery (Murder with Peacocks, etc.), Meg Langslow, a temporary switchboard operator at her brother Rob's computer-game company, Mutant Wizards, must find the real killer when Rob, who made his fortune from a game called Lawyers from Hell, is accused of strangling the office pest to death with a computer mouse cable. The office boasts a menagerie of remarkable pets, notably George, a buzzard with only one wing who has a perch by Meg's desk.
Barbara
Once again there's trouble brewing in Caerphilly, Virginia. Rob Lanslow feels something is amiss at his computer game company Mutant Wizards. So he convinces his sister Meg Lanslow - blacksmith and amateur sleuth - to sign on as temporary receptionist, hoping she can uncover the problem. Sure enough, Ted - the office practical joker/pain in the neck - is soon murdered as he rides around on the automated mail cart.

The Chief-of-Police, who pays minimal attention to evidence, arrests Rob for the m
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Sue
Words to describe this series: wacky, oddball, kooky, lighthearted, loony. Yes, they all apply and it's just fun to read. Meg has a snarky, somewhat sarcastic wit that amuses as she navigates her way through crazy situations brought on my her crazy relatives and friends. Her acting professor boyfriend puts up with it all and loves her in spite of her odd relatives and the strange things they encounter together. This outing has Meg helping out as office manager/switchboard operator for her brothe ...more
Adrienne Testa
Meg Langslow is acting as receptionist and office manager at her brother's business, while her hand heals. Only to find Ted dead on the electronic mail cart. While Michael is out of town doing a low budget television show, Meg snoops to learn the truth about Ted and find the killer. Porn sites on their servers, blackmail of co workers and sharing their space with a group of therapists makes for a mad house instead of a work place. You can't help but laugh out loud and giggle at the characters as ...more
Elizabeth
Lots of fun, I could fit right in with Meg's family! There's buzzards and gamers and lawyers and a murderer of course! There are therapists and karate styles and more! Sit back and enjoy the craziness.
Ed
#4 in the Meg Langslow series. Finalist 2003 Agatha Award for Best Novel / Finalist 2004 Dilys Award / Finalist 2004 Lefty Award. This series by Donna Andrews is one of the greatest humorous cozy-mystery series to come down the pike. Meg Langslow's family is a throwback to the screwball movie comedies of the 1930s.

Meg Langslow is acting as receptionist at brother Rob's software company "Mutant Wizards". She is supposed to find out what is not right and may have a big hint when she finds the body
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Jo Anne
I picked up three of Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mysteries and I am enjoying them very much. The characters are kooky but not so ridiculous so as to roll your eyes. And her plots have the action taking place in different places. And the titles, all bird-centric, are clever. If you like the humor of Janet Evanovich but are bored to tears with the SAME story over and over again, give Donna Andrews a try. And if you DO ever pick up a Janet Evanovich mystery, you can stop after book 3; they all get ...more
Sandie
A buzzard is an odd pet for an office staff unless they are the computer programmers at Mutant Wizards where they are hard at work on a new version of the computer game Lawyers from Hell. Meg Langslow is pitching in on the switchboard while an injury from her blacksmithing vocation has her sidelined. Sound calm and serene? Think again!



The staff has just moved into space they share with six psychotherapists who are not used to guarding the door against rabid fans and spies from rival companies. S
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Drebbles
When Meg Langslow hurts her hand and is unable to work as a blacksmith, she agrees to work at her brother Rob's computer game company Mutant Wizards. Rob feels that something isn't right at the company and asks Meg to look around while she is working there. Before long, Meg has a real problem on her hands when one of the workers is murdered. There are plenty of suspects: a disgruntled ex-employee; a biker who has been lurking around the place; and a fan who keeps sneaking in to try and get a cop ...more
bookczuk
Another cozy mystery, but I think I'll take a break from this author for a bit now. Too many loons to keep track of.

From the Publisher
Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a
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Kristin
In Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon Meg has to moved to Caerphilly to live with Michael. After smashing her hand with a hammer, Meg has agreed to work temporarily at her brother's computer business, Mutant Wizards. Rob thought something strange was going on at the company and asked Meg, under the pretences of working there, to find out what.

Mutant Wizards is a looney bin full of computer people and several offices of therapists, who are just as loony as the computer people. Not more than a coupl
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Graceann
Meg Langslow finds herself in her brother's new software design firm in this, the fourth installment of Donna Andrews' mystery series. Asked to fill in and try to determine what's "gone wrong" in the company, Meg very swiftly finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation. I always wonder with books like this, just as I did with shows like Murder, She Wrote, don't Meg's friends start to worry that just being near her is a rather dangerous proposition? Everywhere she goes, someone dies.

As alw
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Meg
Meg's brother Rob has overcome the rough start of not being able to find a trustworthy software company to sell his video game to, so he's started his own! In Caerphilly! The small college town that Meg's boyfriend - Michael - works & lives in. Meg has finally relented and moved into "The Cave" with Michael while they try to find a more suitable place to live, which isn't easy with Caerphilly's population growing faster than the available housing market.

When Meg injures her hand due to being
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Kerry
I think this series is great fun. They're a quick, funny read with a decent mystery. Certainly, iI didn't peg the murderer - although I have to admit that I don't actually try when reading mysteries these days. I'm along for the ride, not the mental exercise and I just want to enjoy the book, not have to do any work.

I actually think the greatest weakness of this book was the lack of Meg's crazy family. They take things up a notch or two and having only her dad and Rob present toned things down
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Mark Baker
Meg is helping out her brother at his new computer company, Mutant Wizards. Unofficially, she's trying to figure out what is going wrong in the company. Unfortunately, before she can figure it out, the office practical joker is killed. The humor is a little light, but the mystery is strong.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Peggy
Humorous and engaging, Meg Langslow's adventures are entertaining. In this book, Meg is helping her brother's upstart computer game company. The company is filled with quirky computer geeks including an employee who plays practical jokes so often that everyone ignores him. Too bad they didn't notice when he was murdered and rolled past everyone on a mail cart. They all thought he was just goofing off. Meg helps unravel the clues leading to his killer. Enjoyable, light reading.
Syrdarya
Meg's hand is injured, and while it heals she agrees to work at her brother's company Mutant Wizards to find out what's wrong (her brother had a feeling there was something wrong). Her boyfriend Michael is across the country working, so Meg delves into the crazy workplace atmosphere and tries to restore some semblance of order while at the same time trying to keep the peace between the computer programmers and the therapists who share office space with Mutant Wizards.

One day the office jokester
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Andrea
Another fun and fabulous read from the pen of Donna Andrews! The Langslow family once again has me laughing on every page and wondering how Meg is going to solve the latest murder mystery. As usual there is a quirky list of suspects and dangerous visits in the night to Meg's brother Rob's company office where more than computer games seem to be going on! How and why did that guy end up dead on the mail-cart? be a sure to read the 4th book in this wondrous and delightful series!
Melbourne on my mind
4.5 stars. While it still doesn't reach the 10/10 would recommend status of Murder with Peacocks, this is a solid and very entertaining addition to the Meg Langslow series. The mystery is sufficiently twisty and turny to keep the reader guessing until the end, and there's a fabulous cast of new characters, most of whom work at Mutant Wizards, developing Rob's Lawyers from Hell into a computer game.

While it did feel a little repetitive at times - Meg goes to work, Meg deals with stupid questions
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Laura Rodd
An absolute romp! Fun, fun, fun.
Meg is temping at her wayward brother's computer "empire" trying to figure out if something untoward is happening...
little does she know that she will run into an illegal porn webmaster, a famous hacker, a handsome man (who isn't Michael), a one winged buzzard who likes his mice "just so" out of the microwave, a cheating marriage therapist, a skulking blackmailer, a crazed corporate spy, a tattooed vet and a murdering fiend.
Yes the buzzard smells and vomits when u
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Kim
Another intriguing adventure in the life of Meg and her close knit family. The fun continues as her brother's game is now an official business, but trouble is brewing with one or more employees. Meg, as usual, finds herself in the middle of it all.
Janet
Picked it up at lunchtime for something to read and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's pretty funny and the plot makes more sense than in most cozy mysteries. I especially liked the buzzard, who plays a key role in foiling the murderer.
Morgan
I'm a huge fan of the Meg Lanslow series. I love that she's smart, funny without trying, and takes control without being annoying or coming off as obnoxious. Besides the main character, her family, and other members of the town have hilarious antics that will sometimes make you laugh out loud.

This book is one of my favorites in the series, I couldnt put it down. When one of the employees at her brothers game company is murdered, Meg takes it upon herself to find the murderer, while keeping her
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Charlene
This is always an enjoyable series. This time Meg is trying to create calm out of her brother's office. I always knew gamers were a different breed. Buzzard as an office mate and Spike the nastiest dog around round out the cast.
Linda Cole
Great read

as usual this book has zany characters to go along with the wacky family interesting twist in the end I didn't catch on until the end
Jody
If you are looking for a series that is a midpoint between Stephanie Plum and Kinsey Malone, you will enjoy the Meg Langslow books. She has a crazy family, a gorgeous boyfriend, and a murder to solve in every book. What's not to love?
Patty
Meg and Michael are hunting for a house, Rob and his programming team are having Meg serve as office help until they can find someone permanently.

When one of the programmers is found dead, Meg is on the case along with her father. There is an amazing number of suspects including Rob and all his team, a disgruntled employee, and the other tenants of the building where Mutant Wizards is housed.

Michael is in California so Meg is working pretty much alone. There are a couple great scenes involving "
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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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