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Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos (Meg Langslow #3)

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Every year, Yorktown, Virginia, relives its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a re-enactment of the original battle and a colonial craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities--and to sell her wrought-iron works of art. Except, of course, for the pink-painte
Paperback, 293 pages
Published November 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Donna Andrews' bird mysteries are a total treat. In book three, Meg and her boyfriend Michael, are participating in an enactment of the 1781 siege of Yorktown. Michael's demanding mother is in charge and allows nothing from present day to be seen, said, or tasted anywhere during the celebration.

Meg is participating in the crafts fair, selling her exquisite iron works. She has competition with some second class crafters, but she's also trying to keep her special order, flamingos under wraps so b
Donna Andrews stories are leaving me in stitches! Meg Langslow and her family are at their quirky best when they find themselves as part of an annual historical re-enactment festival in their home town Of Yorktown, Virginia.Of course there is a murder, and the body turns up in Meg's booth with one of her creations looking like the murder weapon. Will the Langslows survive the weekend without injury or arrest, will Meg and Michael ever have time alone to discuss their relationship, and will Spik ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: light mystery readers, pun lovers, the ill
How does a community ban on plastic yard ornaments fit in with a revolutionary war reenactment, a murder, and blacksmithing? Leave it to Meg Langslow's character to bring the story together in Yorktown VA where she and the handy boyfriend character Michael, who we really know far too little about, are participating in the festivities of encampment and craft show in period garb and with cannons firing.

Not much meat on the bones of this one in the series, but the story behind her making iron flami
Ana T.
Yesterday I finished another cozy mystery for the monthly discussion at the cozy group. I’m sad to say that for the first time I didn’t much enjoy the book chosen.

A reenactment of the siege of Yorktown features a crafts fair, so ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow dresses in costume and peddles her wares. An entrepreneur working with Meg's brother comes to near-blows with several craftspeople--including Meg, who has hidden a dozen modern pink flamingos under her counter. When the man is killed by

To make points with Mrs Waterson Meg agrees to be her assistant at mock Battle of Yorktown's craft fair. Everyone is dress in period clothing. Michael is a stickler for authentic items. several of Meg'family are at the show. Rob is dispose to meet with a software person Roger Benson. Meg and Rob learns he might be scammer and don't want to gave the source code.. They want to know more before dealing with him. Later Roger is found dead in Meg's stall with her handcrafted stuck in him. Will the sh
Mark Baker
Meg is participating in a reenactment of the Battle of Yorktown. While she's watching for things that don't fit into the period, she also finds a dead body. Worse yet, Meg's brother Rob is the chief suspect since the victim wanted to buy his computer program.

Another fun mystery filled with laughs, twists, and great characters.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Adrienne Testa
Only in Yorktown, Virginia can a historical reenactment turn into a murder when Meg Langslow returns home. As Michael's mother, barks orders for historical authenticity and fines people for not being character, Meg is trying to hold her patience. She loves Michael but his mother is a tyrant, who expects things to go her way. As Meg tries to sell her artwork at the fair, her booth is the scene of a murder. A con artist is trying to get a hold of Rob's new computer game. Her friend as already been ...more
This series is starting to make my head hurt. I don't really care about the characters, and the story wasn't very interesting, but I found that I couldn't just leave this book in the middle to read something better. I had to find out "who dunnit." And I'll probably end up reading the next book in the series because that's how I get about mystery series, and I'll probably give it two stars as well. Sigh...
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I love the Meg Langslow books. The crimes may be utterly ridiculous, and the bird theme gets progressively less relevant as the books progress, but the characters are just so damned fun. And while my favourite book of the series will eternally be Murder with Peacocks, this one is pretty damned great too. I mean, come on. How could you not love Meg and her ridiculous family at a colonial festival commemorating the Battle of Yorktown?

Sure, there's more than your usual dose of contrivance in the s
I indulged myself by reading the next installment in this series. They are just funny. This one has Meg and Michael helping Michael's mother organize the annual Yorktown festival complete with a craft fair and Revolutionary reenactors. The town watch goes around fining people for anachronisms, there's a murder and Meg is a suspect, Michael joins a French unit with cool uniforms, and there is merry confusion everywhere. There is some interesting stuff about reenactors and how they do their thing ...more
#3 of the Meg Langslow series. One of the few books in the series about a female blacksmith that actually shows results of her craft. Great fun.

Meg Langslow is attending a fair in period costume of 1781. Her boyfriend's mother is driving the crafters and reenactors crazy with her inaccurate railing against anachronisms. A con man who was trying to get her brother Rob's game software and had already pirated that of her friend Tad is found dead in her booth. Deputy Monty considers her the chief su
I like these kind of light-weight mysteries because they are fun and relaxing. I especially like Donna Andrews' Meg, the star, who doesn't take herself too seriously and sees the humor in the mundane and the serious a like (though she is always respectful and appropriate). I also like how she is a solid, mature female in regard to her career and relationships though she also is willing to adjust herself to make the best of people beyond her control.

Throughout this book, Michael, Meg's boyfriend,
What a lighthearted gem of a juggling act! In Anthony and Agatha award-winner Andrews's third bird adventure (Murder with Peacocks; Murder with Puffins), ornamental blacksmith Meg, who's been commissioned to make a dozen life-size day-glow flamingos (three of which grace the alluring dust jacket), devoted sidekick Michael as well as their close, extended families take part in a lovingly depicted re-creation of the October 1781 siege of Yorktown, complete with cannons, costumes and a crafts fair. ...more
Ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow and her boyfriend Michael attend a reenactment of the siege at Yorktown. Michael is taking place in one of the battles, while Meg is selling her wares at the craft fair. But the fighting isn't confined to the battlefield and several people are arguing with entrepreneur Roger Benson, including Meg's brother Rob. When Meg goes to her booth late one night and finds Benson's body, she knows she has to act quickly to clear her brother before he is charged with murde ...more
Sep 26, 2009 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of "cozy" mysteries
Recommended to Graceann by: Kerry
Shelves: mystery, series
This is the return to form I was hoping for when I read the disappointing MURDER WITH PUFFINS. Donna Andrews offers what I loved about MURDER WITH PEACOCKS: an entertaining, funny plot, interesting supporting characters, and just a dash of romance.

In this entry, Meg is participating in an historical reenactment of the Battle of Yorktown, selling her ironwork with the other crafters and carefully hiding forbidden items such as wristwatches and computers. Little does she know that one of the atte
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Every year, Yorktown, Virginia, relives its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a re-enactment of the original battle and a colonial craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities--and to sell her wrought-iron works of art. Except, of course, for the pink-painted flamingos she reluctantly made for her mother's best friend--she's hoping to deliver them
Richard Ward
Better than average modern light-hearted murder mystery. Third in the series and, thus, the third I've read. Liked it a little better than the first two, especially because the jokes were funnier to me this time. Also because I love it when jokes are made at the expense of people who abuse power and authority. In this book, an inept but arrogant deputy sheriff is the butt of some of the jokes, with most of the other jokes made about the "anachronism police" who patrol a colonial craft fair, look ...more
It's the year 1781... The Battle of Yorktown... the British are on the verge of surrendering...

Or is it? It's the hope of Meg's boyfriend's mother, Mrs. Waterston, that everyone think that Yorktown has gone back in time to 1781. She's put Meg in charge of selecting craftsmen to sell their wares at the reenactment, as well as almost everything else. It's taking every ounce of Meg's self control to not lash out at Michael's mother, especially as she continues to be blamed for things going wrong.

Meg is visiting home during the annual reenactment of the battle of Yorktown. She is working in the craft fair, selling her ironwork. Michael is dressing up for reenactment as a French soldier and everyone who is taking part in the craft fair is also required to "dress in period".

The whole set up is funny beyond belief! There are people sneaking peeks at cell phones, a group of people called the "Town Watch" who are handing out fines for not sticking to how life was lived in the 1700's and Micha
This was the very first Meg Lanslow mystery I read. Meg and her family are beyond hilarious and getting into the middle of a murder every time. This time at a Revolutionary war re-enactment. Of course Meg to the rescue along with her boyfriend, her dad the doctor her mother the socialite,Rob and lets not forget Rose Noir. Its a good quick read and you get the satisfaction of not only a murder but a chuckle or ten! Enjoy! PS I have and enjoy ALL Meg Lanslow books!
Blacksmith Meg Lanslow has encouraged and coerced all of her crafty friends to sign up for the authentic civil war celebration/craft fair in her family's home town. Too bad that it is held in the middle of the summer and everyone is forced to dress to colonial standards- the harridan running the fair has an "anachronism" patrol that hunts for non-period garb, oddments- things like the ball point pen someone is using to write up bills, or nails to hang crafts- with predictably funny results.

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A funny story about Meg Langslow, a blacksmith whose booth at a Revolutionary War re-enactment craft fair is invaded by a corpse. Meg has to try to keep her booth running, navigate the hazards of a boorish police officer and multiple eccentric relatives (her relatives, that is), and spend some quality time with her boyfriend. Oh, and solve this murder.

I have to admit that I gave it 4 stars because: I'm fascinated by blacksmithing; I'm fascinated by historical re-enactment; and it taps my funny-b
Set during a Revolutionary battle recreation in VA, a crook is murdered in her tent and she sets out to find who did it when her friend is thought to the be murderer. Meg is known for her black smith skills and is expanding her works to swords and daggers. Her friend is also a black smith and got her interested. The crook keeps making people unhappy with him.
Not as bad as the first of the series, not as good (silly, I mean) as the second one, this was still fine. It's still slight, but the series and its heroine are definitely improving, in the sense that there is an actual mystery underneath all that detail about the Battle of Yorktown reenactment and craft fair, and that Meg actually does something to solve it. Like she didn't in the first. So, 3 stars and I will keep on with the series.
It was cute. I liked the bit of Virginian history she included. I am kind of glad that the person who did it was who did it. Total poetic justice. Not many animals in this book like her others. So that was kind of weird. I like how witty she is. There is also a substantial amount of vocabulary, as there is in her other books.
Brooke Banks
I am much happier with this book than the first two. Definitely a huge improvement, and it included more about Meg's black smithing. The mystery is brought to the forefront more than the first book, like it was in the second. This book was more about Meg and Micheal than her crazy family, which is a nice change. They are good characters and seem more fleshed out than before, even if they don't dominate this book like they did previously. This cozy mystery is much more like a cozy mystery now. I' ...more
Linda Cole

an easy read for people who enjoy murder mysteries with crazy characters meg and her family this book is a great next in this series
A fun story... one weekend... Michael's overly comandeering mother is hosting a weekend fair to reenact the end of the Revolutionary War, and Meg's doing her best to make it a success for Michael's sake... she has invited her craft friends to come and set up booths...

Michael's mother insists everyone and everything stay very 'in period'...

And Rob (brother) is trying to market software for his 'Lawyers from Hell', and invites one to meet at the fair, but this man had stolen software from one of
Another Meg Langslow mystery in the same vein as the others.
This is the third in this series. The main character, Meg, is a blacksmith, which is interesting. She's in love with a handsome professor of drama. These books are witty, but I've not made my mind up about them yet. Certainly not my favorite. The events in the books are always frenetic, her family is wacky, not really very believable, and there is a lot of extra stuff not directly related to the mystery. But the situations and the plot has always been intereting. I take one of these from the lib ...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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