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Murder With Puffins (Meg Langslow #2)

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Winner of the St. Martin's Malice Domestic Award in 1997 for her first work Murder With Peacocks, Donna Andrews brings back her zany characters and disastrous events.

In an attempt to get away from her family, Meg Langslow and her boyfriend go to a tiny island off the coast of Maine. What could have been a romantic getaway slowly turns into disaster.

Once there, they are mar
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Mar 27, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Definitely see why this is considered one of the better quality cozy series. Enjoyed this- Meg is a great MC. She's intelligent and capable. Her family is hilarious and quirky. Her bf Michael is lovable. I liked that he was with her every step of the way in this investigation. The mystery was good.I guessed who but it was nice narrowing down the why.

Highly recommend!
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After the stress of organizing three family weddings in short succession, Meg Lanslow decides that a romantic getaway at an island off the coast of Maine with her hunky boyfriend, Michael, is just what they need. Aunt Phoebe is always telling family to “use the summer cottage anytime” and since the summer season is over, Monhegan should be very quiet and peaceful. But they arrive to find a house full of family, including Meg’s mother, father, Aunt Phoebe, Mrs Fenniman, brother Rob, and Michael’s ...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 28, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoyed Murder with Peacocks & who like light humorous mysteries
Recommended to Lisa by: Sfdreams
2nd book in this mystery series. Funny and entertaining. My favorite part of this book is on page 59 (of the hardcover edition) where Meg Langslow, the main character in the series, voices her insistence on reading books in a series in proper order. My sentiments exactly!
In the second book in the Meg Langslow mystery series Meg sees herself stranded with her boyfriend, parents, aunt, brother, and neighbor on a secluded island in Maine during a hurricane with a murderer running around loose. Murder with Puffins was an enjoyable book.

I really like the MC, Meg, she's a smart character who doesn't do many things stupidly. She thinks problems and her actions through before doing them and she pieces together things that I'd never be able to do. I also absolutely love
Jun 13, 2009 Lindig rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Entertaining, but our heroine the blacksmith still hasn't done any work.
Lillian Carl
I'll admit it---I'm coming very, very late to Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery series. Which
at least means I have lots of wonderful stories to look forward to, because Puffins is a
delightful read.

Meg and her boyfriend Michael go a small island off the coast of Maine, after the tourist
season is over, thinking they'll find some peace and quiet. But no---Meg's eccentric family
is there, too, and of course a murder is committed.

I often look askance at funny mysteries, because all too often the auth
Jun 28, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
The Langslow clan are back with plenty of mischief, mayhem and a murder thrown in for good measure! Donna Andrews knows how to tickle my funny-bone with her chapter titles and her quirky, charming characters. When all Meg wants is a romantic get-away with her boyfriend at the family cottage on Monhegan Island it isn't going to happen if the bird watchers, the residents and Meg's own family have anything to say about it. Meg's sleuthing abilities and her keen attention to detail are once again n ...more
May 10, 2014 Barb rated it it was ok
I liked the first in the Meg Langslow mystery series, Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews, which was very clever and won several awards. This one did not impress me and I found it a chore to continue reading. So much of it seemed implausible, for instance, the actions of the protagonist, Meg, who does not plan well and is extremely impulsive to the point of law breaking. Her fiancé does not seem to have a mind of his own, but goes along with any harebrained idea Meg cooks up. The ill-tempered ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Paula rated it it was ok
I've read many of the books in this series, but I had never read this particular story. It's one of the earliest ones in the series, and I can honestly say I'm glad I never read it until now. It's not one of the better stories. Kind of slow-going, and repetitive with people constantly traipsing through the woods in Maine during a hurricane. And while there were many possible murderers in the mix, they are just mentioned once or twice and never show up again, so there didn't seem to be much of a ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Jemathomp rated it liked it
A fun quick read while in Maine.
When Meg Langslow remembers the family cabin on the island of Monhegan just off the Maine coast, she thinks she's found the perfect place to spend some time alone with her boyfriend, Michael. Unfortunately, the rest of her family also decided that this was the perfect weekend to get away and enjoy the island as well. Making it even worse right now is the island has been overrun with a bunch of bird watchers who came to observe the puffins. Did I forget to mention Hurricane Gladys has decided to ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#2 in the Meg Langslow series. I doubt if author Andrews had any thought, back in 2000, about where the story arc of this long running series (18 entries through 2014) would eventually lead. I recall feeling somewhat confused about this follow-up to debut entry Murder With Peacocks (1999) and wondered if the whole premise was just a way to use birds in the titles. The story if fine, especially as a stand-alone, and the series really snaps into place over the next two entries, Revenge of the Wrou ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it
A fun cozy mystery where Meg Langslow and her boyfriend Michael retreat to Monheagan Island for a romantic getaway, little do they know the family is already there. Any hope of a romantic getaway dashed the couple tries to enjoy their time on the island however neither is expecting to find a body or having to clear Meg's dad as a suspect.

Andrew's second book in the Meg Langslow series does not disappoint with comedic situations for the main characters while keeping a little bit of drama between
Jan 30, 2016 Argum rated it it was amazing
It is a while after the first book with honeymoons just wrapping up and comfortable relationships budding. Meg's summer renter is refusing to leave so to get away runs off to the coast of Maine in the off season to stay at a relative's cottage on an island famed for puffins. Oops her whole family is there and so is Hurricane Gladys. A famous artist has built a monstrosity of a house and is shooting at
'trespassers' angering many on the island. When he ends up dead, there is no shortage of suspec
Mar 01, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
3.5 stars. Meg and Michael set off for a romantic getaway on a remote island off the coast of Maine, only to find her crazy family has beaten them there along with a flock of bird-watchers, insuring they will have no peace and quiet and definitely no romance. Thus begins another madcap romp with the Langslow family and the long-suffering Michael as Meg investigates the murder of a famous artist with long-standing ties to her family. The puffins are just a crazy tie-in because they come to the is ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Tori rated it liked it
Shelves: reread
My least favorite of the Meg Langslow books. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because I don't care for the setting or the way Meg keeps breaking into places.
Jan 13, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Meg Langslow series of books finds Meg & her boyfriend Micheal trying to enjoy a romantic weekend on a remote Maine island. Unbeknownst to the couple many of Meg's family has also arrived at the small island cottage. To add to the chaos a hurricane is threatening the island, ferry services are cancelled, birders appear to be swarming the village & then Meg's family is threatened by a suspicious death. Can Meg, with the help of Michael, solve the murder before the author ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Casey rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
After finishing this book I wasn't left with the overwhelming desire to search out the next in the series like I had with the first. I did enjoy the book and like the cast of characters. However, there were certain parts of the story that just bothered me and felt they really didn't need to be included.

Just like the first book I loved the father. He is such a quirky, fun character that I find myself thoroughly enjoying any situation he is involved in. He is just an enjoyable character.

The relat
Apr 02, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Looking for some privacy for a romantic weekend with Michael, Meg brings him to her Aunt Phoebe's cabin on a rustic island in Maine after the end of the season. Of course, a weather report might have clued her in that a hurricane was also planning to visit the island. Unfortunately, she soon finds out that she's stuck on the island with her family, who also decided to visit the island, a bunch of birders, a dead body, a murderer, and too many suspects.

Hijinks ensue as Meg helps to investigate th
Surprisingly, I really liked this book. My qualm with the previous book, the one with the peacocks, was that Meg was hardly curious, but ended up solving the mystery. Here she is really involved. Actually, involved to the point of disbelief, considering all the times Meg and Michael break into the victim's house without a single birder binocular trained their way. Despite the nesting whatsit that's supposed to be nearby. Oh well, it was funny, and I could believe, this time around, that Meg didn ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
Crazy family members always make a good story, and this family is just plain fun to spend time with.
Mary Corso
Aug 18, 2015 Mary Corso rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book was a great laugh! I found myself looking up puffins on Wikipedia as well as other things she spoke about. I really liked it. I even enjoyed the little things, like how she named chapters after other books --- such as "the portrait of a puffin (artist) as a young man" - I read the James Joyce book "portrait of an artist as a young man" in college but remember exactly nothing about it; "a puffin (murder) is announced" - Agatha Christie of course, a Miss Maple story that I love; and fina ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
excellent second in series. I love Puffins
Jul 19, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meg and Michael take a trip up to Aunt Phoebe's cottage off the coast of Maine hoping to get some privacy from Meg's family, but a hurricane is about to hit and the island is overrun by birders and family. Meg gets embroiled in another murder involving Puffins and her mother. This one I found a bit boring. The murder victim wasn't given enough personality or mystery, so I found I could care less who murdered him. The supporting characters on the island weren't particularly memorable or likeable. ...more
Adrienne Testa
Mar 07, 2014 Adrienne Testa rated it liked it
Meg and Michael slip away from their small Virginia town, to have a romantic get away. Only to have all her relatives on a small island off Maine, during a hurricane. The local artist is found dead and Meg just can't help getting involved. Everyone is a suspect and everyone has secrets they rather keep. As Meg and Michael solve the case and expose the killer.
Hurricanes and Meg's relatives are funny together. As the bird watchers swoop down to protect the Puffins. It's a fun read, that doesn't hu
Lindsay Boitnott
Dec 01, 2015 Lindsay Boitnott rated it liked it
Murder with Puffins is the perfect quickly cozy mystery for reading on cold overcast days. I am a fan of Donna Andrews, so feel free to check out my Review Page for reviews of her other novels.

Murder with Puffins is the second book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series. Meg is back and is in need of some quality alone-time with her hunky sweetheart, Michael. She decides that a winter weekend spent at her Aunt Phoebe’s summer home is the perfect romantic getaway, but it quickly turns in to a typical
Oct 13, 2015 Rachael rated it liked it
Let me just start by saying that this book dates itself and the best way possible. There’s a scene where Meg and Michael are trying to figure out something off about the crime scene. Someone else says that they’ve taken pictures of everything to which Meg says that they’ll have to get the film developed and see then. Then, amazingly, this person says that they have a digital camera and proceeds to explain how it works to the amazement of everyone around. The mind-blowing digital camera is referr ...more
Connie N.
#2 in the Meg Langslow series. Another cute mystery, continuing with the very enjoyable characters in the first book. Meg is an intelligent and talented woman with a good sense of humor and amusing way of looking at things. Her family is eccentric and hilarious, so she seems like the down-to-earth one, although she's the one who stumbles across dead bodies. In this case she and boyfriend Michael decide on a quiet romantic getaway to her aunt's secluded cottage on an island off Maine's coast. Unf ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-tourism
I'm just not sure about this series so far. I'm sure it gets better since it's a long running series, but I'm just struggling a bit with it. When Meg should have been happy that her father was cleared of the murder, she instead got angry and was determined to prove that a murder had actually happened, even if it meant her father would be considered guilty. Which completely goes against her reason for investigating in the first place - to prove her father's innocence.

And her behaviour at the part
Nov 24, 2009 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006
Meg Lanslow's relationship with her boyfriend Michael is going strong, but they are having a hard time finding some private time together. Meg thinks she knows the perfect place for a romantic getaway - her Aunt Phoebe's cottage in Monhegan, Maine. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned, the boat trip is rough because a hurricane is headed their way and once they reach the island, Meg and Michael realize it's been invaded by avid bird watchers. Even worse, once they get to the cottage they fi ...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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