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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 ma...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 28, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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!
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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
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
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...more
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
Krista Ivy

Meg and Michael try to vacation together on an island in her Aunt Phoebe’s house. It turns out that the family is already there. A storm hits, the dad disappears to watch the storm hit the harbor, and a murder is committed. Once again, no one misses the dead guy. He tended to shoot at people and electrocute the wildlife (puffins). They cannot reach the authorities on the mainland until the weather clears. Meg decides to investigate. They end up with a dead puffin, nude paintings of her mother, a...more
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 3 of 5 stars
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.
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...more
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
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
Entertaining, but our heroine the blacksmith still hasn't done any work.
Adrienne Testa
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...more
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
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
Brooke Banks
Well, this one was indeed more focused on the mystery than the previous one and Meg certainly did more sleuthing herself. The author did up the amount of describing as well which helped with my mental picture and get into the story a bit more. I still have questions regarding characters such as why Micheal is so damn good about this all and so willing to bend over backwards for Meg. And when is Meg going to show any skills/interest in black smithing? The only thing so far as been the very begini...more
This murder mystery book was quite entertaining, but was not very suspenseful. The story has many twists and turns that keeps the reader wanting to find out more, though.

The overall story is interesting; Meg wants a romantic getaway but ends up being stuck in an island because of a hurricane in a cottage with her family, and she ends up investigating the death of a person who everyone disliked which thus leads to her finding out some secrets of her family and the locals.

The characters in the sto...more
This 2nd i the Meg Langslow series is a lot of fun and funnier than the first book, at least to me. Meg and Michael set out to Aunt Phoebe's summer cottage in Maine for some alone time. Imagine their surprise when they get there and Meg's Mom, Dad, brother Rob and Aunt Phoebe are all in residence. Makes the cottage a lot crowded and the pair despair of ever getting to spend time alone. The murder of a local "big time" artist provides Meg some welcome focus for her attention, especially when she...more
After the chaos of the summer (weddings, peacocks and murder among other things, chronicled in Murder with Peacocks) Meg Langslow and her boyfriend Michael are desperate for some time and space to themselves. Meg suggests they go to the island of Monhegan off the coast of Maine, where her Aunt Phoebe has a summer cottage and Meg has an open invitation. There might not be any electricity and it is no longer exactly summer, but that should just help insure they get some peace and quiet.

Meg couldn...more
1-1/2 stars. Because I reserve the 1 star rating for books that I very actively dislike.

OK. I read this book because I found the author on a mystery book website called This author's first book in this series (Murder with Peacocks) won about 4 awards including a Lefty award for funniest mystery. Since the library didn't have the first book, I decided to try the second one in the series.

This is not a well-written book. For my book club friends, think alon...more
If you love great mysteries with a side of humor, you'll enjoy the Meg Langslow series. Last year I've read #1 and #3. Now I'm going to the second one of the series. When Meg and her boyfriend head to the Monhegan Island for a romantic getaway, it was anything but romantic. First, there's the hurricane, second her family showed up. Not only that, there's the birders who's scouting for puffins and an angry artist named Victor Resnick, who didn't like trespassers. When they've reported his shootin...more
Mark Baker
A romantic weekend on an island in Maine is anything but for Meg and Michael when they find her family already at the family cabin. That's before a hurricane arrives and strands them with an island packed with birders and a killer. While this book still has the humor of the first in the series, it also features a stronger mystery.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Laura Rodd
Super fun read. Witty, wild, wonderful ride.
What do you get when you are trying to escape the craziness of Virginia (extended visits from truly extended family members) to the cold coastal rough terrain of coastal Maine for a little privacy with your new boyfriend? Anything but intimate peaceful settings, hours of snuggling up in front of a warm fire, or privacy in any sense.
Now add to this disappointment your divorced parents have recently remarried, a cantankerous doddering aunt and her alcoh...more
Meg is a blacksmith who takes her boyfriend to a remote island off the coast of Maine for what she and he hopes is a romantic getaway. But when they arrive they discover Meg's family is all there, creating chaos. And, a hurricane is skirting the island making it even more miserable. The island is also full of bird watchers. And, of course, a murder occurs amid the birders, storm, and extended family. Meg and her father love to investigate. This is a fluffy cozy that is humorous but thin.
I picked up this book while visiting my mother for Thanksgiving. I was not exited about the first book (literary awards not withstanding) but needed something to read on the plane back to New York. I suppose I feel the same about this book as I did the prior one - the author tries too hard to be funny? clever? sarcastic? I think this is because there needs to be a lot of filler since the plot is rather simplistic.
The attraction of Michael (who is described as perfect is every way) would be attr...more
I was taking this to the OBCZ yesterday but then realized I needed a little light reading myself and this seemed just the ticket. Nothing to brainy or too brainless. Besides, I have a fondness for Maine and for puffins-- not to mention eccentric families.

Anyhow, I started it over a lovely decaf cappuccino at Muddy Waters and finished it later in the afternoon, snuggled on my couch, sipping a cup of roobius tea. Just the ticket!

Had to chuckle at the notion of someone going outside to watch the hu...more
This one was not as funny as the first book. The witty dialog was missing. The best part was the father.

That said, I'll probably try the next one and see if holds up. A nice light read hits the spot periodically.
Kevin Lanahan
My wife, the librarian, gave me the first book in this series to read after she read one of the later ones. The first one was contrived, but cute, so I was willing to take a look at this one.

The first book, Murder With Peacocks, was plagued by an overly contrived plot and a clueless heroine. I was very pleased to see in this book that the characters grew a bit, although the plot was again overly contrived.

If you like a very light romance/mystery with few challenges, this is a good series. I, h...more
Irene B.
Thought I'd give this series one more try, since the library copy was a double feature. Main character, her boyfriend, and her "crazy" family are trapped together on an island and there is a murder. Why does this plot seem so familiar? Still, it's a little better than the first novel, but not rocket science. Quick read, skip the characters' ruminations about the murder. Very simplistic plot and character development. I've got one more of her books I just picked up at a thrift shop, before I'd tr...more
This is a good mystery book and liked this one better than her Crouching Buzzard book. This one moved along better and was about a remote island off the coast of Maine. The bird watchers and a tropical storm were themed in this one with Puffins as a rare visitor to the island. Meg and Michael have come here to get away from the family and have some alone time as an engaged couple and the whole family turns up at her aunt's remote cabin to get away from a trial in Yorktown. The rustic cabin and t...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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Murder With Peacocks (Meg Langslow, #1) Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos (Meg Langslow, #3) Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (Meg Langslow, #4) Owls Well That Ends Well (Meg Langslow, #6) We'll Always Have Parrots (Meg Langslow, #5)

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