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Swan for the Money (Meg Langslow #11)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2,026 Ratings  ·  140 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-- ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 415 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published July 21st 2009)
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Richard Derus
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,
Nancy H
I like this series and this book is a good entry. That being said, there are some times when I am reading the series that I feel like the characters are just going on their merry ways and the murder in their vicinity doesn't really affect them. However, in any murder mystery there is often an element of having to suspend your disbelief to make the story work, and I have no problem with that. Other than that personal observation, this book is good and the plot works. I am eager to read the next o ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Aug 31, 2016 Kaitlyn Dunnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little longer to get into this one than with other entries in the series, but once the momentum got going it kept me turning pages right to the end. Love the swans!
Sep 21, 2011 Saadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  Holm
Apr 13, 2011 Diane Holm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
I loved Donna Andrews’ Swan for the Money! I could easily picture it as a comedy mystery movie. This time, Meg Laslow’s parents were not as bizarre as usual. They had adopted a new hobby, growing and showing roses. My mother and I had grown experimental roses for a well-known rose company many years ago so I was very familiar with all the work that goes into making sure that roses thrive but Meg’s mother,in this story, taught me about the madness of preparing the roses to show.

But the real star
Laura Rodd
Aug 03, 2012 Laura Rodd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
#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
Dharia Scarab
Dec 23, 2013 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carly Kirk
Sep 11, 2015 Carly Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
It's funny, while reading the beginning I started thinking that there wouldn't be a murder, the mystery would just be to find out who had lured deer to sabotage the roses... and I was fine with that! And kinda relieved... It could have been a funny little mystery to solve with all the kooky characters and no one would have to start wondering why they all lived in a town that appeared to be becoming murder central. Not that anyone appears to be wondering that in these books, but you have to wonde ...more
Sylvia McIvers
The humor in Donna Andrew's series comes from putting quirky people in odd situations. Everyone has their own definite agendas, which takes the story in some very odd directions.

Meg's parents are part of a rose-growers club, and where will they display take place? The only available setting is the rich woman with a black-and-white obsession. The black swans steal the show - and the woman's black and white dog is a focal point for one sub-plot.

Meg-as-organizer is front and center. Meg-as-blacksmi
Meg is once again roped into family insanity. This time planning the rose show for her parents garden club. It is being hosted at a crazy woman's home and farm - where everything, including the animals, is black, white or grey. A woman is found stabbed with some shears Meg made for her mother that had previously been stolen. At first it appears to be the crazy monochrome woman but it is a look alike gardener. There are a limited number of crazy relatives as the event takes place on someone else' ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Swan for the Money is another book that will fill have you crying tears of laughter. That is "Black" tears, because there are roses,swans, and much more all in black that lead to theft, murder, and much more in this the 11th Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews. There are the usual cast of comical characters, and then some. Be sure to read and learn all about the wonderful,eccentric world of rose growing and competition. Believe me it is just as competitive as any sport or beauty contest that ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun cozy by Donna Andrews. Meg has been roped into organizing a rose competition. Mrs. Winkleson is letting them use her barns as the show rooms. She is also a competitor. A batty old lady. She only wants things that are black, white, or gray. All her animals are either black or white. Even her roses are black or white. She is an interfering old biddy trying to get her own way. The murder happens to be another competitor might have been mistaken for old "Wrinkles". Then there is an attem ...more
Not my favorite Meg Langslow. It could be because I was on to the killer even before the murder was committed and never really looked elsewhere. Donna Andrews isn't usually this obvious. There was a little less on the laughs front as well. It could be because the normal gang of people - Rose Noire's several suitors, Rose Noire herself, Mother, Eric, the several Shiffleys and their sheep, and the rest of the crazy Hollingsworth gang are missing. We get some wishy-washy rosarians, and that's not m ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Linnae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-virginia
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
Mar 12, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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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
Sep 11, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Meg gets roped into organizing. The Rose Show is being held on the estate of a very unpleasant rich woman, but the atmosphere is leavened by the antics of the rose-grower contestants and a herd of fainting goats. The mistress of the estate is even more unpleasant than her decorative, aggressive swan. In the end, none of them are a match for Meg.

I enjoyed SWAN FOR THE MONEY even more on second reading. Catchy, fast, and highly entertaining, it was the perfect antidote for a day when I
Nov 16, 2009 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
As usual, Andrews delivers a fun and funny story, though the mystery is not as intricate as she has woven in the past. Meg is organizing a rose show and circumstances force them to hold it on the premises of the cantankerous Mrs. Winkleson. Of course a body turns up, and Meg pokes her nose in as always while juggling her rose show duties and smoothing things out between her quarreling parents. Andrews's eccentric characters have become old friends that I always enjoy visiting and this is no exce ...more
Oct 26, 2009 Mascanlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Rosalyn Eves
Oct 04, 2010 Rosalyn Eves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Mar 03, 2015 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this series since the beginning, but maybe I'm getting a little tired of it all. Not a bad read, but it took me several tries to get into it, and I figured it all out too soon. I may try the next one, as I have enjoyed the main characters in the past, but perhaps it's all going on too long? I did like the details of competitive rose growing- I imagine that some of those involved really are that crazy.
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2009
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.
Feb 05, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Apr 22, 2009 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Meg is smart and she's organized. She also gets suckered into helping out with her family all the time. But then again you can't say no to her mother. This time she's in charge of a rose show. There's a missing dog and a murder. Can Meg figure it out all before the show ends? This series never fails to make me laugh and think.
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