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Cockatiels at Seven (Meg Langslow #9)

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It's time for more outrageous and feathered fun in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud Meg Langslow series.

When her old friend Karen drops by with two-year-old son Timmy, Meg Langslow reluctantly agrees to babysit "just for a little while." But when nightfall comes, the toddler is still in residence and Karen isn't answering any phone calls. Meg decides she must find out wha
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ebook, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published July 8th 2008)
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Joy
A former friend of Meg drops off her son with Meg and disappears. Meg and Michael have been thinking of starting a family, and keeping up with the very active Timmy gives them a chance to decide whether they are ready. Timmy cramps Meg's style as she tries to find the missing mother and disentangle an embezzlement case with murder attached.

I gave COCKATIELS AT SEVEN a lower score than the rest of the series because I'm not child-oriented and because I felt some of the motivations of the criminal
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Anne
The 9th book in the Meg Langslow series finds Meg babysitting a friend's toddler. When the friend does not return as expected, Meg tries to solve the disappearance. Is there more to the disappearance than meets the eye? Will babysitting help or hinder in any decision of Meg & her husband Michael to start a family? Of course, Meg's zany family is ever present in the story but, in this book it is mainly the immediate family involved and not the whole eclectic crowd. Although there was an under ...more
Mark Baker
When Meg agrees to babysit a toddler, she just thinks it will be for a few hours. So when the mother hasn't returned by that night, she begins to try to track her down. Naturally, the trail leads to scandal, and dead body, and laughs. I thought this book was stronger than the last couple in the series. The humor was sharper since it focused on the antics of the toddler, and the mystery was better.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Carol
Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews was a good cozy mystery to me but I don't understand why she has cockatiels on the cover and the title is about cockatiels. Cockatiels are mentioned in this book but there are no individual cockatiels connected to this story. That is my main complaint.

I liked the main character, Meg Langslow. She was smart,witty and funny.

A friend from the past makes her promise to take care of her son, two year old, Timmy. Karen says that she will be back soon. The friend, K
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Emily Crow
You know that expression, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Unfortunately, that was just what I did. But who could blame me...the cockatiels on the cover are so cute, it's like a bucket of squee!

Turns out, this is a cozy mystery. Since it's a popular genre, but one I just can't warm up to, I'm not doing an in-depth discussion here. It's like someone who hates science fiction complaining about all the spaceships and aliens.

Instead, I'll focus on the two things I really hated.

One, there are no co
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Ed
#9 of the Meg Langslow series. I've read through #11, wherein Meg is trying to get pregnant. It's a sad thought that if she succeeds, subsequent novels may have a taste of this one. With a two year old in tow, the action drags. Meg can't jump into a car and go somewhere, there is interminable description of loading diapers, snacks, child safety seats, and then music acceptable to the toddler. Even leaving without the kid is delayed by having to find a babysitter.

Meg Langslow series - When her ol
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Jenger
I've enjoyed all the Meg Langslow Mysteries and this latest one is OK but not as laugh-out-loud funny as a few others. I did like the addition of the Timmy character but there just wasn't the quirkiness in this book as in the previous ones. Having a toddler in the story was either a change of pace or preparing readers for an upcoming pregnancy for Meg. With Timmy being so well-portrayed it might be an interesting addition to the story for Meg & Michael to have children.

I don't care for "gra
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Evelyn Harvill
Entertaining mystery series but I REALLY want Meg to stop being such a doormat! Her family tells her she has to do this, that, and the other and she does them; they invite people to stay over in HER house and she lets them in; they dump animals off with her; they redecorate her home without her permission (or desire); and she never ever says I LOVE YOU BUT BUTT OUT AND GO HOME!
Adrienne Testa
Meg is in over her head when she agrees to watch her friend's kid Timmy. When her friend disappears, Meg puts Timmy on her hip and tries to find her only to get caught up in an embezzlement scheme and a drug case. As her father and grandfather hides stolen cockatiels from their owners. It has its moments of laugh out loud at the antics of Meg and her family.
Verity W
I'm still loving the Meg Langslow series. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think Donna Andrews has been so clever in the way she's plotted this series out - I know Meg's run into a lot of corpses in a small time, but Meg and Michael's relationship has evolved and developed without resorting to the endless break-ups and reconciliations that you see so often in series of this length. And as I love Meg and Michael, I'm glad we haven't done that cycle - and that their relationship has ...more
Peggy
As usual, Meg Lanslow gets unwillingly involved in a murder mystery, but this time with a new sidekick--a two-year old toddler! When Meg's distant friend asks her to take care of Timmy for "just a little while," Meg gets concerned when she does not return for days. Meg goes on a search for her friend, Karen, only to discover Karen's slain husband. Adding to the complications in her life are Meg's family members who bring snakes into her basement, rare finches to her bedroom and who cleverly dis ...more
Jessie Cumpson
Pretty good book. Starts out slow but picks up later on. A mystery kept me interested. About a kid being left at an acquaintance the mother new about 2 years. Easy read. I don't want to give away to much about the book. I usually do not read much mystery but I might try more by this author.
Mary Schildman
In love

Gosh how I love the Meg Langslow series. Great storyline, wonderful characters, funny little twists, and a "nice" murder mystery. Also "Megs" family is sooo much like mine. Now on to the next book in the series.
PS, Thank you Donna Andrews
Mary
I enjoyed reading this book but it was not as entertaining as the book she wrote about weddings. This just didn't have the "zing" that other one did. I selected this book because of the zany quality of the other and was a bit disappointed in that aspect. But, I did enjoy it.
Linda
This is another cozy mystery by Donna Andrews. The protag Meg again gets herself involved in a mystery near her Virginia home. An old friend of Meg's shows up out of the blue and asks Meg to take care of her toddler for "a little while". After a day has gone by and Meg's relatives and neighbors have all been involved in the babysitting, Meg begins to investigate and finds a growing mystery. My favorite character in the book is Meg's brother Rob, a software tycoon, who doesn't know much about sof ...more
Tori
I found this one the weakest in terms of holding my interest. I didn't like the way Meg let herself get taken advantage of, I didn't like the way she never got back to her blacksmithing (and only thought about it once), and the ending was muddled with too many crimes and perpetrators whose relationships (and lack thereof) was not clearly laid out. Plus I thought it somewhat obvious that she was setting up a non-obvious perp by waving a way-too-obvious red herring in front of our noses. Actually, ...more
Fmorlan
Meg and Michael back from their undisclosed honeymoon( a little annoying). Meg started working on her blacksmithing creations when a friend drops off her son for safe keeping. Unfortunately, Meg seems to be taking care of the two year old for more than a couple hours. The cast ofcharacters still exist - her mom, rose noire, dad and newly found grandfather. and lest we forget rob and cute spike. Meg goes on the hunt for Karen so she can reunite mother and son and finds herself involved in smuggli ...more
Christina
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Susan
Newly married, Meg Langslow is not sure that she's maternal enough to want to start a family. Then an old friend leaves two-year-old Timmy with her--just for a short time--and promptly disappears. Meg and her family must look after the toddler, while Meg tries to find Karen, who may be on the run from the police, or who may be dead. Meg's newly-discovered grandfather, meanwhile, has Meg's father busy fighting all kinds of animal abuse, and keeping both birds and snakes in the far reaches of Meg' ...more
Jmlwallis
Good book. I liked the amount she knew about children. The mystery was great. Surprise ending.
Lacey
Picked this one up for a plane flight and a trip with my daughter to Wisconsin. Donna Andrews writes consistently light and enjoyable mysteries. They are reasonably literate, and have interesting, strong heroines. Some of them are laugh-out-loud funny, like Murder with Peacocks, which I revisit again and again. Some, like the Turing Hopper ones, are unconventional and interesting. However, a number of the ones in the bird series are forgettable, and for me this was one of those--a pleasant way t ...more
Daffodil
Donna Andrews usually does a great job mixing humor and mystery in this series, this book just fell a little short of past efforts. The five miles above the speed limit car chase toward the end did get a snicker from me, but something (or someones) was missing in the overall scheme. Timmy added a new element, but he seemed to take over the book. Meg's mother, father, grandfather and cousin Rose-Noir made very brief appearances. Brother Rob and husband Michael played slightly bigger roles, but th ...more
Mascanlon
A new Meg Langslow is always a reason to leave the library smiling. As usual her extended family adds to the complications in her life. Whats her dad up to with his newly found curmudgeonly zoologist father? So when she reluctantly agrees to babysit for the 2yr old son of a friend she hasn't see in ages for "just a little while" you know the fun and mytery has just begun.
I found the plotting in this book stronger than usual and I always enjoy reading light hearted cozies. Donna Andrews is one of
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Susan
More adventures for Meg and the gang.
Linda
this is a cozy mystery
Margaret
Enjoyable. Then forgettable.
Kat Chan
An incredibly well-written book and such an enjoyable read. The only thing holding me back from giving it five stars is that the murderer was obvious to this reader but not the protagonist by p. 167 of a 296 page book. So sadly nearly the entire last half of the book I knew who the BBG (Big Bad Guy/Gal) was. This is literally the first Meg Lanslow book where I've had this disappointment and it did not change that Andrews is an incredible writer. I just hope this issue won't pop up in any of her ...more
Sheila Beaumont
I've loved all the books so far in the delightful, laugh-out-loud Meg Langslow series. In this one, we find Meg reluctantly babysitting a rambunctious two-year-old boy who is very attached to a stuffed toy kitty named Kiki, an embezzlement scheme at the local university, various snakes, an assortment of exotic birds, "laundered" finches, and a large cast of eccentric characters, including several suspects. If you like lighthearted, fun mysteries with wacky, likable characters, you'll enjoy this ...more
Nancy
LIght-hearted mystery series
Emma
Another funny and delightful Meg Langslow Mystery!
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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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