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Murder with Peacocks (Meg Langslow #1)

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Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from
ebook, 396 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Reading for my local book group.

Meg has returned to her hometown for a chaos filled extended stay. She’s a bridesmaid for three weddings with three demanding brides and has her hands full with their ridiculous expectations. It’s the same old town, with the same uninteresting men, save for Michael, who is rumored to prefer men. Not only is he gorgeous but he’s intelligent and friendly and they become fast friends. Meg does her damndest to banish all lusty thoughts when they’re together but the me
Sensible Meg Langslow travels to her hometown city of Yorktown, Virginia to plan three weddings, deal with her family's crazy shenanigans, and solve a murder. Every once in a while I like a cozy mystery and thought this would fit the bill nicely. I was disappointed, however. The mystery in this is very flimsy, the identity of the culprit is pretty obvious, and the unveiling of the culprit comes out of nowhere and takes about a page. All in all, the whole mystery aspect takes up maybe 30 pages of ...more
Lisa Vegan
Oct 31, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like light & fun mystery books
Recommended to Lisa by: Sfdreams
Fun and easy read. One of those mysteries where the humorous story is more important than the mystery, and I often find these types of mystery books enjoyable. This is the first in the Meg Langslow series, and now I’d like to read the rest of the these books. This series may not be as unique or interesting as Donna Andrews's other series, the Turing Hopper series, where one of the main characters is a computer, but, like that series, it’s amusing, and I think I might end up enjoying this series ...more
Murder With Peacocks is the very first of the Meg Langslows, one of those "amateur sleuth" sorts of series. Meg is a blacksmith, of all things--which I think is possibly the coolest profession I've encountered thus far in any of the mysteries of this type. To go along with this profession, we are given a clear impression that Meg is not exactly of a dainty sort of build, of which I also approve. She's a Virginian by birth, who fled out of her hometown. This got her even more sympathy points from ...more
Meg Langslow is trapped a situation that could make even the most dauntless detective quail: she has somehow ended up as the wedding planner/maid of honor for not one, not two, but three Bridezillas. All of the weddings will take place within a span of two weeks, and the persnickety brides-to-be are forcing her to organize everything from hoopskirted bridesmaid dresses to Native American herbal marriage rites to ornamental peacocks for the lawn (as just one of “those little details that real
Book Concierge
ZERO stars.
Absolutely AWFUL. I had read some promising reviews of some of the newer books in this series, but I like to start at the beginning. No plot. Little character development. Inconsistent behavior. And, by the way, WHERE is the mystery? Yes, we have a couple of dead bodies, but no evidence of "working the case" until the explanation at the end. Huh?
All that I can say is I was laughing so hard at times my stomach was hurting reading about this quirky and wonderful family! The eccentric Langslow family is having quite the summer in their home town with three weddings to be organized and dear Meg has to be the one to plan them all. She plays the pivotal role as the brides are her best friend,her brother's bride-to-be and her own mother. Plans keep changing, murder happens, and Meg's father is investigating what may have happened to the victi ...more
Brooke Banks
When first reading this, I didn't like it. It was pretentious with a ridiculous cast of unbelievable rich white people running around like morons. The author hardly took any time to describe the places, or people for that matter, unless the Meg decided to use her so called wit to describe them. Like what the hell does the houses and rooms actually look like or Micheal the love interest for that matter, or good lord, Meg herself? I do however know what Berry the "slow" creeper Meg hates look like ...more
Murder with Peacocks is a thoroughly amusing read; I wouldn't say it's to the point of being laugh-out-loud as many of reviewers have described, but I certainly found the quirky characters, crazy situations and Meg's dry sense of humour quite funny. I'd recommend mystery fans not to pick this up with any expectations for real detecting or any suspense, however, because this aspect is surprisingly bare even for the cozy mystery subgenre.

At the expense of the mystery, this book is really a humorou
I am tempted to give this 5 stars, not because the writing was superb, the mystery absolutely enthralling and the characters deep - but because it was fun. I've read a lot of cozy mysteries so I suppose I've become a bit more critical about them. Murder with Peacocks remind's me why I first started reading cozies, because they are fun. And this one made me give some truly hearty laughs that, had I not been alone, would've probably earned me odd stares.

This has some things that I normally don'
I found this funny in parts. But it wasn't the book I wanted to read. The book I wanted to read was about murders, and its investigation. Instead I got murders and the main character, Meg, whining that those took her away from the more important things - her planning and organizing three weddings. It's interminable. It's tedious. I have no idea why the author thought it was ok to inflict tedious details such as addressing envelopes and what seem like a million dress fittings, which Meg herself f ...more
I have read many of the books in this series. However, I have never read the first one. I can't say I thought this first mystery was really great and I am glad I got hooked on Meg and her family by reading the books later in the series. If this had been the first book read, I probably would not have read any more.

So what didn't I like? I guess it was the way everyone used/took advantage of Meg and how Meg allowed it to happen. Meg was the maid of honor for three brides, mainly because the bride
I have no idea why I liked this book, I just know that I really did.

For a mystery it doesn't pack a great mystery punch. There are murders, people acting suspicious etc. But there is very little real detecting even in the relatively low-bar for amateur cozy-mystery sleuthing when measured on the Sherlockian Scale of Great Deduction.

Meg Langslow has allowed herself to be the unpaid wedding planner-dogsbody-whipping post for her mother (getting remarried), her brother's fiancee, and her best frie

The reason this book got a 3* rating was simply because it was easy to pick up and fall into Meg's life. The chapters are short and separated into days, and as the whole book falls into the the month of June (July?) and the month is packed with three weddings (and a couple of deaths), it takes up the whole book.

But at the end, to be honest, I felt it fell a bit short of 3*. It shouldn't be labeled as a cozy mystery but more a chick lit, with some mystery deaths included.

A couple of small i
Meg Langslow ist Kunstschmiedin und verzweifelt, denn sie plant derzeit gleich drei Hochzeiten auf einmal. Nicht ihre eigene sondern die ihrer Mutter, ihres Bruders Rob und ihrer besten Freundin Eileen. Alle drei Hochzeiten sollen innerhalb weniger Wochen hintereinander in ihrem Heimatstädtchen stattfinden. Als Meg in Yorktown ankommt, herrscht Chaos. Jede Braut hat ihre eigenen Pläne für ihren großen Tag und alle wollen, dass Meg persönlich sich darum kümmert. Da taucht plötzlich die Schwägerin ...more
Thomas Bruso
Not much on mystery, but Donna Andrew's debut featuring blacksmith Meg Lansglow is a hoot of a good book. Written with all the right ingredients for a perfect mystery: charm, romance, wit, crime, and a page-turning narrative, the novel is the beginning to a longstanding series.

Laced with Southern charm, the book includes a circle of well-drawn characters with dark secrets. Meg is up to her neck in weddings--three, to be exact--including her immediate family and far distant relatives. But when mu
This is one of my all-time favorite mysteries. I’ve read it three or four times already, and it always cheers me up and puts a smile on my face. The story is a little whacky, definitely over-the-top, and wonderfully entertaining.
There are already enough reviews that recount the plot, so I’ll just give you an idea of what I like about the book:

One of the reasons I enjoy this book so much is the main character, Meg Langslow. She’s incredibly practical and down-to-earth. Sure, she can occasionally
Once again, I have enjoyed wolfing down a silly but fun mystery. I read many different kinds of books for my job, and I love them all. But sometimes it is nice just to read a book that is pure pleasure. I can read it slowly and savor the new words (looking them up as I please) or skim and scan getting the gist of the story just to pass the time. It is so nice to be able to enjoy reading as a past time not a job.

Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews is a fun, silly, if somewhat predictable myster
Krista Ivy
This book reads like a comedy at first. It slowly unfolds into a story of a woman being the maid of honor in three different weddings all in the same summer (days apart). The comedy is not only found in the ridiculousness of the small town (woman especially), but in the situations themselves. It is a comedy that mixes with mystery and a touch of horror with the lengths that the killer is going to in order to cover their tracks. This being a comedy means that something that should end in the lead ...more
Murder with Peacocks was written by Donna Andrews, the Toastmaster of the convention. This series is set in Yorktown, Virginia and I spent some time growing up in Norfolk, so I am somewhat familiar with Virginia.

Meg Langslow has returned home for the summer to be the unpaid, unofficial wedding planner/wrangler/point person for not one, but 3 family members. Lots of crazy characters and antics are involved here along with the murder of a particularly unpleasant guest. There is also a romantic int
Wer hier etwas in der Art wie Stephanie Plum erwartet, wird enttäuscht sein. Auch wenn die Protagonistinnen sich gewissermaßen ähneln, die Art der Geschichte tut es nicht. Steht bei Plum die Kriminalstory im Vordergrund, so ist es bei diesem Buch doch eher der Chick-Lit-Teil. Das mörderische Rätsel nimmt allerhöchstens 25% der Erzählung ein, alles andere sind Hochzeiten und durchgeknallte Charaktere.
Unterhaltsam, aber nicht spannend und wenig mysteriös.
Connie N.
This is probably the best cozy mystery I've ever read and I can't wait to continue with this wonderful series. The writing is so seamless and funny, with lots of clever wordplay.
We meet Meg Langslow right away, when she has returned to her hometown to preside as maid-of-honor at 3 family weddings. All the brides (her best friend, her future sister-in-law, and her mother) are divas who expect her to do all the work, asking for more and more outrageous things, the most noteworthy being peacocks,
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery! I immediately fell in love with the quirky family, especially the father. The father is quirky, sweet, and decidedly macabre in a charming sort of way. The sheriff is rather frustrating, but a minor character so no need to deal with him too much. The mother is a strange, ethereal character with a whimsical quality that borders on being an airhead. The situations the main character falls into are comical and will have you chuckling to yourself no matter whe ...more
this book was just out and out cute. i laughed from page one. this is such a far cry from what i usually read, but it was so light and amusing i couldnt put it down. the mystery was simple to follow. like i said, light light reading. i fell in love with Meg's Dad in about two seconds flat. her family is hysterically eccentric. a good read for a lazy afternoon.
I read this book, so I know who the murderer is. But I don't want to talk about that. I want to talk about who the murderer should have been. It should have been the main character. If I were Meg, I would have single-handedly offed every single side character in this book- right down to the ring bearer. Horribly annoying, heinous people. The book should have been called "rich white Southerners are afraid of the buffet." It would be a better book synopsis. If you like to read about push-overs who ...more
I confess that I went into this series looking for a new Stephanie Plum-like series (by Janet Evanovich) to enjoy, so my expectations were set high based on this desire and the "hilarious" and comparable review quotes. While I didn't have any laugh-out-loud moments like the Plum books, I very much enjoyed the book and will continue with the series. The characters are wacky but some feel a little forced. You are told they are wacky instead of letting them reveal themselves more organically. But g ...more
Debbie Maskus
This murder series is set on the coast of Virginia, and follows the cozy mystery format. The series centers on Meg Langslow, a blacksmith artist, who visits her family hometown for the summer to plan and coordinate three weddings. The whole town seems to be related to Meg's family and the various characters provide much comic release. Meg's father is a retired doctor who loves gardening and his ex-wife. Meg's mother prepares for her wedding to a recent widower, and this will be the final of the ...more
I followed the 5 star recommendation of several of my Goodreads friends and downloaded #1 of Donna Andrews {Meg Langlslow series) Murder With Peacocks not realizing how much I was going to enjoy her extremely entertaining cozy mystery.

There is Good news and Bad news - The Bad news I can't figure out how I'm going to immediately find time to read all 17 in the series - The Good news I'm going to give it a good effort.

The Meg Langslow series
1.Murder with Peacocks
2.Murder with Puffins
3.Revenge of
Lindsay Boitnott
Lets start this review off with a disclaimer: I am not a wedding person. Period.

So you can understand how odd it is that I love a book whose plot works through THREE weddings. I first read Murder with Peacocks while planning my own wedding, and it was the perfect escape from the stress that comes from a mixture of excitement surrounding the pending nuptials and the pain of pleasing all family members involved in the ordeal. Meg Langslow and I were struggling through similar situations and her hu
Aug 15, 2007 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like to mix mystery and humor
Donna Andrews has a lively sense of the absurd. Part romance, part murder mystery, and part comedy of manners. Whoever thought that planning three weddings simultaneously could be such an entertaining -- and deadly -- process?
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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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