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Murder With Puffins (Meg Langslow #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,877 Ratings  ·  263 Reviews
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 disasterous events.

In an attempt to get away from her family, Meg 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 marooned by
ebook, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lisa Vegan
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Meg Langslow: 2
Not sure if it was the setting (stranded on an island during a hurricane) or second book blues, but this was not as good as the first book. Even though the author managed a plausible reason to pull together many characters from before, this one lacked the zany humor of the last book. Meg seems more moody and angsty in this one, which matched the overall dreary weather. The mystery story itself is not very focused, as Meg basically drags Michael all over the place pursuing one red
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute book. A standard "locked room" mystery, where in this case the locked room is an island off New England where Meg, her boyfriend, and her whole wacky family are stranded by storms.

I liked this book a lot better than the first in the series. The first was marred by Meg's friends and family constantly giving her "maid of honor" work to do. This book was a lot more of a standard, light, mystery.
For some strange reason, this book just felt like it took forever to read. I'm not sure if it was the writing, the characters or the storyline. I had to make myself finish it. There were humorous moments along with silliness. I liked the first book in this series and had hoped that the second would follow that pattern but something just didn't "click" with me. I certainly will try book three to see if I will continue the series.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I really like the main characters (meg and Michael), and I even like Meg's father, but I can't help but wish everyone else would go jump off a cliff. And if the author is going to go to all the trouble to set Meg up with a boyfriend, then there really should be a little more romance.

The mystery aspect of this book was much weaker than the first book. Boring, even.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-t-read-again, meh
I thought the first book in the series was delightful, but this felt like the exact same plot, with almost the exact same characters. The only difference really was the locale. This doesn't encourage me to read anymore of Ms. Andrews books, I must say. And for crying out loud, give Meg and Michael a break!
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Strangely, this seems amateurish compared t o the first book in the series. The plot progresses rather jerkily and there' s a great big hole around the police discovery of the murderer. The characters that were the strong point of the first book are rather cardboard and one dimensional in this one. Sometime I'll give t h e series another shot, but in general disappointed.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I really want to love this series and the characers..this was just boring. I'm giving the author one more chance with book #3 and then I'm done. I really hope it comes around because I love the titles of the books.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy family members always make a good story, and this family is just plain fun to spend time with.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series. Cute, light, entertaining. I'm vested in the characters, and so I will read on in the series.
excellent second in series. I love Puffins
A fun quick read while in Maine.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much as the first, but after reading some other reviews, that is apparently how most fans felt. They say it is worth it to keep reading, so I've picked up number 3 to try.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Murder with Puffins, the second book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series by Donna Andrews, Meg and Michael, in a desperate attempt to find some privacy after being forced to live with their respective families, flee to Meg's Aunt Phoebe's summer cabin on the island of Monhegan. This is a place where no one but the relatively few local residents and avid birdwatchers there to see the local puffins bother to visit as the island lacks all but the most basic of utilities. The Central Monhegan Powe ...more
Meg believes she is taking boyfriend Michael away for a romantic getaway only to learn that the small island to which they are going will be besieged by a hurricane, the island is overrun with birding enthusiasts, and the little cottage that is their destination is already filled with the family she thought she was avoiding so she and Michael will have no time alone. When she and Michael find the body of the town's most hated citizen dead, Meg quickly realizes she must solve the murder herself t ...more
Felicia Gardner
In this book you have Meg and Michael wanting to get away for the weekend. They set out to stay at her aunts cottage on Mohegan island, which they think is empty cause all the family is back at home. Come to find out they arrive on the island, after a bad boat ride and find her aunts cottage filled with her Mom, Dad, her Aunt Phoebe, Mrs. Fenniman, her brother Rob and of course the little dog Spike. Meg and Michael do not get to have their weekend get away. When there is a death on the island, M ...more
Dee Gurganus
This was my first read by Ms Andrews. While the mystery itself was good, I was not a fan of the every chapter having "puffin" in it.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immediately after her parents' wedding in the previous book, Meg and Michael decide to take off for some peace and quiet to her aunt's island cottage while the rest of the family is being loud and bossy elsewhere. But when a local malcontent is found dead shortly after threatening Meg, surely a few familiar faces couldn't make things any worse.

To get it out of the way, the writing is fantastic and the plot is fun and easy to follow. The solution is clever and the setting is enjoyable.

But without
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7, mystery, 2004
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy, and entertaining read. The characters are likable and relatable; Andrews has a gift for hilariously highlighting human quirks and foibles - both those we adore and abhor. The relationships are fun and almost absurd (except they are just crazy enough to be true!). A fun read that makes you want to live life fully, to get your family together and see what craziness could ensue, and to read the next book in the Meg Langslow series as soon as possible (make sure to read them in order ...more
The 2nd Book in Meg Langslow Series I'll start with the books can be read out of order (I found it hard to find many when I got to that in the order, but read what I could get in whatever order I could). In book two, Meg and Michael are finding it hard to find time alone. If they go to where Michael is staying, a couch in another professor's house, or where Meg is staying, her mother's house since the artist using her place refuses to vacate, they decided to go to her Aunt Phoebe's cabin on Monh ...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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