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We'll Always Have Parrots (Meg Langslow #5)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  3,045 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
In" We'll Always Have Parrots, Meg travels with her fiance Michael to a fan convention for Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle--a cheesy cult TV show on which Michael has a minor role. Michael hopes the weekend will give him a chance to talk Miss Wynncliffe-Jones, the show's temperamental leading lady and executive producer out of enforcing a certain provision in Michael's contr ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 415 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published November 12th 2003)
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May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's been to a SF&F convention
Shelves: mystery
This was just a fun brain candy book and why I liked it in particular was because it was set at a fantasy convention and, having attended SF&F conventions for the past 15 years, I could so totally relate to the setting. Costumed fans, boring panels, a dealers room, issues with the hotel, masquerades, auctions...yup, been there, done that!

Premise of the book revolves around Meg Langslow and her actor-boyfriend Michael, who is required by contract to attend a certain number of publicity event
Look, the crime itself is pretty average, but this book is a lot of fun. We get less of Andrews' main cast of characters than usual - we're limited to Meg, Michael, Meg's parents, and the occasional appearance from Eric, rather than the full family catastrophe that often shows up in the other books. Instead, we get a plethora of one-off (but generally fun) characters.

Basically, this is set at a con. So there's a ton of cosplayers wandering around, there's panels and autograph signings and scree
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Hilarious! I absolutely adored this one and although there are other cozy mysteries in my TBR pile, I'm probably going to keep working my way though this series first. I can't imagine why I didn't go back to the beginning and read them all long before this.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
For this outing in the Meg Langslow mysteries, we visit a convention dedicated to a cult television show. Meg's boyfriend is one of the stars, and she's along for the ride.

Of course, wherever Meg goes, someone dies (you would think she'd have fewer friends based on this), and she finds herself in the middle of a mystery, when all she wanted to do was sell a few swords and avoid her boyfriend's rabid fans.

Donna Andrews pokes gentle fun at the convention attendees who go to these shindigs, and w
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, southern
These books are super fun escapist reads that are quite amusing. They are full of madcap characters, acerbic wit, and an engaging main couple in Meg and Michael. This time, Michael's guest shots on a cult sci-fi TV show have turned him into a popular character with the fans. His time away from his real career as a drama professor at a small Virginia college is annoying his faculty as he is drawn into more live appearances and conventions. Meg attends a nearby convention with him where she is per ...more
I didn't really care about the murder part, Just because the whole of the story was a fun read. I think I liked this book better then the previous ones because her family was practically non-existent. They annoy me the most. :-)

Meg is with her boyfriend at a convention for his television show. There's tons of discussion panels, autograph signings, auctions, cosplayers galore, .... and a plethora of escaped monkeys and parrots. Don't forget Salome, the tiger! The mystery was more about who is/wa
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Meg Langslow: 5
For someone in a supposedly committed relationship, Meg's eye does seem to stray. Last book, it was Jack. This one it's Chris and Alaric. I'm a little confused about the timeline. The last book ended with Meg and Michael buying a house. This one is obviously set after quite a bit of time (Michael's acting career has taken off, and Meg has been to enough fan conventions to be a pro) yet they still appear to be house hunting. Unfortunately, none of these mysteries are reader solvabl
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-book-worms
I didn't find this mystery particularly clever or interesting. I found the characters pretty flat and boring if not just standard stereotypes. There were some mildly amusing moments, but nothing impressive enough to really pick up the novel. I felt as though the whole book was the same repetitive stuff over and over, and a whole chunk could've been cut out without any detriment to the plot line. Based on this book I wouldn't read any more in the series, and I wouldn't recommend this or the serie ...more
Adrienne Testa
Meg Langslow is supporting her boyfriend Michael by going to a fan convention of his television show. She figures she can sell some of her weapons as Michael does his thing. Then the Queen Bee is murdered, the hotel is over run with monkeys and parrots and Meg is on the case. She finds the Queen Bee dead in her hotel room, plenty of suspects yet no arrests. Meg digs deep to find the answers, only to come face to face with the killer. Its up to Meg to outsmart the killer before he kills her. Its ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
This review is from: We'll Always Have Parrots (Meg Langslow Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
Meg and Michael are at fan convention for the hit Television series Amblyopia. Meg's family that love custom parties are present. Monkeys and parrots have been released in the hole to ambience to the scene. The QB IS causing problems and it fills to Meg and Michael to handle them. After Meg fights with the QB, she is found dead. Meg's fingerprints are on the weapon. Meg must go back in time to find the answer
Nancy Baldauf
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far in the series. Lots of laughs.
Kathy Davie
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg Langslow - 5
Not as good as the first few, but still good.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg is taking a working vacation to a fan convention held in honor of the cult classic style TV show her boyfriend, Michael, has a small role in. He's off signing autographs as the evil wizard Mephisto while Meg is stuck at a dealer's booth. There's plenty of drama between the show's cast and crew, and none more than between lead actress Tamerlaine Wynncliffe-Jones and... everybody. She had a rare gift for pissing off every single member of her crew and alienating her fans, but she also owned th ...more
Janet McCord
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series and I like the way the writer writes with a humorous twist. I want to like it more, but I can only take it in limited doses. This one was better than most because the "eccentric" family is only onstage for very brief periods of time. Meg and Michael are at a "con" a fan convention for the TV show Michael has a limited role on. Since it's set in a jungle, OF COURSE there are live parrots, monkeys and a tiger roaming around the hotel. Add in murder and it's off we go... I like h ...more
Robbyn Porter
Oct 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started this series from the beginning and loved it, so I purchased them and have been reading them in order. Up until this one they were very funny and entertaining. THIS one has taken me over 2 months to read! I keep going to other books instead. It's difficult to follow because of the total weirdness of the setting. Meg goes with her boyfriend to a hotel convention for the TV show he's on. That part is fine. But the characters are so lame, all named after some medical lingo for body parts, wh ...more
Carrie Donohue
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, it's fast and frenetic and fantastic. Michael and Meg are doing a convention and her family is "helping".. a tiger, some monkeys and many parrots and mcaws and we have a setting for a great book. firmly give this book a 4.75 Meg's mom is hardly in it..
Marilyn Slusher
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg becomes involved with murder during a convention of Portiforia. You have to read to find out
Lindy Fullenwider
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little different....but not bad.
Sylvia McIvers
In the newer books of the series, Meg is a mom, not a blacksmith. I wanted some more Meg-with-iron. Oh, the irony...

Meg Langslow just wants to escape from her nosy family for a while. Her boyfriend is going to be guest of honor at a convention, and won’t that be the perfect weekend getaway? The monkeys in the lobby are only a hint of the chaos to come.

Donna Andrews creates hilarious situations not by mocking her characters but by arranging ridiculous situations. In ”We’ll Always have Parrots,” t
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual wit in a different setting with a more limited variety of relatives. Enjoyable as always. Killer was just a touch hard to figure out, good red herrings.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We'll Always Have Parrots is by far the silliest of Donna Andrews's bird-themed books, the fifth in the series. Meg Langslow has joined her actor boyfriend, Michael, at a fan convention for Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle, a TV show based upon a comic book from the 1970s.

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That Which is Fashionable Looks Costumey (is that a word?)     I recalled looking in my high school year book recently, and noticing, to my surprise, that from a distance of nearly two decades, the cool people didn't look nearly as cool anymore. The fashionable clothes and trendy hairstyles hadn't worn well. And all of the rest of us, the little people who'd despaired of ever being that cool--we looked rather normal. Time, the great leveler. Pg 213 "We'll Always Have Parrots" by Donna Andrews.
Meg's boyfriend is starring in the cult-classic show Porphyria, based on a series of comic books from the 1970s. Meg has agreed to go to the conference with him, ostensibly to sell the swords and daggers she makes (she's a blacksmith), but she ends up spending more time trying to solve the murder of the shrill diva at the center of the show, who made enemies every time she opened her mouth. Meg's task is complicated by the con, because someone decided it would be a great idea to decorate the hot ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, action
This book is well written and interesting in a way, yet, overall, I didn't really like it. This may be just me because I am not sure anyone else would care about the things I noticed. Also, humor is so subjective, you can't hit with everyone which does not mean your humor doesn't catch a lot of people. So here are my issues.

1. I didn't think it was funny. It was situational humor, which I like, but I think the other problems distracted me.

2. Parrots and monkeys get loose in a hotel. Apparently d
Tom Donaghey
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARROTS by Donna Andrews is a 2004 mystery set at a fan convention for a Sci-Fi television show called “Portia, Queen of the Jungle.” Ms. Andrew’s main character, blacksmith and girlfriend to Michael Waterston, Meg Langslow, finds herself trying to sell her swords and daggers to the weirdly outfitted fans of the show. Michael is one of the main characters on the show and cannot disappoint his fans, or the Queen B. (fill in the blank), who owns the rights to the show as well as ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I just took a break from both my reading challenge and the day's news to re-read this adventure that makes fun of television, fandom, cons, and let's Meg and her father solve another murder. One of my favorites from the series.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2016
In Donna Andrews's We'll Always Have Parrots, the 5th installment of the Meg Langslow mystery series, this fast-paced mystery had brought a Hollywood flair to this novel with a dose of humor. When the Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle convention arrived in Los Angeles, it had drawn a huge following of fandom from that cult fantasy TV show. As Meg and Michael landed there, things had gotten awry. Parrots and monkeys invaded the hotel, and the main actress was a force to be reckoned with, even behind ...more
Connie N.
#5 in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series

Meg is, of course, the one to discover a body at the comic book/TV show convention celebrating the popular show that Michael is on. The dead woman is instrumental to the show, so there's lots of questions about the status of the program after the weekend is over. Hilarious antics when the convention coordinators set up a jungle theme at the hotel, which includes live monkeys, parrots, jungle vines, and even a tiger. Secondary characters of hunky boyfrien
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cutesy mystery from Donna Andrews that feature Meg Langslow as the iron-artist turned sleuth. This is an okay story but it just wasn't a compelling page turner. There were parts and pieces that had me chuckling and smiling as I related to the fans of Profiria much like some of my friends and I relate to Trixie Belden. The mention of fanfic and the subsequent discussions about slash and such were really fun. But the parrots, the monkeys, Meg's parents, so much of it was nothing but unnece ...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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