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How the Finch Stole Christmas!

(Meg Langslow #22)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,023 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens' A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager.

The show must go on, even if the famous―though slightly over-the-hill―actor who's come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

In this 22nd book in the 'Meg Langslow' series, Meg - who's a blacksmith, wife, mother, and amateur sleuth - helps save animals from an unscrupulous purveyor and assists in the pursuit of a killer. The book can be read as a standalone, though familiarity with the characters is a perk.


It's almost Christmas in Caerphilly, Virginia and Meg Langslow is assisting her husband - actor and drama professor Michael Waterston - stage an elaborate production of 'A Christmas Carol.'

Michael hires Malcol
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meg Langslow's husband, Michael is directing the annual charity benefit production of A Christmas Carol. Instead of Michael's usual one man show, this time they have hired a big-name actor to star in the production, but Malcolm Haver has been a problem from day one. He's a raging alcoholic, chronically late, and just a complete pain. Both Meg and Michael hope that having Haver in the cast will boost ticket sales, if his out of control drinking doesn't wreck the entire production. Haver's contrac ...more
Mark Baker
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
This Christmas, Meg’s husband Michael has turned his one-man production of A Christmas Carol into a full play. In an effort to bring in more people to watch, Malcolm Haver has been cast as Scrooge. Malcolm is best known for a part in a cult TV show from 30 years ago, but he does have a loyal fan base. Unfortunately, he also has a habit of showing up late and drunk. In an effort to find out where Malcolm is getting his alcohol, Meg follows him from the theater one day. Where will Malcolm lead her ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
This entire series by author Donna Andrews is so fun. She knows who to write a great mystery that keeps the reader's attention, and make us laugh while doing so. Just when I think she can't come up with another original story for this series, she puts out a book like HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and I know I'm going to stay hooked, and looking forward to the next! ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was supposed to be a Christmas read but I had to wait this long til the reserve came in. I always enjoy these.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Donna Andrews comes back strong with How the Finch Stole Christmas!, the 22nd book in Andrews’s Meg Langslow series. In the previous Christmas books in this series, we have seen Michael, Meg’s theater professor husband, perform a dramatic recitation of A Christmas Carol to raise money for the local book bank. This year, he has expanded the performance into a complete cast production that will raise money for many of the programs run by the city of Caerphilly, VA throughout the year. To create an ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Meg Langslow is back again. Despite just chasing down errant seagulls just a few months ago (Gone Gull), she's back this Christmas season to celebrate How the Finch Stole Christmas! And to share in the joy of the holiday season, she has brought her whole crazy family to the party, along with special guests. 

For this year's Christmas in Caerphilly Festival, Michael decided to change his one-man A Christmas Carol into a full cast, and the town put up the money to hire a well-known actor for the ro
3.5 stars

I am so far behind in this series, sigh. But I just couldn't pass this up when the opportunity to review it arose. Fortunately, the story worked even though I was behind. I think it would probably work as a stand alone even if you've read none of the preceding books. Andrews sprinkled in the necessary back info and character info as needed, sparing us an info dump, and making it easy to understand what was going on.

The story was set at Christmas time, and it made effective use of the ho
Clare O'Beara
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, america-crime
I enjoy the mystery books about blacksmith Meg Langslow and her extended family in Caerphilly. Here the folks are doing something quite usual for a change; putting on a Christmas production of A Christmas Carol. In trying to keep the visiting big-name actor away from drink, Meg discovers an out-of-town pet hoarder and puppy mill, ready to sell pets for Christmas. A hiker has been found dead early in the tale, and when a second death occurs it starts looking like murder.

The finches of the title
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
September 12th I finished Donna Andrews upcoming holiday themed Meg Langslow Mystery, How the Finch Stole Christmas. This one is out October 24th and published by Minotaur Books. I love the cover, and this is the first in series I have ever read. Even though I had not read the series, I found this was easy to follow and I was pleased that it was not at all predictable. Having read similar themed Christmas cozies, I was sure I had it all figured out but I was really thrilled that Donna did not ta ...more
Jammin Jenny
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in Virginia. The characters were well developed and the story line had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I did guess who the main villain was near the end before it was revealed, which is always nice when I'm reading a cozy. I would recommend this book to people that love animals, cozy mysteries, and holiday stories.

I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-book
Love this light-hearted series and this is a great Christmas romp in Caerphilly. There were a few glaring editing errors that sort of surprised me. In one place it said himself instead of myself which made absolutely no sense at all. I am wondering if these types of errors are more prevalent in ebooks? I am also wondering just how old Spike the dog is now since he was around well before Meg’s twins who are now ten year olds.
Nancy Haddock
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Donna Andrews never, ever disappoints! This newest Meg Langslow mystery delivers the characters (sometimes wacky), the plot, the laughs, and the action that doesn't let the reader go! ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first Meg Langslow book I have read although it is the 22nd book in Donna Andrews’s series. In this Christmas adventure, Michael, Meg’s theater professor husband, is producing "The Christmas Carol" to raise money for various programs in Caerphilly, Virginia. To create an even bigger draw than having Michael star as Scrooge, they have hired a former star who is having issues due to his alcoholism. Michael finds out that the university has allowed the agent to insert language into the ...more
Dawn Michelle
OH how I love these books. Totally and completely love them. And all the wacky characters that come with them.

This time around, Michael [Meg's husband] is putting on The Christmas Carol as a whole, instead of as a one-man play as he has always done. And he has managed to persuade a "has-been" actor to play the part of Scrooge. But that man has a drinking problem and things are not going well. Especially when they find out that someone has been supplying him liquor after everyone had been warne
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

My feelings on this are slightly complicated. Overall, I really enjoyed it. My only issue is that parts of the story had a disconnected feeling to them. Other than that, it was great.
Westminster Library
I am so happy I made the goal to read this series so close to Christmas.
The holiday books seem very uplifting. In this story Haver, a guest actor, has Meg on her toes trying to keep him sober. While she is trying to find the "bootlegger" supplying him with alcohol, she stumbles on a huge case of animal smuggling and a murder. The family is around in key positions to aid the pursuit of the murder. Michael's "The Christmas Carol" with full cast is a great production. Will Michael get his chance to
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy, holiday
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I am a huge Meg Langslow mystery fan! I binge-read the entire series up through book 20, then had to wait (rather impatiently) for books 21 and 22.

How the Finch Stole Christmas is another delightful story in the series. I really enjoy the Christmas-themed mysteries, and was glad to see Meg's husband continue on with his "Dicken's A Christmas Carol" show. This time, he changed from a one-man show to a full production, with Meg as the stage manager (while still working for the mayor) and their tw
Paula Ratcliffe
This book follows Meg and her husband Michael whose been working with a very difficult actor to put on A Christmas Carol which is making the Ebeneezer a saint compared to the actor named Malcolm Haver they are trying to keep sober and in line. Meg also finds herself knee deep in finches and can't figure out why other than her grandfather trying to foster finches all over town! When a local renter Johnny Willimer winds up dead and no idea what happened Meg finds herself more questions than answer ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With all apologies to some of my other cozy mystery authors ( Ellery Adams) this is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and the only problem I have with it is waiting so long for each new one. Donna Andrews is a smart and funny writer who has managed to create characters that are believable and make you want to know them. Meg and her husband Michael, her father and mother, her grandfather and grandmother, the twins and the rest of the extended family all have their own quirky and wonderful ...more
Hilary Williams
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to believe that I have been reading this series since 1999 This is the 22nd book and not a clinker on the shelf. Andrews still tells a fine story with all the eccentric characters readers have come to expect. Probably should have waited till closer to Christmas to read it but couldn't wait. ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received this book as a Christmas joke by my son-in-law, but after reading it, I'm now planning to read the entire series. The humor is warm and clever and the cast of characters make you want to be in that small town, celebrating Christmas with friends, eating that home-cooked food. Plus, I'd really love to see one of those little finches who inspire the mystery that Meg Langslow solves. ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Tigers and kittens and puppies, oh my! Every visit to Caerphilly is a delight! An already hectic schedule is complicated by an unreliable actor, animal smuggling, holiday preparations, and of course, murder. These later books are less zany than the earlier books but they are just as much fun.
I picked up How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22) by Donna Andrews as a lark - it looked like a cute cozy mystery to listen to during the first week of December. I was not disappointed! The characters and story line were engaging, and I really enjoyed meeting the residents of the town of Caerphilly while they readied the town for their production of A Christmas Carol. A 5-star read (well, listen!) for me, and I will most certainly look for the other Meg Langslow books. Of note: I rar ...more
Finches, puppies, cats oh my. Meg and her family or back. Bigger, crazier, with more confusion then even santa can take. Michael is putting on his annual christmas carol show this time he's the director with Meg as backup. They have a prima donna star that may or may not have committed murder and crazy fan girl stalker, animal mill with a tiger , chimps, cats, puppies , finches oh my. I love this series it's colorful without being gruesome well developed characters and backstory.
I received this
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward to spending time with Meg and her quirky, lovable family, as well as the regulars who appear in the stories. They've all become old friends, and I know I can just sit back and enjoy. This entry to the series definitely did not disappoint. If I had any complaint at all it would be not having sweetheart Rob around, outside of a phone call or two. And a couple of editing faux pas. But, otherwise, what a good read!

Already have the next book on the WL.
Kate Baxter
What a fun and lighthearted installment in the Meg Langslow Mystery series. Exotic animal smuggling and a long-in-the-tooth tippling actor playing Scrooge in the Civic presentation of, "A Christmas Carol". What could go wrong with all of that? Care to cleanse the palate after a heavy serious read; this book worked for me and I enjoyed every moment. ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-series
just a fun holiday read.
Ping Naka
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This series has become more and more cozy. So cozy that I’m starting to feel suffocated. The plot is good. A lot of fun. But it’s like one family that runs the town.

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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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