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Toucan Keep a Secret

(Meg Langslow #23)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,479 ratings  ·  212 reviews
A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Gull.

Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan Meg's friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the columbarium (the small building where cremated remains are held), Meg finds an
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Corey Definitely read them, although in order is not really a requirement. The series begins with "Murder With Peacocks", Meg and Michael are planning to…moreDefinitely read them, although in order is not really a requirement. The series begins with "Murder With Peacocks", Meg and Michael are planning to marry in "Cockatiels At Seven"(I think), and their twin sons make their debut in "The Real Macaw". Meanwhile, if the holidays are coming up, I recommend you delve into "Six Geese A-Slayin'" or "Duck The Halls"!(less)

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Kate Baxter
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars out of 4

This is yet another charming addition to the Meg Langslow Mystery series.

The book opens with Meg on rotation to close up the church for the night when she hears a banging out by the columbarium. Our fearless Meg investigates yet has enough sense to call 911 and keep dispatcher Debbie Ann on the line while she checks on the goings-on. Of course, what does she find but a freshly dead parishioner among the disturbed ash niches of other long since passed parishioners as well as a
Mark Baker
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Meg Langslow is taking a turn locking up the Episcopal Church in town. She's part of the brigade helping out since Reverend Robyn Smith is out on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Meg just about has everything taken care of when she hears a pounding coming from the columbarium. When she goes to investigate, she finds several of the crypts have been opened, and the dead body of Junius Hagley on the ground. Mr. Hagley was a grouchy old man who Meg and her mother secretly call one of the ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
A self righteous snoops finds a body in her church's columbarium. She looks into things, and accomplishes nothing except criticizing every other character in the book. Eventually the mystery sort of solves itself. The toucan in the title doesn't talk but the murderer doesn't know that. Other than that, it's barely in the book, but does make a mess where ever it goes.

Not much of a mystery, and the sleuth doesn't appeal to me at all.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this next book of the series it is Meg's turn to close up her church after a nightly meeting being held there because their Reverend is pregnant and on bed rest. While locking up and checking on their guest, a toucan the Rev. Robyn is fostering Meg hears a banging noise. The noise sounds like its coming from the church's crypt so Meg goes off to investigate. What she finds is the dead body of one of the church members and several of the niches have been tampered and among the ashes a ring. ...more
Kathy Davie
Twenty-third in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series set in Caerphilly, Virginia, (Yorktown) and revolving around a blacksmith-cum-mom and her family.

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I absolutely adore Andrews' Meg Langslow warm and cozy series for the small town feel and all the compassion that abounds throughout the town. Sure ya got yer curmudgeons and bad guys…what's a story without 'em? But they take care of each other and figure out ways to help so it doesn't hurt. I just love, love, love it!

It's first person
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been randomly this series as audio books become available at my library. Full of zany characters -- Meg's family is hilariously quirky! And I love the comedic plot twists. An elaborate mystery with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing (and grinning) right to the end.

Bernadette Dunne's narration is incredibly entertaining. She has such a distinctive almost gravely voice that lends well to all the different characters and that makes for a captivating
RO G'ma
Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in Donna Andrews’ Mag Langslow mystery series. Ms. Andrews provides sufficient character background to allow this book can be read as a standalone. The mysteries are well plotted and the characters well developed in this steadily paced book. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband, Michael, and their twin sons, Jamie and Josh. She’s locking up Trinity Episcopal Church and
Donna Andrews' very delightful 23rd Meg Langslow Mystery, Toucan Keep a Secret, was very quickly read by this cozy enthusiast in just a few hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Our heroine, Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she hears a loud banging and sees a light in the supposedly empty (well, except for the dead people!!!) crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a member of the vestry who's been bludgeoned to death with a crowbar, and also the scattered ashes and broken ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews is the 23th book in the Meg Langslow series, and another great addition. One evening Meg Lanslow is locking up the Episcopal
Church when she hears hammering in the columbarium and goes to investigate, finding a dead body and some open cremated remains. Determined to keep Rev. Robyn Smith calm while she is on bed rest for her pregnancy, Meg investigates. I love this series, and the wonderful characters. Caerphilly sounds like a great town, with all their
Dawn Michelle
Oh how I love these books!!
Once again Donna Andrews delivers a great book, full of fun, relatable characters, a very good mystery and laughter throughout the whole book.
Meg, Michael and the Twins are just such a great main base family and add all of Meg's kooky family that swirls around them and then the characters of the town of Caerphilly just top everything off like a lovely cherry on top of a fantastic ice cream sundae!

This adventure features mostly Meg and her father with showings from
Nancy Haddock
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks goodness my library system had this book! It's another outstanding, fun mystery with a few new characters and some golden oldies. That is, established characters. Ms. Andrews's books totally suck in me in every time, and I love my visits with Meg and her family and friends. Laugh out loud? Yes! Multiple times. Now I'm anticipating the next one!
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I find these novels very satisfying. Not necessarily for the mystery but more as a window into the world of an utterly competent get-it-done kind of individual. I want to be Meg, but without the dead bodies.
Fairly short for this series - and though I did like it, it was lacking the family interactions that make the series charming. There are glimpses of her eccentric family members but they are largely in the background, with Meg rushing from one location to another. I also felt the mystery could have been fleshed out better. Still a decent read, just not a favorite in this series.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It started of well enough but lost tempo to the end. It was a nice and pleasant beach read, but nothing special. There was some detecting done by Meg, but after all she just stumbled into the way of the culprit. Perhaps I already have red to many of the Langslow Books, but I liked the old ones better because there was more going on.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meg for President!

Capable, good natured, totally unflappable Meg can solve any problem that comes up, with creativity and efficency. With her large, crazy family, she has access to unlimited manpower and skills.

Meg is one of my very favourite characters in fiction. If she were president of the USA, America would have all their problems solved in no time.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all twenty-three books in this wonderful series and this one is my new favorite. Meg and her family have such a love of life, living it as it comes, This time Meg is locking up the church after the vestry meeting and hears banging coming from the columbarium - please don't confuse it with a crypt - and sees a light inside when it shouldn't be there. Just like the dead body shouldn't be there. Somebody has been trying to pry off the plaques from various niches with a crowbar then ...more
Mary Ann
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Rev Robyn is pregnant and on bed rest. In her place, many of the parishioners are covering the things Robyn would normally cover. It is Meg's turn to close up the church and make sure that everything is working okay. As she is collecting the Toucan, that Robyn was caring for, for a young man who has been sent to sea, and the key to the church van, she hears knocking and it seems to be coming for the cemetery. She goes to investigate and discovers that one of the old-timers, who doesn't' like ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How does Donna Andrews keep coming up with all of the bird puns? She is so clever, and I really enjoy her sense of humor.

“Toucan Keep a Secret” is a typical Andrews book. The heroine is Meg Langslow, worker in wrought iron, wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter and sometime sleuth; and the rest of the gang is all here, too. The setting is Caerphilly, VA, which would be a very odd little town indeed if it were real. (And oh, how I wish it were real!) In this book, Meg is helping fill in at her
Theresa de Valence
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I was fortunate enough to win TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna Andrews from Laurie Ham at Kings River Life Magazine ( Thanks, Laurie.

To prepare for sleep, I re-read light hearted books (can't be kept awake by the plot). Meg Langslow series books are in rotation for my bedtime reading.

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET is Meg Langslow #23. The church has an underground crypt from which loud noises emanate, then a body is discovered. I was much too interested in what would happen next to
Diane Hernandez
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Toucan Keep a Secret about a thirty-year-old robbery and murder.

By all accounts, Junius Hagley was not a nice man. Frustrated by the paperwork to disintern his wife’s cremated remains, he took matters, and a crowbar, into his own hands to rectify the situation. When someone interrupts, and then murders him, Meg investigates for Pastor Robin, who is on pregnancy bedrest.

It’s always a pleasure to return to Meg’s world. After 23 books, her family and friends feel like my friends too. I would have
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Twenty-Third Meg Langslow Mystery

With Reverend Robyn Smith on bed rest, Meg Langslow is on duty at Trinity Episcopalian. Loud banging interrupts her from securing the church for the night and leads her to the graveyard only to find Julius Hagley, one of the Muttering Misogynists, dead inside the vandalized columbarium. Did he interrupt an intruder or did the women in the vestry finally have enough of him? Or was his murder somehow connected to an old
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-virginia
Meg Langslow discovers the body of a vestry member when she's locking up the local church. What's almost as bad, she finds that the columbarium has been vandalized. But why would the ashes of these particular people, including a "John Doe," be disturbed? Meg is asked to represent the church in dealing with the next-of-kin, to see if they want their loved ones reinterred, but some of them are hard to find. And almost all of them want to talk about a thirty-year-old jewel robbery, largely because ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This series keeps me amused - and this one didn't have me wanting to shake Meg for being an idiot, or her mother for being a pain.

It was kind of a stretch to work the bird motif in, but she did. I like how the potential murderers and robbers were plausible, and plentiful. The story moved quickly and Ragnar is a hoot. I'd like a house like his.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very clever and humorous plot. A winner in my opinion.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed listening to this audio book on my short commute. Almost caught up on the series now :)
Mary Barna
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love her books and will read them again and again. This is a tad more serious than usual.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg stumbles upon a body and vandalism in the church crypt one evening while locking the church up for Rev Robyn, who is on bedrest. Robyn asks her to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed by the killer. Turns out they are all, at least peripherally, tied to a 30 year old jewel robbery. - the victim (who probably arranged the whole thing), a couple of the robbers, the guy who was working security that night, a guy who was working at the funeral home & a John Doe. The ...more
This was my first time reading a book from this series and Toucan Keep a Secret may be the twenty-third book in the Meg Langslow series but I did not feel lost at all when I read the story. There is a history with the characters but the author did a great job of adding enough background history that I caught on to everything quickly. The story itself started out with a bang as Meg was working late one night covering for Reverend Robyn Smith who was out of the office due to being on bed rest. All ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband and two young sons. Since the current female pastor is on bed-rest during the last weeks of her pregnancy, Meg and other members of the Trinity Church have volunteered to lock up church and check on Admiral Nimitz, a bird the pastor is taking care of while its owner is deployed, every night. During her turn as the locking up person, Meg hears loud banging somewhere on the church property. Checking this noise out, she finds a dead church member in ...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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