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Lark! The Herald Angels Sing

(Meg Langslow #24)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,430 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Away in a manger, asleep on the hay, Meg Langslow finds a little gift.

For four previous Christmases, New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews has delighted readers with holiday mysteries, full of Christmas cheer and starring her quirky characters. Now she gives us another hilarious new adventure in her award-winning Meg Langslow series with Lark! The Herald Angels
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Mark Baker
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2018
During rehearsal for the children's Christmas pageant at Trinity Episcopal, Meg is surprised to find a baby in the manger. Since it is just rehearsal, they weren't using an actual baby yet. Things get even more intriguing when Meg finds the note attached to the baby strongly implying that the Meg's brother Rob is the father. This couldn't have come at a worse time since Rob is about to propose to his girlfriend of two years. Who is the mother? Why did she leave the baby in the church? And can ...more
Dawn Michelle
I love this series so much! This is, hand down, in the top 3 of my most favorite series ever. I cannot even write a decent review without spoilers, so just know this. Meg and her family are knee=deep in again and this time, it may take the whole town to help get them out of trouble and on their way to a Merry Christmas. All the usual characters are in this one with a few new faces and it all is just so much fun!!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! This was a perfect Meg Langslow story! All the things I love about Meg, her family and friends, and the community of Caerphilly are on display in this delightful Christmas mystery. This one feels fresh with the murder taking place "off screen," and the aftermath as the focus of the story. I loved the women's shelter pieces of the story - they were woven in throughout the book and gave the town something to rally around. Highly recommend the whole series!
Kate Baxter
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a charming and delightful Christmas mystery with all the banter and wit we Meg Langslow fans have come to enjoy.

They're coming down to the wire. There's just 3 more rehearsals to go before Christmas Pageant showtime at Caerphilly's Trinity Episcopal Church. Our beloved protagonist and friendly blacksmith, Meg Langslow, is the director of this year's production and cannot wait until it's all over. But what's this? There's a live baby in the manger which isn't supposed to be there for this
Lori Cox
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Grasped for straws to have a Christmas themed book for our book club. May have to rethink this idea for next year as we haven't had much luck...unless anyone has suggestions? Short read with too many characters. Felt thrown together to get number 24 published quickly.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While Meg is organizing a Christmas concert, she discovers a strange baby in the manger.

Another madcap adventure while Meg tries to find, first the baby's mother, then the father who is fleeing from the nasty people of Clayville who have framed him for a murder he did not commit.
When they learn that the sheriff of Clayville has Mark (the father), a number of Caerphilly people set off to rescue him, themselves ending up in a Clayville jail cell.

Of course it is up to Meg to come up with a plan
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Lark! The Herald Angels Sing, book 24 of the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews, Meg gets involved in one of her wildest cases yet. While directing the practice for the children’s Christmas pageant at Trinity Episcopal Church, Meg discovers a real baby lying in the manger. Then she sees the note. It says that Meg’s brother, Rob, is the baby’s father. And this happens just as Rob is about to propose to Delany, his girlfriend of two years. Then when Rob shows up at the church upon Meg’s ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Light, fast-paced, funny Christmas centered mystery involving the Langslow family and most of Caerphilly.
Someone has left a baby in the manger during rehearsals for the Christmas program, Meg's brother might be the father (which throws a wet blanket over his proposal plans),there's an accountant being framed for murder, Grandfather Langslow is delivering lectures on the egg laying habits of cuckoo birds, and somehow Meg is up to her eyeballs in all this stuff. Actually the part I found most
Always enjoyable, but there wasn't much of a mystery to this one. The murder in this case happened off screen and in a different county, so it's dealing with the corrupt Clay County that is the main plot (Lark's parentage was quickly sorted out). I have to say that Ekaterina is hilarious, and I loved how the Shiffley woman just casually took out the power lines for Clay County.

It's nice to see the twins getting older, though that made me realize just how long I've been reading this
Denise Spicer
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super funny, zany caper mystery. Eccentric but lovable (mostly) characters, charming amateur sleuth Meg Langslow, sweet small-town ambience. This is a great Christmas read!
Carrie Donohue
Man this one was action from the get go! Very entertaining I loved the way Meg and Co saved the day!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gvl-pl-new, 2018-add
I totally enjoyed this book. Lots of laughs.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, so much so that I am going to check out this series. Seems like it might keep me busy a while since I think this was book 23? :)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I slipped this in between my other current reads as I was able to borrow the audiobook, but for a limited time.

It was another great series read. I did read it out-of-order, though, but will be going back to #23 before too long!
Fiona Mackie
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
I’d become a little disenchanted with the Meg Langslow series but this one has reminded me of what I love about this cozy series. A puzzling start, twists and turns plus an improbable but very satisfying resolution.
Eileen Lynx
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always a fun time
Kathy Davie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twenty-fourth in the Meg Langslow cozy (and funny) amateur sleuth mystery series set in Caerphilly, Virginia, a.k.a., Yorktown, and revolving around Meg and her family and friends.

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I want to visit Caerphilly at Christmas! It sounds as though they go all out to create a gorgeous setting for the townsfolk AND the tourists. I also like Michael's idea of hiring his drama students to provide the "street theater". As for the Waterstons' house. I want that too. I mean, two-story high bookcases in
Mary Ann
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I only borrowed this as an audiobook (just became available) and my daughter and I listened to the whole book on a road trip to Elizabethtown and back again. We were giggling over different sections of the book and cheering at other parts and just thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Meg is running the Christmas Program and when a baby is found in the manger, she has to prove that it isn't her brother's child and then find the real mom of the baby as she has been trusted to keep the baby because she
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has an interesting premise: an abandoned baby in the manager at Christmas.

Meg is designated as the most appropriate (and available) foster family to take care of the baby girl.

Pageant practice is put on hold while the town invades Clay County to locate the father, who appears to have been set up as a fall guy by the local families who run the county.

Meg is able to rouse the town choral groups and infiltrate the jail to determine if their intelligence is correct and to wait for the
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Donna is back on form with this newest entry. She has a formidable challenge in utilizing the extensive list of Meg's family members and friends in her books. In the last couple of books, I felt like many of them had little more than walk-on parts and were not fully realized. Lark! The Herald Angels Sing has the full cast, including her brother Rob who in the last few books was almost non-existent. The mystery plot was a good vehicle to move the characters along, and the culmination of the story ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
A Caerphilly Christmas including sheep, camels, a sheep dog, the two family dogs and a couple of llamas...A Meg Lanslow mystery, with the murder not at all central to the plot, showcasing all the elements that make Ms. Andrews books a treat to read. Getting the pageant going, ready for all the extended family coming for Christmas and rescuing family members and friends from the next county take up all of Meg's time and allow for some amusing situations. Not as funny as some of the earlier ...more
I hated the beginning. I hated the social worker. I understand that there is a certain suspension of reality when entering the world of cozy mystery series. Yet the incompetence of the social worker amazes me. Completely unrealistic. My ability to enter the fictional world of Caerphilly has soured. Social workers get a bad rap as it is.

The story improved, so it was salvaged for me. Unrealistic throughout but the caper was fun.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meg is helping with the Christmas pageant and finds a live baby in the manger. There is a note implicating that Meg’s brother is the father. He had been planning on proposing but his girlfriend storms out. The baby turns out to be part of something bigger. The two counties are fighting and everyone is in danger. An enjoyable book.
Barbara Cromer
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy read. Same type of plot, same type hectic pace of life, same, same. Like the characters, just wish there was a little different story outline.
Heidi Burkhart
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty crazy as the story was all over the place. It was still rather amusing. And it met my requirement of wanting to read a Christmas story.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-read
My fun Christmas read for January. The plot did tend to get a bit complicated but it all worked out in the end.
What can I say? It’s Meg and her family involved in mystery during Christmas preparations. A baby is found in a manger and it’s a rollicking adventure from then on.
Holly Ristau
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I was looking for something seasonal and light, and this was a little too much for me. It’s like the Pollyanna of murder mysteries. The bad guys are very bad. The good guys are very good. The bad guys break the law continuously with no consequences. The good guys beak laws all the time too, but it’s ok, they’re good guys. I enjoyed the way people in the community knew and cared for each other. Politeness abounded! But it was too silly...people endangering themselves and others, the local law was ...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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