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Terns of Endearment: A Meg Langslow Mystery

(Meg Langslow #25)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,093 ratings  ·  191 reviews
A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Toucan Keep a Secret.

Meg Langslow's grandfather has been booked by a cruise line to give lectures on birds and other environmental topics as part of their ship’s education/entertainment itinerary, and Grandfather has arranged for a passel of family members to join him.

ebook, 304 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Mark Baker
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Meg Langslow’s grandfather has taken a job on a cruise ship for one voyage presenting nightly lectures on animals and the environment. Primetime, the cruise line, has offered a discount, so Meg and several other family members have joined this cruise to Bermuda. However, things don’t go as planned. The first morning as sea, the passengers wake up to find that the ship is dead in the water. Then, as the captain is briefing the passengers on the situation, another crew member bursts into the ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the first book I read in this series and won't surely be the last.
I loved the likeable and well written cast of characters, the setting, and found the plot engrossing and entertaining.
The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
"Terns of Endearment" is clever, a little convoluted, but nicely done. It gets meta with the writing group and publishing gossip, but it's also interesting. The story's not side-splitting as the blurb says but it is humorous, and it kept me reading; I finished it in a day. Meg and her extended family take a trip aboard a cruise ship from a new cruise line, one that is poorly run and not entirely ethical. You may not want to take a cruise after reading this story, lol. Murphy's Law doesn't just ...more
Kate Baxter
Oh my! I've never been on a cruise and after reading this wonderfully crafted cozy mystery, somehow I doubt I'll ever step aboard to do so. Author Donna Andrews delivers another amusing story of protagonist and professional blacksmith, Meg Langslow, and her quirky yet wonderfully creative and gifted family.

Meg's grandfather, Monty Blake, a well renowned zoologist and environmentalist, has been hired by Pastime Cruise Line to provide lectures on birds and other nature topics as edutainment
I giggled throughout this book. It's what I expect out of this series, and it didn't let me down. The characters are kookie, but they're the adorable type. We're not in Caerphilly this go around, but stranded in the Bermuda Triangle, stressing out Rose Noir quite horribly. There is an awful lot going on, but it was all good fun. On the plus side, I didn't peg all parts of the mystery. (Not that I read these for the mystery, but it's fun when I don't figure all of it out). I can't wait for ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
in this 25th book of the series Meg is off on a cruise with her family, her grandfather booked the ship so that he could give lectures on one of his favorite subjects, birds. Things start off well but when they wake up one morning to find themselves broken down, and in the Bermuda Triangle of all places things take a different turn for the worse. One of the passengers seems to have committed suicide leaving only an note and her shoes behind making everyone one wonder what brought her to that ...more
Grace Koshida
Meg Langslow's grandfather Dr. Blake has been booked to give lectures on a Pastime cruise to Bermuda. Most of his family members have joined him for a fun vacation. But the trip turns into a nightmare when the ship is dead in the water without power and in need of repairs. Things get even worse when a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. Why would celebrated romance author Desiree St. Christophe commit suicide? The diva was disliked by a writers' group who ...more
Dawn Michelle
Murder on the high seas - NOT exactly what Meg Langslow and her family signed up for when they join her Grandfather on a cruise where he will be lecturing. Never mind that the ship and its crew seem hinky, the rooms are not exactly as promised and the food is iffy, when a passenger goes missing, then all the crew members disappear and the captain cannot be found, I am SURE it has nothing to do with the fact that the ship is stalled right in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Nope, that cannot ...more
Sue F
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and really enjoyed a bunch of the early titles in this series, published back in the early 2000s. Then, between kid-raising and stressful job and a bunch of other stuff, I sort of lost track of this series, so I was happy to receive an ARC of Terns of Endearment from the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. And in the process of reading this most recent title, I remembered why I liked the series so much way back when. Sometimes in long-running series, the later books can ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I have always believed there is no such thing as a bad cruise, this book has proved me wrong.
Meg's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, has been hired by the budget cruiseline Pastime to give educational speeches while on his way to Bermuda to film a documentary. However, when the company offered an extremely generous discount for any family or friends wishing to accompany him, they did not expect 12 of the clan to take them up on their offer.

After only one happy day on board ship, Meg
Marilyn Fontane
Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews is not set in Caerphilly, but rather on a cruise ship on the high seas on the way to Bermuda, where Meg's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake is giving a series of lectures on the birds, fish, and sea creatures they see as they sail. But they don't sail long; the ship stops and apparently no one on the minimalist crew can fix it. No electricity, no running water, no refrigeration for the food and drink, no light, no air-conditioning, no phone reception or ...more
Jennifer Dombrowski
This is book number 25 of the Meg Langslow series of books by Donna Andrews. I read How the Finch Stole Christmas last year and loved it. I don't know what has taken me so long to read another book in the series.

I can honestly say how happy I am that I picked this book to read! I plan to read the rest of the series for sure.

There was more than one mystery in this book. There is the mystery of what the captain believes is the suicide of Desiree St Christophe that Meg and her family think is
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donna has once again placed our intrepid heroes in a dire situation where lives are on the line and only Meg and her band of family misfits can save the day. Or in this case a cruise ships passengers.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Donna Andrew's Terns of Endearment is all about a cruise gone wrong. A lot of Meg Langslow's family and friends are onboard a lesser-known cruise line when things start going horribly wrong.
Terns of Endearment was an original plot and I enjoyed that very much. I also liked the cruising part up to a point.
There were a lot of characters and I found that hard to keep up with at times. I also felt like the story drug in places.
This was not the best Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery but was still
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Andrews neatly managed to get a large portion of Meg's family in one place by putting them on a cruise ship, stranding it, and having multiple murders on board. Again, I am astounded at Meg's ability to have everyone but her take care of her twins. While I wouldn't call it side splitting, there was enough humor to amuse and take my mind off the horror of both murder and a cruise ship with no electricity, no running water, no way to contact the shore, and a crew struck with food poisoning or ...more
Come sail away with Meg and family as they take a cruise on the high seas. Not only does everything go wrong, but there are mysterious murders. Mayhem abounds when Meg is around. Nice twisty plot and just a fun read for when one needs to take their mind off of more serious matters.
Eileen Lynx
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun story that takes place on a cruise ship.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun adventure with Meg's extended family, this time stuck on the cruise from hell. I was a little taken aback that the twins seemed to have regressed in age - I don't think it actually specified how old they are, but the portrayal seemed younger than in the previous book. Of course, minor details like ages never seem to matter, as everyone is somewhat ageless in this series.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silly, silly, silly. If you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy it. Great fun.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Wow, book 25 in this series! I am finally caught up except for #26 just released a week (ish) ago :) This installment took place on an ill fated cruise ship sailing near the Bermuda Triangle. I enjoyed listening to this one :)
Anna Fox
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying this series enough that I've gone back and started at the beginning. I really enjoy Meg's and Michael's relationship and how they work together to raise their kids and solve the mystery. The mysteries always keep me guessing.
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg's grandfather has been asked to lead a series of bird talks on the cruise line Pastimes. In return, he got a friends and family discount. So the entire clan has packed up and headed to Florida to get on the boat. Even waiting to embark is sending up red flags since the porter does not seem willing to take aboard her family's 32 bags. The trip only gets odder after Meg meets a group of 4 writers who had a friend die recently; the woman they blame, Desiree, has also joined the cruise. It ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
When Meg Langslow’s grandfather agrees to share some of his legendary bird knowledge through a series of lectures on a cruise to Bermuda, of course the whole family has to go along. Grandfather, obviously, as well as his wife, Meg’s mother, aunt, father, cousins, brother, her brother’s fiancee, and her husband and their twin sons all together go to sea for a fun-filled vacation.

While they’re not booked on one of those gigantic ships, there is still more than enough to keep everyone occupied at
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #: 50
Title: Terns of Endearment (Meg Langslow #25)
Author: Donna Andrews
Popsugar Category: Basic: A book about a family
Popsugar Category: Basic: A book featuring an amateur detective
Goodreads Category: A book featuring an elderly character (Her grandfather is 90)
Goodreads Category: A book with more than 500 pages (large print version)
Goodreads Category: A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (crime/mystery)
Goodreads Category: A book with a criminal character (murderer)
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Twenty-Fifth Meg Langslow Mystery

Finally giving into requests Meg's grandfather has joined the cruise ship lecture circuit. With the offer of heavily discounted fares for family and friends, the whole clan has joined him for an environmental cruise to Bermuda. While Michael and the twins spend time playing miniature golf, her mother takes tea, and Rose Noir attempts to protect the ship and its passengers from the Bermuda Triangle, Meg befriends a group of
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, arc
Meg Langslow returns in Donna Andrews 25th bird-themed mystery, Terns of Endearment. This time Meg and her amazingly frustrating/helpful family are taking a cruise to Bermuda. Meg's grandfather has been hired to give lectures on the cruise as part of the entertainment and he takes along a good chunk of the family with him. The trip quickly heads south as the ship breaks down in the middle of the ocean and one passenger jumps overboard. Whether the woman jumped by herself or was helped overboard ...more
I admit that my sister is the big Donna Andrews/Meg Langslow fan in the family. However, in Terns of Endearment, there was less outrageous behavior than I expected. Meg was a capable, organized amateur sleuth, and she handled a terrible crisis with aplomb.

When Meg Langslow's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, signs on for the cruise ship lecture circuit, his contract allows him to bring others along. Fifteen members of the family and his team accompany him. Trevor Ponsonby-West, his
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quirky and comedic adventure featuring the unflappable Meg Lanslow. On an educational cruise featuring her famous naturalist grandfather, her mystery addicted dad, a mother who can be an understudy for the royal family plus her patient husband and twin sons, Meg encounters several puzzling and dangerous events.
On her first day she meets a group of authors and befriends them. They are taking this trip to help then deal with the suicide of a fellow author and dear friend Nancy. She killed
Ashley Cate
Terns of Endearment is the 25th book in the long running Meg Langslow series and I have to say that I enjoyed this book just as much as I have the previous books in this series. That's definitely not always the case for long running series. This installment takes place aboard a cruise ship where Meg's grandfather, renowned environmentalist Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, is giving a series of talks on the environment and different animal species. Several members of Meg's family were able to accompany ...more
This is my first encounter with the author and the series. Initially it seemed cute, a great setup, but the characters I'd like to have learned more about were left undeveloped, and those who were frequently encountered seem more vehicles for advancing the story than part of it.

Based on the start, this should have been very funny and somewhat tense, but for me the prose and story development were lacking. For example, introducing a group of key characters by describing them all in one paragraph
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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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