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Owl Be Home for Christmas: A Meg Langslow Mystery

(Meg Langslow #26)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  72 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" (Toronto Globe and Mail).

The 26th book and the sixth Christmas mystery in the Meg Lansglow series, Owl Be Home for Christmas is yet another wonderfully merry and funny book from New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews.(Toronto
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Nancy Brady It isn't absolutely necessary, but Meg's family story-line grows with each book so it probably is easier that way. New characters are introduced with…moreIt isn't absolutely necessary, but Meg's family story-line grows with each book so it probably is easier that way. New characters are introduced with each book, and they are mixed with older characters though, and so it does help to know their history. Since I read them in order, maybe another reader might have a different opinion. (less)

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I have never read a Meg Langslow mystery and after reading book 26, I’ll be reading more! I loved the characters, the storyline was entertaining, and I learned a lot about owls which is always an added bonus when reading a cozy.

I also loved that while this is book number 26, the story was still fresh and it sounds like there is still more to know about Meg and her family. Excited to start from the beginning and a I’ll be reading more books in this series.
Dawn Michelle
Oh how I love this series, even 26 books in. These books are a rarity - they never get old, never feel like the same story over and over again with just new suspects and NEVER fail to amuse the heck out of me. The author, Donna Andrews, has such a way with words and it never fails that some character says something that makes me chuckle for long after the book is finished.

In this book, Meg and her family are at the local Inn with her Grandfather, helping him host an OwlFest - problem is, they a
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another winner from Donna Andrews. She's managed to do what few writers can--sustain a series for more than 25 books. This one has a nice twist at the end, plus many amusing moments thanks to the members of Meg's family and their friends. A light, fast read just right to lead up to the holidays.
Come for the laughs and puns, stay for a good mystery, and perhaps to learn some things!
It's nearing Hanukkah and Christmas and India holidays, plus Japanese and vegetarian interests when everyone wants to be with their friends and family in their own homes in the US, Australia, Japan, and elsewhere. But instead they are stuck in a five star resort in Caerphilly, Virginia snowed in by an unexpected pair of blizzards while attending a scientific conference, Owl Fest, for ornithologists and othe
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this 26th book of the series everything has gone to the owls! Let's grandfather is the most of A science conference and the subject is owls. Things are going well with the exception of the weather but even that isn't stopping the group from talking about everything that has to do with owls. When one of the visiting bird experts is murdered and a freak storm traps them in the Inn Meg worries about what will happen next. She knows she.must put her detective hat on and figure out who the killer ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Owl Be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews is the 26th book in the Meg Langslow series, and another great addition. In this adventure Meg's grandfather is hosting a scientific conference on owls at the Caerphilly Inn, with the whole family pitching in to help. Unfortunately the conference is snowed in, so no one can leave, when a body is found. I love this series, and the wonderful characters. Caerphilly sounds like a great town, with all their quirky people and large families. The plot of the s ...more
Anna Fox
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is always a fun series to read. I have started listening to them on audio as well. The characters can be quirky (in a good way). Meg, Michael and the boys have a good relationship. I also like how Meg has developed a working relationship with law enforcement. They mysteries always keep me guessing and I'm always disappointed when I reach the end of the books (because I've reached the end).!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest revi
Jill Heather
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I like the series, and I certainly like a snowed-in hotel locked room mystery, and I like owls, but it just didn't add up to as much as I would have liked.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
It’s been a rough year for Meg Langslow and her family. After a disastrous summer cruise (told in great detail in Terns of Endearment, the 25th book in Donna Andrews bestselling mystery series), now Meg is helping run her grandfather’s Owl Festival at Christmas time. And as if that’s not enough, there’s the giant blizzard that has everyone, festival attendees and not, stuck at the Caerphilly Inn for an indefinite amount of time.

The good news is that most of her family is also at the Inn, either
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to believe that this is the twenty-six Meg Langslow mystery. One would think that such a long-running series might be running a tad low or at least out of bird puns on titles.

Neither of those are true of this series. Each book is funnier than the last. The bird puns continue apace and give a clue as to the story. This is one of my favorite series and I have read it faithfully since the first book was published.

In this story, Meg and family are snowbound at the C
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Owl Be Home for Christmas" is the 26th book in the popular Meg Langslow mystery series, although it was the first one that I have read, and it easily read as a stand alone book. Meg is helping her grandfather run Owlfest 2019, an annual convention about owls attended by a bunch of ornithologists, at the local Caerphilly Inn just days before Christmas, and coincidentally during an unusally big snowstorm that has hit the area, snowing everyone there in. During the keynote speech and dinner, one o ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard to believe that Owl Be Home for Christmas is book #26 in this wonderful series. I have been a fan from day one, the day Murder With Peacocks was published. I was hooked. Twenty years and going strong. For those counting, this is the 6th Christmas mystery and, okay, I have to say it, it's a hoot. A local hotel hosting a group of ornithologists, many of whom brought owls with them - against the hotel rules and a major snow storm keeping them all indoors and at each others throats, it seems. N ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
#26 in the Meg Langslow series. This 2019 series entry by author Donna Andrews is #6 in a sporadic series of Christmas episodes that began with Six Geese A-Slaying (2008). As in her prior 2019 entry,
Terns of Endearment, Andrews has presented us with a grand scope locked room mystery as she moves from a murder on a cruise ship adrift with no power or communications to the current problem of being snowed in with a murder at a convention with 200 suspects. Great fun and plot twists galore as Meg m
Randee Green
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s Christmas in Caerphilly (again), and Meg Langslow is helping her grandfather host a scientific conference on owls at a local inn. A blizzard strikes the area – guaranteeing a white Christmas but also trapping all of the conference attendees and other guests at the inn. Despite the unexpected snowfall, everything is going fine at the conference until one of the attendees is poisoned at the banquet. The victim in not well-liked among the other owl enthusiasts, and the list of people who wante ...more
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Angela Williamson
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good Meg Lanslow story and Donna Andrews doesn't disappoint in her 26th book in the series.
Meg is running Owl Fest 2019 at the Caerphilly Inn for her grandfather as a blizzard ends up snowing the entire group in. Ornithologists are sharing facts, learning from one other and having mostly peaceful discussions about owls, their habits and saving endangered species. With almost the entire family on hand, Meg is enjoying the conference until the final banquet. Dr, Frogmore and his ass
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The only thing better than a Meg Langslow cozy is a Christmas-themed Meg Langslow cozy. This one finds Meg, once again, holding everything together in her organized way while chaos reigns around her. She is managing Grandfather's first annual Owl Conference at the Caerphilly Inn (Trevor is on vacation), but it's a few days before Christmas and there's a massive blizzard happening!
As you might expect,
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge fan of this series since book one. I have followed along with Meg’s journeys and I like them more today than I did when I first started reading the series almost 20 years ago.

This particular book is a great example of why Donna Andrews has a loyal following, her cozy mysteries are more than just the run of the mill who-done-it. The characters have grown and evolved over the years and continue surprise. I always look forward to the next book in the series so I can learn a bit
Cozy Cat Reviews
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the "26th" book and the sixth Christmas mystery in the Meg Lansglow series by author Donna Andrews. This series is a favorite of mine and I have read most of the series. This is a cozy mystery series I highly recommend for your reading enjoyment. This series is always humorous and fun with great charcters and wonderful bird education in each book.

In this 26th book our favorite protagonist Meg and her Grandfather are snowed in at a local Inn. They were there to attend "Owl Fest" with oth
T K Nelson
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies, humor
This installment has fewer members of Meg's extended family than usual. For some reason Grandfather Blake has decided to hold an OwlFest conference the week before Christmas. And, more surprising than that, he has a full house of attendees who have come from across the country as well as internationally. That may be the biggest stretch of reality that this book asks us to buy into.

Once again, Ms Andrews provides a great story interspersed with humor. The mystery has enough suspects t
Diane Hernandez
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Meg is helping her Grandfather run Owl Fest 2019 at the Caerphilly Inn at Christmas. When its 200 ornithologist guests are stranded by a snowstorm, one of the most cantankerous and least-loved professors is killed. Time for Meg to step in, with help of her extensive family, to solve the mystery in Owl Be Home for Christmas, the twenty-sixth entry in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series.

I absolutely love this series. While this entry doesn’t involve the nuclear family dynamic as much
Jerri Cachero
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a snow storm traps Meg and all those she holds dear, a group of rowdy ornithologists studying owls and a murderer - in a luxury inn - chaos, comedy and murder reign! Days before Christmas Eve finds Meg and her family helping her Grandfather conduct a scientific convention on owl habitats and rehabilitation. However, when a snarky professor is murdered, there are too many suspects and almost not enough Lanslow's and extended family to help!

I always enjoy a Meg Lanslow mystery because the my
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading the next book in Donna Andrews next Bird Series. I thought it was light-hearted in some ways and serious in others. It certainly brings up topics about endangered species and the habitat concerns of all animals. I really enjoyed the owl jokes. This book brings together all the usual group of people and a bunch of owl experts being snowed in together right before Christmas at the Inn. Of course being cooped up isn't conducive to good behaviour and one fellow is murdered. ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A locked inn mystery! It's just before Christmas and Meg's grandfather has gathered a group of experts on owls at the Caerphilly Inn for a conference. Get ready to learn some wonderful facts about those fascinating birds of prey as well as follow along as Meg solves the murder of Dr. Frogmore, an obnoxious man. Unfortunately, there's a blizzard and the Inn is snowed in but that won't stop Meg. Regular readers of this series know that Meg's entertaining and energetic family always helps (well, so ...more
Meg is not expecting to have to deal with a death at her grandfather's conference on owls but... well. She does encounter them more than the average person. This time, she's in the middle of a virtual locked room mystery since Virginia is being hit by a massive snow storm, one that was unexpected but explained in the book in a nice touch. Of course, the murdered man was the nastiest of the lot, Professor Frogmore. A man who was not only rude, he was also a racist mysoginist. So, lots of people w ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Donna Andrews has delivered another excellent mystery. It is the usual cast of characters: Grandfather, Dad, her mother, Rose Noire, Michael and the twins. This time it is a snow-bound conference on owls. Grandfather's assistant is on Christmas vacation, so Meg is in charge of the Owl Conference. From Christmas carols to a snow storm, there is a long list of suspects who would have loved to kill one of the professors. Usually you have a only a few people with motive, but this time there was a lo ...more
Barbara Hackel
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Meg and her huge extended family. I think book after book Ms Andrews has provided us humor, mystery, small town living, police procedures, family values, and of course knowledge and love of animals. I find the varied topics and locations delightful.
The idea of being isolated in a 5 star hotel while only a few miles from home is a good one. However, I am disappointed that Michael and twin sons are pushed so far into the background. I missed brother Rob. I even missed reading about the tow
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Owl Be Home for Christmas is a great fun addition to the Meg Lanslow series. Meg is running an owl conference for her grandfather right before Christmas. The ornithologists are a feisty, passionate group, but fun...except for Dr. Frogmore and his assistant. Literally no one likes Frogmore, who is self-centered, rude, and obnoxious. A blizzard isolates the hotel, so when a murder occurs, the police chief coordinates the investigation from offsite, with help from Meg, her dad, and her cousin Horac ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-virginia
It occurred to me mid-read that one of the reasons people love the Meg Langslow books is that we all feel as put-upon and overworked as Meg should feel--but she doesn't. She's organizing her grandfather's Owl Fest for ornithologists at the Caerphilly Inn, and a freak blizzard has isolated the group not only from the town itself, but also from the Internet. But, with the help of her self-effacing actor husband (is that an oxymoron?), she keeps at it, makes sure the conference runs with a minimum ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

This was a fun Meg story set at Christmas. As the cast members were confined to the inn, there weren't many interactions with Meg's extended family and the towns people which always add a layer of fun to these for me. The mystery was great - my pick was half right which meant there were some twists I didn't see coming, which I always enjoy. And I enjoyed how th
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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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