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Murder With Peacocks

(Meg Langslow #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  8,173 ratings  ·  831 reviews
Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from
Paperback, 311 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1999)
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Murder with Peacocks (Meg Langslow #1) by Donna Andrews is a 2006 St. Martin’s Press publication. (Originally published in 1999)

Fast paced and witty!

I need to start another series like I need a hole in my head, but….

This series keeps popping up in crime novel sites I follow, or book recommendation sites, and because already had a couple of the books on my bookshelf, I decided to read one to see how well I liked it.

Well, for better or worse, I’m hooked. This is the first installment in a very
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2016
Meg Langslow has been roped into being the maid of honor for three weddings, her best friend, her brother and her mother. Run off her feet with brides who seem unable to make a decision about the dresses but able to think of a thousand other things wedding related that Meg has to organise for them. She starts to think her decision to help with the three weddings might have been a crazy idea, but life is about to get more crazy. When the sister in law of her mothers soon to be husband is found de ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Sensible Meg Langslow travels to her hometown city of Yorktown, Virginia to plan three weddings, deal with her family's crazy shenanigans, and solve a murder. Every once in a while I like a cozy mystery and thought this would fit the bill nicely. I was disappointed, however. The mystery in this is very flimsy, the identity of the culprit is pretty obvious, and the unveiling of the culprit comes out of nowhere and takes about a page. All in all, the whole mystery aspect takes up maybe 30 pages of ...more
Bark (2 Dumb 2 Read Blurbs)
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Reading for my local book group.

Meg has returned to her hometown for a chaos filled extended stay. She’s a bridesmaid for three weddings with three demanding brides and has her hands full with their ridiculous expectations. It’s the same old town, with the same uninteresting men, save for Michael, who is rumored to prefer men. Not only is he gorgeous but he’s intelligent and friendly and they become fast friends. Meg does her damndest to banish all lusty thoughts when they’re together but the me
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved it and can’t wait to read more books in the series! The characters were great, the situations funny and laugh out loud. I enjoyed the style of the book although it wasn’t a fast read but I didn’t even notice that until looking at the clock and seeing how late the book was keeping me up.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, funny
Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Murder With Peacocks is the very first of the Meg Langslows, one of those "amateur sleuth" sorts of series. Meg is a blacksmith, of all things--which I think is possibly the coolest profession I've encountered thus far in any of the mysteries of this type. To go along with this profession, we are given a clear impression that Meg is not exactly of a dainty sort of build, of which I also approve. She's a Virginian by birth, who fled out of her hometown. This got her even more sympathy points from ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-april, mysteries
Wow- this author has lots of fans and is highly regarded. But I missed it entirely in this book.
Having just spent 18 months as the mother of the bride, I thought this might be fun. I was mistaken.

The feeling of this book is meant to be fun and frolicking. It didn't play that way to me.

I found Murder with Peacocks to be boring, excruciating, and -- worst of all -- downright stupid. The idea that THREE brides would make such demands on the maid of honor is absurd. The fact that an intelligent, cap
Lisa Vegan
Oct 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like light & fun mystery books
Recommended to Lisa by: Sfdreams
Fun and easy read. One of those mysteries where the humorous story is more important than the mystery, and I often find these types of mystery books enjoyable. This is the first in the Meg Langslow series, and now I’d like to read the rest of the these books. This series may not be as unique or interesting as Donna Andrews's other series, the Turing Hopper series, where one of the main characters is a computer, but, like that series, it’s amusing, and I think I might end up enjoying this series ...more
Lynn Spencer
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I think I may have found a new mystery series to read. I'm not usually a big reader of cozies, but I found myself rather liking Meg Langslow and her friends/family. The wacky relatives and good-natured goofiness of the story reminded me of an only slightly more colorful version of life growing up in small-town Virginia. Minus the murder, of course.

In this book, we're introduced to Meg and her family as Meg has been roped into helping her mother, her brother's fiance and her best friend prepare f
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ZERO stars.
Absolutely AWFUL. I had read some promising reviews of some of the newer books in this series, but I like to start at the beginning. No plot. Little character development. Inconsistent behavior. And, by the way, WHERE is the mystery? Yes, we have a couple of dead bodies, but no evidence of "working the case" until the explanation at the end. Huh?
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meg Langslow is trapped a situation that could make even the most dauntless detective quail: she has somehow ended up as the wedding planner/maid of honor for not one, not two, but three Bridezillas. All of the weddings will take place within a span of two weeks, and the persnickety brides-to-be are forcing her to organize everything from hoopskirted bridesmaid dresses to Native American herbal marriage rites to ornamental peacocks for the lawn (as just one of “those little details that real
I found this funny in parts. But it wasn't the book I wanted to read. The book I wanted to read was about murders, and its investigation. Instead I got murders and the main character, Meg, whining that those took her away from the more important things - her planning and organizing three weddings. It's interminable. It's tedious. I have no idea why the author thought it was ok to inflict tedious details such as addressing envelopes and what seem like a million dress fittings, which Meg herself f ...more
I have read many of the books in this series. However, I have never read the first one. I can't say I thought this first mystery was really great and I am glad I got hooked on Meg and her family by reading the books later in the series. If this had been the first book read, I probably would not have read any more.

So what didn't I like? I guess it was the way everyone used/took advantage of Meg and how Meg allowed it to happen. Meg was the maid of honor for three brides, mainly because the bride
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, series, mystery
Murder With Peacocks is the first book in Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow series. Meg Langslow is a practical, organized blacksmith who is taking the summer off to be the maid of honor for not one but three weddings in the small town where she grew up. The three brides (her best friend, her brother's fiancee, and her mom) have dumped all of the planning for the big events into her lap. Luckily for Meg, Michael Waterston, the son of the local dressmaker, is managing his mother's shop for the summer a ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun, weird cozy mystery. Full of strange family members, very Southern, very funny and quirky. It had a dose of old-fashioned charm to it that I really enjoyed, and Meg is a delightful heroine. I did guess whodunit, but it doesn’t feel like that is really the point, it’s more about the journey than getting to the end (though the way it all went down was great!). I am definitely continuing with this quirky series.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Slow. Story was good but the main character talked a lot about the weddings she was planning for her family and not much about the murders in her town. It felt like her dad was supposed to be the main character instead of her. And the romance kept getting interrupted until the very end. That was frustrating. I was wondering why the relationship was even written in. The narrator for the audiobook was alright though.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a good read. It had different twist and turns in it. And kept you guessing,the characters were a bunch as well. I really liked the book, and would read more in the series.

I gave it an A or 4 stars.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had borrowed an audio book in this same series earlier this fall and really enjoyed it so I got curious as to how Meg's story started out, was she always married, when did the little boys come along, etc. So I borrowed this first book from Overdrive and found out!

Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade but this particular summer she is juggling the planning of three weddings: one of a good friend (who will not be such a good friend if said friend doesn't choose a wedding gown soon), her mother
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Murder with Peacocks is a thoroughly amusing read; I wouldn't say it's to the point of being laugh-out-loud as many of reviewers have described, but I certainly found the quirky characters, crazy situations and Meg's dry sense of humour quite funny. I'd recommend mystery fans not to pick this up with any expectations for real detecting or any suspense, however, because this aspect is surprisingly bare even for the cozy mystery subgenre.

At the expense of the mystery, this book is really a humorou
Brooke Banks
When first reading this, I didn't like it. It was pretentious with a ridiculous cast of unbelievable rich white people running around like morons. The author hardly took any time to describe the places, or people for that matter, unless the Meg decided to use her so called wit to describe them. Like what the hell does the houses and rooms actually look like or Micheal the love interest for that matter, or good lord, Meg herself? I do however know what Berry the "slow" creeper Meg hates look like ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am tempted to give this 5 stars, not because the writing was superb, the mystery absolutely enthralling and the characters deep - but because it was fun. I've read a lot of cozy mysteries so I suppose I've become a bit more critical about them. Murder with Peacocks remind's me why I first started reading cozies, because they are fun. And this one made me give some truly hearty laughs that, had I not been alone, would've probably earned me odd stares.

This has some things that I normally don'
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of small-town coziness
As a mystery I wasn't particularly enchanted with this tongue-in-cheek book. There was far too much personality and far too few clues, the guilty party was obvious early on even though the evidence was withheld from us until the very end. This is a pet peeve of mine with many mystery writers who embrace the denouement device when presenting a mystery; it can sometimes feel like reading a travelogue that happens to have dead bodies scattered around it. There was a blatant, beat-us-over-the-head o ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All that I can say is I was laughing so hard at times my stomach was hurting reading about this quirky and wonderful family! The eccentric Langslow family is having quite the summer in their home town with three weddings to be organized and dear Meg has to be the one to plan them all. She plays the pivotal role as the brides are her best friend,her brother's bride-to-be and her own mother. Plans keep changing, murder happens, and Meg's father is investigating what may have happened to the victi ...more
Ruth Ferguson
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Compared to Janet Evanovich on the cover - Donna Andrews lived up to the hype. We meet Meg who is the maid of honor/wedding planner for THREE weddings in a single summer. Including her mother's second marriage - with her dad delightfully helping along the way.

Since this is the 1st in cozy mystery bird series - it takes awhile for the first body to show up, and since she was a wicked snitch, no tears are shed.

There are honestly laugh aloud moments, the mystery was satisfactory and so my 2016 re
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I cannot even begin to explain why I enjoyed this so much but there was just something about the half frantic narrative (because of helping plan three weddings) and the just 'oh look at that a murder' attitude. The quips and dialogue had me giggling at times, and I actually did enjoy all the characters. They all seemed distinct enough to me that I could identify them at a single line. That's impressive for someone like me who has a terrible time with names.
If they made this into a show or mov
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
this book was just out and out cute. i laughed from page one. this is such a far cry from what i usually read, but it was so light and amusing i couldnt put it down. the mystery was simple to follow. like i said, light light reading. i fell in love with Meg's Dad in about two seconds flat. her family is hysterically eccentric. a good read for a lazy afternoon.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg Langslows offizieller Beruf ist Kunstschmiedin, derzeit kommt sie sich aber eher wie eine professionelle Hochzeitsplanerin vor, denn gleich drei künftige Bräute nehmen Megs Organisationstalent (und gesunden Menschenverstand) für die Vorbereitungen ihres jeweiligen großen Tages in Anspruch: eine chaotische, esoterisch angehauchte Freundin, die sich nie entscheiden kann, unter welchem Motto ihre Hochzeit nun stehen soll; die überkandidelte Verlobte ihres Bruders, die eine pompöse Südstaatenhoc ...more
I read this when it first came out and enjoyed it enough that I bought the books for a few years. Then I stopped buying books and stopped following the series. Recently I've read a few of her Christmas entries and enjoyed them enough to revisit the series - thanks to the library now near me. (Having lived for two decades in a county without a decent library I really appreciate having one again!)

This is a light, amusing book about Meg and her crazy family and friends. In just one summer she is br
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great start to a series for which I’ve heard a lot of praise. Now I can say it is well-deserved. Meg Langslow is engaging from the beginning, and her family and community are endearing and hilarious. One thing I’ve learned from this book is that I never, ever want to be a wedding planner, even without a murder.
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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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“Clowns, hoboes, gypsies, and furry animals of all kinds scattered madly and dived for cover. No doubt they thought I'd finally lost it and was planning to lob more grenades.” 11 likes
“But what about your own?” he asked. “Assuming, of course, you’re interested in having one?”

“I’m not. If I ever get married, I shall elope. That has now become my prime requirement in a husband. Willingness to elope.”
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