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Swan for the Money (Meg Langslow #11)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,314 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed mystery series readers have come to love.

Meg Langslow’s eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. Dad’s gardening skill and Mother’s gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable team---
Hardcover, First edition, 306 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Another solid entry in the cozy series that depends on unique settings and crazy characters for it's charm. The setting here is a competitive rose show held on the grounds of a controlling woman who insists everything - even her livestock- stick to her black and white color scheme. Meg, of course, is organizing the show. It is nice to see her at least recognizing that she should learn to say no more often, but if she gets too good at it the author will lack reasons for her to be involved in ever ...more
Richard Derus
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

I love this most recent entry in the Meg Langslow mystery series, set in fictional Caerphilly County, Virginia, and featuring the indefatigable Meg and her motley crew of relatives and neighbors in crime-solving antics reminiscent of the glory days of Harold Lloyd.

What fun, of course, and as expected, the action doesn't stop for a minute around Meg. But this time, her case is set amid the bizarre and highly competitive world of rose-show trophy hounding. How completely weird,
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although there are enjoyable moments in this cozy mystery I have to say that overall it is too wacky for my taste - a coroner who dresses in a "dracula" style cape, a hostess who demands that all of her guests dress to match the black and white (mostly black) decor of her house and a herd of fainting goats! In the interests of fairness I must reveal that I looked up fainting goats and they actually do exist although they fall over when stressed instead of actually fainting!

So if you like a myste
Mary Ann
Swan for the Money Meg has been drafted by her mother and the ladies of the garden society to organize a Rose Show. It is the Friday before the show and she has to go and get the barns set up on the property of an eccentric woman, known as Wrinkleston as she is called behind her back. She likes the colors of black, white and gray and only those colors are allowed on her property. Anyone on her property has to be shorter than her or stand below her and they have to wear the approved colors. In fa ...more
Nancy H
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I like this series and this book is a good entry. That being said, there are some times when I am reading the series that I feel like the characters are just going on their merry ways and the murder in their vicinity doesn't really affect them. However, in any murder mystery there is often an element of having to suspend your disbelief to make the story work, and I have no problem with that. Other than that personal observation, this book is good and the plot works. I am eager to read the next o ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a little longer to get into this one than with other entries in the series, but once the momentum got going it kept me turning pages right to the end. Love the swans!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meg is organizing the rose show for the local garden club and it is being held at the farm of a rather obnoxious, cantankerous woman. The woman wants everything to be black and white including her animals..She is very rude and sabatoges everything. Meg is trying to be nice but it is hard. Her grandfather and his friend are snooping around as there are accusations of animal abuse. Meg's parents are involved with the rose show and are entering some roses in the competition but they have had some p ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Meg Langslow has been dragooned by her parents into organizing the rose show for the Caerphilly Garden Club in Donna Andrews's Swan for the Money. The show is scheduled to take place at the estate of Mrs. Philomena Winkleson, an eccentric and extremely harsh resident who detests all colors, insisting on keeping everything in black and white. One entrant even shows anger upon learning that the competition will allow colored roses because Mrs. Winkleson told her that only black and white roses wou ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been waiting for the chance to review a couple of specific books in this series mostly because of the necessity of rereading them, and Swans is one of them. I must have read this book a dozen times; it’s just so picturesque a setting and activity, and one ideal for the image of Mother as a true Southern lady.

Meg’s Dad and Mother are getting into rose growing and have entered the annual Caerphilly Garden Club's rose show. There’s a bit of bad blood between competitors as Dad’s found someon
Time for a madcap bird mystery to chuckle and enjoy. Meg has been roped into organizing the local rose show and there's all sorts of foul play going on when the competition turns hot. Michael was absent for most of the book, unfortunately, as he was in NYC for a grad student's off-off-Broadway premiere of the 6-hour "Millard! The Musical!", all about Millard Fillmore. I like Meg and Michael together so when he's out of the picture it's not quite as fun, but most of the zany relatives are here to ...more
Peter Barr
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Swan for the Money is the 11th in the series of Meg Langslow mysteries. Meg is a blacksmith in Virginia. In this book, she is organizing a rose show/competition for her mother's garden club. There is a delightful story here with a lot of humor. It is easy to visualize this particular Meg Langslow story.
Cami Varner
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Typical cozy mystery with some twists but still light and fluffy. I like to read cozies every now and then when I am in between more intense books because they are a quick read and nice to "refresh" the mind. I enjoy Meg and her crazy family and have actually read a few other of the mysteries in this series.
Supervising the setup of a rose show is a new assignment for Meg. Besides the usual cast of family misfits, the owner of the estate where the show will be demands that everything be black and white in the right proportion--even her livestock. It's no surprise that several would love to see Mrs. Winkelson dead, but apparently the wrong person is murdered--or was she?
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great cozy mystery series. A bit of humor, some unique characters, interesting story plots. I am going back and reading some of the earlier ones I missed before becoming acquainted with Meg and her family.

If you like light cozies, I think you'll enjoy this series.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the book, I learned more about roses then I did know before. Interesting facts about judging roses. Of course the murder was very well planned. Dead bodies but who is the killer. Not the Swan although they are very aggressive birds. Read to find out who did it.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun mystery featuring Meg Langslow and her madcap relatives! Ms Andrews book are a lot of fun to read, yet still informative while presenting an intriguing mystery. Truly enjoyable!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Meg Langslow and her very colorful family organize and participate in a rose competition. Murder and mayhem ensue.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rose growing gone Hollingsworth! Plus a loony toon hostess who only likes black and white things. A rose garden club event is the setting so limited family members but that doesn't stop the funny
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: hoopla, mystery
This is the one where she's in charge of a rose competition and there are evil swans
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Patricia Bunn
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The next installment of the Meg langslow series did not disappoint. And the ending made me wanting to read the next book in the series!!
Marilyn Slusher
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who knew that a garden club could be so cut throat.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love all the books in this series, they are so much fun!! I only rate really, really, top-notch literature with a 5, but my favorite go-to books are all 4 stars, and these definitely rate that.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, mystery-cozy
Meg has been roped into organizing a rose show. Her parents latest hobby is rose growing &they have joined the local gardening club, which means so has Meg, whether she wants to or not (Meg not saying NO to the people she loves is a theme of this series).
She has to contend with the very controlling woman who has volunteered to host the show. The woman insists on a black & white color scheme for her house, her livestock & her clothes. She even sneaks behind everyone's back and tries t
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get used to the style of writing, the cast of characters and the unwitting heroine and snoop, Meg. With a keen sense of humor, she points out the eccentricities in her relatives and absurdities in the rose growing club members, all highly excited in the throes of preparing for the local show. This was more of an intellectual connection for me, I could not really relate to the strange goings on at an emotional level and I recognized the odd and out-of-sync stuff but had trou ...more
Diane  Holm
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg Langslow, smack dab in the middle of another mystery. Just as expected.

Donna does a wonderful job of turning a local rose show into an adventure that will make you laugh, frown, and puzzle away. Her characters are so eccentric they will stretch your imagination to the limit. Of course, not all of them are human!

Roped into organizing the Caerphilly rose show Meg holds her own against trying circumstances and animal antics. Mrs. Winkleson has agreed to allow the rose show to take place in her
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, cozy-mysteries
I loved Donna Andrews’ Swan for the Money! I could easily picture it as a comedy mystery movie. This time, Meg Laslow’s parents were not as bizarre as usual. They had adopted a new hobby, growing and showing roses. My mother and I had grown experimental roses for a well-known rose company many years ago so I was very familiar with all the work that goes into making sure that roses thrive but Meg’s mother,in this story, taught me about the madness of preparing the roses to show.

But the real star
Laura Rodd
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really great addition to the Meg Langslow series.
A rose competition is about to begin and Meg who is the only person "capable and organized" in her immediate and extended family of hundreds is dragged into plan, implement and oversee the success of this competitive event. The event is set on a strange, unwelcoming farm where all the decor from outbuildings to mansion bathrooms are in white or black. The animals that "grace" the lawn and fields are ornamentations only and must have pri
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
#11 in the Meg Langslow series is an above average entry - the book moves right along and doesn't become topheavy with cute and oddball characters like a few in the series.
Meg Langslow series - Meg's parents would love to snag the Winkleson Trophy for the darkest rose at the local rose show, but they face competition from Philomena Winkleson, who's hosting the event at her estate. Before the event, Meg's dad's roses are sabotaged, and Philomena's white purebred Maltese is kidnapped. During the
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