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Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (Meg Langslow #4)

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Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. An
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Published February 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 6th 2002)
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Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it

Once again there's trouble brewing in Caerphilly, Virginia. Rob Lanslow feels something is amiss at his computer game company 'Mutant Wizards'. So he convinces his sister Meg Lanslow - blacksmith and amateur sleuth - to sign on as temporary receptionist, hoping she can uncover the problem. Sure enough, Ted - the office practical joker/pain in the neck - is soon murdered as he rides around on the automated mail cart.

The Chief of Police, who pays minimal attention to evidence, arrests Rob for the
This is probably the funniest of an extremely whimsical series. I think it's because of the unique Andrews take on the interaction between semi-functional computer/role-playing geeks and some somewhat less functional therapists. This book is recommended to anyone who has ever: Worked at a software company --- been a therapist --- seen a therapist --- considered seeing a therapist --- played a role-playing game --- worked (or wished they'd worked) at a company with a "bring your pet to work" poli ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So far the series is getting a bit better in every book. In this installment Meg is temporarily helping her brother Rob with his new start-up company for his computer game Lawyers from Hell. Their father is hanging around though Michael is away acting in California. When the company jokester turns up dead everyone in the building is a suspect and Meg doesn't have a lot of faith in the local police chief to not just pick the easy target - her brother. So of course she starts snooping around.

I th
Sheila Beaumont
This was a reread of the laugh-out-loud funniest, and my favorite, of Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery series. In this one, Meg is temporarily filling in as receptionist at her brother's software company, Mutant Wizards, which is working on a new edition of the game "Lawyers From Hell." To complicate things, this wacky company has to share its office space with several psychotherapists, who are just as wacky.

The murder mystery starts when the office prankster, who likes to lie on top of the e
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Lots of fun, I could fit right in with Meg's family! There's buzzards and gamers and lawyers and a murderer of course! There are therapists and karate styles and more! Sit back and enjoy the craziness.
Erin L
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good entry in the series. This book isn't set around Meg's blacksmithing. She's working at her brother's software company looking after the switchboard and looking into odd things happening around the office.

Odd things like the office practical joker riding around on the autonomous mail cart, moving through the office several times before anyone realizes he's actually dead and not just faking it. The office isn't short of suspects, but Meg's brother is quickly arrested. The usual happens - sh
After sustaining a blacksmith related injury, Meg is offered a position as a switch board receptionist at her brother Rob's computer gaming company; Mutant Wizards. In addition to answering calls, keeping frenzied fans away and caring for the one winged buzzard that sits in the reception area, Meg is also supposed to investigate 'something fishy' that is going on in the office, which is never explained. The something 'fishy' ends up being the murder of Ted, the office practical joker. Strangled ...more
4.5 stars. While it still doesn't reach the 10/10 would recommend status of Murder with Peacocks, this is a solid and very entertaining addition to the Meg Langslow series. The mystery is sufficiently twisty and turny to keep the reader guessing until the end, and there's a fabulous cast of new characters, most of whom work at Mutant Wizards, developing Rob's Lawyers from Hell into a computer game.

While it did feel a little repetitive at times - Meg goes to work, Meg deals with stupid questions
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Meg Langslow: 4
Set a year after the previous book. Meg's brother Rob is now running a multi-million dollar business built out of the game he developed while studying for the bar in book 1. It's nice to see some continuity background arc for the series. After agreeing to move in with Michael, Meg is struggling to make a living after relocating. It seems like she's the one giving up the most to make this relationship work. This book wasn't as disappointing as the previous two, but still doesn't ma
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
ok cute funny.

Andrews's fourth wacky bird-themed mystery (Murder with Peacocks, etc.), Meg Langslow, a temporary switchboard operator at her brother Rob's computer-game company, Mutant Wizards, must find the real killer when Rob, who made his fortune from a game called Lawyers from Hell, is accused of strangling the office pest to death with a computer mouse cable. The office boasts a menagerie of remarkable pets, notably George, a buzzard with only one wing who has a perch by Meg's desk.
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, mystery
This was a re-read. The entire series is a keeper to be enjoyed in more than one read. The hyper-organized Meg Lanslow, a blacksmith by trade, and her always close, interfering family land with both feet in another death. Always enjoyable.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
My favorite so far.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Meg Langslow's brother Rob has created a popular online game called Lawyers from Hell. In Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews, Meg has agreed to assist Rob at his office while she is unable to do her blacksmith work due to an injury to her hand. This office is inhabited by many crazy programmers, hence the word "loon" found in the title. In addition to the human employees, the office contains a resident buzzard with only one wing who was rescued by someone of Mutant Wizards, the nam ...more
Midwest Geek
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book is a humorous, cozy mystery with an artist (Meg Langslow) acting as an unofficial private eye. This is my first book by Andrews, and it was ok. The prose is good, but the plot is lightweight, IMO, not as good as most of those in the Dortmunder series by Donald E. Westlake. I do like Meg as a character, who is not goofy or incompetent like many of the other characters. Not having read the previous 3 books in the series, I guess I missed some of her backstory, but I'm not inclined to rea ...more
Beatrice M
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun series that doens't come across as too serious. The main characters are interesting and you want to read more about them
Nancy Viva
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
rather funny
Marilyn Slusher
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Pr Latta
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Very light, cozy mystery -- if you enjoy this series, this is a solid entry. Reading in order is not vital - Andrews does a fine job "catching" the reader up.
Christine Erkkila
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing cosy. Characters are always more amusing when they can develop over a series. I'm off to the next one!
Kelly Stoudt
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found Andrews' first book and read it, laughing all the way. Found this one, and it did not fail to make me laugh and keep wondering, how much more can happen?

Very light, enjoyable mysteries.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I hate "the notebook that tells me when to breathe". Enough. It's a stupid storyline.

Finished with this series. I really did not like this one.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Meg's brother Rob is moving up in the gaming world. After all his trouble getting his video game accepted by a reputable publisher, he decides to publish it himself and starts up his own company. The current quarters are a little cramped though, as the office building is small and only half theirs, and their neighbors aren't exactly pleased to have Rob's programmers move in. But someone is less pleased than even the Langslows anticipated, as a notorious practical joker makes several passes throu ...more
Sandie Herron
A buzzard is an odd pet for an office staff unless they are the computer programmers at Mutant Wizards where they are hard at work on a new version of the computer game Lawyers from Hell. Meg Langslow is pitching in on the switchboard while an injury from her blacksmithing vocation has her sidelined. Sound calm and serene? Think again!

The staff has just moved into space they share with six psychotherapists who are not used to guarding the door against rabid fans and spies from rival companies. S
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Another fun Meg Langslow read/laugh.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just plain fun! Reminded me of Nancy Drew mysteries as a youngster.
Another cozy mystery, but I think I'll take a break from this author for a bit now. Too many loons to keep track of.

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Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blacksmith Meg Langslow has been both blessed and cursed with a large, quirky, vocal family, and now that she's moved home to Caerphilly to be closer to her actor boyfriend, Michael (though at present he's filming a terrible fantasy TV show in California), she gets the full force of all that family. Specifically, she's been suckered into "temporarily" running the switchboard at Mutant Wizards, her brother Rob's computer game company. She spends her days dealing with computer geeks and their pran ...more
A Buzzard and a Bunch of Loons The Buzzard is a real buzzard saved from a dog and lost a wing and is now cared for at the offices of the Mutant Wizards. The loons, they are the group of people who work in the offices of the Mutant Wizards. Meg is helping her brother out at the offices of the Mutant Wizards, the company he created to market and develop his game (Lawyers from Hell). He feels that something is not right and asks her to come help him. She agrees as she is recuperating from a Blacksm ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Meg's brother Rob has overcome the rough start of not being able to find a trustworthy software company to sell his video game to, so he's started his own! In Caerphilly! The small college town that Meg's boyfriend - Michael - works & lives in. Meg has finally relented and moved into "The Cave" with Michael while they try to find a more suitable place to live, which isn't easy with Caerphilly's population growing faster than the available housing market.

When Meg injures her hand due to being
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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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