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The Real Macaw

(Meg Langslow #13)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,574 ratings  ·  237 reviews
During an early-morning feeding for her four-month-old twins, Meg Langslow hears an odd noise and goes downstairs to find her living room filled with cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a stunningly foul-mouthed macaw. What the—bleep—is going on here?

Turns out that a financially-strapped local animal shelter has repealed its no-kill policy and, in an a
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Richard Derus
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: Meg juggles twins, murder, and a back-talking bird in the next side-splittingly funny installment in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling series.

During a 2am feeding for her four-month-old twins, Meg Langslow hears an odd noise and goes downstairs to find her living room filled with dozens of animals—cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a stunningly foul-mouthed macaw. She soon learns that financial woes have caused the local
Elizabeth Bear
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These are increasingly ridiculous, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes in life you need a light, fun story to escape into for a couple of hours. Two days before Christmas, with 3 kids under 8, one birthday party, Christmas cookies to be iced and a neighbor in the hospital, I needed just such a book. Fortunately for me I've been reading this series and had just visited the library to stock up on the next few books. I particularly enjoyed this one - even when the over-tired two-year old threw temper tantrums, a laundry room had to be relocated now, out of t ...more
❂ Jennifer
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I'm a huge Donna Andrews/Meg Langslow fan, but I have to say I was a bit worried when Meg started having children - I'm not a fan of cozy mysteries that involve families, for some reason. But Donna Andrews wrote with her usual hilarious wit, and refused to take any of it too seriously. The mystery was a good one and it kept me guessing until the end. I hope for many more Meg Langslow mysteries to come.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
n this edition of Meg and her family, the mayor has made the animal shelter a killing shelter which has all the town and county residents up in arms. When the animal rights people steal all the at risk animals, and Peter doesn't show up to take them to foster homes, they are all brought to Meg's the house. Meg wakes up to find there are kittens, dogs, birds, a llama and a macaw in her living room.

She swiftly gets the animals out to the barn but finding Peter and the foster homes is g
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews, Meg Langslow is dozing in the middle of the night with her four-month-old twin boys when she hears noises downstairs. Going to check on things, Meg finds herself surrounded by dozens of animals of all kinds. The worst is a macaw that swears like a pirate and soon learns to bark, howl, meow, and growl like the other animals. It seems that the county is about to euthanize all the animals in order to save money, so Meg’s grandfather, a world-famous zoologist, and ...more
Sandie Herron
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humorous mystery lovers
Recommended to Sandie by: enjoyed previous books in series
Since the last Meg Langslow mystery, Book 12, STORK RAVING MAD, Meg had her twin babies, boys Josh and Jamie. Meg is feeding them one evening when they are 4 months old, and she begins to hear animal noises. She trecks down the stairs in her and her husband Michael’s large Victorian home, only to spy her father, her grandfather, and her brother shepherding in all sorts of cats, dogs, gerbils, guinea pigs, birds, and one macaw with quite the vocabulary into her living room! They explain that with ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8, mystery, ebooks, 2011
I’ve been reading Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow series for years now and each time a new book comes out I look forward to reading it. Since I got caught up and the books went to hardcover, I’d taken to borrowing them from the library as soon as they came out and then buying a paperback copy later, when that was released. They’re keeper books, but not hardcover keeper books.

One thing I had keep looking for was ebook editions, but they never came out, so I stuck with the read from the library/buy la
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I got this Advanced Read Copy (ARC) in a Goodreads giveaway and I'm glad I entered this contest. I've never read this series or this author but I'll certainly be adding myself as a fan.

This book hit the right spot in every respect. From the very first, it grabbed my interest and kept me interested right up to the finish. What this book (and probably the entire series) has going for it is not only a well-written mystery with plenty of red herrings, but a small town populated with interesting peop
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, humor
This is one of the "a little too ridiculous" plots for me. Like the other "too ridiculous" ones it involves Meg's dad deciding Meg can house a bunch of animals without actually asking Meg.
These animals are from the county no-kill shelter that due to budget cuts is about to become a kill shelter. The shelter director turns up dead. Budget cuts seem to be a thing in Caerphilly due to the mayor's mismanagement & greed and a downturn in the economy. Another way the mayor might pay off the count
One cannot help but laugh at all the predicaments that Meg Langslow finds herself in! Meg and Michael have their four month old twin boys to look after, it's feeding time in the nursery and there is something going on downstairs in their house. Of course you know this means chaos and in this case the chaos is a menagerie of animals from the local animal shelter. Then to top it all off one of the volunteers who was involved in the rescue has turned up dead! Donna Andrews continues to be both eng ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another great story with lots of animals, confusion and laughter. Although I have to say, if those were my relatives, there would be some humongous fights until they all learned the boundaries.
And, these books just don't get boring, read after read.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
All the usual characters in place, but no snap or vigor.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg’s day starts out normally enough. She’s been woken up by the sound of strange animals in her house, and ventures downstairs to find the entire contents of America’s most high class pet shelter in her living room.

I’m not kidding, it’s like Donna Andrews has never been to a shelter before and just stuck in every visually appealing pet she could think of whether it made sense or not. I could see maybe a Siamese cat among the mutts and tabbies, but she’s got a Siamese cat, a border collie, the t
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meg Langslow is more surprised than she ought to be when she wakes at 2 AM in her babies' nursery and hears noises downstairs, and finds that her father, grandfather, brother, and various other conspirators have filled her living room with animals stolen from the local shelter, which has just rescinded its no-kill policy. Once the animals have been relocated to the barn, it's determined that the man who was supposed to take them to a safer place in his truck has been murdered, so Meg and the pol ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ashley Cate
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Real Macaw is the 13th entry in the Meg Langslow series and I enjoyed this book just as much as I have enjoyed previous entries in the series. I have not read this series in order but have still been able to keep up with the characters and everything going on just fine. This book centers around the financial difficulties that the town of Caerphilly is experiencing. The county manager has recently proposed that the county animal shelter repeal it's policy of being a no-kill shelter in order t ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this audiobook. I enjoy a few cozy authors and Donna Andrews is one. Her Meg Langslow series is humorous with an engaging ensemble. Meg is an amateur sleuth who is always in the middle of a murder in a small, close-knit Virginia town. All the books have a bird-related title. In this book the little town of Caerphilly is in a financial crisis. The town is going to make the local animal shelter start euthanizing dogs and cats to save money. Meg’s animal expert grandfather, her doctor ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meg and Michael are new parents to twins and find they have a houseful of family, friends and animals when the local animal shelter has to shut down. Meg's father and brother help friends rescue all the animals and they end up being "temporarily" housed at Meg's. One of the people who was supposed to transport the animals is found dead. The search starts for the killer and Meg finds out he had a lot of girlfriends and they are jealous of each other. Later someone attacks her grandfather and stea ...more
Meg and Michael only think that they are overbusy what with her looney family, infant twin boys, and the 5 year old son of the formerly underemployed coordinator of the drama dept who chose to join the military to finance her PhD. Then they are inundated by all of the animals of the county shelter when the volunteers try to rescue them but one of their number is murdered. Besides the animals and the murder, there is the uproar that begins when a pair of surveyors come in preparation for the buil ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: southern, mystery, series
When I need some light reading with a touch of humor, I turn to Andrews' bird books and follow the adventures of Meg, Michael, and Meg's crazy family. The mystery is always interesting, the stories are funny and the characters are a kick. Meg & Michael have just had twins and are feeling sleep-deprived when they are invaded by the inhabitants of the local animal shelter as the mayor has made a deal that turns the government buildings over to developers. A local animal welfare activist is mur ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute cozy that keeps you guessing. I really enjoy the main character, Meg, and the realism that she brings to an otherwise crazy group of characters. This author refrains from blatant “wackiness” and I appreciate that. Additionally, there are plenty of clues that are provided through out so that the reader is included in the resolution. I wouldn’t say that it is entirely captivating, but certainly enjoyable.
Christine Beyersdorf
I really enjoy the Meg Langslow books. Semi-patiently waiting for the next one from my library! She has grown a bit in this book. She now has other concerns and responsibilities and tries her hardest to stay out of the investigation. In the end though, those she loves need her and in she races. I highly recommend these books!
Peter Barr
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this, the 13th episode of Meg Langslow, the blacksmith of small-town Virginia, she has twin four month old boys and more chaos than usual in a series that revels in it. It's always a fun time in her world even when there is a homicide in the midst of all that goes on. Donna Andrews seems to have such fun in writing these mysteries and we can hope that she keeps it up.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
If it were any other book or by any other author, Meg's family would easily seem so inconsiderate, but in this book they are charming and loyal. This book series has quickly become my happy series, that just makes me feel good about it being around.
City politics infringes on Meg's home life when the animals from the animal shelter are housed at her home. The driver for the menagerie never showed up because he had been killed. Meg is once again on the trail of the murderer.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick, light, funny books. I think anyone reading this series should start at the earlier books just to keep the character continuity. That said, I Have gone back to catch those I missed along the way and still enjoy them.
Danielle Mccoy
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The one where they lose the town!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, mystery, hoopla
This is the one where Meg has a bunch of shelter animals in her house and it's the beginning of the evil lender bit.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
some of the books in this series are kinda slow..this being one of them.
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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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