Skunks in the Baptists’ choir loft, an emerald tree boa in the Episcopalians’ Christmas decorations, and several hundred ducks in the Catholics’ sanctuary - a prankster is targeting the churches of Caerphilly and, as usual, it falls to Meg Langslow to clean up the resulting mess. And that’s before a dead body is found in the basement (the ‘undercroft’ as Meg’s mother insists on calling it) of Trinity Episcopal.
As with most of the Meg Langslow books, the mystery takes a backseat to the general mayhem that is Meg’s family. The pranks start happening right at the beginning of the story but the murder doesn’t happen until about halfway through. This time, there isn’t only one mystery but three interwoven ones (the prankster, the murder, and an attempted theft). All the characters, even the secondary ones, have distinct personalities and it’s great fun to see what they’re up to this time. While this book can be read as a standalone, much of the enjoyment (in my opinion at least) is derived from seeing the latest antics of already beloved characters like Meg’s father and her brother Rob. I especially enjoyed hearing about some of the characters that didn’t show up in the last couple of books. We get a quick update on what Eileen, Timmy, and Dr. Smoot (among others) are up to. Also, Michael’s mom makes a reappearance (finally!) and stages a duel with Meg’s mother over who can produce the most outlandish Christmas dinner. We also get to meet the formidable Judge Jane. Her ‘courtroom’ scene is a hoot.
This is a humorous cozy mystery where the emphasis is definitely on the humor. If that’s what you’re looking for, I can only recommend this book and all the others in the Meg Langslow series.
After I was very disapointed from the last two books of the Meg Langslow Mysteries this one is getting closer to the original way of writing. However still I am missing the interacting of the characters like they were before. Meg's father was hardly mentioned, her mom obviously turned into a saint and Rob was barely mentioned. It was nice but I was a little disapointed to know the killer even before the murder was committed. Hope the improvement for the next one will continue and I am more than happy to rate five stars again - this one just gets (barely) four stars!
Ich mag die Bücher von Donna Andrews. Eigentlich! Dieses hat zuviele Wiederholungen, zuviel Beschreibungen weihnachtlicher Dekorationen, ob im Haus oder in der Stadt. Bis die Handlung in Schwung kommt sind 100 Seiten vorbei und auch dann ist man nicht unbedingt neugierig wie es weiter geht. Schade, die ersten 5 Bücher waren toll aber jetzt sollte die Autorin eine Pause einlegen.
Ein weiterer gelungener Band der Reihe, Meg und ihre Lieben müssen sich mit diversen Problemen herumschlagen und meistern diese natürlich mit wenig Aufwand. Das tut dem Vergnügen aber keinen Abbruch. Ich habe das Buch sehr gerne gelesen und freue mich schon auf den nächsten Band.