How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)
Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens' A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager.The show must go on, even if the famous―though slightly over-the-hill―actor who's come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun with a surplus of beautiful caged finches?How the Finch Stole Christmas! is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into the holidays of cozy lovers everywhere with its gut-bustingly funny mystery.

How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22) Details

TitleHow the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)
Author
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250115454
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas

How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22) Review

  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    September 12th I finished Donna Andrews upcoming holiday themed Meg Langslow Mystery, How the Finch Stole Christmas. This one is out October 24th and published by Minotaur Books. I love the cover, and this is the first in series I have ever read. Even though I had not read the series, I found this was easy to follow and I was pleased that it was not at all predictable. Having read similar themed Christmas cozies, I was sure I had it all figured out but I was really thrilled that Donna did not ta September 12th I finished Donna Andrews upcoming holiday themed Meg Langslow Mystery, How the Finch Stole Christmas. This one is out October 24th and published by Minotaur Books. I love the cover, and this is the first in series I have ever read. Even though I had not read the series, I found this was easy to follow and I was pleased that it was not at all predictable. Having read similar themed Christmas cozies, I was sure I had it all figured out but I was really thrilled that Donna did not take the easy way out with this mystery! I enjoyed how the title really came into play into the mystery itself . The story was well done and thought out, with strong characters and purpose. I really enjoyed the storyline and I am happy I found a series I can continue to enjoy!
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    OH how I love these books. Totally and completely love them. And all the wacky characters that come with them. This time around, Michael [Meg's husband] is putting on The Christmas Carol as a whole, instead of as a one-man play as he has always done. And he has managed to persuade a "has-been" actor to play the part of Scrooge. But that man has a drinking problem and things are not going well. Especially when they find out that someone has been supplying him liquor after everyone had been warne OH how I love these books. Totally and completely love them. And all the wacky characters that come with them. This time around, Michael [Meg's husband] is putting on The Christmas Carol as a whole, instead of as a one-man play as he has always done. And he has managed to persuade a "has-been" actor to play the part of Scrooge. But that man has a drinking problem and things are not going well. Especially when they find out that someone has been supplying him liquor after everyone had been warned against that very thing. Meg follows him one night and doesn't find booze, but what she does find is much worse and much more dangerous. And chaos ensues, as only it can in Caerphilly. And the killer is a complete and utter surprise - that is the BEST part of a mystery book. I loved this book - every second of it. I highly recommend this series to anyone!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    **I voluntarily read this ARC**My feelings on this are slightly complicated. Overall, I really enjoyed it. My only issue is that parts of the story had a disconnected feeling to them. Other than that, it was great.
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow is back again. Despite just chasing down errant seagulls just a few months ago (Gone Gull), she's back this Christmas season to celebrate How the Finch Stole Christmas! And to share in the joy of the holiday season, she has brought her whole crazy family to the party, along with special guests. For this year's Christmas in Caerphilly Festival, Michael decided to change his one-man A Christmas Carol into a full cast, and the town put up the money to hire a well-known actor for the ro Meg Langslow is back again. Despite just chasing down errant seagulls just a few months ago (Gone Gull), she's back this Christmas season to celebrate How the Finch Stole Christmas! And to share in the joy of the holiday season, she has brought her whole crazy family to the party, along with special guests. For this year's Christmas in Caerphilly Festival, Michael decided to change his one-man A Christmas Carol into a full cast, and the town put up the money to hire a well-known actor for the role of Scrooge. Malcolm Haver was quite dashing in his time (which was more than a couple of years ago), but he got the contract to join the cast, thanks to a friend on the college board. And he is enough of a draw for this production, so director Michael decided to make the best of it. Sadly, professional actor Haver did not decide to make the best of it. His performance is being badly affected by the alcohol he's supposed to be staying away from, and Meg is determined to hunt down whoever his supplier is. Also on her to-do list in her notebook-that-tells-her-when-to-breathe is to keep her and Michael's two sons moving back and forth to school and rehearsals for both A Christmas Carol and the church pageant, find a minder to separate Malcolm Haver from any kind of liquor, try to keep her father from talking about the corpse of a hunter that was found in a nearby river in public and especially at family dinners, and (of course) to stop her grandfather from forcing finches onto every unsuspecting potential foster bird parent. He currently has more finches than he can keep in his zoo and insists that his friend at the Fish and Wildlife Service are about to rescue even more of the beautiful birds from an animal smuggling operation. Oh, and Reverend Robin has asked her to figure out what "Weaseltide" is, so she'll know if it's okay to celebrate it at the church. So basically for Meg, it's just another day in Caerphilly. Join Donna Andrews in celebrating this 22nd book in the Meg Langslow series of witty bird mysteries. There is no family as adorable and insane as Meg's, and there is no time like the holidays to jump into the middle of the craziness and make yourself a part of it all. Andrews' writing is smart and compelling, and you'll feel just at home in her 22nd book as you do in her first. Jump in anywhere in the series, but make sure to celebrate this holiday season with Meg, Michael, their sons, her parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends as well as a literal zoo of animals. Do I really have to say how much I love this book, and really every book in this series? Meg Langslow is who I want to be when I grow up, and I would read any and every book that Donna Andrews could write about her (or about anyone else). How the Finch Stole Christmas! is a must-read this holiday season, and the perfect reread for Christmases to come!Galleys for How the Finch Stole Christmas! were provided by St. Martin's Press through NetGalley.com, with many thanks. 
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Finches, puppies, cats oh my. Meg and her family or back. Bigger, crazier, with more confusion then even santa can take. Michael is putting on his annual christmas carol show this time he's the director with Meg as backup. They have a prima donna star that may or may not have committed murder and crazy fan girl stalker, animal mill with a tiger , chimps, cats, puppies , finches oh my. I love this series it's colorful without being gruesome well developed characters and backstory.I received this Finches, puppies, cats oh my. Meg and her family or back. Bigger, crazier, with more confusion then even santa can take. Michael is putting on his annual christmas carol show this time he's the director with Meg as backup. They have a prima donna star that may or may not have committed murder and crazy fan girl stalker, animal mill with a tiger , chimps, cats, puppies , finches oh my. I love this series it's colorful without being gruesome well developed characters and backstory.I received this book from netgalley for an honest review
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  • Barbara Hackel
    January 1, 1970
    The general area of the village of Caerphilly is home to some of the most unique people and situations in both the fictional and real world. Meg Langslow and extended family are right in the thick of whatever is going on. The fact that Meg, husband Michael, and the Langslow family are some of the most unique and unusual people in fiction adds to the charm of the series. Meg and Michael seem to have limitless energy, as well as a genuine desire to help endlessly in any town project both positive The general area of the village of Caerphilly is home to some of the most unique people and situations in both the fictional and real world. Meg Langslow and extended family are right in the thick of whatever is going on. The fact that Meg, husband Michael, and the Langslow family are some of the most unique and unusual people in fiction adds to the charm of the series. Meg and Michael seem to have limitless energy, as well as a genuine desire to help endlessly in any town project both positive and harmful or negative towards their beloved Caerphilly. In this book, it is nearly Christmas and the production of A Christmas Carol will soon be opening. In order to raise attendance and more money, this year they have hired a former television actor (Malcolm Haver) to play the part of Scrooge. Hoping his presence will result in more ticket sales, it is actually turning into herculean efforts to keep him sober and on task for even a complete rehearsal. On one of Meg's frequent raids of his dressing room, she discovers not booze, but a gun and cartridges. She has the opportunity to follow Haver and possibly learn who is selling him the booze since the county is dry. Following Haver in a snowstorm, Haver leads her to a farm property on the edge of a wooded area. She takes the opportunity to look around and discovers a barn full of exotic animals and some birds as well as golden retriever dogs and puppies. A peek in the front window of the house shows her a woman in a wheelchair surrounded by hundreds of cats! During a quickly planned raid the next day, a body is found on the ground near the barn.Who is the murdered man? How are they going to find foster homes for the many cats and dogs? Where will the tiger and the other exotic animals go? (This has a relatively easy solution-to Grandfather Langslow's zoo. of course.) And where is Malcolm Haver?This is a fun book with many parts that made me laugh out loud. The wonderful characters we have met for the most part in previous books, are highly developed personalities that work together in a way that proves their loyalty and affection for the town and the people who live in it as well. Aside from the warm Christmas spirit that leaks out and oozes onto the reader, this is a book that will make you feel generally good about your fellow man. A wonderful book to put you in the holiday mood and give you warm and fuzzy feelings, in spite of murder and mayhem. You won't want to miss this episode in the series!
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    How the Finch Stole Christmas! Is the 22nd installment in Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow Mysteries series and is an enjoyable read. This is the first book I’ve read written by this author and I enjoyed her writing style. Even though I haven’t read the previous books in this series, Ms. Andrews provided enough character background that I didn’t feel lost jumping in so late in the series. The storyline is well thought out and the characters well developed. There are lots of twists and turns and the f How the Finch Stole Christmas! Is the 22nd installment in Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow Mysteries series and is an enjoyable read. This is the first book I’ve read written by this author and I enjoyed her writing style. Even though I haven’t read the previous books in this series, Ms. Andrews provided enough character background that I didn’t feel lost jumping in so late in the series. The storyline is well thought out and the characters well developed. There are lots of twists and turns and the final reveal surprised me.It’s almost Christmas in Caerphilly and Meg’s husband, Michael, is directing Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, their sons, Jamie and Josh, are cast members, and Meg is helping out as the stage manager. In an effort to boost ticket sales, a well-known actor, Malcolm Haver, has been hired to play the role of Scrooge, but he has the bad habit of overindulging in adult beverages. Malcolm keeps showing up drunk for rehearsal or disappearing altogether and Michael is prepared to take his place on stage, if necessary. While Meg is following Malcolm to try to learn who is supplying him with beverages, she discovers a rare tiger, exotic animals, Goudian finches, a puppy mill, and a house full of cats, and a corpse. Soon Meg finds herself juggling her family, holiday festivities, an uncooperative lead actor and his rabid fan, and helping to investigate the animal smuggling ring, a murder.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of the series will be very comfortable with this outing. Animals, as is frequent, play a role including many Gouldian (?) finches. Family members pop up including a new trend of new family members being introduced (and basically disappearing) and a few locals get a bit more page time.This is a very Meg centered book. While close family get a little page time, they don't play much of a role even Michael, who again, is putting on a Christmas production. That was fine with me, but those reader Fans of the series will be very comfortable with this outing. Animals, as is frequent, play a role including many Gouldian (?) finches. Family members pop up including a new trend of new family members being introduced (and basically disappearing) and a few locals get a bit more page time.This is a very Meg centered book. While close family get a little page time, they don't play much of a role even Michael, who again, is putting on a Christmas production. That was fine with me, but those readers who really enjoy the family antics may be disappointed.A mystery killer for me is the killer outing themself, which is what I felt happened here. I didn't see any proof, but the killer does mention that they felt the police were getting close. OK, I won't ding you for that, but... I'm finding this a hard review to write without giving away plot points not mentioned in the blurb. I think I'll just say that there wasn't enough development and explanation of all aspects of the bad guys' personalities and motivations.I wish the author had continued to use Meg's blacksmithing as an element of the books instead of frequently having Michael's or her grandfather's activities being the focus of the story lines, it has really gone to the wayside despite a very brief mention here.A good, enjoyable outing, but it didn't blow me away.I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    It’s Christmas time in Caerphilly, Virginia, and Meg has a lot on her to-do “list that tells her when to breathe”. Husband Michael is directing a full cast in A Christmas Carol, including a past his prime leading man with more affinity for the bottle than his lines. Trying to keep Malcolm Haver sober is becoming a full time job for Meg. As if that was not enough, throw in a stalker fan, foster finches, a literal zoo of other animals, winter weather, the black market, Meg’s zany family, and a mur It’s Christmas time in Caerphilly, Virginia, and Meg has a lot on her to-do “list that tells her when to breathe”. Husband Michael is directing a full cast in A Christmas Carol, including a past his prime leading man with more affinity for the bottle than his lines. Trying to keep Malcolm Haver sober is becoming a full time job for Meg. As if that was not enough, throw in a stalker fan, foster finches, a literal zoo of other animals, winter weather, the black market, Meg’s zany family, and a murder or two and you have the perfect combination for a winning twenty-second installment in the Meg Langslow mystery series. HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is just as good as the earlier books in the series and will please long time fans and first time readers alike.The chaos is well controlled by Andrews’ adept and smart writing. The eccentric characters add variety to the story, and none of them are unrealistically over-the-top. I miss some of Meg’s extended family this time around, but there are still plenty of others’ antics to keep me chuckling. Despite the heavy dose of humor, the mystery is seriously handled, and I did not figure out whodunit until right before they revealed themselves. I have been a fan of Meg Langslow since the beginning of the series and recommend HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS to any cozy reader. I received a copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one. Josh and Jamie have grown into wonderful 10-year olds. Michael has expanded his one man show of A Christmas Carol into a full production. They hired a B-movie actor named Malcolm Haver as Scrooge. The man is a belligerent unrepentant alcoholic. He shows up to rehearsals late and drunk. Randall has convinced the town to not sell the man alchohol but he keeps getting it anyway. Haver even tried to yell at the costume mistress, Mother! I was positive by this time in the boo I really liked this one. Josh and Jamie have grown into wonderful 10-year olds. Michael has expanded his one man show of A Christmas Carol into a full production. They hired a B-movie actor named Malcolm Haver as Scrooge. The man is a belligerent unrepentant alcoholic. He shows up to rehearsals late and drunk. Randall has convinced the town to not sell the man alchohol but he keeps getting it anyway. Haver even tried to yell at the costume mistress, Mother! I was positive by this time in the book that Haver would be the dead body and Mother the prime suspect. I was wrong.Throughout the last few books, Grandfather and Dad have been helping save Gouldian Finches. Everybody in town seems to be fostering cages of finches because Grandfather's friend with Fish and Wildlife will be bringing more. The guy never shows but while following Haver to see who his bootlegger is, Meg stumbles on a house full of cats, an old lady in a wheelchair, and a barn full of exotic animals. The chief stages a raid. They rescue the old lady, her cats, the exotic animals and the puppy mill. They also find the bootlegger with 2 bullets in his brain.There are plenty of suspects, a lady of the evening in Westlake!, a couple of red herrings, an unexpected murderer and a wonderful production of A Christmas Carol.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is book #22 in the Meg Langslow series. If, like me, you look at a number that high thinking you’ll never get around to the first 21, don’t pass up the opportunity to read this one. The author, Donna Andrews, filled in all the blanks, and at no time did I feel lost because of something that happened in a previous book that I wasn’t clued in to. This works very well as a standalone.While it is a murder mystery, there are quite a number of lighthearted situations and people that make thi Wow! This is book #22 in the Meg Langslow series. If, like me, you look at a number that high thinking you’ll never get around to the first 21, don’t pass up the opportunity to read this one. The author, Donna Andrews, filled in all the blanks, and at no time did I feel lost because of something that happened in a previous book that I wasn’t clued in to. This works very well as a standalone.While it is a murder mystery, there are quite a number of lighthearted situations and people that make this book an enjoyable one to read. Not the least of which is the 33 rescued finches that are part of a twelve days of Christmas decoration. Of course they are standing in for four calling birds, and while there are 33 today, Grandfather keeps sneaking in more in because he has so many, he doesn’t know where to place them all. There is a also a town, mostly filled with Shiffley’s; a snow plow that looks like Darth Vader is sucking up snow; and a fleet of silver accords owned by the local rental place—the owner has OCD and likes them to match. The mystery is serious business, however, and there are many twists and turns before the guilty party is found. The murderer turned out to be someone I never suspected; however, the ending was neatly wrapped up, and I did appreciate how everything worked out so well.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge Meg Langslow mystery fan! I binge-read the entire series up through book 20, then had to wait (rather impatiently) for books 21 and 22. How the Finch Stole Christmas is another delightful story in the series. I really enjoy the Christmas-themed mysteries, and was glad to see Meg's husband continue on with his "Dicken's A Christmas Carol" show. This time, he changed from a one-man show to a full production, with Meg as the stage manager (while still working for the mayor) and their tw I am a huge Meg Langslow mystery fan! I binge-read the entire series up through book 20, then had to wait (rather impatiently) for books 21 and 22. How the Finch Stole Christmas is another delightful story in the series. I really enjoy the Christmas-themed mysteries, and was glad to see Meg's husband continue on with his "Dicken's A Christmas Carol" show. This time, he changed from a one-man show to a full production, with Meg as the stage manager (while still working for the mayor) and their twin boys with parts in the play. An actor who is past his prime was hired to play the role of Scrooge, and while he could play the part well, he's an alcoholic who'd prefer to be drinking rather than acting. Despite help from the town to keep him sober, Meg finds herself struggling to find out where he gets his booze. At the same time, we've got animal smuggling, exotic finches, an overzealous fan who may be just a tad crazy, and a dead body (or two)!I felt like Meg's family was more on the sidelines this time around, but I did enjoy the ending and the Christmas-feel of the book. I can't wait to read this one again at Christmastime!I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Great mystery but missing usual comedic family subplots.It's Christmastime in Caerphilly. Michael's college has decided to bring in a has-been actor named Malcolm Haver to increase tourist attendance for its annual play, A Christmas Carol. Unfortunately, Haver has a drinking problem, which means slurred speech and missed rehearsals. Meg convinces her family and friends to not sell Haver any alcohol. So where is he acquiring it? The answer leads to an illegal animal smuggling ring, elder abuse an Great mystery but missing usual comedic family subplots.It's Christmastime in Caerphilly. Michael's college has decided to bring in a has-been actor named Malcolm Haver to increase tourist attendance for its annual play, A Christmas Carol. Unfortunately, Haver has a drinking problem, which means slurred speech and missed rehearsals. Meg convinces her family and friends to not sell Haver any alcohol. So where is he acquiring it? The answer leads to an illegal animal smuggling ring, elder abuse and murder. There are red herrings aplenty in this excellent mystery plot. The solution is clever. However, the usual family interplay is missing. Michael, the twins and cousin Rose Noire seem to be only bit characters in this novel. Meg's mother was only used to provide obscure family members for other forgettable roles. The plot of How the Finch Stole Christmas is good enough to be a 5 star entry in the series but the lack of the usually hilarious family banter drops it down to 4 stars.Thanks to the publisher, Minotaur Books, and netgalley for an advanced review copy. This book will be published on October 24, 2017.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    It's nearly Christmas in Caerphilly. Michael is directing the production of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is being portrayed by an almost forgotten actor named Haver who has a drinking problem. In the meantime, Goudian finches are plentiful in the area thanks to a wildlife smuggling ring. Meg finds more finches, a tiger, a puppy mill, other exotic animals, and house full of cats, and a corpse, after following Haver to locate his drink supplier. Haver keeps disappearing so Michael is prepared to fil It's nearly Christmas in Caerphilly. Michael is directing the production of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is being portrayed by an almost forgotten actor named Haver who has a drinking problem. In the meantime, Goudian finches are plentiful in the area thanks to a wildlife smuggling ring. Meg finds more finches, a tiger, a puppy mill, other exotic animals, and house full of cats, and a corpse, after following Haver to locate his drink supplier. Haver keeps disappearing so Michael is prepared to fill in, if necessary. Various townspeople, including Meg's grandfather the vet and her father the doctor, get involved in the plot while the police are sorting things out. It's a fun read, but not one of the strongest in the series, which is typical with most holiday reads. Still it provides a pleasant distraction for readers during a busy season when readers need a little escape. I received an advance electronic review copy from the publisher through Netgalley with the expectation of an honest review.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    It’s Christmas in Caerphilly once again. This year brings Michael directing A Christmas Carol but, instead of a one-man show, it’s a full-on play. The university is insisting he bring in an aging B-list (on a good day) television actor in as Scrooge. Too bad the man is not only ill-tempered, he’s drunk more often than not, even with the mayor threatening retaliation to anyone who gives the man liquor. And Meg Langslow’s usual web of spies can’t figure out where the man is getting his booze. Whil It’s Christmas in Caerphilly once again. This year brings Michael directing A Christmas Carol but, instead of a one-man show, it’s a full-on play. The university is insisting he bring in an aging B-list (on a good day) television actor in as Scrooge. Too bad the man is not only ill-tempered, he’s drunk more often than not, even with the mayor threatening retaliation to anyone who gives the man liquor. And Meg Langslow’s usual web of spies can’t figure out where the man is getting his booze. While it might be expected that the grumpy actor is the one to get bumped off, it is actually the man who is supplying him the alcohol. Oh, and seems to be illegally smuggling animals at the same time.This is your usual Langslow book though lately I’ve felt like the books have fallen into the trap of some other long-time series – there is a certain smugness combined with seemingly miraculous fixes at the end. This has always been a fast, fun, and fluffy series without a lot of depth but the ending on the last couple books have felt more… judge-y than usual.
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  • Laura M
    January 1, 1970
    A smuggling ring, a corpse in the snow, and a Christmas program. Only Donna Andrews can seamlessly combine these into a cohesive cozy mystery. This year's Christmas play in Caerphilly will feature a has-been actor in the hope the name recognition will improve ticket sales. However, when the actor comes to rehearsals drunk everyday (if he comes at all), Meg and Michael must prepare for the worst. Meg has other things on her plate, though, as she stumbles upon an animal smuggling ring, and a boot A smuggling ring, a corpse in the snow, and a Christmas program. Only Donna Andrews can seamlessly combine these into a cohesive cozy mystery. This year's Christmas play in Caerphilly will feature a has-been actor in the hope the name recognition will improve ticket sales. However, when the actor comes to rehearsals drunk everyday (if he comes at all), Meg and Michael must prepare for the worst. Meg has other things on her plate, though, as she stumbles upon an animal smuggling ring, and a boot in the snow (which happens to have the foot of a corpse in it). Through all of this, Donna Andrews brings the cozy to this cozy mystery, making the reader feel right at home with her huge family, as well as getting us in the Christmas spirit. This is a Donna Andrews mystery at it's best. This book comes after Gone Gull in the series but can be read as a stand alone. Cannot recommend this book enough to cozy mystery readers.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Book 22 in the series, but I think Ms. Andrews does an excellent job of making each book a stand alone story.Every year I look forward to a new Christmas book in this series. Meg and her family never fail to make me laugh, and this one was no different. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one through NetGalley and I pretty much snuggled down and read it in one sitting. My family is used to me laughing out loud when I read a Meg book, so they left me alone, haha.I absolutely enjoyed the stor Book 22 in the series, but I think Ms. Andrews does an excellent job of making each book a stand alone story.Every year I look forward to a new Christmas book in this series. Meg and her family never fail to make me laugh, and this one was no different. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one through NetGalley and I pretty much snuggled down and read it in one sitting. My family is used to me laughing out loud when I read a Meg book, so they left me alone, haha.I absolutely enjoyed the story this time, though I do wish we'd seen a bit more of Meg's Mom's side of the family again. They always add a bit more kookiness.I got this book super early, and actually ended up re-reading it again just before the pub date. It was just as much fun the second time through!Now to be patient and wait for #23....*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.*
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    The town of Caerphilly is once again planning a fun holiday season. Meg Langslow's husband, Michael, is the director of this years production of A Christmas Carol. The town hires a once-semi-famous actor, Malcolm Havers, to star in the show. Meg sets out to take care of the star and to find out who is supplying alcohol to Mr. Havers. There is a menagerie of animals, family and of course those multiplying finch that are turning up everywhere! Oh what fun, it is to solve a murder and a mystery!! T The town of Caerphilly is once again planning a fun holiday season. Meg Langslow's husband, Michael, is the director of this years production of A Christmas Carol. The town hires a once-semi-famous actor, Malcolm Havers, to star in the show. Meg sets out to take care of the star and to find out who is supplying alcohol to Mr. Havers. There is a menagerie of animals, family and of course those multiplying finch that are turning up everywhere! Oh what fun, it is to solve a murder and a mystery!! This delightful cozy mystery combines colorful characters and funny circumstances to make a satisfying holiday read. How the Finch Stole Christmas by Donna Andrews will be available October 24, 2017 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Sarah Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    So very very happy to receive this book on the day of release (yesterday) and had to stay up late to read it in one sitting!! Meg is fabulous as always! This story, another Christmas story, tells about the Christmas play being put on by Caerphilly. Instead of all the pressure being on Michael to perform his one man Scrooge Show, the town decide to attract more tourists by inviting a celebrity to join the local cast. Unfortunately he comes with a few bottles of trouble and Meg ends up having to i So very very happy to receive this book on the day of release (yesterday) and had to stay up late to read it in one sitting!! Meg is fabulous as always! This story, another Christmas story, tells about the Christmas play being put on by Caerphilly. Instead of all the pressure being on Michael to perform his one man Scrooge Show, the town decide to attract more tourists by inviting a celebrity to join the local cast. Unfortunately he comes with a few bottles of trouble and Meg ends up having to investigate and recruit fabulous family members to help her save the day.We got to see less of Meg’s family in this book and lots of newer characters became the focus. I look forward to seeing where we go next!! And in the meantime I’ll happily reread the entire series a few times over!!
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  • Stylesplenty
    January 1, 1970
    It is my first time reading a book by Donna Andrews and I was able to read this bookfor free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was a slow read for me at the beginning but then it picked up. I did not know that this was a book for Meg Langslow mystery series. (spoiler alert)Meg and her husband Michael were directing a production of A Christmas Carol and having problems with the leading actor, Malcom Haver. This story takes place in a small town in Caerphilly Virginia. Malcolm wa It is my first time reading a book by Donna Andrews and I was able to read this bookfor free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was a slow read for me at the beginning but then it picked up. I did not know that this was a book for Meg Langslow mystery series. (spoiler alert)Meg and her husband Michael were directing a production of A Christmas Carol and having problems with the leading actor, Malcom Haver. This story takes place in a small town in Caerphilly Virginia. Malcolm was an obnoxious alcoholic who was playing the miserable and crabby scrooge. The story picks up when Meg starts to investigate who is smuggling animals, a murder and a overzealous fan with a very uncooperative lead actor. It was a nice cozy mystery and I enjoyed reading it.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads and the publisher. The copy I received as an "Advance Uncorrected Proof". #stmartinspressSet in a small town in Virginia in December, this mystery book follows the story of Meg, her husband and the Christmas Carol show they are working to stage at a local college. The star of the show, a slightly over the hill actor with a drinking problem causes all kinds of trouble. They find a town's person dead in the snow and the sleuthing complete with exo I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads and the publisher. The copy I received as an "Advance Uncorrected Proof". #stmartinspressSet in a small town in Virginia in December, this mystery book follows the story of Meg, her husband and the Christmas Carol show they are working to stage at a local college. The star of the show, a slightly over the hill actor with a drinking problem causes all kinds of trouble. They find a town's person dead in the snow and the sleuthing complete with exotic birds and animals begins. While I did not find this to be a comedy (the book back calls it gut-bustingly funny), some of the characters are quirky and zany making them entertaining. This is book 22 in the series but the first I have read. I enjoyed it enough to read others.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    Such a delight. I raced through reading HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! in one day even though I was doing errands, then turned around and listened to it. I think the audio version turned out even better than the print. Meg's whole family's involvement with performing "A Christmas Carol" expands, to include all of their contributions to solving the murder of a completely incongruous character seen by readers only once from a distance. Police Chief Burke has done a turnaround over the years. Now h Such a delight. I raced through reading HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! in one day even though I was doing errands, then turned around and listened to it. I think the audio version turned out even better than the print. Meg's whole family's involvement with performing "A Christmas Carol" expands, to include all of their contributions to solving the murder of a completely incongruous character seen by readers only once from a distance. Police Chief Burke has done a turnaround over the years. Now he welcomes Meg's involvement in his crime solving, and indeed, the whole community's. Beyond the mystery, HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! is a funny, warm, smile-laden story with a moving resolution.
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  • Argum
    January 1, 1970
    Meg is back and it is Christmas again. This time the focus in on the play. This year a 'big name' has been brought in instead of a one man Michael show. That ' big name' is really an older B movie star with a serious drinking problem. At least, unlike Clay County, there are no dead bodies laying around. Meg follows the drunken actor to his bootlegger and discovers a major animal rescue need - cat hoarding, tigers, and a puppy mill rolled into one. Things roll along with Meg as usual having crazy Meg is back and it is Christmas again. This time the focus in on the play. This year a 'big name' has been brought in instead of a one man Michael show. That ' big name' is really an older B movie star with a serious drinking problem. At least, unlike Clay County, there are no dead bodies laying around. Meg follows the drunken actor to his bootlegger and discovers a major animal rescue need - cat hoarding, tigers, and a puppy mill rolled into one. Things roll along with Meg as usual having crazy amounts of help from various townspeople and family plus random town visitors. I didn't really figure life out and loved the ending.
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  • MAB LongBeach
    January 1, 1970
    Another entry in the Meg Langslow mystery series. It is Christmas in Caerphilly again. This year, it was decided to hire a name actor to play Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." Unfortunately, the minor star has made himself very unpopular and has a habit of showing up to rehearsals drunk. Meanwhile, a wildlife smuggling ring is in operation nearby, flooding the town with confiscated birds. As usual, Meg sticks her nose into everything.It is always a pleasure to spend time with Meg and her friends a Another entry in the Meg Langslow mystery series. It is Christmas in Caerphilly again. This year, it was decided to hire a name actor to play Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." Unfortunately, the minor star has made himself very unpopular and has a habit of showing up to rehearsals drunk. Meanwhile, a wildlife smuggling ring is in operation nearby, flooding the town with confiscated birds. As usual, Meg sticks her nose into everything.It is always a pleasure to spend time with Meg and her friends and relations, but the plot in this one is too diffuse and the wackiness muted. It's not bad, but it's not up to the usual standards.
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed How the Finch Stole Christmas. It is the 22nd book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series. This was my introduction to Meg, her family, and the town of Caerphilly. I am pleased with how well the book stood on its own. Meg is a well developed main character. Her relationships with her family, friends, and the townspeople are well established and feel authentic. The "guest characters" were well dr I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed How the Finch Stole Christmas. It is the 22nd book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series. This was my introduction to Meg, her family, and the town of Caerphilly. I am pleased with how well the book stood on its own. Meg is a well developed main character. Her relationships with her family, friends, and the townspeople are well established and feel authentic. The "guest characters" were well drawn and fit into the story seamlessly. I was drawn into the mystery and was kept guessing until the killer was revealed. I plan to go back and read the series from the beginning.
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  • CAROL GUTTRY
    January 1, 1970
    With all apologies to some of my other cozy mystery authors ( Ellery Adams) this is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and the only problem I have with it is waiting so long for each new one. Donna Andrews is a smart and funny writer who has managed to create characters that are believable and make you want to know them. Meg and her husband Michael, her father and mother, her grandfather and grandmother, the twins and the rest of the extended family all have their own quirky and wonderful With all apologies to some of my other cozy mystery authors ( Ellery Adams) this is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and the only problem I have with it is waiting so long for each new one. Donna Andrews is a smart and funny writer who has managed to create characters that are believable and make you want to know them. Meg and her husband Michael, her father and mother, her grandfather and grandmother, the twins and the rest of the extended family all have their own quirky and wonderful personalities. I truly recommend this whole series. It's well worth reading and rereading. Enjoy!
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I've like this series from the beginning and now with this being book 22 in the Meg Langslow series you can see the family has changed and grown. This book is dealing with the college and town collaborating in a big production of the Christmas Carol. Michael is in charge but the big name British actor is causing him nothing but pain. All the usual assortment of friends and family are around to celebrate the holidays. Meg has another murder to solve and the mystery story is a good one. Can stand I've like this series from the beginning and now with this being book 22 in the Meg Langslow series you can see the family has changed and grown. This book is dealing with the college and town collaborating in a big production of the Christmas Carol. Michael is in charge but the big name British actor is causing him nothing but pain. All the usual assortment of friends and family are around to celebrate the holidays. Meg has another murder to solve and the mystery story is a good one. Can stand alone but the previous books are too good to miss.
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    Meg and her wonderful, loony cast of friends and family are back along with many animals and a body or two. Meg's husband is directing a production of A Christmas Carol and having problems with the leading actor. Scrooge is miserly and crabby, but this actor is alcoholic and obnoxious. Soon Meg is juggling investigating smuggled animals, murder, a rabid fan, and an uncooperative lead actor. And it all leads to laughs and a fun mystery. This series continues to please.
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  • Rebecca L Hammond
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent bookAgainst excellent book in an excellent series. Unexpected ending with a well written plot and story. Can be a stand alone book which I highly recommend, however the series is so well written I recommend reading it in order. Series is so well written I've re-read it a number of times.
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  • Janice Cafarelli
    January 1, 1970
    I won this Advance Uncorrected Proof on Goodreads.. Even so I found very few corrections that needed to be done. Donna Andrews is a new author for me to read and why it has taken me so long to find her I can't understand. From the minute I started reading this light mystery I could not put it down. I fell in love with this small , community involved town and its people from the start!!
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