Toucan Keep a Secret (Meg Langslow Mystery, #23)
A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Gull.Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan Meg's friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the columbarium (the small building where cremated remains are held), Meg finds an elderly parishioner lying dead on the floor of the crypt. Several niches have been chiseled open; several urns knocked out; and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone.The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife's ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him to the columbarium? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind?While the Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. During this task, Meg learns many secrets about Caerphilly's history--and finds that the toucan may play a role in unmasking the killer. Clues and events indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief--who might also be the killer.Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series.

Toucan Keep a Secret (Meg Langslow Mystery, #23) Details

TitleToucan Keep a Secret (Meg Langslow Mystery, #23)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250115478
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Toucan Keep a Secret (Meg Langslow Mystery, #23) Review

  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    In this next book of the series it is Meg's turn to close up her church after a nightly meeting being held there because their Reverend is pregnant and on bed rest. While locking up and checking on their guest, a toucan the Rev. Robyn is fostering Meg hears a banging noise. The noise sounds like its coming from the church's crypt so Meg goes off to investigate. What she finds is the dead body of one of the church members and several of the niches have been tampered and among the ashes a ring. Th In this next book of the series it is Meg's turn to close up her church after a nightly meeting being held there because their Reverend is pregnant and on bed rest. While locking up and checking on their guest, a toucan the Rev. Robyn is fostering Meg hears a banging noise. The noise sounds like its coming from the church's crypt so Meg goes off to investigate. What she finds is the dead body of one of the church members and several of the niches have been tampered and among the ashes a ring. The dead man had been making noises about retrieving his wife's ashes from their niche and it looks like maybe he had taken matters into his own hands, but who killed him and why? While the police look into the death Meg is tasked with finding the owners of the niches that have been disturbed and asking the families how they would like the church to fix the problem. Along the way Meg learns of a robbery that happened years ago and begins to wonder if it is at all related to what happened at the crypt. Follow along as Meg tends to her family, helps out her church, takes care of a toucan, and all the while still looks for clues into who could have killed her fellow parishioner. This is such an entertaining series filled with unique characters, a lovely setting, and plot line that is always fun to try and figure out. This series is still going strong after 23 books, I look forward to many more.I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kathy Davie
    January 1, 1970
    Twenty-third in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series set in Caerphilly, Virginia, (Yorktown) and revolving around a blacksmith-cum-mom and her family.My TakeI absolutely adore Andrews' Meg Langslow warm and cozy series for the small town feel and all the compassion that abounds throughout the town. Sure ya got yer curmudgeons and bad guys…what's a story without 'em? But they take care of each other and figure out ways to help so it doesn't hurt. I just love, love, love it!It's first person prota Twenty-third in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series set in Caerphilly, Virginia, (Yorktown) and revolving around a blacksmith-cum-mom and her family.My TakeI absolutely adore Andrews' Meg Langslow warm and cozy series for the small town feel and all the compassion that abounds throughout the town. Sure ya got yer curmudgeons and bad guys…what's a story without 'em? But they take care of each other and figure out ways to help so it doesn't hurt. I just love, love, love it!It's first person protagonist point-of-view from Meg's perspective, and since she's such a nosey parker and involved in everything with a brain, we know everything she knows and experiences. And it amazes me how busy this little town is!Between Robyn's pregnancy and the multiple projects underway at their home, Ragnar's charity, past events that continue to involve Trinity Episcopal, and force Meg to hunt down survivors, some of whom aren't interested in being found…yep, a busy little place indeed.Andrews has kept the fun going even though those awful Pruitts are finally gone, and poor Chief Burke has yet another Pruitt headache uncovered by this desecration of the columbarium. This ought'a be fun!I do like Dr Womble, even if he does wander off-topic a lot. Any man who will turn a barn into a library has my vote, *grin* And the story is filled with his good deeds. A very decent man. I like his friend, too, lol. That Archie now. He and his mother. I keep fantasizing about a a mean, stupid bomb. One that takes out mean and stupid people. Hmmm…Oh, all right, I'll be good. It is a good ending with quite a few surprises, mostly good ones. And then there's that sneaky little twist at the very end…snicker…The StoryIt's been thirty years since the infamous Van der Lynden jewel heist, and it's all coming back with the desecration of the columbarium and that great ruby ring rolling around the dead body.A past history that opens up quite a few events that made no sense at the time…as nonsensical as that killer who sees toucan and thinks parrot…Seems hyenas are good security…The CharactersMeg Langslow does artful blacksmithing and is a special assistant to the mayor. Primarily because Meg gets things done and has a huge clan to call upon. She's married to Professor Michael Waterston who teaches drama at Caerphilly College and is an assistant coach with their sons' Little League team. They have twin sons, Josh and Jamie, who are close friends with Adam Burke with Mason (Jan is his mom) making up the fourth of the Four Horsemen. The Twinmobile is that necessary van for all moms of active kids. Spike is the Small Evil One who only likes the twins.Dr Langslow is Meg's crime-fancying dad, James, who is also the local medical examiner. Mother is quite intimidating when she needs to be, a real go-getter with tons of practical compassion. Rob is Meg's brother who owns a computer game company and lives with the Waterstons along with Rose Noire, their vegetarian and organic cousin, who will love the challenge. Tinkerbell is Rob's Irish wolfhound. Cordelia is the Langslow's long-lost (and found) grandmother who had once played with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Grandfather, a.k.a., "Great", is a biologist, bird fancier, and owns the Caerphilly Zoo.Trinity Episcopal Church is……where Meg and family attends on Sundays. And every other day of the week it seems, lol. The Reverend Robyn Smith is on bed rest for the last three months of her pregnancy. Matt is her artistic husband. Admiral Nimitz is the three-year-old toco toucan Robyn is fostering while his owner, Larry Baker, is on active duty on the USS Harry Truman. The Ladies of St Clotilda are the chief organizers for good works in the church. The church will need to reinstitute the Key Holders, an official volunteer post. Sally Penworthy is rather flighty, so it's her fault.Viola Wilson is the wife of Reverend Wilson at New Life Baptist. Father Dr Lyndon Shakespeare is a friend of Womble's and one of the supply priests (the ecclesiastical equivalent of a substitute teacher).Junius Hagley is one of two Muttering Misogynists; Mr Sedlak is the other, blithering, one*. His wife, Dolores, was in one of the crypts along with James Asmundsen Washington, P. Jefferson Blair, Lacey Shiffley (a renegade Shiffley!), Beatrice Helen Falkenhausen van der Lynden, and Known Only to God.Dr Rufus Womble is Robyn's predecessor, a pack rat, and quite the sneak. Seems he needed volunteers to keep him on track as he got too easily lost in a book. His wife, Emma Womble, sounds an absolute sweetheart. Wyclif and Wilberforce are their gray tabbies. The Reverend George Burwell Nelson Page, a.k.a., Gothic George, was the rector when the crypt was built.Charles Hagley is Junius' son, a lawyer who lives in Richmond.Mrs. Parker Blair is PJ's aunt. Professor James Donovan is part of the law school faculty and can make decisions about Blair's desecration. Jeannie is the law faculty's secretary.Archibald Falkenhuaser van der Lynden is Beatrice's ne'er do well son, who seems to spend most of his life at Inchness, a rehab facility. J. Elliott Vanderbilt of Wellington Blodgett handles his affairs. Beatrice's husband, Archie Sr, was thought to have been a financial wizard. William Fitzgerald "Fitz" Marshall and Paul Blair were the two friends who volunteered. Belinda Pruitt and Mr Jackson are the only guests still alive from the party. Mrs Winkleson bought the estate and named it Raven Hill, and then Ragnar bought it……Ragnarsheim is……the sprawling "farm" of Ragnar Ragarsen, a.k.a., that Viking musician, a heavy-metal drummer who retired. Despite his penchant for all things gothic, he holds open house for friends who are down on their luck. Fred is a bass player and former band mate. Hosmer is alphabetizing the books in Ragnar's library. Buddy is doing a great job of keeping the gazebo clean…those geese, you know. Ragnar's black swans have the same hair trigger temper as mute swans.Roddy is one of Michael's star pupils; Evan needs way too much help getting into character. Jaren is another student helping with the re-enactment.Bart Hempel, the ringleader of the real robbers, is serving thirty-to-life. Aaron Hempel was Bart's younger brother.Jim Washington had been the Van der Lyndens' gardener, gopher…and scapegoat, but managed to get a job with Randall's dad — to piss off the Pruitts, lol. He was Junius' brother-in-law, married to Mary, Dolores' sister.Lacey Shiffley was quite the rebel when she eloped with Anse Whicker from Clay County. Ida and Ferd Shiffley were her parents and quite keen for her to go to college.Caerphilly PDChief Henry Burke retired from the Baltimore PD and is in charge in Caerphilly (he attends New Life Baptist where his wife, Minerva, is the choir director), as well as resigned to Meg barging in. He and his wife are raising their orphaned grandsons: Frank, Jr; Calvin; and, Adam.Horace Hollingsworth is a deputy and a crime scene specialist. As well as one of Meg's cousins. Debbie Ann is the dispatcher. Other deputies include Aida Butler (one of Meg's friends) and Vern Shiffley.The sprawling Shiffley clanRandall Shiffley is the de facto head of the clan. He's in construction and is also the mayor and county manager. Judge Jane Shiffley can be quite stern and is Lacey's next-of-kin. Cal is Judge Jane's bailiff and dating a Shiffley. Osgood Shiffley is a good mechanic. Wilma Shiffley used to clean for the Hagleys for years.Caerphilly Zoo is......owned by "Great", Manoj is the heavy aviary keeper. Axel is his assistant.Dr Clarence Rutledge is the town veterinarian. Fred Singer is the owner, editor, and chief bottle-washer of the Clarion, the local paper. His grandson plays on a rival Little League team and is a great catcher. Maudie Morton runs the local funeral home where Hagley, Washington, and Reggie Thistlethwaite had been some of Maudie's Gentlemen. Lettice Forsythe runs an antiques shop.The Eagles are……Josh and Jason's Little League team coached by Tory Davis. The team's pitchers are Manuel Espionza and Danny Takahashi.* The Philadelphia Eleven were those horrible women who were ordained back in 1974.The Cover and TitleThe cover uses a diamond gradient with a pale turquoise radiating up and down into a much deeper turquoise. Centered in the lightest area are three multicolored toucans — orange, black, red, white, yellow, greens, and blues — lined up along a branch, chatting to each other. A bit of info blurb is at the top in a lime green with the author's name immediately below it in an embossed white. Just below the third toucan's tail is the series information in white. Additional whimsy shows up in the first word of the embossed white title curving up on each end with the rest of the title below it in a straight line.The title is right, Toucan Keep a Secret. If one of them is dead.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in Donna Andrews’ Mag Langslow mystery series. Ms. Andrews provides sufficient character background to allow this book can be read as a standalone. The mysteries are well plotted and the characters well developed in this steadily paced book. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband, Michael, and their twin sons, Jamie and Josh. She’s locking up Trinity Episcopal Church and checkin Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in Donna Andrews’ Mag Langslow mystery series. Ms. Andrews provides sufficient character background to allow this book can be read as a standalone. The mysteries are well plotted and the characters well developed in this steadily paced book. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband, Michael, and their twin sons, Jamie and Josh. She’s locking up Trinity Episcopal Church and checking on Admiral Nimitz, Larry Baker’s toucan her friend, Reverend Robyn Smith, is taking care of while his owner is on active duty. Robyn is in the third trimester and her doctor has placed her on bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. It’s late in the evening when Meg hears a hammering sound in the columbarium (the crypt where cremated remains are held) she finds an elderly parishioner, Junius Hagley, lying dead on the floor. She also notices several vandalized niches as well as urns and cremains scattered on the floor. The victim, a vestry member who wasn’t well liked, had been ranting about taking back his wife’s ashes. Meg spots a crow bar that is the murder weapon and a ring with a large red stone. Horace, a county police officer and one-man forensics team, secures and documents the evidence and Dr. Langslow, Meg’s dad, a doctor and the medical examiner, examines the body to determine time and cause of death. While Chief Henry Burke, a retired Baltimore homicide detective, investigates the murder, Meg is recruited by Robyn to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed to determine how they want to handle reinternment. Chief Burke is trying to determine if the murder and vandalism had something to do with the theft of Mrs. van der Lynden’s jewelry during the Dames of Caerphilly’s New Year’s party she hosted in1987, and Meg’s dad wants to reenact the robbery that occurred the van der Lynden house. Meg leaves the major investigating to the police, but she asks questions every chance she gets and shares the information with Chief Burke, who is happy to have her help, although she does end up in over her head.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Donna Andrews' very delightful 23rd Meg Langslow Mystery, Toucan Keep a Secret, was very quickly read by this cozy enthusiast in just a few hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Our heroine, Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she hears a loud banging and sees a light in the supposedly empty (well, except for the dead people!!!) crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a member of the vestry who's been bludgeoned to death with a crowbar, and also the scattered ashes and broken u Donna Andrews' very delightful 23rd Meg Langslow Mystery, Toucan Keep a Secret, was very quickly read by this cozy enthusiast in just a few hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Our heroine, Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she hears a loud banging and sees a light in the supposedly empty (well, except for the dead people!!!) crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a member of the vestry who's been bludgeoned to death with a crowbar, and also the scattered ashes and broken urns of several late members of the congregation, as well as a priceless ruby ring! Who did this and why did they choose these particular niches to desecrate? Is there a connection to a 30-year-old jewelry robbery? Can a non-speaking toucan really hold the secret to the crime? Do yourself a favor and take a trip to the town of Caerphilly to discover the answers to these, and other, burning questions! Note: You don't need to read the first 22 books in the series prior to picking this one up (unless you want to!), as this book works perfectly well as a standalone read. 5 stars!
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews is the 23th book in the Meg Langslow series, and another great addition. One evening Meg Lanslow is locking up the Episcopal Church when she hears hammering in the columbarium and goes to investigate, finding a dead body and some open cremated remains. Determined to keep Rev. Robyn Smith calm while she is on bed rest for her pregnancy, Meg investigates. I love this series, and the wonderful characters. Caerphilly sounds like a great town, with all their quir Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews is the 23th book in the Meg Langslow series, and another great addition. One evening Meg Lanslow is locking up the Episcopal Church when she hears hammering in the columbarium and goes to investigate, finding a dead body and some open cremated remains. Determined to keep Rev. Robyn Smith calm while she is on bed rest for her pregnancy, Meg investigates. I love this series, and the wonderful characters. Caerphilly sounds like a great town, with all their quirky people and large families. The plot of the stories are always well written and developed and often make me laugh out loud. This book has more twists. and turns, that kept me reading page after page. I strongly recommend this book and the whole series for anyone who likes well written cozy mysteries that are unique and delightful. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Manuela
    January 1, 1970
    It started of well enough but lost tempo to the end. It was a nice and pleasant beach read, but nothing special. There was some detecting done by Meg, but after all she just stumbled into the way of the culprit. Perhaps I already have red to many of the Langslow Books, but I liked the old ones better because there was more going on.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed all twenty-three books in this wonderful series and this one is my new favorite. Meg and her family have such a love of life, living it as it comes, This time Meg is locking up the church after the vestry meeting and hears banging coming from the columbarium - please don't confuse it with a crypt - and sees a light inside when it shouldn't be there. Just like the dead body shouldn't be there. Somebody has been trying to pry off the plaques from various niches with a crowbar then g I have enjoyed all twenty-three books in this wonderful series and this one is my new favorite. Meg and her family have such a love of life, living it as it comes, This time Meg is locking up the church after the vestry meeting and hears banging coming from the columbarium - please don't confuse it with a crypt - and sees a light inside when it shouldn't be there. Just like the dead body shouldn't be there. Somebody has been trying to pry off the plaques from various niches with a crowbar then goes so far as to use it as a murder weapon. Amid the scattered ashes and broken glass and china Meg finds the body of one of Trinity churches least favorite members.If that wasn't enough to deal with, now there is a toucan who needs tending to - his name is Nimitz and he is a very messy bird. That's no reason for somebody to want to snatch him. Meg is then asked to act on behalf of the church to contact all of the next of kin of the damaged niches and find out how they want to proceed with the repairs, putting the urns back where they belong. That gives Meg the perfect excuse to ask a whole lot of questions because every single one of the defiled niches and urns had a connection to a jewel robbery that happened way back in the 1970's.. The jewelry was never recovered, the crime never solved. Until, of course, Meg gets involved, with the blessing of the local police.I'm hard pressed to say which character in this series is my favorite. Is it Meg? Is it her delightful father, a retired doctor? Is it her larger than life grandfather with his private zoo? Not to forget her young sons and her mother and her grandmother. These are people I would love to call family and friends. There would never, ever be a dull moment. My thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance reading copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Shoshana
    January 1, 1970
    How does Donna Andrews keep coming up with all of the bird puns? She is so clever, and I really enjoy her sense of humor. “Toucan Keep a Secret” is a typical Andrews book. The heroine is Meg Langslow, worker in wrought iron, wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter and sometime sleuth; and the rest of the gang is all here, too. The setting is Caerphilly, VA, which would be a very odd little town indeed if it were real. (And oh, how I wish it were real!) In this book, Meg is helping fill in at her l How does Donna Andrews keep coming up with all of the bird puns? She is so clever, and I really enjoy her sense of humor. “Toucan Keep a Secret” is a typical Andrews book. The heroine is Meg Langslow, worker in wrought iron, wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter and sometime sleuth; and the rest of the gang is all here, too. The setting is Caerphilly, VA, which would be a very odd little town indeed if it were real. (And oh, how I wish it were real!) In this book, Meg is helping fill in at her local Episcopal church while the priest is on bedrest for her pregnancy.Naturally, there is a murder. And naturally, this being a Donna Andrews book, things turn zany and madcap although while you are reading the book it seems very plausible. This is Andrews’ genius; everything seems ordinary on the surface, while underneath it is all very odd. What a pleasure these books, and this one in particular, are for readers with a sense of humor.No spoilers from me as I do not want to ruin the book for future readers who should have the fun of discovery for themselves. Do yourself a favor and read “Toucan Keep a Secret.”
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  • Mary Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Rev Robyn is pregnant and on bed rest. In her place, many of the parishioners are covering the things Robyn would normally cover. It is Meg's turn to close up the church and make sure that everything is working okay. As she is collecting the Toucan, that Robyn was caring for, for a young man who has been sent to sea, and the key to the church van, she hears knocking and it seems to be coming for the cemetery. She goes to investigate and discovers that one of the old-timers, who doesn't' like fem Rev Robyn is pregnant and on bed rest. In her place, many of the parishioners are covering the things Robyn would normally cover. It is Meg's turn to close up the church and make sure that everything is working okay. As she is collecting the Toucan, that Robyn was caring for, for a young man who has been sent to sea, and the key to the church van, she hears knocking and it seems to be coming for the cemetery. She goes to investigate and discovers that one of the old-timers, who doesn't' like female priests and is against too many things to name. She calls for help and then helps Robyn notify the next of kin for those whose niches in the columbarium were disturbed. Along the way, she learns information and constantly notifies the sheriff. The story was in book and audio form (listening while driving and reading when I could sit at home) and in book format, I noticed some errors that I think are typing problems. I would recommend this story as it can be read out of order from the series and can be enjoyed by even teenagers (yep, I have teens) and they were chuckling at some of the things that happened in the story.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Toucan Keep a Secret about a thirty-year-old robbery and murder.By all accounts, Junius Hagley was not a nice man. Frustrated by the paperwork to disintern his wife’s cremated remains, he took matters, and a crowbar, into his own hands to rectify the situation. When someone interrupts, and then murders him, Meg investigates for Pastor Robin, who is on pregnancy bedrest.It’s always a pleasure to return to Meg’s world. After 23 books, her family and friends feel like my friends too. I would have l Toucan Keep a Secret about a thirty-year-old robbery and murder.By all accounts, Junius Hagley was not a nice man. Frustrated by the paperwork to disintern his wife’s cremated remains, he took matters, and a crowbar, into his own hands to rectify the situation. When someone interrupts, and then murders him, Meg investigates for Pastor Robin, who is on pregnancy bedrest.It’s always a pleasure to return to Meg’s world. After 23 books, her family and friends feel like my friends too. I would have liked more time with Michael and the boys—even with her ironwork—which were much more prevalent in the early entries in the series. Still Toucan Keep a Secret is a good cozy mystery worth 4 stars.Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna AndrewsThe Twenty-Third Meg Langslow MysteryWith Reverend Robyn Smith on bed rest, Meg Langslow is on duty at Trinity Episcopalian. Loud banging interrupts her from securing the church for the night and leads her to the graveyard only to find Julius Hagley, one of the Muttering Misogynists, dead inside the vandalized columbarium. Did he interrupt an intruder or did the women in the vestry finally have enough of him? Or was his murder somehow connected to an old unso TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna AndrewsThe Twenty-Third Meg Langslow MysteryWith Reverend Robyn Smith on bed rest, Meg Langslow is on duty at Trinity Episcopalian. Loud banging interrupts her from securing the church for the night and leads her to the graveyard only to find Julius Hagley, one of the Muttering Misogynists, dead inside the vandalized columbarium. Did he interrupt an intruder or did the women in the vestry finally have enough of him? Or was his murder somehow connected to an old unsolved jewel robbery, an event that ties all the disturbed cremains together?A return to Caerphilly, Virginia is a return to fun. Donna Andrews leads her zany cast of characters through a well plotted mystery filled with laughs.It doesn't matter if you've read each previous book in the series, have been away a while and missed a few, or if this is your first Meg Langslow Mystery, you can jump right in and not feel lost or as if you had missed something. Despite being the twenty-third book in the series TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET remains fresh.I quite enjoyed the tie in to an unsolved mystery. Delving into the past while seeing its effects on the present bring added dimension to the story. I also love how Meg gets the whole family and community involved, in helping the toucan, helping the Smiths, and solving the murder! TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET is a great addition to this long-running series.FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow discovers the body of a vestry member when she's locking up the local church. What's almost as bad, she finds that the columbarium has been vandalized. But why would the ashes of these particular people, including a "John Doe," be disturbed? Meg is asked to represent the church in dealing with the next-of-kin, to see if they want their loved ones reinterred, but some of them are hard to find. And almost all of them want to talk about a thirty-year-old jewel robbery, largely because Meg Langslow discovers the body of a vestry member when she's locking up the local church. What's almost as bad, she finds that the columbarium has been vandalized. But why would the ashes of these particular people, including a "John Doe," be disturbed? Meg is asked to represent the church in dealing with the next-of-kin, to see if they want their loved ones reinterred, but some of them are hard to find. And almost all of them want to talk about a thirty-year-old jewel robbery, largely because the valuable loot has never been found. Many members of Meg's family make token appearances, but this book doesn't include one of Andrews' specialty big fat mob scenes, unfortunately.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Fairly short for this series - and though I did like it, it was lacking the family interactions that make the series charming. There are glimpses of her eccentric family members but they are largely in the background, with Meg rushing from one location to another. I also felt the mystery could have been fleshed out better. Still a decent read, just not a favorite in this series.
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first time reading a book from this series and Toucan Keep a Secret may be the twenty-third book in the Meg Langslow series but I did not feel lost at all when I read the story. There is a history with the characters but the author did a great job of adding enough background history that I caught on to everything quickly. The story itself started out with a bang as Meg was working late one night covering for Reverend Robyn Smith who was out of the office due to being on bed rest. All This was my first time reading a book from this series and Toucan Keep a Secret may be the twenty-third book in the Meg Langslow series but I did not feel lost at all when I read the story. There is a history with the characters but the author did a great job of adding enough background history that I caught on to everything quickly. The story itself started out with a bang as Meg was working late one night covering for Reverend Robyn Smith who was out of the office due to being on bed rest. All Meg wanted to do was get home to her husband and children, not to stumble across a murder that appeared to have taken place while she was on the premises.Meg knew to leave the investigating to the authorities but that didn’t stop her from poking around and asking her own questions. The deceased may have been one of the least liked parishioners but there seemed to be more to this murder than what appeared on the surface. While doing her own type of sleuthing, Meg stumbled upon a connection to a decades old jewelry heist that somehow seemed to be connected with the murder that took place in the church’s columbarium (think of a crypt). With two mysteries swirling around their community and a murderer on the loose, it was going to take some creative thinking to get to the bottom of what truly took place the night of the murder.There were many characters involved in this story and they were quite quirky and entertaining. The mystery itself was interesting but for me it was not very exciting. It didn’t have that draw that would keep me on the edge of my seat. I think it was because there was a lot of interaction going on with the residents of the town and the parishioners and that took away from the focus of sleuthing. There were some good twists though and the bird focus was cute too. Overall, Toucan Keep a Secret will appeal to readers who love a large cast of quirky characters, comical and nearly impossible situations that follow twists and turns which lead to a satisfying conclusion. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Meg stumbles upon a body and vandalism in the church crypt one evening while locking the church up for Rev Robyn, who is on bedrest. Robyn asks her to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed by the killer. Turns out they are all, at least peripherally, tied to a 30 year old jewel robbery. - the victim (who probably arranged the whole thing), a couple of the robbers, the guy who was working security that night, a guy who was working at the funeral home & a John Doe. The Meg stumbles upon a body and vandalism in the church crypt one evening while locking the church up for Rev Robyn, who is on bedrest. Robyn asks her to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed by the killer. Turns out they are all, at least peripherally, tied to a 30 year old jewel robbery. - the victim (who probably arranged the whole thing), a couple of the robbers, the guy who was working security that night, a guy who was working at the funeral home & a John Doe. The jewels were never found, the insurance never paid out. The surviving robbers are now out of jail. So Meg mostly follows along behind Chief Burke as his suspects are also the next of kin she needs to speak with.I got a lot of laughs out of this, starting right off with this gem “It’s one thing to be a strong, independent heroine,” he’d said. “And quite another to go racing unarmed into danger instead of sensibly calling 911. People just don’t do that in real life. I know why authors do it, of course, because if the heroine just sat by and let the police handle everything, there wouldn’t be a book. But still—they should at least make an effort to have their heroines behave intelligently.” followed by this from Meg “Aren’t there male protagonists who race into danger? And yet I bet you’d call them brave for doing exactly the same thing that gets women labeled Too Stupid to Live.” Most of the usual characters were there - Meg's parents had larger rolls that usual & it was nice to see Meg & her mom working together to get Robyn's house uncluttered. Cordelia & Grandfather & Rob all had small parts that didn't add much to the plot. It was mostly Meg, Chief Burke & Meg's mom in this one.Meg's dad decides what is needed is a reenactment of the jewel robbery & he goes out to Ragnar's place (Lord of the Wings), which used to be owned by Mrs Wilkerson (Swan for the Money), who had bought it from the robbery victim. As with all of her dad's schemes it quickly gets out of hand with everyone but Meg aiding & abetting him. Michael even brings the boys & Spike out to participate. Meg is just glad her dad has something to do that won't pester the police chief. It actually sounds like a lot of fun.At one point Meg stopped by the church because she saw a light moving around in it and sensibly she stayed in her car and called 911 but she did get shot at, shattering her driver's side window. Michael turns up as part of the fire brigade after talking to her on the phone about it & just gives her a quick kiss and some car keys so she can take a different car home & then goes off to do fire brigade stuff. No big deal. Wife just got shot at, could have been killed... meh, happens fairly regularly. Which it totally does, but still... a hug, a reluctance to leave her side, the desire to see her home safely... something....There is a toucan, who apparently overheard the killer & victim talking. Toucan's aren't parrots though and can't talk, but a great many people, including the killer are either unaware the bird isn't a parrot, or are unaware toucans can't talk so the killer is after the bird too.I figured out who the murder was, but I didn't know who he was. Good mystery. Very enjoyable.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband and two young sons. Since the current female pastor is on bed-rest during the last weeks of her pregnancy, Meg and other members of the Trinity Church have volunteered to lock up church and check on Admiral Nimitz, a bird the pastor is taking care of while its owner is deployed, every night. During her turn as the locking up person, Meg hears loud banging somewhere on the church property. Checking this noise out, she finds a dead church member in Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband and two young sons. Since the current female pastor is on bed-rest during the last weeks of her pregnancy, Meg and other members of the Trinity Church have volunteered to lock up church and check on Admiral Nimitz, a bird the pastor is taking care of while its owner is deployed, every night. During her turn as the locking up person, Meg hears loud banging somewhere on the church property. Checking this noise out, she finds a dead church member in the church crypt. Meg becomes informally involved in the investigation into how the man was murdered. As Meg ferrets out clues, she discovers a long ago, unsolved crime, that may have some connection to this latest murder. Further investigation into this long past, unsolved crime reveals it is involved in this latest murder. Though not officially a member of the legal team investigating the murder, Meg manages to get access to whatever is discovered, while doing her best to keep the legal team appraised of what she finds, as they move on to a resolution of the murder and other crime. However, the team, the Trinity Church and its members are not quite prepared for how this whole investigation turns out.I have not read any other books in the series, but this one was a good stand-alone. There were only a few minor questions about things that obviously had happened in earlier books and characters who had been introduced, and these questions disappeared quickly as I got into the book. I was a bit taken back by the way Meg and the local law enforcement immediately began working in tandem on the crime. Usually, the main character in any series, unless he/she is a law enforcement official, does not get along quite so easily or quickly with the locals or become so involved from the get-go, even when there are few locals to investigate the crime. Meg is obviously a well know, well accepted and well-respected member of the community. She also obviously has not much of a job as an assistant to the mayor, since she spent all of her time working on the murder in the book. I found this interesting and a bit different from the settings of other books. However, Meg is a very likeable character and does do her best not to interfere or cause problems, keeping law enforcement well apprised of what she learns. The story flowed nicely and moved along at a steady, solid pace. I enjoyed reading the book and found the author’s writing style quite comfortable. I think this is a good addition to the series, though, as I said, I have not read any other books in this series. I probably will after reading this one. I think anyone who enjoys a good, solid, mystery and/or who is not really interested in a romance intertwined in the story line will enjoy this. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.
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  • Ed
    January 1, 1970
    #23 in the Meg Langslow mystery series. In this 2018 series entry, author Andrews showcases her remarkable ability to keep this long running series fresh. Meg barely manages to think of blacksmithing occupation as she is kept busy with administrative chores at Trinity Episcopal while Rector Smith is on maternity leave. Also keeping her busy are her chores as assistant to the mayor, chauffeur duty to her twin sons baseball games, and perhaps solving the murder that occurred in Trinity's columbari #23 in the Meg Langslow mystery series. In this 2018 series entry, author Andrews showcases her remarkable ability to keep this long running series fresh. Meg barely manages to think of blacksmithing occupation as she is kept busy with administrative chores at Trinity Episcopal while Rector Smith is on maternity leave. Also keeping her busy are her chores as assistant to the mayor, chauffeur duty to her twin sons baseball games, and perhaps solving the murder that occurred in Trinity's columbarium. The cast of characters would be overwhelming in the hands of another author, but Andrews handles the problem with skill and humor. A fun read and you'll never look at a Whitman Sampler in the same way ever again.Meg Langslow, ornamental blacksmith, is occupied with administrative duties at Trinity Episcopal Church in Caerphilly, Va., while her friend the rector, Robyn Smith, is on medical leave. In the church's columbarium (not to be called a crypt), Meg stumbles across the body of Junius Hagley, one of the church's more persnickety parishioners. Various cremains have been disturbed, and a ring found near the body raises new questions about the long-ago van der Lynden jewel robbery. The van der Lynden son and accomplices were sent to prison, but the jewels were never recovered. Meg juggles interviews with relatives of the departed and those affected by the robbery, potential threats against a toucan present at the murder, and ways to keep her medical examiner father-an enthusiastic amateur criminologist-out of the hair of the harried police chief.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I ADORE this series and this 23rd next in series is as pleasing as the first in series ! This book can be read as a stand alone if you have not read the entire series. I highly recommend the series as one of my favorite cozy series . I read this book in one sitting as it was far to much fun to put down until the end. In this next in series our protagonist Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she sees a light in the supposedly empty crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a me I ADORE this series and this 23rd next in series is as pleasing as the first in series ! This book can be read as a stand alone if you have not read the entire series. I highly recommend the series as one of my favorite cozy series . I read this book in one sitting as it was far to much fun to put down until the end. In this next in series our protagonist Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she sees a light in the supposedly empty crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a member of the vestry who's been bludgeoned to death with a crowbar, and also the scattered ashes and broken urns , as well as a priceless ruby ring! These mysteries are soon to be solved by our intripd crime solving savvy Meg as she traverses many clues and suspects. A non speaking Toucan also has the key he silently holds inside to one of the clues. The town of Caerphilly is always a delight. I love how Meg has such warm and strong friendships with her friends. Meg is a skilled compassionate protagonist with a heart . 5 stars! This series is great fun and I wish it will continue for many more years. Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the ARC for review. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I have read a Meg Langslow, in fact she had just given birth to the twins. Looks like nothing has changed, she is still an amazing sleuth and the incarnation of Xena, warrior princess/ smithy. How does she manage to balance everything in her life amidst the chaos? A bird that doesn't talk, toucans aren't supposed to talk, twins who need to get to baseball, a Dad who acts as the local medical examiner, a professor/actor for a husband, a Mom who could rival June Cleaver and It's been a while since I have read a Meg Langslow, in fact she had just given birth to the twins. Looks like nothing has changed, she is still an amazing sleuth and the incarnation of Xena, warrior princess/ smithy. How does she manage to balance everything in her life amidst the chaos? A bird that doesn't talk, toucans aren't supposed to talk, twins who need to get to baseball, a Dad who acts as the local medical examiner, a professor/actor for a husband, a Mom who could rival June Cleaver and Debbie Reynolds, her blacksmithing business, and church duties as well? So of course the body has to turn up in the columbarium while she is helping the pastor with lock up duties. The story line was a good one and it reminded me that I need to get caught up and see how she incorporated motherhood into her ever busy life. Characters were just as funny as always or just as cranky depending on how her Granddad is doing at the zoo. Looking forward to the next installment and so glad that #NetGalley made this one available to review.
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy this series. The self-talk that Meg does and even some of the dialog is funny and snappy. A bit like the Gilmore Girls. Megs family is very unique and everyone of them has at least one quirk. Meg keeps lists of everything anyone asks her to do or things she wants to do. Her father loves mysteries and in this one sets about re-creating a jewelry heist. Meg is busy as always. She is covering for their priest who is on bed rest, she is also trying to figure out why someone would want to bre I enjoy this series. The self-talk that Meg does and even some of the dialog is funny and snappy. A bit like the Gilmore Girls. Megs family is very unique and everyone of them has at least one quirk. Meg keeps lists of everything anyone asks her to do or things she wants to do. Her father loves mysteries and in this one sets about re-creating a jewelry heist. Meg is busy as always. She is covering for their priest who is on bed rest, she is also trying to figure out why someone would want to break in to Trinity Church. She is doing all this while juggling a Toucan, her two boys, and the rest of her family. You would think that would be enough, but No--someone is taking shots as her as well!! The mystery has lots of potential suspects, and the murderer was a bit of a surprise. He/She was kinda hidden among all the other characters. This book at times had me chuckling and at other times, trying to figure out who the bad guys were.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    By the time you get to reading #23 in a series, you must be both fond of, and familiar with, the wacky caste of characters in Donna Andrews' series. I am both. Meg's father the medical examiner, mother the interior designer, husband the drama professor, brother the video game company CEO, cousin the herbalist and sundry lawyerly cousins are all back, along with her mischievous twin sons, the menagerie of animals, including llamas, goats, flamingos and a toucan, plus her jobs as blacksmith, speci By the time you get to reading #23 in a series, you must be both fond of, and familiar with, the wacky caste of characters in Donna Andrews' series. I am both. Meg's father the medical examiner, mother the interior designer, husband the drama professor, brother the video game company CEO, cousin the herbalist and sundry lawyerly cousins are all back, along with her mischievous twin sons, the menagerie of animals, including llamas, goats, flamingos and a toucan, plus her jobs as blacksmith, special assistant to the mayor and pinch-hitting sextant at her church. The entire quirky population of Caerphilly, Virginia, gets drawn in to Meg's adventures. This time, when she discovers a body in the columbarium of her church, she sets off to find the murderer and also to solve a thirty-year-old cold case that seems to be connected. Of course it is. The usual humor and high junks are woven into the mystery, including a former hard metal rocker named Ragnar who tries to help. Such fun.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    This is the newest installment in the Donna Andrews "Bird" series. If you are familiar with this series you know the birds are secondary at best. This one has a toucan as the bird of choice. One thing that was repeated over and over in the story was that everyone that it was a parrot and thought it could talk. Toucans do not talk. In this story Meg is filling in and helping out at her church because their Priest, Robyn, is on bedrest. Someone breaks into their columbarium or crypt as we might ca This is the newest installment in the Donna Andrews "Bird" series. If you are familiar with this series you know the birds are secondary at best. This one has a toucan as the bird of choice. One thing that was repeated over and over in the story was that everyone that it was a parrot and thought it could talk. Toucans do not talk. In this story Meg is filling in and helping out at her church because their Priest, Robyn, is on bedrest. Someone breaks into their columbarium or crypt as we might call it, killed one of the church board members and destroyed several of the urns. Also an unsolved mystery from the 90's is at the center of the murder. Meg pulls in all the usual suspects, her parents, grandfather, husband and a cast of cousins to help her solve the mystery. I was a little disappointed that some of the usual cast of characters did not play as big a role in this book. But it was still an entertaining story and continues the series.
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  • Grace Koshida
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow is locking up Trinity Episcopal one evening when she hears some loud hammering sounds coming from the columbarium. She finds elderly vestry member Mr. Hagley lying dead on the floor. Several niches have been chiseled open, cremated urns knocked over and a large ruby ring is left on the floor. Mr. Hagley had demanded his wife's ashes back but who followed him to the columbarium and why? While Chief Burke investigates the murder, pregnant rector Robyn recruits Meg to contact the famil Meg Langslow is locking up Trinity Episcopal one evening when she hears some loud hammering sounds coming from the columbarium. She finds elderly vestry member Mr. Hagley lying dead on the floor. Several niches have been chiseled open, cremated urns knocked over and a large ruby ring is left on the floor. Mr. Hagley had demanded his wife's ashes back but who followed him to the columbarium and why? While Chief Burke investigates the murder, pregnant rector Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. Meg learns about an unsolved 30 year old jewel robbery that may provide the motive behind the break-in. A toucan in Robyn's office could help police identify the killer.This was another zany, fun read in this long-running mystery series.I received an eARC via Netgalley and St. Martin's Press with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.
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  • Laura M
    January 1, 1970
    In Toucan Keep a Secret, #23 in the Meg Langslow mysteries, Meg finds herself yet again investigating another murder after she finds a body in the church crypt while helping out during the reverend’s maternity leave. She also finds a crowbar and a ring with a stone that looks suspiciously like a large ruby. With it, she also investigates claims of a long-ago robbery. Add in our favorite characters including her twins and husband Michael, as well as new characters (a toucan named Nimitz) and you In Toucan Keep a Secret, #23 in the Meg Langslow mysteries, Meg finds herself yet again investigating another murder after she finds a body in the church crypt while helping out during the reverend’s maternity leave. She also finds a crowbar and a ring with a stone that looks suspiciously like a large ruby. With it, she also investigates claims of a long-ago robbery. Add in our favorite characters including her twins and husband Michael, as well as new characters (a toucan named Nimitz) and you just never know where the book will lead.I am a huge fan of Donna Andrews, though I have noticed in this book and another that it had a hard time keeping my interest. I feel like the focus is so much on revisiting our favorite town members and family, along with long stretches of dialog, that the mystery kind of gets lost. I continue to love Donna Andrews, but this is certainly not my favorite in the series. I received thsi book as an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series and can be read as a standalone. The story does not rely on previous books for its information nor will the reader feel lost.While Meg is locking up the church, she hears noises from the columbarium. Upon inspection, she finds one of the vestry committee member’s incapacitated on the floor surrounded by shattered glass and front pieces marble splinters. Turns out he has passed onto the non-living.Meg assists the fam Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series and can be read as a standalone. The story does not rely on previous books for its information nor will the reader feel lost.While Meg is locking up the church, she hears noises from the columbarium. Upon inspection, she finds one of the vestry committee member’s incapacitated on the floor surrounded by shattered glass and front pieces marble splinters. Turns out he has passed onto the non-living.Meg assists the families involved in the disturbance of their families’ remains and in solving the murder and 30 year old jewelry robbery gone bad through her questioning of others. She passes the information onto the local police.I liked that Meg was not compelled to solve the mysteries alone. She just assisted the police through questioning others and sharing that information wit Chief Burke.I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from Netgalley and Minotaur Books and these are my own opinions.
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  • Tad
    January 1, 1970
    Donna Andrews ability to consistently deliver funny, entertaining and heart-warming cozy mysteries is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There is no better guarantee of a great reading experience than Donna Andrews name on the cover of a Meg Langslow mystery. In Toucan Keep a Secret, Meg finds herself helping out at Trinity Episcopal for the very pregnant Rev. Robyn Smith who is home on bedrest. While checking on the Toucan that Robyn has agreed to watch, Meg hears a noise and discovers a body on Donna Andrews ability to consistently deliver funny, entertaining and heart-warming cozy mysteries is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There is no better guarantee of a great reading experience than Donna Andrews name on the cover of a Meg Langslow mystery. In Toucan Keep a Secret, Meg finds herself helping out at Trinity Episcopal for the very pregnant Rev. Robyn Smith who is home on bedrest. While checking on the Toucan that Robyn has agreed to watch, Meg hears a noise and discovers a body on the floor of the columbarium (don’t call it a crypt) next to some broken urns and a ring with a giant red stone. Meg’s discovery kicks off a murder investigation as well as stirring up one of Caerphilly’s oldest unsolved crimes, the Van der Lynden jewel robbery. Under the helpful guise of contacting next of kin to see how they want their loved one’s remains reinterred, Meg digs into the case uncovering clues that make a murderer very nervous. Was the old robbery related to the new murder? And why was someone breaking into the columbarium in the first place? And why is someone trying to silence the Toucan? The search for all these answers is as much fun as the solution.Meg’s immediate and extended family including her twins, her husband Michael, mother and father and all the extended clan pitch in once again, as well as the always helpful Shiffley clan. The sense of community and family that is created in these books is as much fun as the murder mystery. Meg leads the charge of helping out the church during Robyn’s pregnancy, helping Robyn get her own house ready for a baby, and taking care of her own immediate and extended family. Several new characters appear highlighted by the very entertaining Ragnar. It’s a good thing Andrews has such a knack for creating great new characters with the rate people seem to drop dead in Caerphilly. Toucan Keep a Secret delivers another entertaining mystery (or two) filled with interesting characters, clever clues and a most intrepid amateur detective. Long-time fans will be pleased, and there’s always enough backstory for newcomers to jump in at any point in the series. A Donna Andrews book is always a recipe for fun and the recipe is as good as ever here. Highly recommended.I was provided an advance copy of this book by the publisher.
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  • MAB LongBeach
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow is locking up the chuch after the vestry meeting late one evening when she hears a loud noise from the columbarium (aka the crypt, where cremated ashes are kept). After calling the police, she investigates and finds that six of the niches have been opened and their urns broken. Oh, yes, and there's a murder victim, a heartily disliked member of the vestry. One niche contained the victim's wife's ashes; the other five are all related to a decades-old unsolved jewel robbery.Meg has en Meg Langslow is locking up the chuch after the vestry meeting late one evening when she hears a loud noise from the columbarium (aka the crypt, where cremated ashes are kept). After calling the police, she investigates and finds that six of the niches have been opened and their urns broken. Oh, yes, and there's a murder victim, a heartily disliked member of the vestry. One niche contained the victim's wife's ashes; the other five are all related to a decades-old unsolved jewel robbery.Meg has enough sense to leave the major investigating to the police, but she can't help poking around a little herself, particularly since she has been tasked with asking the families what they want done with disturbed ashes.As always, good characterizations, smooth writing, quirky people and situations, and a nicely twisty mystery. Not a major entry in the series, but far from the worst.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Wacky! Meg gets hijacked into more responsibilities when their overachieving parish priest is placed on bedrest and Meg is to coordinate the nonclergy duties. Of course her parents and other relatives are *helping* as well, but it all goes sideways when Meg interrupts an odd burglary that includes a murder. The publisher's blurb gives more hints and there is no need for spoilers, but it's the anticipation of the author's signature humor and wacky characters that brought me back to a town and fam Wacky! Meg gets hijacked into more responsibilities when their overachieving parish priest is placed on bedrest and Meg is to coordinate the nonclergy duties. Of course her parents and other relatives are *helping* as well, but it all goes sideways when Meg interrupts an odd burglary that includes a murder. The publisher's blurb gives more hints and there is no need for spoilers, but it's the anticipation of the author's signature humor and wacky characters that brought me back to a town and family nuttier than mine. The mystery is well done and full of suspects and red herrings, but the suspense is what keeps me reading late in the night. If you haven't met the Lanslows before you're in for a treat, and if you haven't read them for a while (like me) you'll still fit right in, so read and enjoy! I requested and received a free review copy from MacMillan Minotaur via NetGalley.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot help it. I love Meg Langslow and her crazy family! We find Meg assisting at her church, Trinity Episcopal, as Robin is on bedrest. While the entire church community seems to be helping out, Meg is the one locking up after an event and inadvertently discovers that one of the parishioners has been killed. While the man has been a devoted parishioner, he is not friends with many. As Meg soon discovers, there are a few suspects in his death, as well as a decades old mystery that has come to I cannot help it. I love Meg Langslow and her crazy family! We find Meg assisting at her church, Trinity Episcopal, as Robin is on bedrest. While the entire church community seems to be helping out, Meg is the one locking up after an event and inadvertently discovers that one of the parishioners has been killed. While the man has been a devoted parishioner, he is not friends with many. As Meg soon discovers, there are a few suspects in his death, as well as a decades old mystery that has come to light. As usual, she has her family "helping" her solve the crime, and they add humor to the story. What I love about Meg is the fact that she is a working mom of twins (like me), and balances both her work and family life while keeping a great attitude about things. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Another solid entry in the Meg Langslow series with a twist. They mystery is unusual for this series and is nicely complicated. It also gives us the opportunity to know more about the local church and Meg and family's activities within it. While Andrews has almost all of the usual Langslow sidekicks and bird du jour make a brief (really brief in some cases) appearance, this story really focuses just on Meg. Michael was used to better effect this time, actively assisting in a way than just doing Another solid entry in the Meg Langslow series with a twist. They mystery is unusual for this series and is nicely complicated. It also gives us the opportunity to know more about the local church and Meg and family's activities within it. While Andrews has almost all of the usual Langslow sidekicks and bird du jour make a brief (really brief in some cases) appearance, this story really focuses just on Meg. Michael was used to better effect this time, actively assisting in a way than just doing his job as usual at the college. But even he gets barely any actual page space. I sort of missed some of them, but since the story kept me engaged, I really didn't miss them.There were a couple of details that were mentioned more than once which irked me just a tad. I thought the editor should have caught that.I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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