Terns of Endearment (Meg Langslow, #25)
A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Toucan Keep a Secret Meg's grandfather has been booked to give lectures on a cruise as part of the education/entertainment itinerary, and he's arranged for a passel of family members to join him.The passengers' vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs. Things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she's a disliked member of a writers' group onboard for a retreat, and the group is split on whether this is in-character for her.The captain decides not to investigate, saying he'll notify American authorities when they reach their destination. But Meg's father decides they need to look into whether there was possible foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. It'll be a race against the clock to solve this mystery before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.Donna Andrews' long-running Meg Langslow series continues to be beloved by its fans, who loyally buy every new installment. Terns of Endearment is a perfect new addition, full of laughter, adventure, and Andrews' wonderful cast of wacky characters.

Terns of Endearment (Meg Langslow, #25) Details

TitleTerns of Endearment (Meg Langslow, #25)
Author
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250192974
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Humor, Fiction, Audiobook

Terns of Endearment (Meg Langslow, #25) Review

  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    It's the first book I read in this series and won't surely be the last.I loved the likeable and well written cast of characters, the setting, and found the plot engrossing and entertaining.The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing.I look forward to reading other books in this series.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Bea
    January 1, 1970
    "Terns of Endearment" is clever, a little convoluted, but nicely done. It gets meta with the writing group and publishing gossip, but it's also interesting. The story's not side-splitting as the blurb says but it is humorous, and it kept me reading; I finished it in a day. Meg and her extended family take a trip aboard a cruise ship from a new cruise line, one that is poorly run and not entirely ethical. You may not want to take a cruise after reading this story, lol. Murphy's Law doesn't just s "Terns of Endearment" is clever, a little convoluted, but nicely done. It gets meta with the writing group and publishing gossip, but it's also interesting. The story's not side-splitting as the blurb says but it is humorous, and it kept me reading; I finished it in a day. Meg and her extended family take a trip aboard a cruise ship from a new cruise line, one that is poorly run and not entirely ethical. You may not want to take a cruise after reading this story, lol. Murphy's Law doesn't just strike but moves in and gets comfy. Andrews weaves several plots and ties them in with some unlikely coincidences but she makes them work. I enjoyed the story and was caught up in it. Looking back, a lot of it is improbable, and certainly a travel disaster! but as I was reading, I mostly accepted and went along with events. The story is told from Meg's perspective and we don't see a lot of her husband Michael or their sons, though they are around and helping. Her temperamental grandfather is on hand, as is her enthusiastic father, regimental mother, and inspirational cousin Rose Noire. Together, they take over the ship, solve a murder and some related mysteries, investigate a suicide, sort out a plagiarism issue, and eventually make it safely to land. Meg is her usual level-headed self while her errant brother Rob is finally growing up and becoming a more settled adult. I enjoyed the blast from the past regarding Michael's former acting career. While you could read this easily without having read any of the earlier books, as a long time reader, I enjoyed seeing both the changes and the things that haven't changed."Terns of Endearment" was fun, engaging, full of quirks and quirky people, and little twists. Twenty five books in and the series is still enjoyable.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    in this 25th book of the series Meg is off on a cruise with her family, her grandfather booked the ship so that he could give lectures on one of his favorite subjects, birds. Things start off well but when they wake up one morning to find themselves broken down, and in the Bermuda Triangle of all places things take a different turn for the worse. One of the passengers seems to have committed suicide leaving only an note and her shoes behind making everyone one wonder what brought her to that poi in this 25th book of the series Meg is off on a cruise with her family, her grandfather booked the ship so that he could give lectures on one of his favorite subjects, birds. Things start off well but when they wake up one morning to find themselves broken down, and in the Bermuda Triangle of all places things take a different turn for the worse. One of the passengers seems to have committed suicide leaving only an note and her shoes behind making everyone one wonder what brought her to that point. Not everyone thinks that the woman would have committed suicide, they say that wasn't like her so the Captain agrees to investigate and call the American authorities to let them know what is going on. Meg is intrigued by what all has happened and can't help but do her own investigating. When Meg's grandfathers assistant, Trevor, goes missing things become much more worrisome. Where is Trevor and what could have happened to him? Follow along as Meg does her best to work both mysteries and come up with the answers to all the questions that she has been asking. Will she be able to figure out the truth about what is going on before something more sinister happens or will she be to late. This is a great series for anyone who loves a fun cozy mystery and birds!
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  • Sue F
    January 1, 1970
    I read and really enjoyed a bunch of the early titles in this series, published back in the early 2000s. Then, between kid-raising and stressful job and a bunch of other stuff, I sort of lost track of this series, so I was happy to receive an ARC of Terns of Endearment from the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. And in the process of reading this most recent title, I remembered why I liked the series so much way back when. Sometimes in long-running series, the later books can I read and really enjoyed a bunch of the early titles in this series, published back in the early 2000s. Then, between kid-raising and stressful job and a bunch of other stuff, I sort of lost track of this series, so I was happy to receive an ARC of Terns of Endearment from the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. And in the process of reading this most recent title, I remembered why I liked the series so much way back when. Sometimes in long-running series, the later books can feel a bit diluted – that was not at all the case here. I don’t give five-star rankings easily, but Terns of Endearment gets one!The thing that I probably like the most about this book (and the others in the series) is Meg’s slightly wacky, but not crazy over-the-top, family. It can be tough to walk the fine line between creating funny, engaging characters and ending up instead with caricatures, but Andrews does it well. The protagonist, Meg, has the role of the “sane one”, whom everyone expects to just be able to get things done. And in this book she delivers, whether it’s organizing passengers to deal with tough conditions on their cruise, or organizing her extended family to figure out who committed the various crimes taking place on board, or just organizing with her husband and closest family to keep their kids safe, occupied, and happy. Meg’s family, on the other hand, are an almost unbelievably assorted crew, where everyone has their own little odd streak. But they all still feel believable, and the dialog (one of the hardest parts to get right, I think) works, even with their various quirks. And those quirks add up together to the ability to deal with both the practical and the criminal challenges they will face. Andrews is one of the very small group of authors whom I have to read alone, since I’m likely to end up laughing out loud at some point. I’m glad I had a chance to rediscover this series, and now I’m going to have to find and read a bunch of the in-between titles – oh darn!And finally, as a side note, I was amused to read about the problems that one of the characters in the book had finding new “were-animals” (going as far as dreaming up a were-squid) to populate a long-running fictional paranormal romance series. Somehow I imagine that that character’s struggles may mimic those of Andrews herself to find new birds (and puns) to put in her titles. I hope she finds many more!
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Murder on the high seas - NOT exactly what Meg Langslow and her family signed up for when they join her Grandfather on a cruise where he will be lecturing. Never mind that the ship and its crew seem hinky, the rooms are not exactly as promised and the food is iffy, when a passenger goes missing, then all the crew members disappear and the captain cannot be found, I am SURE it has nothing to do with the fact that the ship is stalled right in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Nope, that cannot b Murder on the high seas - NOT exactly what Meg Langslow and her family signed up for when they join her Grandfather on a cruise where he will be lecturing. Never mind that the ship and its crew seem hinky, the rooms are not exactly as promised and the food is iffy, when a passenger goes missing, then all the crew members disappear and the captain cannot be found, I am SURE it has nothing to do with the fact that the ship is stalled right in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Nope, that cannot be it at all! ;-)A great romp on the high seas and it is one that keeps you guessing that is for sure. One star was taken away from my rating as I had a couple of things figured out [because they seemed practical], but it was still an almost 5 star read. I love these books so much and always am looking forward to another adventure with Meg and her family!Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pernette
    January 1, 1970
    Donna Andrew's Terns of Endearment is all about a cruise gone wrong. A lot of Meg Langslow's family and friends are onboard a lesser-known cruise line when things start going horribly wrong.Terns of Endearment was an original plot and I enjoyed that very much. I also liked the cruising part up to a point.There were a lot of characters and I found that hard to keep up with at times. I also felt like the story drug in places. This was not the best Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery but was still Donna Andrew's Terns of Endearment is all about a cruise gone wrong. A lot of Meg Langslow's family and friends are onboard a lesser-known cruise line when things start going horribly wrong.Terns of Endearment was an original plot and I enjoyed that very much. I also liked the cruising part up to a point.There were a lot of characters and I found that hard to keep up with at times. I also felt like the story drug in places. This was not the best Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery but was still entertaining and enjoyable.
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  • Grace Koshida
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow's grandfather Dr. Blake has been booked to give lectures on a Pastime cruise to Bermuda. Most of his family members have joined him for a fun vacation. But the trip turns into a nightmare when the ship is dead in the water without power and in need of repairs. Things get even worse when a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. Why would celebrated romance author Desiree St. Christophe commit suicide? The diva was disliked by a writers' group who cam Meg Langslow's grandfather Dr. Blake has been booked to give lectures on a Pastime cruise to Bermuda. Most of his family members have joined him for a fun vacation. But the trip turns into a nightmare when the ship is dead in the water without power and in need of repairs. Things get even worse when a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. Why would celebrated romance author Desiree St. Christophe commit suicide? The diva was disliked by a writers' group who came on the cruise for their annual retreat so no one was unhappy about Desiree's death. To avoid publicity, the ship's captain decides not to investigate or publicize Desiree's death but Meg's medical examiner father thinks they need to rule out foul play so he and Meg do their own sleuthing. As conditions on board the ship continue to deteriorate with most of the crew stricken with food poisoning, it's up to Meg and her family to corral the passengers to get the ship running.Normally I enjoy plenty of hi-jinks and humor in Donna Andrews' mysteries but I found very little of that in this book. I received an eARC via Netgalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.
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  • Chaitra
    January 1, 1970
    I giggled throughout this book. It's what I expect out of this series, and it didn't let me down. The characters are kookie, but they're the adorable type. We're not in Caerphilly this go around, but stranded in the Bermuda Triangle, stressing out Rose Noir quite horribly. There is an awful lot going on, but it was all good fun. On the plus side, I didn't peg all parts of the mystery. (Not that I read these for the mystery, but it's fun when I don't figure all of it out). I can't wait for Octobe I giggled throughout this book. It's what I expect out of this series, and it didn't let me down. The characters are kookie, but they're the adorable type. We're not in Caerphilly this go around, but stranded in the Bermuda Triangle, stressing out Rose Noir quite horribly. There is an awful lot going on, but it was all good fun. On the plus side, I didn't peg all parts of the mystery. (Not that I read these for the mystery, but it's fun when I don't figure all of it out). I can't wait for October, I missed Chief Burke in this one.
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  • Pernette
    January 1, 1970
    Donna Andrew's Terns of Endearment is all about a cruise gone wrong. A lot of Meg Langslow's family and friends are onboard a lesser-known cruise line when things start going horribly wrong.Terns of Endearment was an original plot and I enjoyed that very much. I also liked the cruising part up to a point.There were a lot of characters and I found that hard to keep up with at times. I also felt like the story drug in places. This was not the best Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery but was still Donna Andrew's Terns of Endearment is all about a cruise gone wrong. A lot of Meg Langslow's family and friends are onboard a lesser-known cruise line when things start going horribly wrong.Terns of Endearment was an original plot and I enjoyed that very much. I also liked the cruising part up to a point.There were a lot of characters and I found that hard to keep up with at times. I also felt like the story drug in places. This was not the best Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mystery but was still entertaining and enjoyable.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun adventure with Meg's extended family, this time stuck on the cruise from hell. I was a little taken aback that the twins seemed to have regressed in age - I don't think it actually specified how old they are, but the portrayal seemed younger than in the previous book. Of course, minor details like ages never seem to matter, as everyone is somewhat ageless in this series.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    I'm enjoying this series enough that I've gone back and started at the beginning. I really enjoy Meg's and Michael's relationship and how they work together to raise their kids and solve the mystery. The mysteries always keep me guessing.
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Meg's grandfather has been asked to lead a series of bird talks on the cruise line Pastimes. In return, he got a friends and family discount. So the entire clan has packed up and headed to Florida to get on the boat. Even waiting to embark is sending up red flags since the porter does not seem willing to take aboard her family's 32 bags. The trip only gets odder after Meg meets a group of 4 writers who had a friend die recently; the woman they blame, Desiree, has also joined the cruise. It becom Meg's grandfather has been asked to lead a series of bird talks on the cruise line Pastimes. In return, he got a friends and family discount. So the entire clan has packed up and headed to Florida to get on the boat. Even waiting to embark is sending up red flags since the porter does not seem willing to take aboard her family's 32 bags. The trip only gets odder after Meg meets a group of 4 writers who had a friend die recently; the woman they blame, Desiree, has also joined the cruise. It becomes quite quickly obvious that Desiree is a exactly as the other writers describe her, thoroughly despicable. Is it, however, a surprise that her shawl and shoes are found on deck 4 along with a suicide note. This happens on the same day that the boat's engines go silent.With the officers of the boat behaving as if all is well (it very noticeably is NOT), the staff size mysteriously small, and the appearance of a body (not Desiree's), Meg is up to her eyeballs in mystery.Andrews usually does a great juggling her large cast of minor characters and mostly does okay in this book but there are some places where it feels like there are a LOT of people introduced; this will probably be confusing for new-to-the-series readers but not as hard for those of us who are Langslow fans. I appreciated that the book was moved out of Caerphilly but was never really pulled into the story.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    When Meg Langslow’s grandfather agrees to share some of his legendary bird knowledge through a series of lectures on a cruise to Bermuda, of course the whole family has to go along. Grandfather, obviously, as well as his wife, Meg’s mother, aunt, father, cousins, brother, her brother’s fiancee, and her husband and their twin sons all together go to sea for a fun-filled vacation. While they’re not booked on one of those gigantic ships, there is still more than enough to keep everyone occupied at When Meg Langslow’s grandfather agrees to share some of his legendary bird knowledge through a series of lectures on a cruise to Bermuda, of course the whole family has to go along. Grandfather, obviously, as well as his wife, Meg’s mother, aunt, father, cousins, brother, her brother’s fiancee, and her husband and their twin sons all together go to sea for a fun-filled vacation. While they’re not booked on one of those gigantic ships, there is still more than enough to keep everyone occupied at sea. There is miniature golf, high tea in the afternoon, lots of sun decks, and yoga and meditation with Rose Noire to help offset the dark energy of the Bermuda Triangle, as well as Grandfather’s lectures. And if that’s not enough (and is that ever enough for Meg and her family?), there is a quartet of romance and mystery writers who meet up once a year for a writing vacation. But when Meg wakes up the first morning at sea and realizes that the ship isn’t moving, she starts to worry about what is happening. The crew says that there is a problem with the engine, and they’re already working on it. Meanwhile, a woman’s scarf and shoes were left by the rail of the top deck overnight, and she hasn’t been seen since. Did she jump overboard? Was she pushed? Is there any way to know what happened to her? Meg had seen her the night before, and while she wasn’t making a lot of friends on board with her demanding ways, she was a very well-known novelist with a devoted following. And oddly, Grandfather’s assistant hasn’t been seen on the ship at all. Trevor’s baggage made it on board, but he was sent on a last minute errand, so Meg wonders if he even made it back before the ship left. Usually, it would be easy enough to check on that, but with the ship stuck in place, there is no electricity. That means that there is no computer access, no air conditioning, no wifi, no lights, and no running water. As the day goes on with no power, no answers, and very few crew members around to offer information or encouragement, Meg and her family (as well as everyone else on board the ship) get more and more nervous about what is really happening on their cruise. Even the rare tern that has shown up, much to Grandfather’s delight, isn’t enough to keep everyone’s nerves in check. So Meg feels like it’s up to her, with the help of her equally snoopy father, to track down what’s happening and get the ship’s crew the help they need. But when her snooping puts her in danger, it takes all of her wits, and much of her family, to put things right again. Terns of Endearment is Donna Andrew’s 25th(!) book in her popular bird-themed mystery series, and somehow these just get better and better as the books pile on. Andrews writes with a grace that keeps the story rolling along, and for me, I hardly even notice time moving as I read deeper and deeper in the book. I adore her main character Meg and wish I was a part of her family. But at least I do get to hang out them once a year or so, and enjoy their adventures as they hang out with birds and solve mysteries. If you haven’t read any Donna Andrews yet, you should do so immediately. Start anywhere—each book in the series works as a standalone—but be prepared to want to devour the other 24 books in this series too! Galleys for Terns of Endearment were provided by Minotaur Books through Edelweiss, with many thanks.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    TERNS OF ENDEARMENT by Donna AndrewsThe Twenty-Fifth Meg Langslow MysteryFinally giving into requests Meg's grandfather has joined the cruise ship lecture circuit. With the offer of heavily discounted fares for family and friends, the whole clan has joined him for an environmental cruise to Bermuda. While Michael and the twins spend time playing miniature golf, her mother takes tea, and Rose Noir attempts to protect the ship and its passengers from the Bermuda Triangle, Meg befriends a group of TERNS OF ENDEARMENT by Donna AndrewsThe Twenty-Fifth Meg Langslow MysteryFinally giving into requests Meg's grandfather has joined the cruise ship lecture circuit. With the offer of heavily discounted fares for family and friends, the whole clan has joined him for an environmental cruise to Bermuda. While Michael and the twins spend time playing miniature golf, her mother takes tea, and Rose Noir attempts to protect the ship and its passengers from the Bermuda Triangle, Meg befriends a group of writers. Events take a terrible turn as the ship stops during the first night and loses all power. The fancy shoes and clothing of the Diva hated by the authors are found along with a suicide note. And Grandfather's assistant has gone missing. Much to the amazement of Meg and her dad, the Captain has no intention of investigating. With nary a crew member in sight, temperatures rising, food going bad, and no way to flush the toilets, Meg's mother takes charge and all members of the clan begin, not only to investigate, but organize all of the passengers to fix the ship. Did the Diva truly commit suicide? Did Trevor merely miss the boat? Will they ever make it to Bermuda? Or are the passengers and crew in as much danger as the Bermuda skink?Meg and her eccentric clan hit the high seas in this the twenty-fifth entry to the Meg Langslow Mystery series. I've never been on a cruise, and reading this book has ensured that I never will! What a nightmare. I thought seasickness might be bad, but toilets that don't flush? Incomprehensible! As horrible as the conditions thrown at our characters, the book is actually great fun (as long as I'm reading it in my stationary air conditioned home with functioning plumbing). I love how every member of the Langslow clan, including Grandfather's tech people, have such special areas of expertise and how they all join together to help everyone.The story is compelling and the mystery intricately plotted. I was never sure exactly what was going on and how things were connected, if they even were connected. Lots of surprises kept me reading late into the night. And I loved the ending tern of events.TERNS OF ENDEARMENT is a fun addition to this long running series. Always humorous with characters you must love I enjoyed the cruise despite, and in part because of, the mishaps and can't wait to see what this amazing group of characters does next!FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Tad
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Langslow returns in Donna Andrews 25th bird-themed mystery, Terns of Endearment. This time Meg and her amazingly frustrating/helpful family are taking a cruise to Bermuda. Meg's grandfather has been hired to give lectures on the cruise as part of the entertainment and he takes along a good chunk of the family with him. The trip quickly heads south as the ship breaks down in the middle of the ocean and one passenger jumps overboard. Whether the woman jumped by herself or was helped overboard Meg Langslow returns in Donna Andrews 25th bird-themed mystery, Terns of Endearment. This time Meg and her amazingly frustrating/helpful family are taking a cruise to Bermuda. Meg's grandfather has been hired to give lectures on the cruise as part of the entertainment and he takes along a good chunk of the family with him. The trip quickly heads south as the ship breaks down in the middle of the ocean and one passenger jumps overboard. Whether the woman jumped by herself or was helped overboard is the question. The captain decides not to investigate which is all the opening Meg and her nosy family need to conduct their own investigation. The woman was a much-disliked romance author, especially by a small group of fellow romance authors who are on the cruise to honor a dead colleague.The crew is surprisingly unhelpful and the captain is uncommunicative about what exactly is wrong with the ship and when they might expect to reach their destination. Meg’s family, as well as some of her fellow passengers, pitch in to assist Meg both with her investigation as well as helping out as conditions on the ship steadily worsen. Meg keeps digging, alternatively ruffling and smoothing feathers along the way until ultimately the truth is revealed.These books are so much fun it's almost hard to describe. The book moves along at a steady clip as Andrews is one of the best in the business at making the reader need to read just one more chapter. Meg and her family are both delightful and eccentric which keeps the humor going throughout the book even amidst a murderer or two. The humor and suspense are perfectly balanced. It's fun to see Meg out of her home element of Caerphilly from time to time and a cruise ship is a great setting. Meg's supremely skilled family means that there's always someone around who has just the skill needed the solve the next step in the puzzle without it feeling contrived.I'm amazed at how easy it is to slip into one of Donna Andrews novels and let the whole world disappear. Terns of Endearment is another outstanding addition to the series. Highly recommended both to fans of the series as well as to new readers.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    I admit that my sister is the big Donna Andrews/Meg Langslow fan in the family. However, in Terns of Endearment, there was less outrageous behavior than I expected. Meg was a capable, organized amateur sleuth, and she handled a terrible crisis with aplomb.When Meg Langslow's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, signs on for the cruise ship lecture circuit, his contract allows him to bring others along. Fifteen members of the family and his team accompany him. Trevor Ponsonby-West, his assistant I admit that my sister is the big Donna Andrews/Meg Langslow fan in the family. However, in Terns of Endearment, there was less outrageous behavior than I expected. Meg was a capable, organized amateur sleuth, and she handled a terrible crisis with aplomb.When Meg Langslow's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, signs on for the cruise ship lecture circuit, his contract allows him to bring others along. Fifteen members of the family and his team accompany him. Trevor Ponsonby-West, his assistant, tried to convince him not to travel with the small new cruise line, Pastime, but Blake is stubborn. Everything Meg sees convinces her that Trevor was right. And, where is Trevor anyways?On the first night of the cruise, Meg spends time with members of a writers' group. When a diva shows up at dinner, the writers tell her they're convinced the woman caused the suicide of one of their friends. By the next morning, a crew member finds evidence the diva jumped off the ship. The captain calls it suicide, but before Meg and her father can investigate, or convince the captain the death warrants an investigation, the ship stalls on its way to Bermuda. The captain provides a lame excuse, and it isn't long before crew members are hard to find. There's no electricity, and no flushing toilets. Meg and her mother rally the passengers to take over the ship, but Meg is actually more interested in looking for missing people and bodies.Terns of Endearment takes place in only a couple days, but it's slow-paced for almost half the book. It picks up speed, and interest, when the passengers take over the operation of the ship. The mystery is filled with interesting characters, a large cast that's skillfully utilized in the twenty-fifth book in the series. While I thought the book wasn't bad because I don't often read the series, my sister was disappointed in the book with most of the family actually sidelined and the focus on Meg
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  • Kat E.
    January 1, 1970
    A quirky and comedic adventure featuring the unflappable Meg Lanslow. On an educational cruise featuring her famous naturalist grandfather, her mystery addicted dad, a mother who can be an understudy for the royal family plus her patient husband and twin sons, Meg encounters several puzzling and dangerous events.On her first day she meets a group of authors and befriends them. They are taking this trip to help then deal with the suicide of a fellow author and dear friend Nancy. She killed hersel A quirky and comedic adventure featuring the unflappable Meg Lanslow. On an educational cruise featuring her famous naturalist grandfather, her mystery addicted dad, a mother who can be an understudy for the royal family plus her patient husband and twin sons, Meg encounters several puzzling and dangerous events.On her first day she meets a group of authors and befriends them. They are taking this trip to help then deal with the suicide of a fellow author and dear friend Nancy. She killed herself when she was accused of plagiarism by a self serving diva/writer named Desiree. Nancy had suffered from depression and these accusations drove her over the brink. The tight knit authors blame Desiree for their dear friend's death. Of course Desiree is aboard the cruise ship to everyone's dismay.Meg's family is charming and eccentric. I love the dynamics with Meg being the glue that holds all the relatives together. The ship breaks down and the crew disappears with dangerous conditions arising from heat, lack of water and food spoilage. More issues pile up. Desiree may have also committed suicide and another body is discovered. Meg and her family race around the clock to find help for the poor vacationers who are now alone and isolated.Ms. Andrews is a wonderful writer and you can picture yourself on board this ship with Meg's unique family trying to make the best of a dire situation. This book can be read as a stand alone but having some background on the numerous characters from past novels would be helpful. I absolutely recommend this charming and fast paced mystery and urge you to join this family vacation. Reviews to be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.
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  • Ed
    January 1, 1970
    #25 in the Meg Langslow series. This superior change of pace from author Donna Andrews move the scene of the action from Virginia to the vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle. Meg's family joins her Grandfather on a cruise to Bermuda during which he is contracted to five a series of nature lectures. Meg meets a group of writers on the ill-fated cruise and one of the highlights of the story if the reaction of her new friends when problems arise and Meg produces a relative with the specific skills to s #25 in the Meg Langslow series. This superior change of pace from author Donna Andrews move the scene of the action from Virginia to the vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle. Meg's family joins her Grandfather on a cruise to Bermuda during which he is contracted to five a series of nature lectures. Meg meets a group of writers on the ill-fated cruise and one of the highlights of the story if the reaction of her new friends when problems arise and Meg produces a relative with the specific skills to solve it - doctor/medical examiner, crime scene investigator, fencing, organizing, etc. Relocating the scene of the crime from time to time gives the series a boost.Meg's grandfather has been booked to give lectures on a cruise as part of the education/entertainment itinerary, and he's arranged for a passel of family members to join him. The passengers’ vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs. Things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she's intensely disliked by members of a writers' group onboard for a retreat. The captain decides not to investigate. But Meg's father decides they need to look into whether there was possible foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. It'll be a race against the clock to solve this mystery before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is the "25th" in this beloved series . Well done to the author and congratulations ! This is a delightful read and honestly the best laughter I have had in ages. This is such a fun entertaining cozy . Thank you for the ARC to the publisher and to Net Galley. My opinion is my own. Meg and her Grandpa are off on a ocean cruise that Grandpa booked as a environmental educational cruise on all things birds. Meg is thrilled to join him and looking forward to time off from her shop. Meg's Father , This is the "25th" in this beloved series . Well done to the author and congratulations ! This is a delightful read and honestly the best laughter I have had in ages. This is such a fun entertaining cozy . Thank you for the ARC to the publisher and to Net Galley. My opinion is my own. Meg and her Grandpa are off on a ocean cruise that Grandpa booked as a environmental educational cruise on all things birds. Meg is thrilled to join him and looking forward to time off from her shop. Meg's Father , the rest of her family and her friends have decided to come along. The cruise is proving to be fun and exciting for their group until they are stranded right in the middle of the Bermuda triangle ! Soon Meg, her Father,, Grandfather and friends are tasked with keeping the panicked passengers occupied and entertained. There is so much well written humor and fun in this book I found myself laughing out loud. The antics of the passengers are hilarious. When a murder occurs Meg is on the case with the help of the ship's police. She is as determined as always and soon many suspects abound and clues come forth that lead her to a unexpected ending. I love this story as I do the entire series. This is a delightful cozy series and if you love all things birds each book is educational and interesting as well. I highly recommend this cozy mystery. I look forward to the next in series.
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  • Heather Haven
    January 1, 1970
    This is but the latest offering, number twenty-five to be exact, in a series of light-hearted mysteries written about the escapades of a charming but zany family. Penned by the talented Donna Andrews, the stories are seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Meg Langslow, who is the most centered of all the characters. The author has received many awards for this series and they are well deserved. Ms. Andrews’ writing is witty, her prose descriptive, and her storylines are inventive but not so f This is but the latest offering, number twenty-five to be exact, in a series of light-hearted mysteries written about the escapades of a charming but zany family. Penned by the talented Donna Andrews, the stories are seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Meg Langslow, who is the most centered of all the characters. The author has received many awards for this series and they are well deserved. Ms. Andrews’ writing is witty, her prose descriptive, and her storylines are inventive but not so far afield the reader can’t relate to them. In short, this is a winning series that always leaves the reader clamoring for more.In this particular story, the family takes a trip aboard a new ship run by a new cruise line the likes of which you will never experience, no matter how many cruises you go on. This is guaranteed. Aside from sinking, anything that can go wrong goes wrong. But once again, given Ms. Andrews’ adeptness at making the improbable possible wrapped around the protagonist’s down-to-earth take on things, we believe it all. And are delighted by it all. And turn page after page waiting to see just whodunit. Because behind all this clever craziness is a cliffhanger. A mystery is the underlying base on which all these stories stand. That’s one of the reasons this series goes on and on. And long may it do so.Five Stars, but of course.
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  • Myarn
    January 1, 1970
    Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews 5 STARS This is book #25 in the Meg Landslow series and Ms. Andrews has delivered a fabulous book. This time its Meg and family on the high seas taking a cruise to Bermuda. Her grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake is sailing on the ship to deliver a series of lectures and film some footage at their destination - Bermuda. Like the author in her preface, I have never been on a cruise, but I had heard plenty of news about cruise ship problems. Ms. Andrews tells Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews 5 STARS This is book #25 in the Meg Landslow series and Ms. Andrews has delivered a fabulous book. This time its Meg and family on the high seas taking a cruise to Bermuda. Her grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake is sailing on the ship to deliver a series of lectures and film some footage at their destination - Bermuda. Like the author in her preface, I have never been on a cruise, but I had heard plenty of news about cruise ship problems. Ms. Andrews tells a tale of a vacation that starts out fine, but soon turns into suspicious death and more. I love visiting with Meg and her family with every book and this one pokes some fun at writing, writers and their communities. The "guests" characters of Kate, Tish, Janet and Angie made a fabulous book even more enjoyable. These four individuals - four authors from different genres on a informal retreat provide a mystery and comic relief at the same time. Sometimes with long running series, there are some that might be just OK. But Ms. Andrews breaks that rule, I would rate everyone of her books 4 stars or better.I was honored and fortunate to receive an early look at this book.Thank you Netgalley and St, Martins Press for this ARC.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Terns of Endearment brings the whole Meg Langslow crew aboard a cruise ship to Bermuda where both murder and secrets abound! When called upon to be a wildlife lecturer, Meg’s grandfather Dr. Blake brings the whole family along on the questionably run Pastime cruise line. The ship’s crew is disorganized and unfriendly. The ship itself is falling apart. When Meg meets a group of authors, she learns they suspect another writer, Desiree, of plagiarism and causing a friend’s suicide. When Desiree dis Terns of Endearment brings the whole Meg Langslow crew aboard a cruise ship to Bermuda where both murder and secrets abound! When called upon to be a wildlife lecturer, Meg’s grandfather Dr. Blake brings the whole family along on the questionably run Pastime cruise line. The ship’s crew is disorganized and unfriendly. The ship itself is falling apart. When Meg meets a group of authors, she learns they suspect another writer, Desiree, of plagiarism and causing a friend’s suicide. When Desiree disappears, presumed drowned, Meg and her family investigate. But there is more than one mystery aboard this cruise. I can’t believe we are up to the 25th Meg Langslow mystery. I have read them all. I feel like part of the Langslow family now. My favorite character continues to be Meg’s curmudgeonly grandfather so it is nice to see him away from the house and spreading his large quantity of wildlife knowledge. While reading previous books in the series will increase your enjoyment, you can easily begin right here.An enjoyable day or two joining the Langslow extended family on a cruise is a pleasant way to spend your time. It would be a perfect beach read. 4 stars!Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • T K Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I love the feeling of finishing a book, shutting the cover and thinking “that was a great book”. To me, this was such a book. Having read the 24 previous Meg Langslow stories it was wonderful to catch up with (almost) all the regulars. It was especially fun to see the group far from Caerphilly.The author skillfully immerses readers into the world of what happens when you take a cut-rate cruise and the inevitable whatever can go wrong does do go wrong. With the power out the ship stalls in the mi I love the feeling of finishing a book, shutting the cover and thinking “that was a great book”. To me, this was such a book. Having read the 24 previous Meg Langslow stories it was wonderful to catch up with (almost) all the regulars. It was especially fun to see the group far from Caerphilly.The author skillfully immerses readers into the world of what happens when you take a cut-rate cruise and the inevitable whatever can go wrong does do go wrong. With the power out the ship stalls in the middle of the ocean. No refrigeration quickly leads to no fresh food. No water pump means no flush toilets or showers. And being without wi-fi means living the primitive life of no cell phones or other electronics. And because this is a cozy mystery of course there is the occasional murder and missing passenger overboard.If you’re a fan of Meg Langslow, you will enjoy this addition to the series. The author does longtime fans a favor by not spending a lot of time giving background on recurring characters so it may be a more entertaining book if you have read the earlier ones and are familiar with the family.
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  • annapi
    January 1, 1970
    Meg and her whole family embark on a cruise to Bermuda, on which her grandfather is a featured guest engaged to deliver a series of shipboard lectures on wildlife and conservation. On the second day a passenger disappears leaving a suicide note, and then the ship suddenly develops engine trouble and stops in the middle of the ocean. The captain appears to have a drinking problem, and the harried first mate is elusive when they try to find answers as their ordeal stretches out.I enjoyed this one Meg and her whole family embark on a cruise to Bermuda, on which her grandfather is a featured guest engaged to deliver a series of shipboard lectures on wildlife and conservation. On the second day a passenger disappears leaving a suicide note, and then the ship suddenly develops engine trouble and stops in the middle of the ocean. The captain appears to have a drinking problem, and the harried first mate is elusive when they try to find answers as their ordeal stretches out.I enjoyed this one more than most of the series - at first I was skeptical about such a drastic change in setting and rolling my eyes a bit at the contrivance of getting the whole family on a cruise at the same time, but once you accept that and go with the flow, the mystery is interesting, and the way Meg and her crew take over the ship can't help but make me smile and cheer for them. This volume may not have had as much deliberate humor injected into it, but I just thoroughly enjoyed Meg's problem solving capabilities and how they rally all the passengers. This is simply one of my favorite cozy series!
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. Meg’s family grabbed my attention and would not let go. Then there was Michael-what-a-waste and the idea of a modern female blacksmith. How could you not want to read this series?In this book, Meg and family (and extended family, of course), set cruise on an educational cruise ship. Grandfather is the guest speaker and is given a special discount price, which induces just about every member of the clan to sashay up the gangplank and set sail.O I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. Meg’s family grabbed my attention and would not let go. Then there was Michael-what-a-waste and the idea of a modern female blacksmith. How could you not want to read this series?In this book, Meg and family (and extended family, of course), set cruise on an educational cruise ship. Grandfather is the guest speaker and is given a special discount price, which induces just about every member of the clan to sashay up the gangplank and set sail.Or rather, that is what the plan was to be. When things start going awry, the idea of a cruise loses a lot of its luster.Luckily, between them, the family have the skills needed to get to the bottom of the ship’s problems.As always, I found myself laughing out loud over and over again. Each time I read a new book in this series, I consider it the best so far. That’s saying a lot as we are now up to book 25.I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    If you've ever been on a cruise, this one will make you chuckle. If you haven't been on a cruise, it will also make you chuckle. Meg's grandfather has worked a terrific deal for the family- in exchange for his lectures, he gets to bring them all along. All of them! Meg is happy to get to go to Bermuda (and fans of the series might be happy, as I was, to see her investigate elsewhere) and she quickly bonds with members of a writing group. One of them, Desiree, the one the others don't like, is su If you've ever been on a cruise, this one will make you chuckle. If you haven't been on a cruise, it will also make you chuckle. Meg's grandfather has worked a terrific deal for the family- in exchange for his lectures, he gets to bring them all along. All of them! Meg is happy to get to go to Bermuda (and fans of the series might be happy, as I was, to see her investigate elsewhere) and she quickly bonds with members of a writing group. One of them, Desiree, the one the others don't like, is suspected of jumping overboard. Or did she? Lots of things go wrong as the ship heads into the Bermuda Triangle and then there's another murder. Meg and her family (a hoot, btw) investigate of course, and find out there's more to the various stories. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This is a long running and rewarding cozy series featuring an intrepid heroine. The other characters are occasionally a tad wacky but they never go over the top. A very good read for fans of the genre.
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  • Nancy Brady
    January 1, 1970
    What could go wrong on a cruise to Bermuda? Obviously, when Meg Langslow and her family are on the ship, there is going to be some kind of 'fowl' play in this twenty-fifth bird-themed mystery.And it does. A possible suicide/murder, missing people, and a breakdown of the cruise ship are just a few of the issues Meg has to contend with as she becomes involved with a group of women authors, who claim another passenger killed their friend and fellow author.Will Meg and company figure out what is goi What could go wrong on a cruise to Bermuda? Obviously, when Meg Langslow and her family are on the ship, there is going to be some kind of 'fowl' play in this twenty-fifth bird-themed mystery.And it does. A possible suicide/murder, missing people, and a breakdown of the cruise ship are just a few of the issues Meg has to contend with as she becomes involved with a group of women authors, who claim another passenger killed their friend and fellow author.Will Meg and company figure out what is going on during this mysterious cruise before they are rescued at sea? Will she solve the murder before the trip is done? Or will she meet a watery grave?Andrews' signature humor is there as Meg deals with all of her crazy relatives and implausible situations of dealing with the ship's loss of power (think: all of the electronics that people rely on these days). Always a fun read including the mention of a were-squid.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all the books in this series and I think they just keep getting better. Wow, what a difference being in a different setting makes for the characters. I learned something new about Meg and the family. I would like to know more about the boys as they're not mentioned much as main characters. I really enjoyed this book, I have to re-read it since I'm not sure I picked up on all the nuances. It's detailed (in places it's gross due to your imagination) I feel for the crew of cruise ships if I've read all the books in this series and I think they just keep getting better. Wow, what a difference being in a different setting makes for the characters. I learned something new about Meg and the family. I would like to know more about the boys as they're not mentioned much as main characters. I really enjoyed this book, I have to re-read it since I'm not sure I picked up on all the nuances. It's detailed (in places it's gross due to your imagination) I feel for the crew of cruise ships if they really have it that bad onboard the ships. I did suspect that Desiree was really still alive, and that the 1st officer had something to do with it, but that was minor to enjoying the book. #Terns of Endearment #NetGalley
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  • Val
    January 1, 1970
    Donna Andrews reigns supreme as the Queen of the Comedic Mystery Novel. Even the titles are funny. Remind me never to book a cruise with Meg and her crazy family. It won't turn out well. At least they got a cut rate, since Grandfather was the featured speaker. But on the second day, a body is presumed lost overboard. At least, her clothing is left on deck and there is no sign of her anywhere on the ship. But, almost as bad, the ship is without power and is stuck where it is until the problem can Donna Andrews reigns supreme as the Queen of the Comedic Mystery Novel. Even the titles are funny. Remind me never to book a cruise with Meg and her crazy family. It won't turn out well. At least they got a cut rate, since Grandfather was the featured speaker. But on the second day, a body is presumed lost overboard. At least, her clothing is left on deck and there is no sign of her anywhere on the ship. But, almost as bad, the ship is without power and is stuck where it is until the problem can be fixed. Meanwhile, no running water, no hot food, and most of the crew can't be found. But Meg and her family come to the rescue and solve the issues and only they can. These are hugely entertaining.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to believe that this is book 25 in the Meg Langslow series. It could be read as a stand alone but I've read so many it could be confusing for a new reader. Meg and her entire family are going on a cruise courtesy of her grandfather who will be giving lectures on animals at the various island stops. The cruise ship seems to be poorly run and when an obnoxious passenger goes missing the crew thinks she committed suicide by jumping overboard and continue the cruise. Now Meg, grandfather a It's hard to believe that this is book 25 in the Meg Langslow series. It could be read as a stand alone but I've read so many it could be confusing for a new reader. Meg and her entire family are going on a cruise courtesy of her grandfather who will be giving lectures on animals at the various island stops. The cruise ship seems to be poorly run and when an obnoxious passenger goes missing the crew thinks she committed suicide by jumping overboard and continue the cruise. Now Meg, grandfather and the rest of the family investigate before the suspects depart ship. Always a good mystery to solve and the family provides many laughable moments. As always there is a bird theme. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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