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The Real Macaw (Meg Langslow Series #13)

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    Donna Andrews has written another laugh out loud cozy

    Four months ago Meg Langslow gave birth to twin boys. Her sons are on different sleep cycles so she feels sleep deprived. Thus during a graveyard feeding, she assumes she is hallucinating when she hears assorted animal noises downstairs. She looks only to find a horde in her home. She asks her father, grandfather and other animal lovers what is going on; they explain the formerly no kill shelter they rescued the animals from was going to murderer them due to a lack of funds.

    They were brought to Meg's living room because the transporter Parker Blair failed to show up. Police Chief Burke arrives at Meg's home to find out why her zoologist grandfather kept calling Parker who he explains was murdered. Meg promises to stay out of the investigation though she has a history of involvement (see Stork Raving Mad). She becomes upset when Mayor Pruitt wants to seize her house and other homes under eminent domain to sell to a developer in order to pay off the finance company that upgrades the Pruitt section of town. He used county buildings as collateral and the firm is ready to take possession. Someone attacks Meg's grandfather and a blue macaw is replaced by another macaw. Meg assumes the assaults are linked to the Parker homicide. She begins to ask questions while helping the county by letting them using her barn to house the library, but almost gets killed for her efforts.

    Donna Andrews has written another laugh out loud cozy. The heroine deals with the twins and her husband who remains in the background with relative but sleepy ease; she handles the animal kingdom guests with calm. However, her dad and granddad are over the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their caring lunacy encouraged by the eccentric Caerphilly townsfolk. The whodunit is fun to follow as Meg investigates, but it is the jocularity that makes the Langslow amateur sleuths super.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Another gloriously funny read!

    Loved it! Donna Andrews always delivers. I love the character growth with Meg & Michael and the entire supporting cast. This one hits all the right notes for mystery and fun. Curl up and enjoy!

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Very Good Addition to the Series

    It was good to follow Meg after the birth of her sons. I love Donna Andrews!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Loved it!

    I have really enjoyed all the books in this series by Donna Andrews. Very entertaining.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    Masterful fun!

    I loved this and now I'm dying to try another book in the series. The characters were just great, varied personalities, a lot of humor, and of course animals. As if being a mom to twins wasn't enough, Meg's got another child to take care of and now a houseful of stolen furry and feathered 'property'. Nothing else could go wrong, except a murder and attack on one of her own. Can she juggle baseball games, feedings, a zoo in her home and solving the case? And did I mention the crooked politician threatening the towns very life as well as their home? I could not put this one down. The action didn't stop, the suspense kept me guessing till the very end and I never saw it coming. A masterful mystery.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    This has the classic Meg Langslow cover. I love that every title and story in the series has at least one animal as a central part of the mystery. And yes, in this one it's a Macaw...apparently very rare and with a colorful vocabulary. lol

    Meg Langslow is back with her quirky and very large family. She has just had twin boys, so her and Michael are dealing with lots of sleep deprivation. Despite her worries in previous novels, she is a great mother. She still has her "notebook that tells me when to breathe" and I am happy to see she is willing to ignore it to snuggle with her boys. She adores them, and her and Michael shifted from being a married couple to being parents with little to no added friction. It helps that they are both smart and even tempered.

    On night after putting one of the twins' down after a feeding she hears animal noises coming from downstairs...praying someone turned on Animal Planet, she goes to investigate. Turns out the CORSICANS (read the book) stole all the animals from the county shelter because it had just changed into a kill-shelter. Most of the area is outraged...and things are destined to get worse before they get better. In all of this mess a murdered body is found behind the victim's furniture store.

    Meg really stays on the outside of this investigation more than any other book because of the boys. She wants to stay safe, but being that all the animals are at her house and most of the discussing of the town's problems happen at her place, she gets pulled in anyway.

    Donna Andrews does a fantastic job of writing a witty and charming story and weaving a fantastic mystery into the middle of it (and yes I was surprised). She also makes me laugh, the comedy in here is so dry and subtle and completely fits my sense of humor...especially Meg's goofy, large family on her mother's side.

    Yup, 5 stars...I love these books! If you read them out of order, it's not too big of a deal. But if you read them all I doubt you'd regret it either.

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