Duck the Halls (Meg Langslow Series #16)

Duck the Halls (Meg Langslow Series #16)

by Donna Andrews
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Duck the Halls (Meg Langslow Series #16) by Donna Andrews

'Tis the season to be jolly - and for Meg Langslow to round up stray animals of all sorts as well as a killer. Duck the Halls!

The brilliantly funny Donna Andrews delivers boughs of holly and barrels of laughs with Meg's latest adventure in her award-winning, New York Times bestselling series. A few nights before Christmas, Meg is awakened when volunteer fireman Michael is summoned to the New Life Baptist Church, where someone has rigged a cage full of skunks in the choir loft. The lengthy process of de-skunking the church requires its annual pre-Christmas concert to relocate to Trinity Episcopal, where Mother insists the show must go on, despite the budget-related protests of Mr. Vess, an elderly vestryman. Meanwhile, when Meg helps her grandfather take the skunks to the zoo, they discover that his boa has been stolen - only to turn up later during the concert, slithering out from the ribbon-bedecked evergreens. The next morning is Sunday, and the congregation of St. Byblig's, the local Catholic church, arrive to find it completely filled with several hundred ducks.


It's clear that some serious holiday pranksters are on the loose, and Meg is determined to find them. But before she can, a fire breaks out at Trinity, and Mr. Vess is discovered dead. Who would have murdered such a harmless - if slightly cranky - old man? Who has the time during the busy holiday season to herd all of these animals into the town's churches? And will Meg ever be able to finish all of her shopping, wrapping, cooking, caroling, and decorating in time for Christmas Eve? A Yuletide treasure for the ages, Duck the Halls is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into readers' holidays.

Now with an excerpt from Donna Andrews' next Meg Langslow holiday mystery How the Finch Stole Christmas!, available in October 2017.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250028785
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: Meg Langslow Series , #16
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 40,151
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and three Lefty and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia.
Donna Andrews is the author of the Meg Langslow mysteries, including Stork Raving Mad and Swan for the Money. She has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and four Lefty and two Toby Bromberg Awards for funniest mystery. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She lives in Reston, Virginia.

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Duck the Halls 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring! The mystery was predicable as always but at least the other books were entertaining. Most of the story consists of Meg scheduling and rescheduling choir practice and Christmas for churchgoers. Who cares! The book could have been 1/2 as long and been more entertaining. This is the worst book she has written. Hopefully it was just a fluke.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light, cheerful, easy read. Perfect for this busy time of year. A little outrageous, not real believable, but harmless and fun. This one has Meg running all over town, leaving you almost breathless with her boundless energy! If you enjoy small towns, Church Christmas programs and wacky mysteries - you will enjoy. Not real deep, but well written and edited. No need to have read others in the series - you'll figure it out. Clean read, nothing graphic.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How was anyone even able to finish this book?  I couldn't get through half of it, it was so uninteresting.  It's shocking it got good major reviews on the cover.  Life is too short to read books that are mediocre, and this book falls short of even that less than desirable mark.
BNreader56SC More than 1 year ago
I look forward to each Donna Andrews book. I love the humor and the quirky characters. Some books are better than others and none have topped the first one in the series. That being said this outing by Ms. Andrews holds true to form. It is a light, humorous and very enjoyable read. Just right for the holidays.
lobowolf More than 1 year ago
Donna Andrews never misses. She adds great local color and makes for interesting reading.
Mom2all More than 1 year ago
A fun read with the pranks and all the volunteers that stepped forward to fix all the problems. Good to read about people supporting each other even if only in fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
borrow suggest author do back flash stories cause never been the sane since married mother gets worse and worse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this story lacking .I have read her other books and find the plot lines becoming totally out side the realm of plausibility. Got bored early on
KathyAR More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyable read that has you laughing all the way to the end.
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robyngoodfellow More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Donna Andrews' books, and this was no exception. I will admit to being surprised at how long it took the story to actually produce a murder. Usually the murder happens quite a bit sooner. All in all, a good story, with just enough sketchy characters to keep you guessing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  Well-written characters, nicely plotted story, lots of laughs, and a satisfying solution to the mystery. Read it now--and buy extra copies for Christmas presents is my recommendation.
mysteryloverVP More than 1 year ago
AS WITH ALL HER BOOKS THIS WAS FUNNY AND HEARTWARMING. NOW THAT MEGS TWO BOYS ARE GROWING UP IT ADDS SOMETHING TO THE STORY. KEPT YOU GUESSING AS TO WHAT PRANK WAS GOING TO BE PULLED NEXT
TessT More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I love the way Ms. Andrews has with words. The book was funny, heart warming, and a joy to read! The entire series about Mag and her family is one of my favorites. If only the writers could write as fast as I can read!  A solid 5 stars, would have given it more, if possible.
SnarlaD More than 1 year ago
A pleasant reading experience for those who enjoy the "cozy" mystery. The comic elements & interesting recurring characters let the fun overwhelm the improbabilties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember picking up the first book in this series (Murder With Peacocks)because the title caught my eye. After laughing my way through the book, I was hooked. I anxiously await each new installment of this series and am always left wanting more. The characters are a hoot (I am especially fond of Cousin Horace and his gorilla suit and Meg's grandfather)and the story lines so much fun. If you like cozy mysteries with a sense of humor, this series is for you.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
wish i could give this moe thn 5 stars!! meg langslow's family is a bit eccentric to say the least. but they are lovable. Christmas is nearing, and all the churches are gearing up for the season, with each of their holiday programs. first, the new life baptist church is populated by skunks, making the church unusable until the odor is removed. meg offers to help relocate the proceedings. next triinity episcopal is found to have a boa in its tree. as if that's n ot enough, a horde of ducks is found in st.byblig's, the catholic church. okay, what's going on? who's the culprit, or culprits? not enough happening? well, there is the matter of the death of mr vess, ot trinity church. well, in the midst of all this meg amd mike decide to have a secret thanksgiving dinner the old fashioned way with all the 'normal' trimmings. it wasn't a too well kept secret as the whole family shows up to share it. seems as though meg's mom and mike's mom had planned a lot of seafood for Christmas dinner this year. meg is allergic to seafood. it was hard to put this story down, because i never knew what outrageous act would happen next! this story was a chuckle all the way through..at times a real guffaw rolled out too! a most delightful story, and i can't wait for the next one.
jbrooxd More than 1 year ago
Great addition to this fun series. I laughed out loud several times and had to read parts to my family because they were so funny and clever. A great holiday mystery!
jonikw More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to reading this during the holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imma girl. Claire. 16 and have brown eyes and yeah a sophmore and have a bf. Hbu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You a girl or guy, descriptive?