No Nest for the Wicket (Meg Langslow Series #7)

No Nest for the Wicket (Meg Langslow Series #7)

by Donna Andrews
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No Nest for the Wicket 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 The first introduction to Meg, her fiancé Michael and the little town of Caerphilly came in the form of an extreme croquet tournament – and what an introduction it was! Rather than a manicured lawn and the parasols and picnic baskets there are hillocks and sheep, cows and rocks to navigate, play around or even through as the game progresses. Or doesn’t progress as early on Meg emerges from a ravine only to find a bludgeoned blonde lying dead in the middle of the playing ground. But, when the game stops, the fun just begins. The teams in this tournament mean that there are plenty of suspects (24) to choose from, and while Meg would really like to play, she can’t help but do a bit of investigating. If the tournament wasn’t enough upset, Meg and Michael are sleeping in the barn while their house is being renovated, so aside from the players for the tournament, there are construction workers and residents who could all be suspects: and until the woman is identified, anyone could have hit her in the head with a mallet or sledgehammer. But that’s only the beginning of this crazy yet engaging mystery: from animals to people, the characters are funny, quirky and completely fresh and unique. No wasted time on overthinking descriptions: dialogue and interactions drive this story forward, dropping hints, red herrings and laughs in equal measure. With a little side-trek to a Civil War battle site and some drama surrounding development and the potential future of the Caerphilly community, there are plenty of pieces in this little gem of a story. Narration is provided by Bernadette Dunn and I couldn’t help but be impressed with her ability to navigate some of the ridiculously hilarious moments without pause, but always adding that smile to her voice so the humor was easy to recognize. Each character was distinct in voice or pace, and the dialogue was always crisp and clear, so much so that even the rapid-fire moments of dialogue were flawless. As an introduction to a series and narrator, this was one that I won’t forget for a very long time, and am interested in starting this series from the beginning to see if the fun hold out. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read any books in the series you will know what to expect. They are entertaining light reading and keep you gu essing "who done it".
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Meg and her friends and family are up to all sorts of "games." THis one is a little crazier that most and highly enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am reading all Langsglow mysteries. Trying to do it in order. Love my nook, allows me to have my entire library with me at all times.
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Fun read,though not the authors best work.
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Dawn Ross More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest in the series. I really look forward to seeing what Megs crazy family are gonna do next.
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Stoff More than 1 year ago
Not as good and drawn out as the pervious. The war story being a hoax made up by the librarian was a bit of a let down.
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stoneyEL More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed the story line I have read other stories and it is very hard to quess who killed the victim
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Meg Langslow¿s family never does anything by halves, and neither does she. She and her fiance Michael, have purchased a ¿fixer upper,¿ and are living in the barn while the house is being repaired. The Shiffleys are still in the demolition stage with mallets and hammers. Actually, Meg has a mallet in her hand too, a croquet mallet. The latest craze to entrance Caerphilly is eXtreme croquet played on her and Michael¿s and Mr. Shiffley¿s pastures. There are four teams in a tournament when Meg falls off a crumbling hill and lands next to a beautiful dead blonde. While no one says they knew the blonde, it turns out that almost everyone knew the blonde a disgraced, disgruntled, and blackmailing former Caerphilly College professor, Lindsay Tyler. Nothing is ever quite what it seems. For example, Rob, Meg¿s brother, is a computer game company¿s ceo, and you would think that he would be adept around computers, but, while he is the creative spark of his company, he is not a computer genius. Meg does better than he on the computer, and it¿s Kevin, their teen nephew, who is the computer geek. There¿s a Civil War battle that turns out to be a teenage prank, and a Shiffley uncle who contemplated selling his farm to a developer because none of his children or nephews wanted to farm. Through all the twists and plot turns, Meg is able to catch the killer, much to Chief Burke¿s disgust, and a good time is had by most, but especially the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During one particular weekend in Caerphilly blacksmith Meg Langslow and her fiancé Marley college drama professor Michael share a weekend that would drive a saint to sin. In addition to living in a stall while their house is undergoing major renovations, her land is being used as the playing field for eXtreme croquet. Meg is participating in the tournament where the field contains difficult obstacles including bogs, quicksand, briar patches, and poison ivy to name a few. --- When she falls down the gully while looking for a ball, Meg finds the body of a woman. After the police circulate a picture of the deceased, no one comes forth admitting they knew her. That is until Michael identifies the victim as Lindsay Tyler, a teacher at the nearby college. A host of suspects surface amongst the historical society, the college faculty, and even college students from out of town. Meg makes her inquiries as she now realizes the murdered woman misrepresented herself to gain access to historical documents. --- There are no words to adequately describe how amusing this novel is. Meg¿s interactions with people including her quirky relatives and the situations she ends up in will leave the audience laughing in delight. Her ability to juggle several crises while sleuthing will have readers admire her spirit and determination. Donna Andrews is one of the best authors at providing a humorous whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner