Some Like It Hawk (Meg Langslow Series #14)

Some Like It Hawk (Meg Langslow Series #14)

by Donna Andrews
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Some Like It Hawk (Meg Langslow Series #14) by Donna Andrews

Meg helps run Caerphilly's summer arts and crafts festival while trying to smoke out a murderer—turn up the heat, because Some Like it Hawk!

The hilariously funny Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the award-winning New York Times bestselling series that has captured human and avian hearts alike. Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at "Caerphilly Days," a festival inspired by her town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated —except one. Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year.

Mr. Throckmorton's long siege has only been possible because of a pre-Civil War tunnel leading from the courthouse basement to a crawl space beneath the bandstand. The real reason for Caerphilly Days is to conceal the existence of the tunnel: the tourist crowds camouflage supply deliveries, and the ghastly screeching of the tunnel's rusty trap door is drowned out by as many noisy activities as the locals can arrange. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict Mr. Throckmorton—and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement. Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Unless the real killer can be found quickly, the town will have to reveal the secret of the tunnel—and the fact that they've been aiding and abetting the basement's inhabitant. Meg soon deduces that the killer isn't just trying to end the siege but to conceal information that would help the town reclaim its buildings--if the townspeople can find it before the lender destroys it in a gut-busting caper that will have giggles and guffaws coming as fast as a four-alarm fire.

A gaggle of praise for Donna Andrews and the Meg Langslow Mystery Series:

"If you long for more fun mysteries, a la Janet Evanovich, you'll love Donna Andrews's Meg Langslow series." —Charlotte Observer

"A long-running series that gets better all the time. A fine blend of academic satire, screwball comedy, and murder." —Booklist
"As always, Andrews laces this entertaining whodunit with wit, a fine storyline and characters we've come to know and love." —Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Real Macaw

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466801936
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Series: Meg Langslow Series , #14
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 64,716
File size: 691 KB

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 spends her free time gardening at her home 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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Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this entire series. While the murder mystery in each book is intriguing, it's Meg's quirky family that makes you laugh out loud. I would recommend this for anyone.
bookswomanSD More than 1 year ago
Donna Andrews has been writing about Meg Langslow for quite a while now, in fact this is book 14 in the series. I now own all of the series but this is the first I've read. I've heard wonderful things about the series but other books just seemed to keep pushing to the front. Well, no more! Even though I normally read series in order I made an exception for this book because I won it as an ARC and promised to read and write a review. Having missed out on the first 13 books I'm going to be very careful about spoilers. Meg and her family and friends are working to try and save their town from an "evil lender". In the process they are having a summer celebration with blacksmithing demonstrations, dancers, singers, bands, plays and just about anything else that can be done on a stage. There are food booths and craft booths, there are many, many "loud" things. The LOUDER the better since they are covering up a secret. There are lots of fun parts of the book, the cousin who when stressed needs to be in a gorilla suit, Meg's twins learning about fireworks and "boom". I love the characters, I love the setting and most of all I love that there was restraint in the number of dead bodies that show up. Meg is working with the police to solve the murder of one of the staff of the evil lender. With all the chaos of the "fair" and the confusion of the mystery the book kept me guessing. It is a tribute to a very good author that I could start at book 14 and want to go back and read all the earlier books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this addition to the Meg Langslow series and it did not disappoint. The only problem is now I have to wait for the next book in the series.
Connie1950 More than 1 year ago
Wow by the second chapter I had read "Evil Lender" so many times, that I wondered what the author had against banks and mortgage companies. Then she started badmouthing American corporations and I thought, I'm done! I tossed the book in the trash and just pulled it long enough to make sure I wrote a review on the correct author. What a waste of $7.99.
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
Love all her books, have read the series and enjoyed each one.
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BritVic More than 1 year ago
I had read series numbered 1 - 13 in about 3 weeks from the library and could not bear to wait until numbers 14 and 15 were also available, thus this purchase. I was not disappointed! One is introduced to characters who fast become "family" to the reader. The stories are fun and hold one's attention to the very last page. I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Andrews' style of writing and recommend this series.
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good job! looking forward to this addition to the Meg Langslow series and it did not disappoint. The only problem is now I have to wait for the next book in the series.
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rabidreaderinwashington More than 1 year ago
I learned about Donna Andrews through a book club I attend and I have said thank you every time a new book is published. The entire community is in on this one, including Meg and all of her family. In this day and age, it is wonderful to sit back and read a book that keeps you involved in trying to solve a mystery and makes you laugh out loud. Donna Andrews, well done.
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megareader-nc More than 1 year ago
First book that I have read by Donna Andrews but will not be the last. Great characters and the storyline is great with just a twist here and there.
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I have enjoyed all the books of the Meg Langslow series but this is my favorite. Loved the mystery & the characters dry sense of humor.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this installment of the caerphilly town story, as well as meg's dealing with a crooked ex-mayor and an embezzlement by said ex. the town has been evicted from all it's offices, and the fpf is trying to take more land from it's citizens. what's going on and why? meg will figure it out. phinney has barricaded himself in the basement of the court house, which also houses the important papers of caerphilly. after a murder occurs, meg is involved in its solution. a cozy mystery with plenty of humor including a tunnel, (used to take food etc in to phinney), that you must lay down on a flat-bed cart to use to get to phinney, also a festival with lots of noisy entertainment to cover a loud trapdoor opening. and horace and his monkey suit are there too. if you want a fun read with a mystery involved, this is the one to read!
M_W More than 1 year ago
Meg Langslow and family are fun to get together with. If you are looking for a well written, funny, character centered mystery, this series is for you. It's clean, witty and the characters are like old friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the entire series. Andrews sense of humor is a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On reread of hawk that its not as funny i think it was all that tunnel door stuff just kept gong on and on marriage often slows a series but no reason nt to do flash backs with plots or as they say now prequels m.a.@sparta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series but I didn't feel the necessity to read into the night with this one.