Books by Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting of Murder with Peacocks and Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos, and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found without her


DUCK THE HALLS by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Not many felonies, clues or deductions, and rather too many pranks and Shiffley cousins who wander through the story with little motivation. There's charm enough here to get by with Meg's many fans, but newcomers will want to open other gifts in this waggish series first."
To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, Caerphilly, Va., goes to the birds. And snakes. And skunks. Read full book review >
THE HEN OF THE BASKERVILLES by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 16, 2013

"The plot never exactly thickens, but the fair provides a perfect background for more of the Caerphilly zanies' carnival antics, as long as you don't mind the sideshow upstaging the main event."
It isn't bad enough that the fate of the Virginia State Fair is in doubt; now there's fowl play at the alternative "statewide agricultural exposition" Meg Langslow and her daffy friends and relations have organized. Read full book review >
SOME LIKE IT HAWK by Donna Andrews
Released: July 17, 2012

"Not even Andrews (The Real Macaw, 2011, etc.) can sustain the comic inspiration of her wacky opening premise for an entire volume, but it sure is fun to watch her try."
Ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow seeks a killer who committed his dastardly deed in the basement of her hometown's courthouse, while the building's ownership is very much up for grabs. Read full book review >
THE REAL MACAW by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2011

"Surprisingly, Andrews, sobering up measurably after her curtain-raiser, spends most of her time and energy solving Parker's murder, leaving his hometown's troubles to recede almost of their own accord in an undeservedly upbeat epilogue."
Caerphilly, Va., goes bust, leaving its detritus all over Meg Langslow's property. Read full book review >
SWAN FOR THE MONEY by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"As usual in this hilarious series (Cockatiels at Seven, 2008, etc.), the obstacles to domestic and civil harmony are more inventive than the manufactured crises they provoke. But a good time is guaranteed for everyone except Meg."
Ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow confronts a dognapping, two chomped roses, a pair of missing garden shears, some cattle rustlers and several murder attempts, one of them successful. Read full book review >
COCKATIELS AT SEVEN by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2008

"Meg's ninth (The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, 2007, etc.) is less a mystery than another exercise in riotously extended domestic crisis that happens to include a corpse."
Ornamental blacksmith Meg Langslow, who's evidently never passed through a life-cycle event that wasn't marked by farcical mishaps, gets an unexpected chance to rehearse her parenting skills. Read full book review >
THE PENGUIN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 9, 2007

"Andrews continues her mission to turn all Meg's most memorable life-cycle events into bedlam-laced farce. "
Not just penguins, but llamas, camels, hyenas, snakes, lemurs, wolves, sheep, Lola the bobcat and some passing strange human fauna disrupt Meg Langslow's housewarming. Read full book review >
NO NEST FOR THE WICKET by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"As usual, Andrews is a reliable source for those who like their murder with plenty of mayhem."
A small-town croquet tournament turns into a blood sport with mallets for all. Read full book review >
OWL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2005

"A creaking mystery surrounded by rampant goofiness, less interested in serious suspects than walk-on zanies. If you're in a truly silly mood, you can't do better; serious puzzlers need not apply. "
Murder disrupts what already looks like the garage sale from hell in Meg Langslow's fifth birdbrained adventure (Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
ACCESS DENIED by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 7, 2004

"Will Andrews condemn one of the most cleverly conceived detectives of the decade to an endless quest for a spectral bogeyman? Stay tuned."
Artificial Intelligence Personality Turing Hopper and her other-abled human friends search cyberspace and meatspace for the archfiend who kidnapped Turing's clone. Read full book review >
CLICK HERE FOR MURDER by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 6, 2003

Just because you're an Artificial Intelligence Personality doesn't mean that moving isn't as traumatic as it is for your human counterparts. Read full book review >

CROUCHING BUZZARD, LEAPING LOON by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Bereft of her drama teacher sweetie, off filming a TV series, blacksmith/amateur sleuth Meg Langslow (Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingoes, 2001, etc.) has gone undercover as an office manager at her brother Rob's suburban Virginia software firm because he thinks something's fishy. Read full book review >

REVENGE OF THE WROUGHT-IRON FLAMINGOS by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

Wrought-iron lawn ornaments are not something blacksmith Meg Langslow (Murder with Puffins, 2000, etc.) ordinarily wastes her talent on, but when feisty Mrs. Fenniman commissions a set of pink metal flamingos to replace the plastic birds banned by her neighborhood association's Visual Enhancement and Aesthetics Committee, Meg obliges, since the disgruntled homeowner is one of Meg's innumerable cousins. Read full book review >

YOU’VE GOT MURDER by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2001

Why would Zachary Malone, nonpareil programmer at Universal Library, have gone AWOL from cyberspace for five days? Read full book review >

MURDER WITH PUFFINS by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2000

Sneaking off from her loving family for a romantic getaway weekend on Maine's Monhegan Island with her boyfriend, Prof. Read full book review >

MURDER WITH PEACOCKS by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

Lucky Meg Langslow. Read full book review >