Search Results: "Donna Andrews"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2008

"Solid, decent, likable and a bit dull—rather like its subject."
The squeaky-clean story of Hollywood's ultimate nanny. Read full book review >

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DUCK THE HALLS by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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

"Even so, Andrews is unlikely ever to find a setting better suited to her brand of frantically inventive farce than Silicon Valley East."
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 >

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THE HEN OF THE BASKERVILLES by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE PENGUIN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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GONE GULL by Donna Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An unusually traditional whodunit for the rowdy heroine and her cohort, and one whose biggest disappointment is the near-invisibility of the party whodunit."
The 21st appearance for Virginia blacksmith Meg Langslow (Die Like an Eagle, 2016, etc.) finds her battling vandals, murderers, quarreling family members, and variously hotheaded locals—in other words, business as usual, though this time with more than a little of the edge taken off. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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ACCESS DENIED by Donna Andrews
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >