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The Gift of the Magpie: A Meg Langslow…

The Gift of the Magpie: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries,… (utgåvan 2020)

av Donna Andrews (Författare)

Serier: Meg Langslow (28)

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Titel:The Gift of the Magpie: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries, 28)
Författare:Donna Andrews (Författare)
Info:Minotaur Books (2020), 304 pages
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The Gift of the Magpie av Donna Andrews


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Extra star for a clever juxtaposition. Perhaps there is symbolism that I've been missing lately... ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
This was the perfect holiday cozy mystery replete with humor and a fun little poke at the human condition. It's the 28th book in series and shows no sign of slowing down or getting stale. I've been on board with this series since inception and have been an ardent fan ever since.

Our protagonist, Meg Langslow, is heading up the Helping Hands army of neighborly service providers. Harvey the Hoarders hovel is in deep need of attention before the town building inspector condemns the home. Rumor has it that somewhere amidst this mess there is a fortune left by Harvey's grandfather. Can Meg convince Harvey that clearing out his cluttered home is in his best interest, get everything repaired timely so that Harvey may keep his home and manage to hold Harvey's vulture cousins at bay? Only time will tell.

Author Donna Andrews is absolute genius when it comes to writing engaging and humorous cozy mysteries. This particular one is one of her best, in my opinion. It pokes fun at family dynamics - good and bad, provides a bit of philosophic pondering and is laugh out loud hilarious at times. If cozy mysteries are your jam, then this one is for you! ( )
  KateBaxter | Jan 18, 2021 |
It's Christmas in Caerphilly again and that means that Meg Langslow is up to her neck in Christmas-related tasks plus a little mystery in Donna Andrews's new book, The Gift of the Magpie. This year Meg is busy with the Helping Hands for the Holidays project where neighbors help each other with projects they either can't or can't afford to do themselves.

Meg's latest task is helping Harvey the hoarder whose house needs to be decluttered in order for necessary home repairs to be done before the building inspector condemns it. Making the task harder is Harvey's nosy neighbors and a handful of disagreeable cousins who appear to have their eyes on Harvey's things. A murder right in the middle of the project complicates her efforts and sets her on the trail of figuring out who might want Harvey dead.

Meg has the assistance as always of her extraordinarily talented and helpful family and the many friends and denizens of Caerphilly. Meg and her recruited volunteers must juggle helping the police sort through endless boxes of records that might give a clue to the motive for the murder, assist with the many remaining helping hands projects, prepare for the Christmas festivities, and negotiate between her grandfather and her cousin Rose Noire over the fate of some escaped magpies. All of this as well as making sure a murderer faces justice.

Donna Andrews has an unparalleled ability to juggle an enormous cast of characters without making the story seem overpopulated or underdeveloped. She also manages to squeeze in tidbits about the banking crisis during the great depression as well as the care and habits of magpies.

The Gift of the Magpie is the perfect tonic for 2020. Caerphilly is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. The warmth of the characters seeps out of the pages and into your home. This story is perfect to disappear into and forget about the real world for a few hours. It's impossible to read this book without a smile on your face from beginning to end. This book is a perfect gift to give either to someone else or to yourself. ( )
  tottman | Nov 22, 2020 |
good-works, family-dynamics, friendship, situational-humor, verbal-humor, law-enforcement, cozy-mystery, murder-investigation, hoarding, animal-welfare*****

Warning! I liked it so much that I pre-ordered an audio copy!
Come for the laughs and puns, stay for a good mystery, and perhaps to learn some things! Meg Langlow is a craft blacksmith/organizational wizard with a very large, impressive, and quirky family and she is the protagonist. Michael Waterston is her drama professor/former star of a cult sci-fi TV series husband. Dr. Langslow is her father/mystery geek/local Medical Examiner. And a cast of most of the town of Caerphilly, Virginia. It's the Christmas season and in the Good Works department is a community effort to help anyone with a need that can be filled with the help of volunteers, whether hauling manure, making a wheelchair ramp, or helping a man who is overcome by clutter. That last one is the man who needs Meg's persuasion to accept help and find creative answers to the fears he has. Add in some truly awful neighbors and some even worse cousins, and you can guess why Meg finds him nearly dead of blunt force trauma in his garage. Let the sleuthing begin!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Aug 30, 2020 |
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