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Murder with Peacocks

av Donna Andrews

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Three Weddings...And a Murder So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town's drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors. And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Southern hospitality is strained to the limit by an offensive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she's found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents--some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral...… (mer)
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Much better than I remembered.

I was annoyed the first time I read this book, and I didn't like the characters. However, I wound up reading later ones and liking them a lot, so I revisited this book.

It was funnier and better written than I remembered. I did listen to the audio version, so maybe that helped. Bernadette Dunne reads this whole series, and she is great.

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  mirihawk | May 21, 2020 |
OK, I know this book is 20 years old and I'm just now getting around to reading it, but there was an exchange early in the book that almost caused me to delete the book and stop reading. I'm assuming that in an effort to show how loathsome one of the characters was, the author had that character make some over-the-top homophobic comments. I don't remember what was said, but I literally gasped. Thankfully, things have changed enough over the last 20 years that I doubt this statement would be repeated, but it did take me aback. Once I got past that, I generally enjoyed the book. Good story, but I didn't particularly connect with the main character all that much. The idea of letting herself get dumped on by three different brides just made her look feckless in my mind. Grow a spine. And who is going to schedule family weddings on back-to-back weekends? And how many get-togethers make sense. They were having some kind of party every day for a months. Who does that? And it was never clear why Margaret was marrying Jake in the first place. Or why Rob was marrying Samantha. The third wedding didn't seem necessary to move the plot forward and that couple were only minor characters so what was the point of that. They weren't integral to the plot. OK, I guess I didn't enjoy it all that much. I liked Michael and I liked the father, but I pretty much wanted to bitch slap the rest of them (sometimes the dad too to be honest). ( )
  AliceAnna | May 16, 2020 |
"Murder With Peacocks" is a fun, light, witty, comedy of manners, filled with eccentric characters, powered by a compelling mixture of obsession, compassion and optimism. It could easily have been entitled "Three Weddings And A Few Murders". It made me smile and, occasionally, laugh. It was the perfect read for a lazy Bank Holiday.

The story is told from the point of view of the formidable Meg Langslow, an independent, unflappable, competent and obsessively organised young woman, who abandons her blacksmith business for the summer to return home to the small Virginia town she grew up in and where she is related to almost everyone, to manage three weddings: her best friend's, her brother's and her (recently divorced) mother's.

Armed with her Notebook-That-Tells-Me-When-To-Breathe (this was published in 1999, seven years before the first iPhone) she sets about the task of providing each bride with the wedding of their dreams.

Meg is immediately attracted to the gorgeous Michael (ex-soap actor and current Professor of Theatre at a posh school) who is running the bridal gown shop, Be-Stiched, in his mother's absence. She is disappointed when the local gossips tell her that Michael is gay. Her inability to see that this is untrue provides the basis for a "Twelth Night" style comedy of manners.

In the midst of the wedding madness, a guest dies in suspicious circumstances. Meg and her retired Doctor father, believe the guest was murdered. A mystery follows in which various disasters occur and some more people are killed or seriously injured.

Meg splits her time between organising recalcitrant brides, building an easy, if frustratingly Platonic, partnership with Michael and figuring out who done it.

This is a book where the weddings are more important than the murders and the humour outshines both the romance and the mystery. It is none the worse for that.

Meg, fearless, pragmatic but ultimately kind, is a wonderful creation. I enjoyed my time in her company.

The book held no surprises except for how happy and relaxed it made me feel.

Fortunately, this is book one in a series of twenty books, so I'm hoping I have a lot more relaxation and happiness ahead. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
I absolutely hated this book, and I don't say that lightly. I found the characters to be vapid and annoying. In addition, no one had any respect for one another (even making allowances for the brides). This was supposedly a book about southern charm, and I found nothing charming at all about the way the characters treated each other or how they talked about each other.

Certainly that level of gossip exists, and not only in the southern US, but it is definitely not charming. ( )
  book_lady15 | Apr 3, 2020 |
funny. silly. good beach read. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Three Weddings...And a Murder So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town's drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors. And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Southern hospitality is strained to the limit by an offensive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she's found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents--some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral...

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