I borrowed this one from Overdrive and managed to finish in a day. This is definitely a good series for laughs and comedy along with murder. I knew that from when I borrowed the audio book for #15 in the series, Hen of the Baskervilles. This one is the first in the Meg Langslow series.
Here’s my Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had borrowed an audio book in this same series earlier this fall and really enjoyed it so I got curious as to how Meg’s story started out, was she always married, when did the little boys come along, etc. So I borrowed this first book from Overdrive and found out!
Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade but this particular summer she is juggling the planning of three weddings: one of a good friend (who will not be such a good friend if said friend doesn’t choose a wedding gown soon), her mother and her brother, Rob. She’s home in Yorktown, VA for all three weddings since Meg is currently unattached.
After a body is discovered, a crazy chain of accidents starts occurring, all seemingly aimed at Meg’s dad, who is a doctor and who is investigating the murder along with the local sheriff. Meg and her new friend whose mom owns the wedding dress shop but he’s watching it for her while she recovers from a broken leg out of town, set off to figure out what’s going on and to see if they can avoid any more mishaps or murders.
I didn’t think it was possible to have so much murder, mayhem and hilarity in one book but this book was so funny in places then murderously exciting in others. It’s actually the first book I’ve read that’s had three bodies show up. The fact that it was always around a wedding was what made it so funny because I could just picture all the chaos happening in a funny TV mystery movie, peacocks included! If you’re really a huge fan of peacocks (which I’m not) you might want to know that they are only decorations for two of the weddings.
Meg has to be the most patient person in all of mystery land. I think her mom would drive me bonkers even as well-meaning as she is. There were so many good characters/suspects, leads and clues that it was kind of possible to figure it out but I wasn’t really sure about it until the author chose to start revealing the killer. I’m going to continue this series in order (unless I get an itch to listen to another one lol) so I can see just how Meg’s current married status came about. I’ve heard the whole series is just as funny and fun to read so it’ll be a good adventure!
Not sure why Amazon won’t let me post a review about this book there. I haven’t tried to review it before today, I didn’t have a previous review of this product and I have no interaction with the author or anyone that it would be looked at as not the right kind of review. Yes, I did borrow this from Overdrive but that’s never been an issue before. I can’t even get beyond giving it stars when the message comes up, so if Donna Andrews happens to see this review, I really tried to post it on Amazon but they won’t let me.