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Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery (edition 2012)

by Donna Andrews

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Title:Some Like It Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery
Authors:Donna Andrews
Info:Minotaur Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Not her best and I saw most of it coming, but still fun. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Oct 28, 2013 |
Donna Andrews has been writing about Meg Langslow for quite a while now, in fact this is book 14 in the series. I now own all of the series but this is the first I've read. I've heard wonderful things about the series but other books just seemed to keep pushing to the front. Well, no more! Even though I normally read series in order I made an exception for this book because I won it as an ARC and promised to read and write a review.

Having missed out on the first 13 books I'm going to be very careful about spoilers.

Meg and her family and friends are working to try and save their town from an "evil lender". In the process they are having a summer celebration with blacksmithing demonstrations, dancers, singers, bands, plays and just about anything else that can be done on a stage. There are food booths and craft booths, there are many, many "loud" things. The LOUDER the better since they are covering up a secret.

There are lots of parts of the book, the cousin who when stressed needs to be in a gorilla suit, Meg's twins learning about fireworks and "boom".

I love the characters, I love the setting and most of all I love that there was restraint in the number of dead bodies that show up. Meg is working with the police to solve the murder of one of the staff of the evil lender. With all the chaos of the "fair" and the confusion of the mystery the book kept me guessing.

It is a tribute to a very good author that I could start at book 14 and want to go back and read all the earlier books. ( )
  bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
Another delightful installment in the Meg Langslow (professional blacksmith and mom of twin boys) mystery series. This time, the shady mortgage company is trying to foreclose on the town's courthouse and administrative building as the former mayor absconded with the tax revenues and failed to make the mortgage payments. But the town document registrar is holed up barricaded in the basement to prevent their takeover. They tried starving him out and cannot figure how he's managing to survive. Meg and a few key towns people are in on the secret and are supporting the registrar. Suddenly, one of the shady mortgage company personnel is shot dead just outside the basement barricade and the registrar is the prime suspect. What to do?
This is a delightful, clean and entertaining mystery with lots of amusing moments as well as a few tense ones. Happy Independence Day! ( )
  KateBaxter | Feb 1, 2013 |
Good plot, not as humerous as others in the series. ( )
  reannon | Jul 30, 2012 |
Caerphilly is under siege, as the Evil Lender has brought in goons to guard the courthouse, seized for non-payment of a mortgage bought by the embezzling ex-mayor. In a further wrinkle, the town clerk has barricaded himself into the basement of the courthouse. Smuggling in supplies is dangerous in more ways than one. Then a bank official is murdered in front of the barricade.

A distinctly minor entry in the series. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Jul 26, 2012 |
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Meg helps run Caerphilly's summer arts and crafts festival while trying to smoke out a murderer—turn up the heat, because Some Like it Hawk!         

The hilariously funny Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the award-winning New York Times bestselling series that has captured human and avian hearts alike. Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at “Caerphilly Days,” a festival inspired by her town’s sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated —except one.  Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year.

Mr. Throckmorton's long siege has only been possible because of a pre-Civil War tunnel leading from the courthouse basement to a crawl space beneath the bandstand. The real reason for Caerphilly Days is to conceal the existence of the tunnel:  the tourist crowds camouflage supply deliveries, and the ghastly screeching of the tunnel's rusty trap door is drowned out by as many noisy activities as the locals can arrange. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict Mr. Throckmorton—and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement.  Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Unless the real killer can be found quickly, the town will have to reveal the secret of the tunnel—and the fact that they've been aiding and abetting the basement’s inhabitant. Meg soon deduces that the killer isn't just trying to end the siege but to conceal information that would help the town reclaim its buildings--if the townspeople can find it before the lender destroys it in a gut-busting caper that will have giggles and guffaws coming as fast as a four-alarm fire.

A gaggle of praise for Donna Andrews and the Meg Langslow Mystery Series:

“If you long for more fun mysteries, a la Janet Evanovich, you’ll love Donna Andrews’s Meg Langslow series.” —Charlotte Observer

“A long-running series that gets better all the time. A fine blend of academic satire, screwball comedy, and murder.” —Booklist

"As always, Andrews laces this entertaining whodunit with wit, a fine storyline and characters we've come to know and love." —Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Real Macaw

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When town clerk Phineas Throckmorton barricades himself in the Caerphilly courthouse basement to thwart an unscrupulous lender who has foreclosed on the town's public buildings, Meg and her neighbors work to clear Throckmorton of a trumped-up murder charge.… (more)

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