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Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews

Murder with Peacocks (edition 2000)

by Donna Andrews

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Title:Murder with Peacocks
Authors:Donna Andrews
Info:Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (2000), Library Binding, 311 pages
Collections:Enjoyed and donated, Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:Fiction, mystery

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Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews

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Meg Langlsow is a blacksmith who is taking the summer off to be the maid of honour at three weddings in her hometown. During her summer there, while hard at work trying to please three demanding brides and attracted to Michael who is rumoured to be gay, the sister-in-law of her mother's fiance is found dead on the riverbank below the yards on their street. Meg assists her dad, a retired MD, in trying to prove that a. this was no accident and b. how it might have been done. A number of apparently freaky accidents occur which Meg is convinced were attempts on her dad's life. As the summer progresses and the weddings get closer, the plot thickens.
This is a cozy mystery, and I'm giving it two and a half stars because I liked it just enough to keep going and find out what happened but wasn't really laughing much at the humour, and it is supposed to be funny. Apparently the next book is funnier, so I may give that a go once I get one or more of my TBR books done, but at this point I don't plan to read the entire series. I also don't understand why mysteries have to let you figure out "whodunnit" so early, although this one did have a bit of a twist at one point (but I was still correct.) ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
Meg laslow returns to her hometown to help organize three weddings in her family. Her mothers fiancee's former sister in law is murdered and Meg becomes a target of the murderer. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
In this madcap mystery, Meg Langslow is just trying to get through the summer, but she finds herself overwhelmed with responsibility as the maid of honor in three weddings. A rather unlikable guest turns up dead, and Meg's father - a doctor - is certain it's foul play. When he starts investigating, other mysterious occurrences begin. Who would have killed Jane Gardner? And more importantly, can Meg get her mother's, brother's and best friend's weddings off without a hitch?

The mystery takes a backseat to humor, eccentric characters, and Meg's attempts to placate three brides. It was a funny, fast read and a series I can keep in mind when I'm in the mood for something light. Meg's family and friends are over-the-top but also ring true (kind of in the way Mrs. Bennet does), especially in their misguided tries to get her together with Mr. Right. ( )
  bell7 | Jan 6, 2016 |
Meg Langslow's summer plans are filled with summer engagements. She returned to her small Virginia hometown to be a bridesmaid for three weddings: her mother, her brother and for her best friend.
Early on she meets Michael Walterson, Professor of Theater, at a nearby college. He was managing his mother's dress making shop. Michael and Meg hit it off immediately.
There's not much controversy in the story except dealing with Meg's best friend Eileen complaints that her fiance Steven complains about including the Native American heritage purification ceremony in the wedding. I can just imagine reacting to something like this in Virginia.
Then one of the characters if found dead and the sheriff comes to investigate and suspicion spreads.
The family relationships were interesting to view and how their personal connections can become upset.
Meg was resilient and interesting as a main character who can be respected.
The murder is a minor detail and the character who murdered is a bit obnoxious and unlikable. Not much of an affect on the main part of the story or the three weddings. ( )
  mikedraper | Oct 8, 2015 |
This book was very entertaining. A couple of layout out loud moments. Meg is caught up in planning three weddings. She is going crazy. Then the rude aunt of her mothers boyfriend is murdered. Who did it. She tries to investigate the murders along with trying to pull off the three weddings and get rid of any potential suitors thrown her way. Not really thought provoking. Very light read. As I said entertaining. ( )
  bwhitner | Sep 2, 2015 |
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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 nuptuals 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 law. 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, Souther hospitality is strained to the limit by an offenseive 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 arragements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral...

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While trying to manage being the maid of honor in three weddings, Meg Langslow finds herself in the midst of a mystery when her former sister-in-law's soon-to-be stepfather is found dead.

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