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Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos (2001)

by Donna Andrews

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Okay, so Michael is getting more of a personality- which I like, I just want more from them as a couple now...and BTW the mystery had a fun setting, very imaginative! ( )
  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
This third novel of the Meg Lanslow series finds Meg back in Yorktown, VA during an anniversary celebration of the surrender of the British during the Revolutionary War. Along with a reenactment, the town is holding a colonial craft fair, in which Meg is participating, showing off her blacksmith work. Meg certainly has her hands full as she juggles playing referee between her fellow crafters and the organizers of the event, having to dress completely in colonial period clothes, and the banning of anachronisms, anything not pertaining to the Revolutionary period. But the biggest problem comes when Meg discovers a dead body in her ransacked booth. A man that everyone, including Meg, seemed to have a problem with. ( )
  Tanya-D | Jan 15, 2016 |
Meg is visiting home during the annual reenactment of the battle of Yorktown. She is working in the craft fair, selling her ironwork. Michael is dressing up for reenactment as a French soldier and everyone who is taking part in the craft fair is also required to "dress in period".

The whole set up is funny beyond belief! There are people sneaking peeks at cell phones, a group of people called the "Town Watch" who are handing out fines for not sticking to how life was lived in the 1700's and Michael's mother is in charge of the whole shebang.

When a businessman is found dead in the back of Meg's craft tent she, her father and Michael are all on the hunt for the killer. Meg is afraid they will suspect her but suspicion soon switches to her friend and fellow iron worker Faulk. Now Meg is determined to find the real killer, clear her friend and hopefully make enough money on her ironwork to make the entire week worthwhile.

I'm loving this series and will continue reading until I get caught up. ( )
2 vote bookswoman | Mar 31, 2013 |
Meg and her friends are participating in a craft fair/reenactment of the battle of Yorktown. Her boyfriend, Michael's, mother is the affair coordinator and has insisted that all vendors and participants dress in period garb. (those needing a costume can rent it from her dress shop) Meg, a decorative blacksmith, is trying to sell her wares but when she stumbles upon a dead body in her stall the first night, she has problems.

Since her stall is the crime scene, she can't get back to selling until the police are finished, so she decides to find the murderer and get the police out of her hair.

This book was so much fun between the descriptions of the pink wrought iron flamingos made for a friend to the paparazzi caught in the stocks, and the antics of the anachronisms Town Watch laughter abounds. A great addition to this series. ( )
1 vote cyderry | Sep 30, 2012 |
Meg Langslow is at it again. The wrought-iron craftswoman is selling her wares at an "historically authentic" craft fair in conjunction with a re-enactment of the Battle of Yorktown. The "authenticity police" are out, citing people right and left for "anachronisms" -- anthing not proper to the historical period. It's no wonder Meg is carefully hiding the wrought-iron pink flamingos (which were made on commission for a local who is feuding with her Neighborhood Association).

This is a murder mystery so, of course, someone has to get killed -- and with a most interesting murder weapon. (What hath Meg wrought?) With an army of suspects (most of whom are Meg's friends and relatives, not to mention Meg herself) and a bumbling new deputy (who seems better suited to ticketing double-parking fairgoers than solving a murder), the battle is on the find "the real killer."

I found myself giggling and laughing out loud as I read this madcap adventure. In the midst of a very busy, stressful week, it was just what I needed! ( )
2 vote tymfos | Jul 11, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312983190, Mass Market Paperback)

Every year, Yorktown, Virginia, relives its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a re-enactment of the original battle and a colonial craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities--and to sell her wrought-iron works of art. Except, of course, for the pink-painted flamingos she reluctantly made for her mother's best friend--she's hoping to deliver them secretly, so she won't get a reputation as "the blacksmith who makes those cute wrought-iron flamingos."

Besides, she has taken on another responsibility--making sure none of her fellow crafters ruin the historical authenticity of the fair with forbidden modern devices--like wrist watches, calculators, or cell phones. She's only doing it to keep peace with the mother of the man she loves. And Michael himself will don the white-and-gold uniform of a French officer for the re-enactment--what actor could resist a role like that?

Meg's also trying to keep her father from scaring too many tourists with his impersonation of an 18th century physician. And to prevent a snooping reporter from publishing any stories about local scandals. Not to mention saving her naive brother, Rob, from the clutches of a con man who might steal the computer game he has invented. It's a tough job--at least, until the swindler is found dead, slain in Meg's booth with one of her own wrought-iron creations.

Now Meg must add another item to her already lengthy to do list: "Don't forget to solve the murder!"

Fortunately, the more trouble Meg faces, the more fun the reader will have--and Meg faces plenty of trouble in this lighthearted and funny novel.

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It's "period crafts and costumes only" at the Yorktown Colonial crafts fair, which Meg Langslow, ironmonger and sleuth, attends with boyfriend Michael. Michael's mom rules the event with an iron hand, but trouble arrives with the sleazy software developer who wants to preview a package authored by Meg's brother. Harsh words and fights ensue. The resultant murder comes as no surprise, and there are plenty of suspects.… (more)

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