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Friday, December 8, 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY- Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews- Feature and Review


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 a 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...



Murder With Peacocks (Meg Langslow, #1)Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder with Peacocks (Meg Langslow #1) by Donna Andrews is a 2006 St. Martin’s Press publication. (Originally published in 1999)

Fast paced and witty!

I need to start another series like I need a hole in my head, but….

This series keeps popping up in crime novel sites I follow, or book recommendation sites, and because already had a couple of the books on my bookshelf, I decided to read one to see how well I liked it.

Well, for better or worse, I’m hooked. This is the first installment in a very long running series. For a ‘first in a series' novel, published over seventeen years ago, it was pretty darned good. In fact, it was a riot!

Meg’s best friend, her brother, and her mother are all getting married, and Meg has been roped into helping them plans their weddings.

But, when her mother’s fiancĂ©’s former mother-in-law arrives, she stirs up a real hornet’s nest, and the next thing you know her body is found. While it is quite evident the woman was murdered, the suspects are very clever, and their motives are even murkier.

With local law enforcement ill equipped to handle such a serious crime, Meg’s father rises to the occasion to play amateur detective. But, before long, Meg finds herself bitten by the detecting bug, herself. Along with her new friend, Michael, she begins to uncover shocking secrets, lies, and cover-ups, that just might lead her to the murderer!

This is a madcap, screwball family comedy on one hand, and a puzzling murder mystery on the other. Meg and her father have a special bond and work well as detection team. Meg’s inner monologue is hilarious, but also a poignant at times.

The story moves at warp speed, and is so entertaining, I finished it before I was ready to- and that is always a good sign.

So, here’s to piecing together another long running series and to many more adventures with Meg and her zany supporting cast!





Donna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting of Murder with Peacocks and Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos, and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden



  1. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series!! I agree with the comment about the screwball family, that is what makes it so entertaining. Can't wait to read the next books in the series!

    1. This is a very entertaining series,indeed. Thank you so much for stopping by The Book Review today! Have a great weekend!


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