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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Andrews Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN:
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Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. And then there's the fruitless hunt for a place big enough for the couple to live together. And a succession of crises brought on by the well-meaning but utterly wacky demands of her friends and family. Demands that Meg has a hard time refusing, which is why she's tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, where her brother's computer games are created, and handling all the office management problems that no one else bothers with. For companionship, besides a crew of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing, who she must feed frozen mice thawed in the office microwave, and Michael's mother's nightmare dog. Not to mention the psychotherapists who refuse to give up their lease on half of the office space, and whose conflicting therapies cause continuing dissension. This is not what Meg had in mind when she agreed to help her brother move his staff to new offices.

In fact, the atmosphere is so consistently loony that the office mail cart makes several passes through the reception room, with the office practical joker lying on top of it pretending to be dead, before Meg realizes that he's become the victim of someone who wasn't joking at all. He's been murdered for real.

Donna Andrews's debut book, Murder with Peacocks, won the St. Martin's Malice Domestic best first novel contest and reaped a harvest of other honors as well. This is the fourth book in the Meg Langslow series, which features the intrepid Meg and her cast of oddball relatives. Their capers are a lighthearted joy to read.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/15/2014

    " A fun cozy mystery with silliness and gaming geeks. Includes a one-winged buzzard, an overly agressive dog, one militant animal activist turned vet and several characters in need of therapy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/6/2014

    " This was a fun read, although I liked We'll Always Have Parrots better. I wish more of her books were available on CD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KillerTopSpin | 2/3/2014

    " I read Meg Langslow books for the colorful characters. The buzzard fits in perferctly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/28/2014

    " Cute light read about computer game programmers and buzzards and doge and pregnant cats and therapists. Yeah. Um... just go with cute, light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 1/26/2014

    " Like the others, fun. Like the characters, will continue with series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 1/21/2014

    " Another wonderful quirky, funny mystery featuring 'detective' Meg Langslow. I'm truly enjoying this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " This one was a slow read. The first three in the series move along at a better pace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/14/2014

    " I think it's time for me to take a break from Andrews, because this one, while still full of the usual madcap humor, just seemed forced and tired to me. I also didn't like how deeply she delved into the whole internet thing - made me think too much about her other series, which I seriously dislike. Also, there wasn't enough of Meg's crazy family. Not to mention the fact that I figured out the killer way before Meg did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/14/2014

    " good fun with computer nerds "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Tisdale | 1/5/2014

    " Cute and hilarious. Very light and fluffy, but all the jokes are really funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/2/2014

    " Yet another great installment. Definitely recommend this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystalpumpkinpup | 12/29/2013

    " This was an enjoyable whodoneit. It was pretty funny too. The only thing I didn't really like was the font in the book I had. It seemed smaller or something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/24/2013

    " Meg Langslow is filling in at her brother's computer game business when a difficult programmer is found dead. Since Rob is a suspect, Meg feels that she has to investigate until he is cleared, even though her significant other, Michael, working in California, worries over her safety. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Boggs | 12/1/2013

    " Despite the author's attempts to strengthen the female protagonist with martial arts training and a sarcastic tongue, she still comes off as the stereotypical horror movie heroine, blindly walking into ridiculous situations. The premise was mildly amusing, but overall the book was not worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/22/2013

    " An odd set of relatives in a funny, quick-to-read series. Even the main characters (Meg and Michael) have their quirks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/20/2013

    " Amusing enough for mystery on the metro "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margarette Kramer | 8/20/2013

    " wasn't very interesting, so i stopped reading it after chapter 3 or 4...may try to read it at a later time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teena | 7/31/2013

    " This was a fun read with interesting characters. I could see this going places other than a murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/2/2012

    " Crazy and fun family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Londa | 9/28/2012

    " First Donna Andrews book. Good clean fun, lightweight, similar to a "Cat Who" but with birds. Good for a weekend getaway book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/13/2012

    " I love the Meg Langslow mysteries. They area funny and interesting. I have listened to this book countless times and keep it on my iPod. I just wish more of her books were audiobooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 11/9/2011

    " As usual, Donna Andrew's Meg and family are a hoot! Definitely love this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 11/8/2011

    " It's hard not to like a book that makes you laugh out loud. A character is strangled with a mouse cord and one of his coworkers says, gee, if only we'd sprung for wireless mice, Ted might still be alive today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/27/2011

    " Ever work at a company whose mascot was a lame buzzard? Me either. Oh the places Donna Andrews goes. Some scenes had me laughing so hard I dropped the book ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 10/15/2011

    " This is my all-time favorite Donna Andrews book! If you've ever worked in an IT department and love a funny mystery, this is one to re-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/6/2011

    " I'd never want to live with a Buzzard. These books continue to be fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bec | 7/13/2011

    " I had quite a few lough out loud moments in this book. Hilarious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra MacKenzie | 7/11/2011

    " see review under "Cockatiels at Seven." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 7/3/2011

    " Another smash hit. This one really cracked me up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 5/5/2011

    " yet another hysterical outing for Meg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KillerTopSpin | 4/25/2011

    " I read Meg Langslow books for the colorful characters. The buzzard fits in perferctly! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " good fun with computer nerds "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 1/18/2011

    " I'll be picking up more books in this series. Very fun read, good pace, and interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/24/2010

    " This is not a serious, focused mystery. It is quirky with a buzzard in the office and a heroine that is a blacksmith/sleuth! I liked the Mutant Wizards premise...I worked with programers and I get this office :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 9/22/2010

    " These books will not change the world, but I enjoy them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 9/6/2010

    " In this book, Meg Langslow is involved with her brother Rob's burgeoning computer game company. Then, one of the techies is killed and Meg has to help keep her brother out of jail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 8/15/2010

    " as always Donna Andrews book Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon is just as witty and funny as her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 6/28/2010

    " This is my all-time favorite Donna Andrews book! If you've ever worked in an IT department and love a funny mystery, this is one to re-read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 5/27/2010

    " I like cozy mysteries! So sue me! Nice to take a chill and read a little fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/8/2010

    " I love the Meg Langslow mysteries. They area funny and interesting. I have listened to this book countless times and keep it on my iPod. I just wish more of her books were audiobooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 4/4/2010

    " How can you not read (OK, listen to) a book with that title? Entertaining, if implausible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 3/9/2010

    " see review under "Cockatiels at Seven." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MommaLaura | 1/6/2010

    " This book was hilarious! Well written and a ton of fun. "

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About the Author
Author Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and three Lefty and two Toby Bromberg Awards for funniest mysteries. She spends her free time gardening at her home in Reston, Virginia.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.