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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (31 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: December 2005 ISBN:
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Meg Langslow knew the fan convention for her actor-boyfriend's hit television series was going to be the ultimate in weird. But she came along because she figured Michael could use an occasional dose of sanity, and because it was an inspired place to sell her hand-crafted weapons. And so far, she was dealing pretty well with the costumed fans camped outside, the batch of escaped parrots and monkeys frolicking throughout the hotel, and the minefield of egos lurking behind the show's success.

But soon after Meg goes head-to-head with egomaniacal series star Tamerlaine Wynncliffe-Jones, the Queen B turns up brutally murdered. Now, with Michael in the running as prime suspect, Meg will go up against an all-star cast of not-even-innocent parties, hidden identities, and buried motives. And she'll cross swords with a deviously obsessed murderer determined to write her out of this picture for good. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 2/13/2014

    " Another cutesy mystery from Donna Andrews that feature Meg Langslow as the iron-artist turned sleuth. This is an okay story but it just wasn't a compelling page turner. There were parts and pieces that had me chuckling and smiling as I related to the fans of Profiria much like some of my friends and I relate to Trixie Belden. The mention of fanfic and the subsequent discussions about slash and such were really fun. But the parrots, the monkeys, Meg's parents, so much of it was nothing but unnecessary, a formula for Ms. Andrews that didn't seem to work as well this time. Perhaps because I figured out "whodunit" rather early, perhaps being the 5th book the author is going to phone-it-in on the story, but nothing about this one made me want to go find where I last put my book down and find out what happens next. For a 300+ page cozy mystery to take me a week to finish is a testament in itself to just how non-compelling it was. Unfortunately, it won't have me scurrying to find and read the next one in this series. Eventually I'll get to it, but I won't be anxious to get to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 2/2/2014

    " This might be one of my favorites in the Meg Langslow series. In this book, Meg is heading off to a convention based around her boyfriend's television series. During the convention, someone lets loose a bunch of parrots and monkeys ('cause the show is set in the jungle) and the QB (Queen, um, Bee) is murdered. Meg has to figure out who, in a seemingly unending list of characters, wanted to kill this aging B-list star. "

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

    " High 3 stars. This is probably the best Meg Langslow since the first one ("Murder with Peacocks"). It sticks to formula but does so with style. There's a lot of humor, not quite as much of the overbearingly wacky relatives, and a very funny conversation about parrots early on. This is worth reading, unless you just don't like this kind of thing. "

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

    " Book 5 in a great series was enjoyable but almost a little too out there for me. I still liked it, but I've enjoyed others in the series more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelasher | 1/23/2014

    " my favorite of the series, so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 1/20/2014

    " A very cute series based in fictional and non-fictional parts of Virginia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/13/2014

    " A fun read, but it doesn't have the delightful tension of Murder With Peacocks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/12/2014

    " Parrots, and monkeys, and tigers, oh, my! Add to that a convention full of sci-fi costumed odd balls, some sword-bearing blacksmiths, a mystery man named Icabod Dilly, and a murder victim known as the "Queen Bee" and you have an entertaining mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Davie | 1/12/2014

    " Meg Langslow - 5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue T | 12/29/2013

    " Another fun, and funny, entry in the Meg Langslow series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 12/25/2013

    " Sci-Fi convention from hell, with monkeys and parrots thrown in. Too fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 12/20/2013

    " These are characters that I like to spend time with... the book is not earth shattering but it is well written and I find it quirky and funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 12/13/2013

    " I still enjoyed this book, but I knew early on who the murderer would be, and I was right. Not as much fun as the earlier ones nor a later one which I read first - out of order, but I didn't know what the order was at that point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/8/2013

    " glad I've never been to a con like that! But good detail and fond portrayal "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 September | 12/6/2013

    " This was a mild murder mystery. Rather tongue in cheek, kind of cute. It made me wonder if it was a Nanowrimo book, as it used a lot of the writing devices we all joke about during November. :) It was a fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 8/28/2012

    " [Copied across from Library Thing; 17 October 2012] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 8/7/2012

    " Not laugh out loud funny like the best Evanovich novels, but this mystery set at a fictional fantasy convention has escapee parrots, awful fanfic, a tiger that may or may not eat the world's most annoying dog, and some other zaniness to make it a fun beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget R. Wilson | 7/23/2012

    " This series seeems to get more complicated as it goes along. I'm going to soldier on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/25/2012

    " I think I would put this as my third favorite book from Donna Andrews. I enjoyed it, she has a wonderful writing style and really brings her charecters to life. It wasn't as good as Murder with Peacocks, but I had a blast trying to figure out the mystery along with Meg. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 6/1/2011

    " Formulaic cozy mystery but that's not meant as a criticism. Sometimes you go to McDonalds because you know what you will get and reading Donna Andrews offers the same reward -- a consistently clever often funny lite mystery that is a good, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 5/23/2011

    " Another excellent, fun read. Again a neat settting, a fan convention for a fantasy TV show. Many wonderful moments, including the parrot that quote Monty Python and Meg's attempt to explain slash to the police. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/19/2011

    " This is why I don't go to movie conventions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/14/2010

    " Country house murders are so passe -- have one at a fan con instead! Tigers, monkeys, and parrots, oh my ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 5/30/2010

    " Fun, funny mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/30/2008

    " Cute and funny, but not very deep. The con atmosphere was amusing for a while, and then I remembered why my tolerance for cons is only about a few hours a day. The mystery part was nicely done, although I guess one part of if it pretty quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/30/2008

    " Formula mystery, but funny, enjoyable, and worthwhile. I loved this so much I started reading her other books in the set- also enjoyable but none quite the match of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/15/2008

    " Always fun to read, the Meg Lanslow series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 3/29/2007

    " A pretty amusing book, but the main character has some pretty silly assumptions that made it obvious who the killer was. Still I loved the concept of getting to know all the suspects before the murder happened so that it was hard to mentally accuse any of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/6/2007

    " This was fun. I could just see the parrots and monkeys playing havoc in the lobby of the hotel. Very well laid out and I kept turning the pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pointsandwheels | 7/4/2006

    " Not bad. Probably the best I've read of the series so far. I kind of want to know what happens to the cast of the show, but I don't care much for the main character and her family, so I'll likely stop here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 12/15/2005

    " Just love this series - great characters, good descriptions, and just plain fun! Keep them coming! "

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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.