Want a fun, easy read that keeps you wondering Whodunnit? I don’t think they come any better than Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow series. Her 2015 Lord of the Wings has been languishing on my shelf far too long. I’m still wondering why I left it there.
Meg and her quirky collection of family members and Caerphilly cronies join together to put on the town’s first Halloween festival but are challenged when the bodies start appearing. True, Andrews drops more bodies Caerphilly than Caroline Graham did in Midsomer. But even hard-core fans can rejoice at the first body part showing up after just a few pages. Alas, it’s not real, as Meg says: “Either it’s a fake hand, or your lion’s victim has ‘Made in China’ tattooed on the inside of his wrist.” Still, body parts, real or fake, floating in the zoo’s Creatures of the Night exhibit, are enough to whet the appetite.
While the town of Caerphilly is assaulted by a multitude of tourists, would-be vampire covens battle each other, thieves break into the haunted house, and the bodies keep piling up. I read this in one sitting, unable to put it down, and was thoroughly satisfied by the ending.
Andrews’ series is so well written that you can pick any of the books and be thoroughly entertained. But Andrews has done something I haven’t seen many mystery authors do effectively — given each major and almost-major character a substantial arc throughout the run of the series. None of these characters are the same people they were in the first book, Murder with Peacocks. It’s worthwhile to read the books in order, just to see how the characters have grown over the years.
Kudos to Ms. Andrews! I ordered her next, Die Like an Eagle, already. (Wait, wasn’t this challenge supposed to be about cleaning off the bookshelves…?)
Clear the Bookshelf Challenge
This book review is for my self-imposed Clear the Bookshelf Challenge. I’m trying to make room on my bookshelf for new books. I’m up to date on my reading, just behind on the reviews, so hope to crank out a few over the next few days.
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