Friday, May 13, 2005

REVIEW: Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews

Murder With Peacocks
Date Started: Monday, May 9, 2005
Date Finished: Thursday, May 12, 2005
My BookCrossing Rating: 9 out of 10 stars
I loved this book! I read the 4th book in the series, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon back in February via a bookring started by yllus and I found this one even better than that.

Meg Lanslow, a 30-year-old blacksmith, heads back to her home town of Yorkstown, VA for the summer to be the maid of honor in 3 weddings, her mother’s, her brother’s, and her best friend Eileen’s, all within 2 weeks of each other. After a few days, the mayhem begins with the first dead body found on the beach behind her mother’s house. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Meg Lanslow mystery if the conditions and circumstances surrounding the murder weren’t zany and bizarre.

As Meg and her Dad go sleuthing to uncover the culprit, they unwittingly become the murderer’s next victims, presumably because they’re getting too close to the truth. Aided by Meg’s new friend Michael, the dressmaker’s son, hilarity ensues and a few more bodies are found, fortunately of characters that you’ve come to dislike anyway.

Even when you think you’ve got it all figured out, some new twists are introduced that cause you to rethink your suspicions. This book kept me enthralled from the first page to the last, and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. I’m eagerly anticipating reading the 2nd book in this series, Murder With Puffins, which I’ve requested from my local library because I simply couldn’t wait for it to find it’s way into my hands via other methods. :)

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