Meg Langslow Books In Publication Order
- Murder With Peacocks (1999)
- Murder With Puffins (2000)
- Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos (2001)
- Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (2002)
- We’ll Always Have Parrots (2003)
- Owls Well That Ends Well (2005)
- No Nest for the Wicket (2006)
- The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (2007)
- Co*ckatiels at Seven (2008)
- Six Geese A-Slaying (2008)
- Swan for the Money (2009)
- Stork Raving Mad (2010)
- The Real Macaw (2011)
- Some Like it Hawk (2012)
- Hen of the Baskervilles (2013)
- Duck the Halls (2013)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Emus (2014)
- The Nightingale Before Christmas (2014)
- Lord of the Wings (2015)
- Die Like an Eagle (2016)
- Gone Gull (2017)
- How the Finch Stole Christmas! (2017)
- Toucan Keep a Secret (2018)
- Lark! the Herald Angels Sing (2018)
- Terns of Endearment (2019)
- Owl Be Home for Christmas (2019)
- The Falcon Always Wings Twice (2020)
- The Gift of the Magpie (2020)
- Murder Most Fowl (2021)
- The Twelve Jays of Christmas (2021)
Turing Hopper Books In Publication Order
- You’ve Got Murder (2002)
- Click Here For Murder (2003)
- Access Denied (2004)
- Delete All Suspects (2005)
Chesapeake Crimes Books In Publication Order
- Chesapeake Crimes (2004)
- Chesapeake Crimes II (With: ) (2006)
- Chesapeake Crimes 3 (With: Marcia Talley) (2008)
- Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin’ (With: Barb Goffman,Marcia Talley) (2010)
- Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder! (With: Barb Goffman,Marcia Talley) (2012)
- Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays (With: Barb Goffman,Marcia Talley) (2014)
Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Books In Publication Order
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 1 (2017)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 2 (2017)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 3 (2017)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 4 (2018)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 5 (2018)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 6 (2019)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 7 (2019)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 8 (2020)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 9 (2020)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 10 (2020)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 11 (2021)
- A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 12 (2021)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Mysterious North (2002)
- Powers of Detection (2004)
- Homicidal Holidays (2014)
- Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (2016)
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (2016)
- The Beat of Black Wings (2020)
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Donna Andrews Books Overview
And a MurderSo far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptuals 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 law. 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 whirl of summer parties and picnics, Souther hospitality is strained to the limit by an offenseive 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 arragements and bridal registries to catching a killer before the next catered event is her own funeral…
Winner of the St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Award in 1997 for her first work Murder With Peacocks, Donna Andrews brings back her zany characters and disasterous events.
In an attempt to get away from her family, Meg and her boyfriend go to a tiny island off the coast of Maine. What could have been a romantic getaway slowly turns into disaster.
Once there, they are marooned by a hurricane ahd that is only the beginning of their problems. Meg and her boyfriend arrive at the house only to discover that Meg’s parents and siblings, along with their spouses are all there. When a murder takes place, Meg realizes that she and her boyfriend can no longer sit by a cozy fireplace, but must instead tramp around the muddy island to keep try and clear her father who is the chief suspect.
Every year, Yorktown, Virginia, relives its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a re enactment of the original battle and a colonial craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities and to sell her wrought iron works of art. Except, of course, for the pink painted flamingos she reluctantly made for her mother’s best friend she’s hoping to deliver them secretly, so she won’t get a reputation as ‘the blacksmith who makes those cute wrought iron flamingos.’Besides, she has taken on another responsibility making sure none of her fellow crafters ruin the historical authenticity of the fair with forbidden modern devices like wrist watches, calculators, or cell phones. She’s only doing it to keep peace with the mother of the man she loves. And Michael himself will don the white and gold uniform of a French officer for the re enactment what actor could resist a role like that?Meg’s also trying to keep her father from scaring too many tourists with his impersonation of an 18th century physician. And to prevent a snooping reporter from publishing any stories about local scandals. Not to mention saving her naive brother, Rob, from the clutches of a con man who might steal the computer game he has invented. It’s a tough job at least, until the swindler is found dead, slain in Meg’s booth with one of her own wrought iron creations. Now Meg must add another item to her already lengthy to do list: ‘Don’t forget to solve the murder!’Fortunately, the more trouble Meg faces, the more fun the reader will have and Meg faces plenty of trouble in this lighthearted and funny novel.
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 pas*ses 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.
In We’ll Always Have Parrots, Meg travels with her fianc Michael to a fan convention for ‘Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle’ a cheesy cult TV show on which Michael has a minor role. Michael hopes the weekend will give him a chance to talk Miss Wynncliffe Jones, the show’s temperamental leading lady and executive producer, out of enforcing a certain pro vision in Michael’s contract. Of course, Michael’s not the only person whose career the dictatorial star has manipulated. So when the star is found murdered, the police have plenty of suspects. Trouble is, Meg doesn’t believe they’re going to arrest the right one. Soon she finds herself following the murderer’s trail through a hotel filled with egotistical actors, costumed fans, and a motley flock of monkeys and parrots who, rebelling against their role as live scenery, have escaped from their cages to take an active and noisy part in the festivities.
Ever since Murder with Peacocks won the Malice Domestic Contest not to mention the Agatha and Anthony awards for best first novel, Donna Andrews has kept readers laughing. As Publishers Weekly says of Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, ‘There’s a smile on every page and at least one chuckle per chapter.’But the secret of Andrews’s humor isn’t sharp gags and one liners. From Meg Langslow and her boyfriend, Michael, to the minor characters who cross the stage and disappear, Andrews writes about real people, and invites the reader to join in the fun. In Owls Well That Ends Well, Meg and Michael have bought a very elderly house from the estate of the uncrowned Queen of the Packrats. She bought everything and kept it all. When the house became overcrowded, she moved the overflow into the barn. When the barn was crammed, she began filling the property’s sheds. When she died, her ‘holdings’ left the various grandnieces and grandnephews with decades of junk. They avoid the job of cleaning it up by selling the place ‘as is’ to Meg and Michael, sticking them with the lot. Their solution: a yard sale. As always, Meg’s large family flocks in to offer their dubious help. Many even come with junk of their own to add to the sale. Meg’s mother, sure that Meg has taken care of all the ‘treasures,’ turns to drawing up elaborate redecorating plans. Meg’s dad, newly elected president of SPOOR Stop Poisoning Our Owls and Raptors shoulders the cause of the endangered baby owls and their mother that live in the barn. His further contribution is the announcement that anyone who arrives in costume earns a ten percent discount. Meg is coping barely with all this until the body of a local antique dealer is discovered in an old trunk. She and her dad have a further shock: the trunk is in the barn, in reckless disregard of Dad’s beloved newborn owls. The police temporarily close the sale down to investigate. When the professor who can swing the vote in favor of Michael’s tenure becomes a suspect, Meg decides that the only way to prove his innocence, and avoid being stuck with several tons of unsold junk, is to find the killer herself, and quickly. Andrews’s amusing signature spin on mystery and a new assortment of feathery friends make this a priceless addition to the series.
Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme Croquet is a whole other story. That’s what Meg Langslow and her new friends whether she wants to call them friends or not are playing on the several acre farm of her new neighbor. It s a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and placid, seemingly immovable cows.
Extreme Croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where Meg and her fianc , Michael, have bought a house. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn t reached the stage of actual homicide at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman. Her head has been bashed in, illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet mallet. It turns out that Michael knew the woman from years before. Meg finds herself further drawn in when it s discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the bad dealings of a certain local society lady s ancestors.
In the meantime, the old house needs many basic improvements and swarms with an entire family of working men, including countless second cousins, sawing and pounding away. Meg s father is the overseer but is easily distracted since he has a tendency to become wrapped up in his current animal charges this time it s ducks.
One of the beauties of fiction is that you can enjoy reading about someone who has been knocked on the head and killed. The particular joy that Donna Andrews offers mystery lovers everywhere is the wonderful gift of laughter. Her novels, filled with crazy relatives, puzzling murders, and the hilarious conquests of Meg, make for a combination found nowhere else. Fine feathered friends are only one of the treats in this award winning series from Donna Andrews, an author whose name has become synonymous with lighthearted, knee slapping fun.
Hold on to your hats, everybody! Donna Andrews is taking us on another ride into the wonderful world of Meg Langslow, a world filled with laughter as well as the knotty problems Meg always seems to encounter and somehow solve. Okay, maybe there are people in Antarctica with penguins in their baseme*nts, but in Virginia? Only Meg’s dad could manage that one. A body down there well, that’s somewhat more likely. It turns out that explaining the penguins’ presence is easy Meg’s dad volunteered to take care of the birds until the future of the bankrupt local zoo could be determined. But identifying the body in the baseme*nt proves a harder task could it be, as Meg fears, that of the vanished zoo owner?In the small southern town of Caerphilly, rumors fly quickly, and all the other well meaning citizens who have agreed to take in zoo animals are now worried that they might be stuck with their guests indefinitely. So when Meg’s dad generously offers to help out anyone who can no longer care for their four legged charges, a parade of wild creatures begins to make Meg and Michael’s newly renovated house look more like Noah’s ark. Meg and Michael have been planning to elope in order to avoid the elaborate wedding their mothers have begun to organize a plan that’s threatened by both the murder investigation and the carnival of animals. The only way to set things right, Meg decides, is to identify both their uninvited visitor and the killer who put him in their baseme*nt. The award winning Donna Andrews has demonstrated her immense talent by creating and nurturing a series that continues to delight and surprise with each new book.
It’s time for more outrageous and feathered fun in the award winning, laugh out loud Meg Langslow series. When her old friend Karen drops by with two year old son Timmy, Meg Langslow reluctantly agrees to babysit just for a little while. But when nightfall comes, the toddler is still in residence and Karen isn t answering any phone calls. Meg decides she must find out what s happening, so the next morning, with Timmy in tow, she retraces her friend s footsteps and begins to suspect that Karen s disappearance is tied to at least one serious crime. Has Karen been killed or kidnapped? Is she on the run from the bad guys? Or is she one of the bad guys? The police don t seem to care, so Meg once again plays sleuth this time with a toddler as her sidekick. As usual, Meg s extended family adds to the complications in her life. What covert animal welfare project are Dad and the curmudgeonly zoologist Dr. Montgomery Blake working on and will Meg have to make another late night trip to bail them out of jail? Why does Meg s brother keep disappearing is he merely trying to avoid babysitting, or is he involved in something more mysterious? Will taking care of Timmy dampen newly married Meg and Michael s enthusiasm for starting a family of their own? And are any of Meg s relatives reliable enough to be trusted with a two year old especially a two year old whose whereabouts might be of interest to some very dangerous people?Donna Andrews once again proves her skill as one of the funniest, most entertaining mystery authors around.
Meg and Michael’s house is serving as the marshaling point for the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade. The theme is The Twelve Days of Christmas, and it features twelve drummers from the school marching band, eleven bagpipers, ten leaping lords costumed in medieval finery from the college drama department, etc. There are also assorted Christmas themed floats, a live nativity scene on a flatbed truck, the Three Wise Men on Caerphilly zoo camels, and Santa Claus in a bright red horse drawn sleigh eight reindeer were beyond the zoo s scope. Meg has been volunteered to organize the parade, which is to proceed from her house to the local campus, where Santa will take up residence to hear the Christmas wishes of the town s children. Of course, getting all the camels, pipers, leapers, and drummers in order is proving every bit as difficult as Meg feared it would be. Then her nephew Eric, wide eyed and ashen faced, whispers, Meg, something s wrong with Santa. The local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role, has been murdered. Now Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men, are faced with the two fold mission of solving the murder and saving Christmas! Readers can look forward to another zany Meg Langslow mystery this one filled with outrageous Christmas spirit and mayhem.
The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian themed mystery series readers have come to love.
Meg Langslow’s eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. Dad s gardening skill and Mother s gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable team and Meg is relieved they ve taken up such a safe, gentle hobby. She even volunteers to help when the Caerphilly Garden Club sponsors its first annual rose show. But after a few hours of dealing with her parents competitors, Meg is worried. Rose growers are so eccentric that they make Meg s family seem almost normal, and so competitive that they will do nearly anything to take home the show s grand prize making them prime suspects when Meg discovers that someone is attempting to kill the wealthy woman on whose estate the competition is being held. Of course, the intended victim had other enemies her treatment of her farm animals had aroused the interest of several animal welfare activists, including Meg s zoologist grandfather. Meg tries to leave the detecting to the local police and focus on protecting her parents chances to win the coveted Black Swan trophy, but she soon finds herself compelled to solve the crime before any more rose growers die.
It s Swan for the Money, two for the show, three to get ready…
now go, Meg, go!
Meg’s expecting twins any minute! in this next hilarious entry in the award winning, New York Times bestselling series!Meg is eight and a half months pregnant with twins when Michael asks if she wouldn t mind another houseguest. One of his doctoral students is directing his new translation of a play by a minor Spanish playwright, and the playwright has agreed to come to town for the production. Senor Mendoza turns out to be a drinker, a smoker, and an inveterate partygoer. Before long, Meg’s kitchen is filled with the smells of Spanish food and the voices of all the wilder souls in both the drama and Spanish departments. Into this chaos arrive two prune faced administrators, the dean of the English department and a man from the college president s office, who say that the play must be canceled. When the dean is found murdered, Meg’s house becomes a crime scene, and the only way to restore peace is to help Chief Burke solve the murders while rescuing the student’s dissertation and Michael s tenure all before dashing off to the hospital to give birth to her twins!The one and only Donna Andrews continues to surprise and delight in this next knee slapping adventure featuring Meg Langslow and all the eccentric characters that make up her world.
When a workaholic techie misses work for several days, his friend, Turing, does the only neighborly thing and checks in on Zack. She checks to see if he’s logged in from home. No luck. Then she skims the databases of local banks. Nothing. Next she searches hospital records throughout the state. No Zack. Turing is no crazed stalker: she is an artificial intelligence personality of Zack’s creation. But, unlike other AIPs, Turing is sentient and she senses foul play. She finds clues, but Zack’s enemies may well lie in the real world outside the planet of the AIPS where Turing has no ability to move.
Turing Hopper is an Artificial Intelligence Personality with a mind like Miss Marple and hardware that hides a suspiciously human heart. Of course, it’s hard to do legwork without legs, so when her human colleague Ray is murdered, she’ll have to think fast and rely on the help of her friends. But when the almost sentient mainframe sleuth recognizes an enemy within the walls of her lab, she realizes that whatever was after Ray might well have her on its hit list, too…
When Turing Hopper, Artificial Intelligence Personality extraordinaire, learns that criminal Nestor Garcia’s once dormant credit card has been doing a lot of shopping lately, she begins to do some sleuthing and finds out the loot’s shown up at an empty bungalow. So Turing gets her human friends to stake out the vicinity. But when one of them sees something he wishes he hadn’t and gets charged with murder everyone will have to pull together to clear his name. The only way to do it is to find the guilty party by luring him to attack them. But doing so might very well get them ‘accidentally’ deleted…
After a hit and run leaves a young techie named Eddie in the hospital, Turing, an almost sentient computer, tries to help her PI friend Tim find out who did it. While Turing tries to break into Eddie’s computers, her human friends do the legwork. It seems Eddie lets his seedy friends use his computers and some are running highly unsavory websites. Others are using spam to con people out of their credit card numbers. Then the feds show up, looking for an online vigilante who’s also using Eddie’s computers. Now Turing and her friends are caught in the middle. They can’t let the vigilante continue but they also can’t tell the FBI everything without revealing Turing’s identity to the world.
Tales of mystery, mayhem and murder from fifteen of the Chesapeake Bay region’s most talented crime writers. Includes the Agatha and Anthony award winning story, ‘Wedding Knife’ by Elaine Viets and a foreword by Laura Lippman.
Chesapeake Crimes II is an eclectic mix of mystery and murder. No sooner do the stories start than the bodies begin to fall.
Fifteen mysteries written by fifteen different authors all members of Chesapeake Sisters in Crime and some of the hottest authors in mystery today are a must read for anyone serious about murder mysteries. In these pages you will find Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha Award winners.
Chesapeake Crimes 3 is the latest installment of the Agatha and Anthony Award winning Chesapeake Crimes series. ‘The Chesapeake Bay area is home to strong winds, joys, and fears, where you lock your doors at night in the cities and probably should lock them in the countryside, too, especially after reading this anthology. It gave me 15 reasons to wish I had not moved to the Midwest. And for the folks who are still living in this supposedly mild mannered region, all I can say is, enjoy the weather, but watch your back.’ Sujata Massey
‘Not many of us would admit, even to ourselves, that we had actually wished for something awful to befall anybody we knew. On the other hand, if we’ve ever felt exploited by an acquaintance, or undervalued in a job that we felt trapped in if we’ve experienced an unappreciative boss, a backstabbing co worker, a jealous rival, a manipulative friend, a faithless lover, an intrusive neighbor, or even a controlling homeowners’ association board…
well, you get the picture. ‘Each of us has doubtless gone a round or two with someone whom we secretly felt deserved more than a small dose of Divine Justice. This probably explains why most of us can’t help but smile upon hearing that somebody who ‘done us wrong’ has, at long last, gotten his ‘just desserts.’ In extreme cases that is, if you’re anything like me you might even have gone so far, in the past, as to uncork a small split of champagne! ‘I suspect there’ll be plenty of bubbly flowing as you relish reading about twenty of literature’s most deserving villains, who get their comeuppance in Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin’.’ Katharine Neville, from the Foreword
A brand new anthology of all original Alaskan mystery tales. Also includes stories by Kate Grilley Michael Armstrong Donna Andrews Mike Doogan Brad Reynolds Kim Rich James Sarafin
This one of a kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard’s robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern day witch’s trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit London’s hidden world of the Nightside, and become spellbound with eight more tales of magical mystery. Contributors include: Michael Armstrong Donna Andrews Anne Bishop Jay Caselberg Mike Doogan Laura Anne Gilman Simon R. Green Charlaine Harris Anne Perry Sharon Shinn Dana Stabenow John Straley