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The cast of Donna Andrews’ New York Times bestselling Meg Langslow mystery series is back for an unforgettable holiday story in The Twelve Jays of Christmas. Meg and Michael’s annual holiday celebration is well underway, with a throng of out-of-town relatives staying at their house. Hosting these festivities is a little harder than usual—they have to relocate all the events The cast of Donna Andrews’ New York Times bestselling Meg Langslow mystery series is back for an unforgettable holiday story in The Twelve Jays of Christmas. Meg and Michael’s annual holiday celebration is well underway, with a throng of out-of-town relatives staying at their house. Hosting these festivities is a little harder than usual—they have to relocate all the events normally held in their library, currently occupied by Roderick Castlemayne, the irascible wildlife artist who’s creating twelve paintings of birds to illustrate Meg’s grandfather’s latest nature book. Still, the celebrations continue—and the entire family rejoices to learn that Meg’s brother Rob and his longtime fiancée Delaney have finally decided to tie the knot. Unfortunately, they decide to do this in the middle of Meg and Michael’s annual New Year’s bash, dashing their mothers’ hopes of planning the wedding to end all weddings. Delaney’s mother sneaks into town so she and Meg’s mother can secretly plot a way to talk the happy couple into having a big bash. Hiding her only adds to Meg’s holiday stress—it’s almost a full-time job fending all the visitors who want to confront Castlemayne—reporters, bill collectors, process servers, and several ex-wives in search of unpaid alimony. Then someone murders Castlemayne in the middle of a blizzard and sets loose the birds he was painting. Can Meg help the police crack the case before the killer strikes again? Can she keep Christmas merry in spite of the body in the library? Can she negotiate a compromise between Rob and Delaney and their disappointed mothers? And can she recapture the twelve escaped jays before they begin nesting in the Christmas tree? This intrigue-filled Christmas mystery takes readers home to Caerphilly to join in Meg's family's holiday celebration—including, of course, another baffling mystery.


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The cast of Donna Andrews’ New York Times bestselling Meg Langslow mystery series is back for an unforgettable holiday story in The Twelve Jays of Christmas. Meg and Michael’s annual holiday celebration is well underway, with a throng of out-of-town relatives staying at their house. Hosting these festivities is a little harder than usual—they have to relocate all the events The cast of Donna Andrews’ New York Times bestselling Meg Langslow mystery series is back for an unforgettable holiday story in The Twelve Jays of Christmas. Meg and Michael’s annual holiday celebration is well underway, with a throng of out-of-town relatives staying at their house. Hosting these festivities is a little harder than usual—they have to relocate all the events normally held in their library, currently occupied by Roderick Castlemayne, the irascible wildlife artist who’s creating twelve paintings of birds to illustrate Meg’s grandfather’s latest nature book. Still, the celebrations continue—and the entire family rejoices to learn that Meg’s brother Rob and his longtime fiancée Delaney have finally decided to tie the knot. Unfortunately, they decide to do this in the middle of Meg and Michael’s annual New Year’s bash, dashing their mothers’ hopes of planning the wedding to end all weddings. Delaney’s mother sneaks into town so she and Meg’s mother can secretly plot a way to talk the happy couple into having a big bash. Hiding her only adds to Meg’s holiday stress—it’s almost a full-time job fending all the visitors who want to confront Castlemayne—reporters, bill collectors, process servers, and several ex-wives in search of unpaid alimony. Then someone murders Castlemayne in the middle of a blizzard and sets loose the birds he was painting. Can Meg help the police crack the case before the killer strikes again? Can she keep Christmas merry in spite of the body in the library? Can she negotiate a compromise between Rob and Delaney and their disappointed mothers? And can she recapture the twelve escaped jays before they begin nesting in the Christmas tree? This intrigue-filled Christmas mystery takes readers home to Caerphilly to join in Meg's family's holiday celebration—including, of course, another baffling mystery.

30 review for The Twelve Jays of Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Five stars times a thousand. It wouldn't be Christmas without a little crazy from Meg Langlsow and company. I was hooked right from the outlandish opening sentence -- and chuckling. Zany doesn't describe the situations Meg finds herself in. This is the 30th instalment and I'm praying the author has many more books to come. There's something so familiar and welcoming about these characters and their town and I'm as attached to the narrator (Bernadette Dunne) as I am to Donna Andrews' storytelling Five stars times a thousand. It wouldn't be Christmas without a little crazy from Meg Langlsow and company. I was hooked right from the outlandish opening sentence -- and chuckling. Zany doesn't describe the situations Meg finds herself in. This is the 30th instalment and I'm praying the author has many more books to come. There's something so familiar and welcoming about these characters and their town and I'm as attached to the narrator (Bernadette Dunne) as I am to Donna Andrews' storytelling finesse. They make a lethal combination. Madcap mayhem and mystery with a healthy dose of Christmas besides.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    Fabulous installment! This is my favorite cozy mystery series!

  3. 4 out of 5

    MAB LongBeach

    Another Christmas mystery with Meg Langslow and company. The wackiness this time includes an unwanted artist house guest who is collaborating with Meg's grandfather on a book about birds. Naturally some of the birds get loose in the house. It's Christmas, so naturally there are dozens of out-of-town relatives staying with them. And there are wombats in the basement. Why? Because they glow in the dark. An average entry of the series, which means it's a lot of fun. Newcomers can certainly start her Another Christmas mystery with Meg Langslow and company. The wackiness this time includes an unwanted artist house guest who is collaborating with Meg's grandfather on a book about birds. Naturally some of the birds get loose in the house. It's Christmas, so naturally there are dozens of out-of-town relatives staying with them. And there are wombats in the basement. Why? Because they glow in the dark. An average entry of the series, which means it's a lot of fun. Newcomers can certainly start here if they want. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tad

    Meg Langslow has an injured ankle which means she had to miss the ski trip with husband Michael and the boys. Instead, Meg is home with visiting relatives, grandfather’s temperamental wildlife artist occupying the library, wombats in the basement, mockingbirds loose in the house, and her mother secretly plotting a big wedding for Meg’s brother Rob and fiance Delaney despite their wishes for a small intimate New Year’s wedding. This is the rush that starts off Donna Andrew’s latest Langslow Chris Meg Langslow has an injured ankle which means she had to miss the ski trip with husband Michael and the boys. Instead, Meg is home with visiting relatives, grandfather’s temperamental wildlife artist occupying the library, wombats in the basement, mockingbirds loose in the house, and her mother secretly plotting a big wedding for Meg’s brother Rob and fiance Delaney despite their wishes for a small intimate New Year’s wedding. This is the rush that starts off Donna Andrew’s latest Langslow Christmas adventure, The Twelve Jays of Christmas. The artist Meg’s grandfather has hired to paint birds as illustrations for his new book, Roderick Castlemayne, is demanding and disagreeable. His beleaguered assistant, Harris, does his best to run interference but he can’t entirely contain the cantankerous artist. Worse, when word gets out that Castlemayne is working at Meg’s house, a long list of people with grudges against him start showing up at Meg’s door, including some unhappy ex-wives. When a noise in the night awakens Meg and she discovers Castlemayne’s dead body, the list of suspects is a long one. Meg’s curiosity and the fact that she lives at the scene of the crime, have her helping round up suspects for the chief to interview. A snowstorm and subsequent power outage also have her scrambling to feed a horde of hungry relatives. As usual, Meg’s ingenious family and a bunch of helpful Caerphilly locals make the task easier. Meg still manages to find herself in the killer’s crosshairs before justice is served just in time for everyone to have a merry Christmas. The Twelve Jays of Christmas is another fun entry in this series that will delight existing fans and newcomers alike. If I were in a Twilight Zone episode and could step off a train into any world, I would get off in Caerphilly, Virginia, and live in the wonderful world Donna Andrews has created there. I love spending time with these characters and always look forward to my next visit. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Donna Andrews makes me love Meg Lanslow, her wacky family and friends, and the picturesque VA setting more and more in every new book! THE TWELVE JAYS OF CHRISTMAS is another winner with jays, mockingbirds, wombats, and cast of relatives by the thousands blended in a delightful mystery. I tried to read slowly to savor the story, but the plot ticks along and the characters are too much fun to leave for a silly thing like sleep. Now I just have to wait patiently for the next book. Worse case, I'll Donna Andrews makes me love Meg Lanslow, her wacky family and friends, and the picturesque VA setting more and more in every new book! THE TWELVE JAYS OF CHRISTMAS is another winner with jays, mockingbirds, wombats, and cast of relatives by the thousands blended in a delightful mystery. I tried to read slowly to savor the story, but the plot ticks along and the characters are too much fun to leave for a silly thing like sleep. Now I just have to wait patiently for the next book. Worse case, I'll read the series all over again. Not a hardship, but I AM eager for #31!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Hale

    I love Donna Andrews and her Meg Langslow series so much!! The characters are fun and erratic and eclectic and relatable and I want to be adopted by Meg's family. Some of the regulars took a backseat role in this book which allowed for more focus on developing Meg a little more. In some of the books, Meg is so crazy busy it can be hard to get to know her but in this one, she's normal person crazy holiday time busy so her personality is in the spotlight. I highly recommend this whole series! I love Donna Andrews and her Meg Langslow series so much!! The characters are fun and erratic and eclectic and relatable and I want to be adopted by Meg's family. Some of the regulars took a backseat role in this book which allowed for more focus on developing Meg a little more. In some of the books, Meg is so crazy busy it can be hard to get to know her but in this one, she's normal person crazy holiday time busy so her personality is in the spotlight. I highly recommend this whole series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine Beyersdorf

    I really enjoyed this yet again. I love her books even though the only ones who age are the boys. Crazy house guest, crazy relatives, and crazy animals! I love the things I learn about animals from each book and other things as well. The one thing that drove me crazy, but in no way called for less than five stars, is the sudden dislike of coffee for Meg with no explanation. She has been a "don't talk to me before the end of the first morning cup" gal since the beginning. Other than that. These b I really enjoyed this yet again. I love her books even though the only ones who age are the boys. Crazy house guest, crazy relatives, and crazy animals! I love the things I learn about animals from each book and other things as well. The one thing that drove me crazy, but in no way called for less than five stars, is the sudden dislike of coffee for Meg with no explanation. She has been a "don't talk to me before the end of the first morning cup" gal since the beginning. Other than that. These books never disappoint. I love the characters, I love surroundings, I love the mysteries, even if I do figure out who did it before the end. It might be fun to do a return to Yorktown to do another mystery there. Not sure what can be worked out with that though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    It’s Christmas time, Meg has sprained her ankle so can’t go on the skiing trip with her husband and sons. The extended family is arriving, Grandpa has invited a disagreeable painter to paint blue jays for his book, with the blue jays in the house and in the basement there are two wombats tearing things apart. Meg’s brother is planning his wedding and his mother and future mother-in-law are planning something big. The painter is found dead and everything is chaos.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lizzytish

    It wouldn’t be Christmas at the Lanslows without some zaniness, murder, and mayhem! There are glowing wombats in the basement, loose birds in the house, a cranky artist, and a wedding to be planned. Throw in some snow, lots of relatives, some mistaken identities, and we have the makings of a rollicking good read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teri-K

    Wombats in the basement, a curmudgeonly artist hiding from ex-wives in the library, the yearly snowstorm and murder - it must be Christmas in Caerphilly, Virginia! Always fun stories, the Christmas entries are especially pleasing. Ho ho ho and don't forget to wipe off your fingerprints before you go... Wombats in the basement, a curmudgeonly artist hiding from ex-wives in the library, the yearly snowstorm and murder - it must be Christmas in Caerphilly, Virginia! Always fun stories, the Christmas entries are especially pleasing. Ho ho ho and don't forget to wipe off your fingerprints before you go...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    I listened to this audiobook. Meg Langslow is an ornamental blacksmith by trade. But these books are not about that, except to remind us numerous times how tall and strong she is. She is married to Michael Waterstone, a professor of drama at the local semi-rural Virginia town. They live in an enormous house with their twin sons, various relatives, and a menagerie of animals. In this episode, Meg is dismayed to learn her computer whiz nephew, who lives in the basement, is hosting a couple of womb I listened to this audiobook. Meg Langslow is an ornamental blacksmith by trade. But these books are not about that, except to remind us numerous times how tall and strong she is. She is married to Michael Waterstone, a professor of drama at the local semi-rural Virginia town. They live in an enormous house with their twin sons, various relatives, and a menagerie of animals. In this episode, Meg is dismayed to learn her computer whiz nephew, who lives in the basement, is hosting a couple of wombats from the zoo, which is owned by her famous zoologist grandfather. Also invading the house are a dozen blue jays, who have escaped their cages in the library. A famous but cranky artist has taken over the library in order to paint the jays as illustrations for a new book authored by Grandfather. The artist has a mousy assistant he regularly abuses. The artist is also hunted by an unscrupulous reporter, two nasty ex-wives, and a process server all hell bent on confronting him. Meg runs interference, but finally puts her foot down and demands the wombats and the artist return to the zoo. But before she can get them all out of the house the artist is found dead in the library. There are plenty of suspects to be sure. While she claims to desire to stay out of police chief’s way, Meg is the ultimate amateur sleuth. She pokes around trying to find out who the real,killer is. This is a long running cozy series. The plots are clever with funny characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    T K Nelson

    It’s like Donna Andrews is providing a master class in how to write a cozy series. Familiar characters, a proper number of feasible suspects, and a plausible solution. A perfect example of what makes her writing enjoyable is at a breakfast the reader is told Meg “filled a plate with all (her) favorite breakfast fare”. You don’t need to tell the reader everything a character puts on her plate. On the other hand, as the book begins, we learn there are mockingbirds loose in the house. To protect fr It’s like Donna Andrews is providing a master class in how to write a cozy series. Familiar characters, a proper number of feasible suspects, and a plausible solution. A perfect example of what makes her writing enjoyable is at a breakfast the reader is told Meg “filled a plate with all (her) favorite breakfast fare”. You don’t need to tell the reader everything a character puts on her plate. On the other hand, as the book begins, we learn there are mockingbirds loose in the house. To protect from what birds are likely to do, visitors are encouraged to wear one of various hats provided at the door. There are brief descriptions of various hats but all in a manner that flows with the story and does not distract. After reading all the books of this series, I think what Ms Andrews does best is add subtle humor in what could easily veer into ridiculous situations. She delivers it all blending into the storyline, seldom if ever entering into the “madcap caper” zone so many humorous cozies fall into. The series continues to be a delight. This is an excellent book and, at 30 books into the series, not the least bit tired.

  13. 5 out of 5

    CAROL GUTTRY

    A little disappointed.... I have loved the Meg Langslow mysteries since the first one came out. I've read them over and over and can't wait to read each new one. And while I did like the Twelve Jays of Christmas I have to admit that I was just a little disappointed this time. I guessed the murderer's identity as soon as the character was introduced. No I won't ruin the ending by telling who it is but I'll bet most fans of the series will be able to guess it right away like I did. I can say it was A little disappointed.... I have loved the Meg Langslow mysteries since the first one came out. I've read them over and over and can't wait to read each new one. And while I did like the Twelve Jays of Christmas I have to admit that I was just a little disappointed this time. I guessed the murderer's identity as soon as the character was introduced. No I won't ruin the ending by telling who it is but I'll bet most fans of the series will be able to guess it right away like I did. I can say it was still a fun book to read as usual and I enjoyed all the little ins and outs and twists and especially all the puns. But being sure I knew who the bad guy was all along just kind of made it not quite as fun. It's not a big deal and I still rated it 5 stars but I hope the next one isn't quite so obvious. Of course I'll still count the days until it comes out and have pre-ordered it already. I highly recommend every book in this series!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julieann

    Birds - lots of mockingbirds and blue jays loose in the house; wombats: -2 cubs living in the basement; a cranky, chain-smoking, petty-minded (talented) painter in the library; the usual influx of relatives for the holidays. All have to be dealt with and Michael and the boys have gone off for a ski holiday. Eventually the birds all get caught. The wombats were carted back to the zoo, post-haste. The painter, who has been asking to be murdered by his ex-wives if no one else, actually is. Unfortuna Birds - lots of mockingbirds and blue jays loose in the house; wombats: -2 cubs living in the basement; a cranky, chain-smoking, petty-minded (talented) painter in the library; the usual influx of relatives for the holidays. All have to be dealt with and Michael and the boys have gone off for a ski holiday. Eventually the birds all get caught. The wombats were carted back to the zoo, post-haste. The painter, who has been asking to be murdered by his ex-wives if no one else, actually is. Unfortunately, he killed in the library. And three of the other visitors are sent to the hospital. One of them is the killer. Of course, the killer is identified and caught. Michael and the boys come home, Christmas & festivities arrive along with all the presents and dinners. Some of the usual characters have just a cameo role, like Rose Noire. There are new places, like the Nocturnal Animal Exhibit. It was a lot of fun reading about that.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    Twelve drummers drumming… what’s that got to do with blue jays? Another great read from Ms. Andrews. This time, Meg is hosting a painter hired by her grandfather to do illustrations/paintings for his upcoming book. Also, Rob and Delaney have decided that they don’t want a big wedding - though they know Mother Langslow and Mother McKenna will not be happy about it. All this is not helping Meg, who is recovering from a sprained ankle. This is absolutely worth it to purchase. Donna Andrews is one au Twelve drummers drumming… what’s that got to do with blue jays? Another great read from Ms. Andrews. This time, Meg is hosting a painter hired by her grandfather to do illustrations/paintings for his upcoming book. Also, Rob and Delaney have decided that they don’t want a big wedding - though they know Mother Langslow and Mother McKenna will not be happy about it. All this is not helping Meg, who is recovering from a sprained ankle. This is absolutely worth it to purchase. Donna Andrews is one author who does not let her characters stagnate for the sake of plots for future books; and she does it with humor that carries you through the story. I had 2 laugh out loud moments while reading this book, with many chuckle moments. I do miss some of the more quirky Hollingsworth “cousins” from the early stories, and Horace’s gorilla suit. I hope characters like those return soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I guess this is average for the series, but disappointing for me in a couple of respects, which I won't mention because they're spoilers. Lots of relatives of course. Christmas. An obnoxious guest artist, who's painting birds to illustrate Grandfather's next book. And somehow he let them loose. In the house. So everybody has to wear a hat to protect against divebombing birds and of course, birds apparently enjoy pooping on humans' heads. Mockingbirds to start with, then the bluejays later. Quite a I guess this is average for the series, but disappointing for me in a couple of respects, which I won't mention because they're spoilers. Lots of relatives of course. Christmas. An obnoxious guest artist, who's painting birds to illustrate Grandfather's next book. And somehow he let them loose. In the house. So everybody has to wear a hat to protect against divebombing birds and of course, birds apparently enjoy pooping on humans' heads. Mockingbirds to start with, then the bluejays later. Quite a few people want to talk to Roderick Castlemayne, the artist: his ex-wives, his landlord and others he owes money to, and just because he's an obnoxious person. Rob and Delaney have decided to get married, soon. But they really want a small uncomplicated wedding, which goes against both mothers' desires of course. Great opening line: "Look out! The wombats are loose again!" Why wombats? Ask Grandfather.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kiyono

    Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade, and she’s also one of the busiest moms I’ve ever read, so I can relate to her. Another thing I love about these books is that I almost always learn something new when reading books by this author. The characters are quirky, but extremely intelligent, and I have a dictionary handy when the occasional new word pops up. In this installment, Meg’s husband and twin sons have left for a skiing vacation. Meg stayed behind because of a twisted ankle. There’s an art Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade, and she’s also one of the busiest moms I’ve ever read, so I can relate to her. Another thing I love about these books is that I almost always learn something new when reading books by this author. The characters are quirky, but extremely intelligent, and I have a dictionary handy when the occasional new word pops up. In this installment, Meg’s husband and twin sons have left for a skiing vacation. Meg stayed behind because of a twisted ankle. There’s an artist in residence. He’s working for Meg’s grandfather, the zookeeper, illustrating grandfather’s bird book but he’s a diva. He has his poor assistant running ragged. Until the artist turns up dead. Meg’s many relatives begin to arrive, and there’s lots going on, but they all work together not only to solve the murder, but to continue family holiday traditions.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    I always look forward to the Christmas book in this series. They always have so many different holiday activities and relatives and food that it puts me in the mood for Christmas. Having all those guests in my house, though, would really irritate me after awhile. They always come up with creative ways to manage any problems that come up, like wearing wide brim hats indoors when birds escape their cages. The murder mystery is compelling and clever, and I didn't figure it out until right before Me I always look forward to the Christmas book in this series. They always have so many different holiday activities and relatives and food that it puts me in the mood for Christmas. Having all those guests in my house, though, would really irritate me after awhile. They always come up with creative ways to manage any problems that come up, like wearing wide brim hats indoors when birds escape their cages. The murder mystery is compelling and clever, and I didn't figure it out until right before Meg did. I'm already looking forward to the next book. I started this series with book #5, We'll Always Have Parrots, one of the funniest books I've ever read (and I've read it 3-4 times). If you haven't read any of these books, they should be read in order; but if you start with #5 , it won't matter all that much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    This is one of my favorite series and one of few series I’ve ever binge read. Meg is busy as ever, with many visiting friends and relatives staying with them, including a temperamental artist named Castlemayne. When Castlemayne turns up dead no one is too broken up, but who benefits the most. Meg is nursing a sprained ankle but it doesn’t slow her down. I don’t normally care for books with lots of characters but in this series it works. They were all introduced gradually over the series and each This is one of my favorite series and one of few series I’ve ever binge read. Meg is busy as ever, with many visiting friends and relatives staying with them, including a temperamental artist named Castlemayne. When Castlemayne turns up dead no one is too broken up, but who benefits the most. Meg is nursing a sprained ankle but it doesn’t slow her down. I don’t normally care for books with lots of characters but in this series it works. They were all introduced gradually over the series and each serve their own purpose and they all have such unique personalities, they’re easy to tell apart and keep track of. I especially love the ornery Spike and his reactions to all the visiting Poms. Great series, it’s not lost any of its charm over the course of 30 books, if anything it’s getting better!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kyrie

    I was so happy to get my hands on this book that I read it in one day. It's really good. I was concerned because I really liked the other book she recently released and was concerned maybe this one wouldn't be equally good. So very glad to be proved wrong. It's got all the stuff about a Langslow Christmas that I like - decorations, carols, food, relatives (which is funny because in real life a little of that goes a long way). There's birds, a cranky artist, puppies, wombats in the basement, tresp I was so happy to get my hands on this book that I read it in one day. It's really good. I was concerned because I really liked the other book she recently released and was concerned maybe this one wouldn't be equally good. So very glad to be proved wrong. It's got all the stuff about a Langslow Christmas that I like - decorations, carols, food, relatives (which is funny because in real life a little of that goes a long way). There's birds, a cranky artist, puppies, wombats in the basement, trespassers, over zealous lawyers, and a pair of meddling parents trying to get a chance to plan a big wedding whether or not their children want it. Somehow it all makes sense in the book. Not terribly complicated to follow what's happening and just a nice break from reality.

  21. 4 out of 5

    East Gwillimbury

    Meg has sprained her ankle and is unable to accompany her family on a Christmas ski trip. She is trying to relax and rest her ankle but unfortunately, a painter employed by her grandfather who has taken over the library is making her life unbearable. Meg is spending time running interference on all the visitor coming to see Roderick Castlemayne. Unfortunately, Castlemayne is found dead in the library and a pushy reporter is found unconscious in the snow. Who is the murderer? Meg is right in the Meg has sprained her ankle and is unable to accompany her family on a Christmas ski trip. She is trying to relax and rest her ankle but unfortunately, a painter employed by her grandfather who has taken over the library is making her life unbearable. Meg is spending time running interference on all the visitor coming to see Roderick Castlemayne. Unfortunately, Castlemayne is found dead in the library and a pushy reporter is found unconscious in the snow. Who is the murderer? Meg is right in the middle of the investigation, hoping to get the killer in jail before Christmas, so she can enjoy a perfect Christmas with herimmediate family and extended family and friends who all seem to gather at her house for the festivities.

  22. 5 out of 5

    annapi

    While Michael and the boys are on a skiing vacation, Meg has to stay home because of a sprained ankle. She is supposed to rest, but having to deal with escaped bluejays in the house, wombats in the basement, relatives converging on the house for Christmas, and a rude cantankerous artist her grandfather forces on them temporarily living in their library makes it difficult. The problem of the artist is kind of solved when Meg finds him murdered just when they decide to kick him out. It's the usual While Michael and the boys are on a skiing vacation, Meg has to stay home because of a sprained ankle. She is supposed to rest, but having to deal with escaped bluejays in the house, wombats in the basement, relatives converging on the house for Christmas, and a rude cantankerous artist her grandfather forces on them temporarily living in their library makes it difficult. The problem of the artist is kind of solved when Meg finds him murdered just when they decide to kick him out. It's the usual delightful mayhem that Andrews does so well in this series. Though I thought the whodunnit in this one was too easy to figure out, the howdunnit was enough of a poser to make it interesting. Plus the Pomeranian puppies gave it extra cuteness!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Ms. Andrews never disappoints with a Meg Langslow mystery! While I can usually figure out who’s going to be the victim, the murderer is usually a mystery until the end. After 30 books, that’s talent! I do miss the days of Meg and Michael doing most of the sleuthing. I would really enjoy a storyline with Michael and the boys being more involved. While I love Spike, that poor dog has to be atleast 20 years old and still has the energy to bite people! Although he seems to have mellowed out in the b Ms. Andrews never disappoints with a Meg Langslow mystery! While I can usually figure out who’s going to be the victim, the murderer is usually a mystery until the end. After 30 books, that’s talent! I do miss the days of Meg and Michael doing most of the sleuthing. I would really enjoy a storyline with Michael and the boys being more involved. While I love Spike, that poor dog has to be atleast 20 years old and still has the energy to bite people! Although he seems to have mellowed out in the book. We’ll see if it lasts.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I love these books for the characters. The mystery, to me, while interesting and a main part of the story, is just secondary to Meg's crazy, lovable family. This one is no different, with her grandfather storing (sheltering?) wombats in her basement, temperamental artists, the Pomeranians coming for daycare, and birds everywhere! The addition of Rob and Delaney's wedding was nice but ended up taking a backseat to the murder and is a great lead up to the next book (maybe?). Can't wait to see what I love these books for the characters. The mystery, to me, while interesting and a main part of the story, is just secondary to Meg's crazy, lovable family. This one is no different, with her grandfather storing (sheltering?) wombats in her basement, temperamental artists, the Pomeranians coming for daycare, and birds everywhere! The addition of Rob and Delaney's wedding was nice but ended up taking a backseat to the murder and is a great lead up to the next book (maybe?). Can't wait to see what they get up to next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Burris

    I so look forward to Donna Andrews' Christmas novels. There's something about them that is always warm and comforting, or as comforting as a murder mystery can be. This year's novel is about a temperamental artist whom Meg Lanslow's zoologist grandfather hires to do illustrations of his latest book. The artist demanding artist finds fault with every little thing while he is staying at Meg's house. When he winds up dead, nearly anyone could be his killer, as he has done so much to annoy almost eve I so look forward to Donna Andrews' Christmas novels. There's something about them that is always warm and comforting, or as comforting as a murder mystery can be. This year's novel is about a temperamental artist whom Meg Lanslow's zoologist grandfather hires to do illustrations of his latest book. The artist demanding artist finds fault with every little thing while he is staying at Meg's house. When he winds up dead, nearly anyone could be his killer, as he has done so much to annoy almost everyone he comes across. Can Meg and Sheriff Burke find the killer in time for Christmas?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    This is one of the first books that I have read by this author and I know it will not be my last. I really like Meg and her family. This is a great family. The mystery was wonderful and there were a lot of twists and turns that had me wondering who the killer was. Even though this is the 30th book in the series I was able to figure out the main characters without a problem. I received a copy of this book from Minotaur for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Another lovely cozy mystery from Ms. Andrews. Christmas in Caerphilly sounds like a lot of fun, especially if you're related to Meg. Of course, there's always those outsiders who make trouble for her and her family. Spoiler (of a sort): Spike is losing his Evil One vibe, thanks to the Pomeranian puppies now inhabiting the town. As usual, I suspected but wasn't sure who the killer was...right up to the unveiling. Recommended. Another lovely cozy mystery from Ms. Andrews. Christmas in Caerphilly sounds like a lot of fun, especially if you're related to Meg. Of course, there's always those outsiders who make trouble for her and her family. Spoiler (of a sort): Spike is losing his Evil One vibe, thanks to the Pomeranian puppies now inhabiting the town. As usual, I suspected but wasn't sure who the killer was...right up to the unveiling. Recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    AnnaRose Martinez

    The holidays The holidays bring a lot of fun, love and food. For Meg it brings what we would consider chaos Roger its just another Tuesday. We have unwanted Wombats, puppies that belong to other people, birds flying everywhere and a temper mental painter. The combats move out, the birds get caught and the painter has seen better days. Meg gets it all done and finds who done it and all with a sprained ankle. I want to be her when I grow up.😅😍

  29. 5 out of 5

    LAUREL HENSCHEL

    Fantastic Series I have read every one of the Meg Langslow books. They are so well written, so well researched, so enjoyable. Since the next one is not due until August I plan to reread the series to reacquaint myself with the Langslow and Hollingsworth clans and all the other residents of Caerphilly. It wi!l be a most enjoyable journey like visiting old friends. Thank you Donna!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gail Daley

    A Fun Christmas Romp As always Andrew’s doesn’t disappoint; this story is full of familiar quirky characters all acting true to form. The villain turned out to be who I thought. Two reasons for suspecting him: a) he was too meek and mild to be real, and b) in spite of feeling sorry for him I just didn’t like him!

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