Six Geese A-Slaying: A Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery Paperback – Oct 26 2010
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“Six Geese A-Slaying...produces at least one chuckle--and sometimes a guffaw--per page. Joy to the world, indeed.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Donna Andrews...scores points for her witty writing and abundance of Yuletide tinsel and tradition.” ―The Columbia, SC State
“This novel is a laugh-aloud, fast-reading romp sure to de-stress your holidays.” ―Omaha World-Herald
“Six Geese A-Slaying is firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books.” ―Toronto Globe and Mail
“Andrews, who has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and a Lefty for funniest mystery, keeps her trademark sly humor in rare form in Six Geese A-Slaying. Andrews is a pro at finding the absurd in ordinary situations and a Christmas parade is a natural fit for this Virginia author.” ―South Florida Sun-Sentinel
From the Back Cover
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Meg and Michael's house is serving as the marshaling point for the annual Caerphilly holiday 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, and so on. There are also assorted floats, a live nativity scene on a flatbed truck, the Three Wise Men on Caerphilly zoo camels, and Santa in a bright red horse-drawn sleigh. As organizer, Meg's job is already hard enough. But when her nephew Eric, wide-eyed and ashen-faced, whispers, "something's wrong with Santa," things take a tragic turn. Turns out the local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role, has been murdered. Now it's up to Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men, to tackle a two-fold mission: Solving the murder and saving Christmas…
"Fans will enjoy [this] entry in Andrews's fine-feathered series."―Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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As with all the books in this series, "Six Geese A-Slaying" will keep you snickering, giggling and laughing out loud from beginning to end. You may or may not figure out early on who the killer is, but that doesn't matter. The fun of these books has always been watching Meg deal with the chaos around her while trying to catch the killer. On a scale of 1 to 10 this book is definitely a 8.
Only 4 stars because, once again, the murderer was just too obvious from the start (and the plot a straight rehash of an earlier book, too). There are simply not enough alternative suspects and they don't get enough attention to make it a mystery. Also, she made little kids discover the grisly murder scene (why?) without the adults being in the least concerned about their reactions (apparently because they didn't have any). I did find that weirdly distracting, even though this series is so fluffy that the reader just can't take it seriously...
It doesn't matter, though, because the pleasure is really all in the merry mayhem that swirls around the weak plot.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I always enjoy Andrews’ cozy-mysteries. The curious and brutally honest Meg is a kindred spirit! Just remember, these are cozy-mysteries, so don’t worry about how many murders occur on Meg’s farm over the series; just go with it!
Six Geese A-Slaying is the tenth book in the series and was just not as funny as I had expected. The first novel in the series, Murder with Peacocks, had me crying I was laughing so hard. This installment was good but I didn’t laugh until I peed myself. Instead, I giggled some, smiled, and enjoyed a pleasant chapter or two each night. The writing felt a tad rushed and the novel had a difficult time holding my attention with all the holiday craziness happening around me. Also, the e-book version that I read had numerous continuity errors when it came to spelling, but I am sure this is not an issue for the printed copy.
I love the cast of characters, and that folks, is the reason why I keep coming back to this series. The characters are wonderful and I feel like I am meeting up with old friends each time I read one of these books. I adore Meg’s crazy family and her sweet husband. My favorites are Meg’s dad and stubborn Meg! These characters are real, funny, and just sincere through the entire series. Here is one of my favorite excerpts (so much funnier in context):
“I was still standing on the back porch, adjusting to the cold and looking around for Clarence, when I heard Michael’s voice.
“This is Ernest,” Michael was saying. “Our first llama.”
First llama? I’d been referring to him as ‘the’ llama.”
This was the perfect Christmas cozy-mystery. I enjoyed the description of the parade preparations and what could be better than the police chief riding a camel, Santa on a motorcycle, and 36 geese a-laying? Are you a fan of Donna Andrews? Which book is your favorite?
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