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Six Geese A-Slaying: A Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery [Paperback]

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Book Description

Oct. 26 2010 Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 10)

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, and so on. As organizer, Meg’s job is hard enough. But when her nephew Eric, wide eyed and ashen faced, whispers, “Meg, something’s wrong with Santa,” things take a tragic turn. 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 to tackle the two-fold mission of solving the murder and saving Christmas!

This latest adventure from award-winning Donna Andrews is filled with outrageous Christmas spirit and malice.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312668805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312668808
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #778,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meg is back. Oct. 30 2008
By Barbara J. Carges - Published on
"Six Geese A-Slaying" is Donna Andrews' tenth book in the Meg Langslow series. This time Meg has been talked into being Caerphilly County's `Mistress of the Revels' or in other words the person responsible for organizing the Christmas, excuse me, Holiday Parade. Ordinarily Meg would never have accepted the job but when the person asking her to do it is the chairman of the committee that will decide whether or not her professor husband gets tenure, saying yes seems like a good idea. As she stands in her front yard, clip board in hand, directing the arriving floats, bands, animals and handlers and other assorted participants to their staging areas her two biggest worries are the approaching snow storm and getting the Twelve Days of Christmas tableaus lined up in the right order. Her nephew, Eric, is about to hand her an even bigger problem. It seems that someone has killed Santa.

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one Nov. 7 2008
By Cozymysterycrazy - Published on
Hooray! Donna Andrews is back on form! A really funny book with the Christmas/Holiday parade full of hilarious detail and mad characters.

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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, fluffy fun! Nov. 10 2008
By PatKG - Published on
You will probably figure out who the killer is WAY too early in the story. That's the problem with small-town, amateur sleuth mystery series. There's only so many suspects in town, and really, how many murders can there be in one smallish college town. But, if you've liked the other mysteries in the series, you'll like this one, too. Meg and her family are a HOOT. (yes, pun intended!) The series hasn't jumped the shark yet. If you're looking for a read something like Evanovich, give this series a try.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story - Poor Editing on Kindle Version Nov. 25 2008
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As a fairly new Kindle owner, I haven't purchased many new releases for it. In fact, this was just the second one. I was very excited to see a new Meg book available and being able to start reading in a few minutes at lunchtime instead of stopping at the bookstore on the way home was too tempting.
The editing on the Kindle version is pretty pathetic. There are lots of typos and even places where lines in the paragraphs are in the wrong places. This definitely detracted from the reading experience. I really expected to see a better job in a purchased book.
Other than that, the story is great. A Meg Christmas - think about it. I spent a lot of time laughing. I will still have to purchase the book itself though.
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious amateur sleuth Nov. 11 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
With her husband Michael being up for tenure; Meg Langslow has no choice except to put on the Caerphilly Christmas Parade because someone who could help her spouse asks her. Meg always a trooper has all the people she needs to perform the "Twelve Days of Christmas". She hides her dissatisfaction of being stuck with the town's first choice for Santa Ralph Doleson, a mean miser who makes Silas Marner look like a deficit spending Congressman; she believes he got the role because he can fill out the suit so the council need not waste money on alterations or a new costume.

To get him out of the way so the kids won't see him, she places Ralph in the pig's sled and forgets about him until her nephew Eric and his pal inform her something is wrong with Santa. Meg checks only to find Ralph dead with a stake through his heart like a bad vampire movie. Meg gets Chief Burke, who is one of the three Wise Men. There are plenty of suspects who wanted odious Ralph dead especially those outraged over Whispering Pines the low rent townhouses and the Spouse Attic where people lease space to place things they conceal from their families Between his two buildings Ralph has a good blackmail business going.. To save Christmas from the odious Grinch who was murdered, Burke and Meg investigate.

SIX GEESE A-SLAYING is a hilarious amateur sleuth tale as Meg struggles with putting on the parade, finding a new Santa who can wear the garb, and solving the homicide of the original Santa. The scenarios are so chaotic that Meg needs Lucille Ball to perform her role. Meg is at her best juggling several balls in the air; although when some drop she just picks them up and tosses them again. Readers will adore her antics and this amusing tale summed up by the Nativity Scene on a flatbed truck.

Harriet Klausner

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