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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312668805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312668808
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,104,058 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Meg is back. Oct. 30 2008
By Barbara J. Carges - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Another good one Nov. 7 2008
By Cozymysterycrazy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
Good, fluffy fun! Nov. 10 2008
By PatKG - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
disappointing Aug. 18 2009
By Sue Beebe - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really loved "Murder With Peacocks", the first Meg Langslow book and I liked the Computer mysteries as well. Unfortunately, I never found the same zip with the rest of the Meg Langslow books as I did the first and when I read "Six Geese A Slaying" I realized that I really didn't care who the murderer was, but just wanted to finish the book. I also knew I would never re-read the book or any of the Meg Langslow books following the first. I, therefore, cleared them out of my collection to give to the library.
Fun Christmas Cozy Mystery Jan. 13 2015
By Lindsay Boitnott - Published on
Meg is the Mistress of the Revels, the woman in charge of the Caerphilly Holiday Parade. This means that she is responsible for wrangling the town, and most of her family, in order to deliver the perfect parade. All is surprisingly working out until Santa Claus, played by the rather unsavory Mr. Doleson, is murdered in the pig barn. Meg’s farm is now a crime scene. To make matters worse, it turns out that that Mr. Doleson has been blackmailing most of the town. Everyone in the parade is a suspect, so Meg does her own snooping while keeping a big city reporter at bay. It’s just a typical Caerphilly Christmas!

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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