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The Penguin Who Knew Too Much Hardcover – Large Print, Nov 1 2007

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  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (November 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786298618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786298617
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Donna Andrews has done it again. Aug. 27 2007
By Barbara J. Carges - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Once again Donna Andrews has given us a wild and wacky mystery.
This book starts off with Meg's father joyfully asking her to guess what he's found in the basement. She jokingly answers "A body?" and he replies "Oh, rats---you already knew? Well, how soon will the police get here? I need to move the penguins---we don't want them any more upset then they already are."
Meg is off and running from there. With the dubious help of family and friends Meg and Michael are moving into their renovated house, throwing an over the top house warming party and planning to elope in the middle of it all. Now Meg has to add solving the murder to her list of things to do.
Like the other books in this series, this is a well written mystery that is also highly amusing. Anyone who has read the rest of the series will be glad to attend another Hollingsworth get-together with a little murder on-the-side. For those who are new to Meg's world, get ready to enjoy the ride.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Much better effort! Aug. 29 2007
By Cozymysterycrazy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is much better than her last one (No Rest for the Wicket) and it's a promising return to form for Ms Andrews.

The plot is excellent and the funny lines are back again, as well as the expected rich and colourful cast of characters.

If I have a quibble, it's that Meg's Dad has finally lost his charm and become selfishly oblivious to anything but his own interests. He's happy to abuse Meg's good nature for his own ends. Not only that - he's become stupid. Why on earth would a supposedly intelligent man dig a pond for penguins in Meg's unsuitable basement when there was already a real, outdoor pond available just across the road? The 'Virginia heat' explanation doesn't wash, since the penguins are re-located to the pond almost immediately, and Dr Langslow doesn't give a damn about the heat or the animals' welfare by then... It's a plot device, but with a little more effort there could have been any number of more logical ways to reveal the body.(Ok, it's fiction and I'm picky, but these inconsistencies do jar...)

Apart from that, I really enjoyed the strong story and hope Ms Andrews carries on raising her game. Not as good as 'Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon' but it does give me hope for the next one in the series...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Laughs, Murder, and Zoo Animals Sept. 3 2007
By Mark Baker - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Meg and Michael are finally moving into their new house. All of Meg's relatives are coming to help. And in the middle of the house warming party to follow, Meg and Michael plan to slip away to elope.

Everyone is just beginning to work when Meg's dad appears, announces he found a body in the basement while digging a swimming pit for the penguins, and disappears again.

Dead body? Penguins? Unfortunately, both prove to be true.

The penguins are refugees from the local zoo which has closed temporarily due to poor financial management. And they are just the beginning of the animals that begin to show up since Meg's dad has volunteered to take care of any animals that need to be watched.

Even worse, the body turns out to be the zoo's owner. Now Meg has a few days to find the killer and solve her sudden animal problem or risk watching her carefully planned elopement fall apart. Can she do it?

The books in this series are always funny, and this book is no exception. I chuckled and laugh the entire way through. There are some great new characters that provide some of the best laughs of the book. And, of course, there are the antics of the animals as well.

The plot suffered a little at the expense of the comedy. It starts out strong and develops pretty evenly. But the ending seems rushed to me.

Frankly, fans of the series won't care. They'll be laughing so hard at the antics of animal and human alike. This is another treat from a master of humor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Meg Langslow is no birdbrain Feb. 7 2010
By L. L. Ramsey - Published on
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Donna Andrews keeps on taking a wonderful idea and making it better. Meg and her serious boyfriend, Michael are continuing to renovate their ramshackle mansion. When the head of the local zoo disappears Meg's dad offers their home as a place to bring the rescued zoo stock. A body turns up in the basement (where dad is digging a penguin pond). Wacky and witty- it is a keeper!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Some funny moments, but disappointing overall March 10 2009
By J. Levine - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, the first of the series that I've read, started out strong & I enjoyed the funny antics of Meg's extended family, but in the end it just wasn't enough. Many plot devices seemed contrived, clues were spoon-fed to the reader in a way more appropriate for a kids' book, and the resolution was completely unbelieveable, though I won't give it away here. I'm a long-time mystery fan & I'd heard about Donna Andrews, but alas, I'd hoped for more.