"The town of Caerphilly, Virginia investigates another murder"
Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted December 1, 2017
Mystery Police Procedural | Mystery Amateur Sleuth
Once more a tale of apparent chaos in a family-ties setting
comes to life as we read a Donna Andrews mystery. If you
have not read her earlier books, dive in now, don't wait.
Just grab one from the bird-themed cosy mystery series with
a hilarious manner. You could start with HOW THE FINCH STOLE
CHRISTMAS which is the twenty-second book, and still enjoy
Meg Langslow, previously a blacksmith but now a harried mom
of twins, is called upon to help her actor/lecturer husband
Michael produce a play. The town of Caerphilly, Virginia, is
totally connected by blood or marriage, so everyone is
willing to help keep the visiting big-name actor star off
the drink. Malcolm Haver is not a kindly man, on or off
drink, but he has a following who will drive here to buy
tickets during a Christmas festival.
In shadowing Haver to his supplier Meg stumbles upon a puppy
mill, cat hoarder and wild animal keeper outside town, with
about a hundred pups ready to be sold for Christmas
presents. Is there anything she can do to ensure good care
for the animals? Is A Christmas Carol doomed to fail through
drunken acting? And why does Grandfather keep smuggling more
brightly coloured finches into the town hall under the guise
of calling birds? Poor Meg has, as usual, got her work cut
out for her. Then the animal rescue scene becomes a crime
With hardly a moment to draw breath, this isn't a book
you'll want to read while you're making last-minute
preparations for the big day. Save it for when you can sit
down and relax with the delightful, absorbing and unexpected
events. Only some of Meg's extended family appear,
including Cousin Horace, first seen wearing a bear suit to
parties and now an efficient crime scene analyst, and her
dad, the trusted local family doctor, now also the county
Fans of Donna Andrews won't need any urging to go and grab
the latest release, but whether you have read many, a few or
none of her mysteries, you'll be at home in Caerphilly and
you'll love HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.
As in her previous Christmas mysteries, Six Geese
a-Slaying, Duck the Halls, and The Nightingale Before
Christmas, Andrews continues to write “firmly in the
grand tradition of Agatha Christie’s Christmas books”
(Toronto Globe and Mail).
New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews takes
us home to Caerphilly for the holidays in her new hilarious
Christmas mystery How the Finch Stole Christmas!
Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of
Dickens' A Christmas Carol into a full-scale
production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and
Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage
The show must go on, even if the famous—though slightly
over-the-hill—actor who's come to town to play the starring
role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and
enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun
with a surplus of beautiful caged finches?
How the Finch Stole Christmas! is guaranteed to put
the "ho ho hos" into the holidays of cozy lovers everywhere
with its gut-bustingly funny mystery.
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