Meg Langslow Mystery #14
St. Martin's Paperbacks
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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Meg helps run Caerphilly's summer arts and crafts festival
while trying to smoke out a murdererâ€”turn up the heat,
because Some Like it Hawk!
The hilariously funny Donna Andrews delivers another winner
in the award-winning New York Times bestselling series that
has captured human and avian hearts alike. Meg Langslow is
plying her blacksmith's trade at "Caerphilly Days," a
festival inspired by her town's sudden notoriety as "The
Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on
all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have
evacuated â€”except one. Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk,
has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year.
Mr. Throckmorton's long siege has only been possible because
of a pre-Civil War tunnel leading from the courthouse
basement to a crawl space beneath the bandstand. The real
reason for Caerphilly Days is to conceal the existence of
the tunnel: the tourist crowds camouflage supply deliveries,
and the ghastly screeching of the tunnel's rusty trap door
is drowned out by as many noisy activities as the locals can
arrange. But the lender seems increasingly determined to
evict Mr. Throckmortonâ€”and may succeed after one of its
executives is found shot, apparently from inside the
basement. Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that
someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton.
Unless the real killer can be found quickly, the town will
have to reveal the secret of the tunnelâ€”and the fact that
they've been aiding and abetting the basement's inhabitant.
Meg soon deduces that the killer isn't just trying to end
the siege but to conceal information that would help the
town reclaim its buildings--if the townspeople can find it
before the lender destroys it in a gut-busting caper that
will have giggles and guffaws coming as fast as a four-alarm
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