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Featuring: Meg Langslow
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Mystery Woman Sleuth
Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer
afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme Croquet is a
whole other story. Thatâ€™s what Meg Langslow and her new
friends (whether she wants to call them friends or not)
are playing on the several-acre farm of her new neighbor.
Itâ€™s a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and
placid, seemingly immovable cows.
Extreme Croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where
Meg and her fiancĂ©, Michael, have bought a house. While
this society game can get quite warm, it hasnâ€™t reached
the stage of actual homicide---at least not until Meg
knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body
of a dead woman. Her head has been bashed in,
illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet
mallet. It turns out that Michael knew the woman from
years before. Meg finds herself further drawn in when
itâ€™s discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the
bad dealings of a certain local society ladyâ€™s ancestors.
In the meantime, the old house needs many basic
improvements and swarms with an entire family of working
men, including countless second cousins, sawing and
pounding away. Megâ€™s father is the overseer but is easily
distracted since he has a tendency to become wrapped up in
his current animal charges---this time itâ€™s ducks.
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