OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is the twenty-sixth book in the “Meg Langslow” cozy mystery series by Donna Andrews. Even though this book is part of a series, I think new readers can still enjoy OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. The “Meg Langslow” mysteries, and this story in particular, are reminiscent of the classic films of Preston Sturges. There is a delicious absurdity to this story that makes it such fun to read. Meg Lansglow and her various family members just happen to be snowed in at the Caerphilly Inn at the same time a group of ornithologists are there for Owl Fest 2019. Hilarity ensues. As usual, Meg is working as chief wrangler – this time in the capacity as assistant to her grandfather at this conference and wrangling the fascinating, oddball, and occasionally ornery ornithologists. When Dr. Oliver Frogmore is murdered, the ridiculousness is kicked up another notch and the suspects are plentiful.
Dr. Frogmore is loud, obnoxious, sexist, and generally a big ball of unpleasantness. As the story progresses, it’s obvious that it’s only a matter of time before somebody kills him. It doesn’t help that everybody is stuck in close quarters at the inn due to the weather. When death does hit the conference, Meg does have help in the form of her father who is the local medical examiner, and her cousin Horace who is a policeman. The supporting characters in OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS are terrific and a hoot – even the baddies. Meg is a likable amateur sleuth and Donna Andrews balances the humor with the mystery solving.
OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a mix of cozy Christmas fun and murder mystery craziness. Having so many suspects makes the mystery more enjoyable since it’s harder to figure out who did it. I look forward to reading the next installment in this entertaining “Meg Langslow” series by Donna Andrews.
New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" (Toronto Globe and Mail).
The 26th book and the sixth Christmas mystery in the Meg Lansglow series, Owl Be Home for Christmas is yet another wonderfully merry and funny book from New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews.
It's a few days before Christmas, and Meg's grandfather is hosting a scientific conference on owls at the Caerphilly Inn. Most of the family are there, helping out in one capacity or another, including Meg's grandmother, Cordelia--invited by Grandfather in rare gesture of peace-making, to share her expertise on rehabilitating large birds, including owls. An unexpectedly severe snow storm traps the conference-goers in the hotel, and one of the visiting ornithologists is murdered. Even if Caerphilly is able to clear the roads in time, Chief Burke doesn't want the various suspects to scatter to half a dozen continents before he identifies the killer, so there's a very real possibility that none of them will make it home for Christmas . . . at least not unless Meg comes to the rescue.
Full of intrigue and snow, this Christmas mystery will take readers home to Caerphilly for Christmas.
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