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Maybe there are people in Antarctica with penguins in their basements, but in Virginia? Finding a body down there is somewhat more likely for Meg. Explaining the penguins' presence is easy; Meg's dad volunteered to take care of the birds until the future of the bankrupt local zoo could be determined. But identifying the body in the basement proves a harder task. Meg and Michael have been planning to elope to avoid the elaborate wedding their mothers have begun to organize; a plan that's threatened by both the murder investigation and the carnival of animals. The only way to set things right, Meg decides, is to identify both their uninvited visitor and the killer who put him in their basement.

©2008 Donna Andrews (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Best cozy mystery series!

The Meg Langslow series is my very favorite cozy mystery series. The characters are funny and diverse and Meg, with her trusty notebook-that-tells-her-when-to-breathe, oversees them all. And it takes an organized person when, in the family, a 'bad patch' could be anything from "brief cash-flow problems or minor marital discord up to a felony conviction with a sentence of twenty to life."

These are books I listen to again and again and I'm so glad they are going back and recording the older ones (like this one) in the series!

All in all, you can't go wrong with Meg and the gang, so give it a try. You won't be sorry!

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Chaos, Critters and Kin

Another fun fast read with a huge cast of characters )and critters) and plenty of quirky surprises.

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From The south

In response to the reviewer who had a problem with the word library. Have you ever been to tha liberry in the south. Especially in Virginia.

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The Narrator is a Challenge

Any narrator than cannot pronounce library should just pack it in. Yhe use if the word "liberry" is just too much.

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love it!!!!

best series ever!!! best narrator!!!! cant wait to read the next book in the series!!!

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A Fun One

More adventures of Meg and her crazy family. Any further details would spoil previous installments.

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Need a Laugh?

Meg and her husband, Michael, are moved into their home, but the zoo has an inept manager and the animals are being moved into their home and onto their grounds. When her father asks her to call the police about the body he found in the basement, where he is fixing up a place for the penguins. When the police arrive, they have also called for Dr. Smoot. Dr. Smoot, the medical examiner, is an eccentric man who is terrified of small places, dark places, closed-in places, vampires and a whole host of other things. He is unable to go into the basement without someone (Meg) holding his hand and leading him through. When he is finished, he refuses to get into his car to drive home. He sets up outside the house and is scared up into a tree by Meg's brother, Rob.

We laughed so hard throughout this book. My husband and girls love this book and I enjoy this series very much.

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Another hysterically funny mystery

Penguins in Virginia? Yep, Meg Langslow’s dad offered to foster the penguins from the Caerphilly Zoo while its owner, Patrick Lanahan, regrouped to get his finances in order. Dr. Langslow had been digging a hole for a pond in the basement of Meg and her fiancé Michael’s newly repaired Victorian home when he found a body. The police were called. Suddenly Meg found herself accepting delivery of a group of llamas and camels that had been fostered for the zoo by others who couldn’t find the owner. She would have preferred to join the rest of the family helping move into the house on this Memorial Day weekend so she could hide breakables before the party began on Monday. She prayed it wouldn’t interfere with The Plan; Meg and Michael planned to elope from the party and head out on a two week honeymoon.

Just then Sheila Flugleman, manager of the feed store, arrived to get permission to scoop up all the zoo animal dung for the ZooperPoop she sold at the store. The yard was beginning to smell, which would surely get worse after the hyenas arrived. Next the claustrophobic, medical examiner Dr. Smoot had severe distress about going into the basement. The doorbell rang, and Meg discovered Dr. Montgomery Blake, the wildlife zoologist who everyone knew from National Geographic, Discovery channel, and Animal Planet. He was in town to examine the zoo only to find its owner and animals missing.

While Meg snooped at the zoo, more new arrivals including a group of protestors calling themselves the “Save Our Beasts” or SOBs, the Clay county zoo owner, the animal welfare officer, the media, and more family joined the ruckus going on. Two Sprockets, relatives of Edwina Sprocket who had owned the house, rang the bell believing the body found was one of their dead relatives. Forbidden to dig inside, they began digging trenches in the yard to try and locate the missing relative.

Lemurs, a donkey, and some of Mr. Early’s sheep from the farm next door looked on as cousin Rose Noire tried to help Dr. Smoot, who had spent the night in the backyard, past his phobias. A class in animal massage was scheduled for the afternoon. Meg’s mother continued to slowly move items into the house, rearranging as she went. Things only went downhill from there.

Narrator Bernadette Dunne has the monumental task of calmly bringing us this hectic accounting of a Memorial Day weekend in Virginia with an almost-married couple moving into their first house, helped by family; and she does a marvelous job.

Donna Andrews has brought us another hysterically funny mystery. It amazes me how well she can write pandemonium, with one event after another adding to the hilarity, not detracting from it. The juxtaposition of normal against chaos makes it so much funnier. There is a mystery at the root of the story – who is the body in the basement, how did it get there, who killed it, and why? The focus on solving that moves the story along at a delicious pace, becoming the focus again by book’s end when all is solved. The big question that remains – did Meg and Michael make it to their own wedding?

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Exasperatingly hilarious!

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The renovations are almost done and the stuff in storage is being moved in when Dr Langslow finds a recently buried body in the basement where he has been digging a pond for the penguins he is fostering from the bankrupt local zoo. It all gets crazier from there! The new Medical Examiner has a claustrophobic crisis, people keep dropping of more zoo animals, a renowned zoologist makes himself at home, and the suspects keep adding up. Great fun in a cozy mystery by an imaginative author!
Bernadette Dunne continues to exceed expectations as narrator!

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Makes murder light-hearted

As usual, she kept me guessing on whom the murderer was by introducing me to several suspects along with several animals as well.