The Hen of the Baskervilles

The Hen of the Baskervilles

Book - 2013
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A dastardly murder and the kidnapping of a prize chicken threaten to ruin Caerphilly's state fair--fortunately, Meg Langslow is on the case of The Hen of the Baskervilles

The newest mystery in Donna Andrews's gut-bustingly funny, award-winning, New York Times bestselling series is anything but elementary. Meg Langslow is helping Mayor Randall Shiffley organize the Virginia Un-Fair, Caerphilly's entry in the race to replace the old state fair (which has gone bankrupt). Before a line can even form outside the ticket booth, however, a pair of Bantam Russian Orloff chickens are stolen from their coop in the chicken tent. Soon, a rash of vandalism crops up at the fair, showing no heritage farm animal, prize vegetable, or artisanal craft to be safe.

While patrolling the fairgrounds, determined to catch the perp, Meg runs into her friend Molly, who has been building a successful business making goat cheeses. Molly is terrified that she may lose her farm because her idle husband Brett has left her for Genette Sedgewick, a rich hobby winemaker, and is demanding his half of the land. Meg enlists Mother's help to find Molly a divorce lawyer, but later that night, Brett is found murdered and Molly is swiftly accused as his killer.

Meg is convinced that her friend wouldn't so much as harm a fly, but can she find the real killer before it's too late? Will she track down the vandal who has been terrorizing--however creatively--the fair's participants? And will Michael be able to convince her to add members of his new favorite heritage breed to their growing menagerie? Meg's most hilarious caper yet, the curious incident of the hen in the nighttime will have readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250007513
1250007518
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: viii, 308 pages ; 22 cm

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hashworld
Feb 15, 2015

Good, fun read.
Ms. Andrews maintains the tempo throughout. Not a single page bores. Good, simplistic setting, filled mostly with relatable, likeable characters. I read during my daily commute to work and this is a perfect book for that. It makes you look forward to the next day commute but at the same time, simple enough to not make you think of the plot at work or at home. On to next Meg Langslow series from Ms. Andrews!!!

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ggrandel
Aug 20, 2014

As usual,Ms. Andrews has a hit. If you enjoy quirky characters and amusement with your murder and mayhem, read this book and the whole series as well.

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merlinsilver
Apr 21, 2014

Terrific Mystery Cozy. The characters are fun and conversation flows easily. Looking forward to her next book.

LaughingOne Dec 09, 2013

Not as good as others in this series. If this is your first Meg Langslow mystery, don't read it yet. Go back and read in chronological order. You'll appreciate the interrelationships better if you get the history. There are a LOT of people and convoluted family relationships. If you don't mind confusion, this is a light and enjoyable read.

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lilaki
Nov 17, 2013

I enjoy reading about Meg and her crazy family. This book doesn't include as much of the family, but she still hears all the gossip, gets into trouble and identifies the culprit. The book will make a lot more sense if you've read part of the series before, but I think it will be OK as a stand-alone or introduction to the Lanslow family and Caerphilly.

rowanquincy Nov 01, 2013

Didn't hold my interest, didn't like the main character. Won't be reading any more of this series.

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cardigramma
Sep 13, 2013

Very good story but not as funny as she usually is.

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