Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon

Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon

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Operating the switchboard at the business office shared by her brother's computer-game company and six unusual therapists, Meg Langslow finds herself drawn into a mystery when the company's practical joker is murdered on top of a mail cart.

McMillan Palgrave
Poor Meg Langslow. She’s blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She’s a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg’s road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

There are Michael’s and Meg’s doting but demanding mothers, for a start. And then there’s the fruitless hunt for a place big enough for the couple to live together. And a succession of crises brought on by the well-meaning but utterly wacky demands of her friends and family. Demands that Meg has a hard time refusing---which is why she’s tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, where her brother’s computer games are created, and handling all the office management problems that no one else bothers with. For companionship, besides a crew of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing---who she must feed frozen mice thawed in the office microwave---and Michael’s mother’s nightmare dog. Not to mention the psychotherapists who refuse to give up their lease on half of the office space, and whose conflicting therapies cause continuing dissension. This is not what Meg had in mind when she agreed to help her brother move his staff to new offices.

In fact, the atmosphere is so consistently loony that the office mail cart makes several passes through the reception room, with the office practical joker lying on top of it pretending to be dead, before Meg realizes that he’s become the victim of someone who wasn’t joking at all. He’s been murdered for real.

Donna Andrews’s debut book, Murder with Peacocks, won the St. Martin’s Malice Domestic best first novel contest and reaped a harvest of other honors as well. This is the fourth book in the Meg Langslow series, which features the intrepid Meg and her cast of oddball relatives. Their capers are a lighthearted joy to read.


Blackwell North Amer
Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with patches than seems fair.
There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. And then there's the fruitless hunt for a place big enough for the couple to live together. And a succession of crises brought on by the well-meaning but utterly wacky demands of her friends and family. Demands that Meg has a hard time refusing - which is why she's tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, where her brother's computer games are created, and handling all the office management problems that no one else bothers with. For companionship, besides a crew of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing - who she must feed frozen mice thawed in the office microwave - and Michael's mother's nightmare dog. Not to mention the psychotherapists who refuse to give up their lease on half of the office space, and who conflicting therapies cause continuing dissension. This is not what Meg had in mind when she agreed to help her brother move his staff into new offices.
In fact, the atmosphere is so consistently loony that the office mail cart makes several passes through the reception room, with the office practical joker lying on top of it pretending to be dead, before Meg realizes that he's become the victim of someone who wasn't joking at all. He's been murdered for real.

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& Taylor

Operating the switchboard at the business office shared by her brother's computer-game company and six unusual therapists, Meg Langslow finds herself unwittingly drawn into a mystery when the company's practical joker is murdered on top of a mail cart. By the author of Murder with Peacocks. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312277314
0312277318
Branch Call Number: MYS Andrews, D 100.4 2003
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 22 cm

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merlinsilver
Apr 24, 2015

ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS !!!!! Full of big, laugh out loud, belly laugh. A good book to read again and again.

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chgarland
Mar 11, 2015

An entirely pleasant mystery, a very quick read. I will definitely read more in this series.

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Palomino
Apr 18, 2012

I laughed and laughed. I loved it. The best of this series. George, the buzzard, is adorkable. The software-business plot is over the top, but in a good way, in a Bimbos-of-the-Death-Sun way. Ooooh, and I want my own mail cart just like theirs, please can I have one? One without a dead body on it? Thank you.

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