Duck the Halls

A Meg Langslow Mystery

Meg Langslow Mysteries (Volume 16)

Donna Andrews

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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'Tis the season to be jolly - and for Meg Langslow to round up stray animals of all sorts as well as a killer.  Duck the Halls!

 

The brilliantly funny Donna Andrews delivers boughs of holly and barrels of laughs with Meg's latest adventure in her award-winning, New York Times bestselling series. A few nights before Christmas, Meg is awakened when volunteer fireman Michael is summoned to the New Life Baptist Church, where someone has rigged a cage full of skunks in the choir loft. The lengthy process of de-skunking the church requires its annual pre-Christmas concert to relocate to Trinity Episcopal, where Mother insists the show must go on, despite the budget-related protests of Mr. Vess, an elderly vestryman.  Meanwhile, when Meg helps her grandfather take the skunks to the zoo, they discover that his boa has been stolen - only to turn up later during the concert, slithering out from the ribbon-bedecked evergreens.  The next morning is Sunday, and the congregation of St. Byblig's, the local Catholic church, arrive to find it completely filled with several hundred ducks.

 

It's clear that some serious holiday pranksters are on the loose, and Meg is determined to find them.  But before she can, a fire breaks out at Trinity, and Mr. Vess is discovered dead. Who would have murdered such a harmless - if slightly cranky - old man?  Who has the time during the busy holiday season to herd all of these animals into the town's churches?  And will Meg ever be able to finish all of her shopping, wrapping, cooking, caroling, and decorating in time for Christmas Eve? A Yuletide treasure for the ages, Duck the Halls is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into readers' holidays.

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Chapter 1
 
 
The buzzing noise woke me from an already restless sleep. In my dream, it was Christmas morning. We were opening presents and all the boxes I’d wrapped so neatly had suddenly become empty. Or worse, they contained odd, inappropriate objects, like bottles of vodka for my four-year-old twin sons and a subscription to Guns & Ammo for my cousin Rose Noire, who couldn’t even stand to see anyone use a flyswatter for its intended purpose.
“What interesting choices,” Mother was murmuring, holding up the power drill that had been in her box.

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“Andrews leavens the action with her trademark humor, including dueling Christmas dinners and an extravagant—and extravagantly funny—live nativity scene.” –Publishers Weekly

Praise for Six Geese A-Slaying:
“Produces at least one chuckle—and sometimes a guffaw—per page. Joy to the world, indeed.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Andrews . . . scores points for her witty writing and abundance of Yuletide tinsel and tradition.” —The Columbia, SC State

“Firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books.” —Toronto Globe and Mail


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About the Author

Donna Andrews

DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and three Lefty and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia.

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Duck the Halls
A Meg Langslow Mystery
Donna Andrews

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250028778
ISBN10: 1250028779
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
9/30/2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250046710
ISBN10: 1250046718
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250028785
ISBN10: 1250028787
320 pages
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