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The Hen of the Baskervilles

A Meg Langslow Mystery

Meg Langslow Mysteries

Donna Andrews

Minotaur Books

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.

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Chapter 1
 
 
I woke up to find three sheep staring pensively down at me.
I stared back, wondering how they’d gotten into Michael’s and my bedroom. And whether they’d been there long enough to cause a cleanup nightmare. And why they were staring at my hair, which might be dry and in need of conditioner, but in no way resembled hay. And—
I finally realized that the sheep hadn’t invaded my home. In fact, you could argue that I was invading theirs. I was sleeping in a pen in our local fair’s sheep and llama exhibition barn. Sleeping solo,
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REVIEWS

Praise for The Hen of the Baskervilles

Praise for Donna Andrews

 

 “If you long for more fun mysteries, a la Janet Evanovich, you’ll love Donna Andrews’s Meg Langslow series.” —Charlotte Observer

 

“A long-running series that gets better all the time. A fine blend of academic satire, screwball comedy, and murder.” —Booklist

 

Hen of the Baskervilles

 

“Will have readers rolling on the floor with laughter.” ―Powell’s Books

 

“Andrews’ ever-present humor and detailed animal lore will be familiar pleasures, and the grounded and endearing heroine offers the perfect balance to the silly shenanigans in this neatly plotted potboiler.” ―RT Book Reviews

“Diverting… Enjoyable.” –Publishers Weekly

 

Some Like it Hawk

 

“Donna Andrews is known for combining wicked crimes with witty storytelling, and her latest novel featuring blacksmith Meg Langslow, Some Like It Hawk, lives up to its 13 predecessors…. An exercise in homicide and humor, "Some Like It Hot" will prey on the reader's little gray cells and funny bone alike.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

“A satisfactory whodunit with plenty of wrong turns and red herrings… Just the cool tonic for a hot summer afternoon.” –Star News (Wilmington, NC)

 

“Warm, charming.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Engaging.”

—Booklist

 

“…comic inspiration… fun.”

—Kirkus Reviews

 

“Humorous…”

--Library Journal

 

“The latest Meg Langslow Mysteries is a great tale that satirizes the financial industry as a bunch of predatory hawks who will do anything for another golf course. Filled with eccentric characters, fans will relish this jocular whodunit.” -- http://themysterygazette.blogspot.com

 

Real Macaw

 

*Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel*

 

"As always, Andrews laces this entertaining whodunit with wit, a fine storyline and characters we've come to know and love." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

 

Stork Raving Mad

 

"Meg grows more endearing with each book, and her fans will enjoy seeing her take to motherhood."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

 

Swan for the Money

 

“With colorful characters, a solid mystery and laugh-out-loud moments. . . readers will have a rollicking good time with the new Meg Langslow mystey.” —RT BookReviews (4 stars)

 

 

Six Geese A-Slaying

 

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

 

"Andrews...keeps her trademark sly humor in rare form....Andrews is a pro at finding the absurd in ordinary situations and a Christmas parade is a natural fit for this Virginia author."--South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 

"Few writers are as adept as Andrews at affectionately managing a large and varied cast of eccentric characters and concealing the murder among them until the very end of the book."--Denver Post on Six Geese A-Slaying

 

"This novel is a laugh-aloud, fast-reading romp sure to de-stress your holidays."--Omaha World-Herald

 

"Andrews...scores points for her witty writing and abundance of Yuletide tinsel and tradition."--The State (Columbia, South Carolina)

Cockatiels at Seven

 

"Andrews mixes humor and domestic life effectively in this ninth installmetn iof the popular series."--Booklist on Cockatiels at Seven

 

"Andrews' wit makes 'Cockatiels at Seven' more fun than seven cocktails - and a lot safer, too." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

The Penguin Who Knew Too Much

 

“Andrews’ eighth Meg-centric mystery moves along like the best beach reads.” —Entertainment Weekly

 

“Deliciously daffy. . . Andrews demonstrates her absolute mastery of the comedic mystery, deftly balancing outrageously funny scenes with well-paced suspense.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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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.

  • Donna Andrews Photo: Joe Henson, NYC
    Donna Andrews
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The Hen of the Baskervilles

A Meg Langslow Mystery

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Donna Andrews

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