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Duck the Halls

A Meg Langslow Mystery

Meg Langslow Mysteries (Volume 16)

Donna Andrews

Minotaur Books

This time, Meg has got herself into a Holy mess!

"A yuletide funfest."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

In 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 Langslow 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, arrives to find it completely filled with several hundred ducks.

"Extravagantly funny." —Publishers Weekly

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 found 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 quirky…humorous…holiday treat." —Booklist

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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 bo
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Praise for Duck the Halls

PRAISE FOR DONNA ANDREWS AND HER MEG LANGSLOW MYSTERIES

DUCK THE HALLS

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

"Duck the Halls offers a wealth of yuletide yuks amid the Christmas carnage, and Andrews’ faithful fans will flock to greet the birth of her latest funfest."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Meg, as well as her quirky extended family, makes this humorous cozy a holiday treat." —Booklist

HEN OF THE BASKERVILLES

"The 15th novel in this bird-themed popular cozy mystery series offers more fine-feathered foibles to chuckle over. 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

"Uproarious."—Criminal Element

"[This] series gets better all the time." —Booklist

 

THE REAL MACAW

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Donna Andrews

  • Donna Andrews has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and two Lefty and two Toby Bromberg Awards for funniest mystery. She spends her free time gardening at her home in Reston, Virginia.
  • Donna Andrews Photo: Joe Henson, NYC
    Donna Andrews
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Duck the Halls

A Meg Langslow Mystery

Meg Langslow Mysteries

Donna Andrews

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Minotaur Books

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