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The Hen of the Baskervilles

The Hen of the Baskervilles

A Meg Langslow Mystery

Meg Langslow Mysteries (Volume 15)

Donna Andrews

Minotaur Books

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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.

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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...

Reviews

Praise for The Hen of the Baskervilles

“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

“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

“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 on Some Like It Hawk

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

“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.” —themysterygazette.blogspot.com on Some Like It Hawk

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 on Six Geese A-Slaying

“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 on Six Geese A-Slaying

“Andrews...scores points for her witty writing and abundance of Yuletide tinsel and tradition.” —The State (Columbia, South Carolina) on Six Geese A-Slaying

“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

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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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