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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mayhem off the Coast of Maine, 7 Sep 2003
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Mark Baker (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Murder with Puffins (Meg Langslow Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
All Meg wanted was a quiet weekend alone with her boyfriend Michael. She thought she'd hit the perfect solution when she remembered the family cabin on the island of Monhegan. When they arrive, however, they find that the island is in the path of hurricane Gladys. Furthermore, her family has also decided to get away for a few days. Trapped in the small cabin with her family on an island full of stranded birdwatchers, Meg and Michael try to make the best of it.
Then a local celebrity is found murdered near his house. His list of enemies includes most of the island, but Meg's dad is the chief suspect. Now, Meg is searching the rain soaked island for clues, hoping she can clear her dad before the real killer leaves when the ferry resumes after the storm.
While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I loved this one. The plot is more focused here. It starts out slowly, but once the body is found, things quickly get moving. There are several great plot twists, and the story reaches a satisfying conclusion. Yet, the book is still filled with the humor that made the first fun to read. And the characters are alive and interesting as well.
Anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted mystery need look no further then this series. I'm already planning my next visit with Meg and her family and hope to enjoy many more to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Closed Room mystery, 6 April 2002
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This review is from: Murder with Puffins (Meg Langslow Mysteries) (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the second murder mystery featuring Meg Langslaw, the first being Murder with Peacocks, which I also enjoyed greatly.
In 'Puffins' Meg and her boyfriend take off to an island for a few quiet days together in Meg's Aunt's summer home, but arrive in a hurricane to find themselves stranded with a horde of birdwatchers and Megs mad family who turned up on a whim too. So romance is put on ice for Meg, and before long, one of the Islands less popular residents is on ice too... and so is a puffin.
Stranded on the island for several days as the boats to the mainland are not running, and with no real law enforcement back up, Meg sets off to discover the truth about the deaths. Her father looks like a likely suspect, so she needs to act fast to clear his name.
The characters are great fun and there are some wonderfully amusing scenes. With a gale raging through most of the book there is tremendous atmosphere too.
This is a great book to curl up with for a few hours. Cozy fun, highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Getaway Goes Awry, 20 July 2009
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All Meg wants is some quiet time with her boyfriend, Michael. Is that so unreasonable a request? It would appear that if you are Meg Langslow, the answer to that is "yes."

While not as funny as the first book in the series, Murder with Peacocks, this title has some particularly fun moments. I especially enjoyed the chapter headings which incorporated puffins into classic titles from literature. I didn't guess the ending 100 pages ahead of time, which is always a plus, and Meg's family is continuously strange and enjoyable.

Michael is not as strongly or wittily written as he was in Peacocks, but I'm hoping for a return to form in Book No. 3.
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