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It's been over a year since the town of Caerphilly lost their public buildings to First Progressive Financial, aka the Evil Lender. With the old mayor on the run, the town is trying to figure out just how they can reclaim their property from the loans that turned out to be a multi-person swindle. Meanwhile, the town clerk, Phineas Throckmorton, has barricaded himself in the courthouse basement.
Which brings us to the Caerphilly Days festival, a giant tourist attraction that is actually a cover to smuggle food and supplies to Phineas via a tunnel. While much of the town knows the truth, they have managed to keep it from the Evil Lender and their minions.
All that might change when someone is shot in the basement and it looks like Phineas could have done it. Now Meg and her family must find the real killer before they have to reveal that Phineas had an alibi - Meg's brother Rob. Can they do it?
This is the first time in the series that one book picked up so much on the events of the previous in the series. While normally you could get away with reading them out of order, it this case I recommended reading the last book first.
Despite the complicated to explain set up, the book isn't that hard to follow at all. In fact, I felt the mystery was a bit too simple and the ending too rushed. Still, the climax was suspenseful enough that I couldn't put it down.
The characters are charming as always, and we even saw the return of an element that has been absent for several books. I didn't find it quite as funny as some of the books in the series, but it is always enjoyable spending time around these characters, and I enjoyed every page.
So, while this isn't the best in the series, it's another fun entry that will please the fans.
This is another fun tale about Meg Langslow the blacksmith in the town of Caerphilly, and assorted cousins and friends.
An on-going dispute with a bank referred to as the Evil Lender, over mortgaged town buildings, has seen many buildings repossessed such as the police station and courthouse. The town archivist holed up in the capacious courthouse basement and has been refusing to come out for a year. Enter a festival, held to raise money, and amid the activity, a murder occurs.
If you have not read any of the series, you should start with Murder With Peacocks, then Murder With Puffins, but you can pick this book up and fall right in to the story. I have looked at another of this author's books about a semi-sentient computer, but not taken to it. If you enjoy a lively, light mystery which details plenty of forensic procedures and makes you laugh out loud, pick up any of these tangentially bird-themed mysteries.