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Meg isn't thrilled to be spending the weekend at the convention for Porfiria, the TV show that boyfriend Michael stars in. This year's festivities have been enhanced by the addition of monkeys and parrots, which have escaped from their cages and are wandering the hotel at random. Meg is hoping to make some money off her swords in the dealer room to keep the weekend from being a complete loss.
All that's before the star of the show is murdered. Nicknamed the QB (which doesn't stand for Queen Bee), there isn't a person who works on the show who didn't have some beef with her. Despite protests that she's not going to get involved, Meg begins collecting clues. But can she follow them back to the real killer before the convention ends?
If you are at all familiar with the books in the Meg Langslow series, you know to expect plenty of antics along with your mystery. This book is no exception. Donna Andrews pokes gentle fun at fandom with some of the over the top antics. I grinned and laughed my way through the entire book. At the same time, there's a great mystery. While it takes a while to get going, it is a cleverly plotted story with several nice twists before the ending.
Donna Andrews continues to set the bar high for herself. How she manages to juggle everything she puts in these stories is beyond me. But they are a fun ride none-the-less. If you love humorous mysteries, be sure to check this series out.
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VINE VOICEon 18 August 2006
Meg Lanslow is an amateur sleuth first introduced in the far superior Murder for Peacocks, in normal working hours she's a female blacksmith who happens to have a very eccentric family. Here she attends her first convention for her actor boyfriend Michael's TV show; she has to contend with strange fans, actors that define the term drama queen, and a hotel full of rampaging jungle animals such as parrots and monkeys who have escaped their rightful keepers.

Meg once again must solve a mystery as the histrionic female lead is murdered with a multitude of suspects to contend with. This is below par for a Meg Lanslow although there are some interesting sub-plots the main mystery is derailed by the fact that the lead actress is so diva-ish and unlikeable that it's hard to work up enthusiasm for who killed her. This installment suffers from the lack of Meg's eccentric relatives and Meg and Michael working together as a team.
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