A couple of years ago a friend loaned me the first two paperback books (Murder With Peacocks and Murder With Puffins) in the Meg Langslow mystery series by Donna Andrews. She thought I might enjoy them because the setting is Virginia where we both have lived.
I read the first two books then went looking for more, and happily found there were quite a few more books in the series to read. Some Like It Hawk, is the 14th book in the series (if you want to read them in order here is the list) with two more due out in 2013.
I don’t read a lot of mystery books but this series got me hooked, especially when I could read books 1-11 right after continuing the story line. I do like the characters and how each book continues the story and then at the very end it sets up the plot for the next one. I am always surprised by who the murderer turns out to be. I keep looking for clues but there is a twist that I didn’t see coming (because I hate it when I can figure it out before the characters in the book do).
The series starts and progresses from Meg dating, marrying, having babies, buying and restoring this incredible old home (wish I could have a library like her’s!) and her extended family, neighbors and towns people.
This book opens with the town of Caerphilly, VA holding, Caerphilly Days in the town square not to make money to get back the repossessed courthouse, jail and all the other buildings but rather to create noise and cover people going in and out of a secret tunnel into the Courthouse basement where Phineas K. Throckmorton has been living for more than a year when he refused to leave when the town lost control of the buildings.
A murder takes place in the basement of the courthouse on the other side the barricade that Phineas erected to partition off where he lives and Rob, Meg’s brother is down there at the time, but of course they can’t say that or use that information to clear Phineas otherwise that would tip off the lender about the secret tunnel.
The mystery deepens when it seems the evil lender and his security force named the Flying Monkeys seem to be looking for something specific in the courthouse but no one else knows what it is or what it could mean for the town. Who is going to figure it out first and will it be in time?
Although I didn’t figure out who the murderer was there was something that happened near the end of the book (not going to spoil it) that I did figure out pretty easily.
Now it’s time to put it on my calendar to wait for the next book, The Hen of the Baskervilles due out in July 2013. Can’t wait!