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Cockatiels at Seven (Meg Lanslow Mysteries) by Donna Andrews
Review by Paul Haggerty
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312377151
Date: 08 July 2008 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade, and all the recent disruptions in her life have really cut into her time to practice it. Of course, some distractions, like getting married, certainly weigh in on the plus side. But when Karen, a friend that she hasn't seen in two years, pays her an unexpected visit, and begs her to watch her infant son "just for a little while", Meg has no choice by to drop everything and help out. Of course by the next morning, when there's still no sign of Karen, Meg is beginning to wonder just how long this "little while" is going to be. And when she goes to unpack little Timmy's bag and finds a snowsuit and mittens (it being the middle of summer), wonder begins to shy into panic.

From official release/information:

Product Description: When her old friend Karen drops by with two-year-old son Timmy, Meg Langslow reluctantly agrees to babysit "just for a little while." But when nightfall comes, the toddler is still in residence and Karen isn't answering any phone calls. Meg decides she must find out what's happening, so the next morning, with Timmy in tow, she retraces her friend's footsteps---and begins to suspect that Karen's disappearance is tied to at least one serious crime. Has Karen been killed or kidnapped? Is she on the run from the bad guys? Or is she one of the bad guys? The police don't seem to care, so Meg once again plays sleuth---this time with a toddler as her sidekick.

As usual, Meg's extended family adds to the complications in her life. What covert animal welfare project are Dad and the curmudgeonly zoologist Dr. Montgomery Blake working on---and will Meg have to make another late-night trip to bail them out of jail? Why does Meg's brother keep disappearing---is he merely trying to avoid babysitting, or is he involved in something more mysterious? Will taking care of Timmy dampen newly married Meg and Michael's enthusiasm for starting a family of their own? And are any of Meg's relatives reliable enough to be trusted with a two-year-old---especially a two-year-old whose whereabouts might be of interest to some very dangerous people?

(Source: St. Martin's Minotaur)

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