Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow Mysteries)
by Donna Andrews
Cover Artist: Griesbach/Martucci
Review by Paul Haggerty
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312536107
Date: 28 October 2008 List Price $22.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Meg Langslow finds herself in a precarious social situation. Her husband, Michael, is up for tenure at the local college. That means that the tenure committee must be kept happy at all times, even if you feel like running away screaming instead. Which is, therefore, why she was "happy" to be volunteered as the Mistress of the Revels; her performance at which will be remembered by everyone in town for decades to come. It's just a little job of organizing and running Caerphilly County's annual Christmas Parade. All she has to do is coordinate hundreds of people, dozens of floats, several multiply-antagonistic groups, a big city reporter bent on making the country hicks look ridiculous and, as a last minute little detail, figure out who killed Santa. From official release/information:
Product Description: Meg and Michael's house is serving as the marshaling point for the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade. The theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and it features twelve drummers from the school marching band, eleven bagpipers, ten leaping lords costumed in medieval finery from the college drama department, etc. There are also assorted Christmas-themed floats, a live nativity scene on a flatbed truck, the Three Wise Men on Caerphilly zoo camels, and Santa Claus in a bright red horse-drawn sleigh (eight reindeer were beyond the zoo's scope).
Meg has been volunteered to organize the parade, which is to proceed from her house to the local campus, where Santa will take up residence to hear the Christmas wishes of the town's children. Of course, getting all the camels, pipers, leapers, and drummers in order is proving every bit as difficult as Meg feared it would be. Then her nephew Eric, wide-eyed and ashen-faced, whispers, "Meg, something's wrong with Santa."
The local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role, has been murdered. Now Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men, are faced with the two-fold mission of solving the murder and saving Christmas!
(Source: St. Martin's Minotaur)