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No Nest for the Wicket (Meg Langslow Mysteries) by Donna Andrews
Review by Paul Haggerty
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0312329407
Date: 08 August, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

No Nest for the Wicket is the 7th of Donna Andrew's Meg Langslow Mystery series. Meg and her fiancÚ Michael are having their new home renovated. Or perhaps rebuilt would be a more accurate term. The decrepit farmhouse (with various decrepit outbuildings) needs such serious repairs that Meg and Michael have moved into a stall in the barn so the construction crew can have total access. And since Michael is working, it's up to Meg to supervise everything. So then why is she standing in a pasture, wielding a croquet mallet, and making dire (though completely empty) threats to a cow instead?

From official release/information:

Book Description: Meg Langslow has found herself in more than one odd situation (more like ten or fifteen): She has learned to take what comes. What has currently come is a peculiar kind of croquet, very different from the polite contest played on a summer lawn. Extreme Croquet requires a terrain of several acres, in this case populated with small animals, poison ivy, and livestock. After managing, with the help of Spike the Dog, to persuade a placid cow off the next wicket, Meg loses her ball in a briar patch, trips and slides down a minor cliff, thereby being the one to discover a dead woman at the bottom. The womans head has been bashed in, possibly illustrating one of the many additional uses for a croquet mallet. But then, maybe not And so begins another episode in the kind of delectable madness for which Donna Andrews has won so many honors, not to mention laughs galore. Donna Andrews introduced Meg and Michael in her Malice Domestic Contest-winning first mystery, Murder with Peacocks, and readers are still laughing. This novelswept up the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and a Lefty for funniest mystery. With No Nest for the Wicket, Andrews borrows momentum from her previous books and delivers another riotous and engrossing read.

(Source: St. Martin's Minotaur)

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