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Swan for the Money: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
Review by Gayle Surrette
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312377175
Date: 21 July 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

You know several things when you see there's a new Meg Langslow mystery by Donna Andrews on the shelves: it will be funny, it will be filled with weird and wacky characters, the mystery will be convoluted and fair, and you're in for hours of great entertainment. Andrews' newest Swan for the Money lives up to all my expectations. This time Meg's parents are growing roses for competition and, of course, they talked Meg into running the Caerphilly Garden Club annual rose show.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Meg Langslow's eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. Dad's gardening skill and Mother's gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable team---and Meg is relieved they've taken up such a safe, gentle hobby. She even volunteers to help when the Caerphilly Garden Club sponsors its first annual rose show. But after a few hours of dealing with her parent' competitors, Meg is worried. Rose growers are so eccentric that they make Meg's family seem almost normal, and so competitive that they will do nearly anything to take home the show's grand prize---making them prime suspects when Meg discovers that someone is attempting to kill the wealthy woman on whose estate the competition is being held. Of course, the intended victim had other enemies---her treatment of her farm animals had aroused the interest of several animal welfare activists, including Meg's zoologist grandfather. Meg tries to leave the detecting to the local police and focus on protecting her parents' chances to win the coveted Black Swan trophy, but she soon finds herself compelled to solve the crime before any more rose growers die.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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