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Some Like it Hawk (Meg Langslow Mysteries) by Donna Andrews
Review by Paul Haggerty
St. Martin's Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250008176
Date: 30 April 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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NOTE: This review first appeared in our July 2012 issue.

The town of Caerphilly, Virginia, has certainly seen better days. But despite the fact that the town's public buildings have been foreclosed on by what they townsfolk affectionately call The Evil Lender, moral in town is actually riding fairly high. The lawsuit challenging the takeover is still going strong, and Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk, is still barricaded in the basement of the town hall, causing the Evil Lender no end of headaches.

Still, the Evil Lender has brought in a new security team, known amongst the townsfolk as The Flying Monkeys, and people are worried that things could get a bit twitchy. For example, when one of the Evil Lender's executives is shot to death just outside Phineas' barricade. Sure, everyone can see that it's an attempt to frame the town clerk, but that doesn't mean it won't work. Would the Evil Lender murder one of their own, just to expedite Phineas' removal?

From official release/information:

Product Description: Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by her town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated except for Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk who barricaded himself in the courthouse basement.

Phinny's year-long siege of protest has been possible because of a tunnel through which his local supporters deliver food and supplies. But when a woman is found dead on the premises, Phinny becomes a person of interest. Meg is certain that Phinny's been framed by the hawkish lender. Now it's up to Meg and the rest of Caerphilly to protect Phinny--and his beloved pet pigeons. Meanwhile, the killer has flown the coop.

(Source: St. Martin's)

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