Die Like an Eagle (Meg Langslow)
by Donna Andrews
Cover Artist: David Baldeosingh Rotstein
Review by Gayle Surrette
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250078551
Date: 02 August 2016 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I always enjoy finding a new Meg Langslow mystery waiting on my review pile. The mystery is always filled with interesting characters, witty dialogue, and comedic situations that never detract from the serious mystery that needs to be solved.
In Die Like an Eagle, Meg and Michael's twins, Josh and Jamie, are now in Summerball, playing for the Eagles. Michael is coaching the team while Meg is team mom. At their first practice Meg attempts to meet the other parents of Eagle players and quickly learns that playing Caerphilly Summerball may not be all fun and games.
Biff Brown is head of the local league and he has a habit of making his own rules regarding players and the game. Most of the rules see to it that the teams that he coaches win. His company is also responsible for the maintenance of the ball field, and supplies the porta potty for the field.
Meg is also working as an assistant to Caerphilly Mayor Randall Shiffley. She's been trying to get in touch with Biff regarding his company's contract to renovate the town square. There's not much time left before it has to be done, and none of the work has yet to be started. Biff is not answer phone calls, email, or snail mail.
On the day of the first Summerball game, Meg is asked to help with a problem with the ball field's porta potty. She manages to get it open only to find a dead body, disrupting the game as the field has become a crime scene.
The police chief is quick to pull in deputies and get things under control. And since Meg works for the mayor in the same building as the police department, her father is the medical examiner, and her cousin the crime scene technician, Meg can't help but get involved.
While the murder is upsetting everyone and causing the Summerball games to be rescheduled, Meg and the mayor get a chance to meet and talk with the Summerball League big wig that Biff had brought in to observe the weekend's scheduled games. There's finally a chance for those above the local league to get an actual view of how things work in Caerphilly.
There's the usual cast of minor characters, some of whom have had larger or smaller parts to play in past books. In this one, several come to the fore to help keep things moving smoothly when schedules go belly up. Seeing the families of the players come together along with many of the townspeople is inspiring.
I read the first books in the series for the tight mystery plotting, quirky characters, and the light hearted touch of comedy. I keep reading them because I want to see what Andrew's does next with this amazing ensemble cast.