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Duck the Halls Mass Market Paperback – 30 September 2014
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- Publisher : Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (30 September 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 322 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250046718
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250046710
- Dimensions : 10.77 x 2.21 x 17.3 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Andrews leavens the action with her trademark humor, including dueling Christmas dinners and an extravagant--and extravagantly funny--live nativity scene." --Publishers Weekly
"Duck the Halls offers a wealth of yuletide yuks amid the Christmas carnage, and Andrews' faithful fans will flock to greet the birth of her latest funfest." --Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Meg, as well as her quirky extended family, makes this humorous cozy a holiday treat." --Booklist
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As with most of the Meg Langslow books, the mystery takes a backseat to the general mayhem that is Meg’s family. The pranks start happening right at the beginning of the story but the murder doesn’t happen until about halfway through. This time, there isn’t only one mystery but three interwoven ones (the prankster, the murder, and an attempted theft).
All the characters, even the secondary ones, have distinct personalities and it’s great fun to see what they’re up to this time. While this book can be read as a standalone, much of the enjoyment (in my opinion at least) is derived from seeing the latest antics of already beloved characters like Meg’s father and her brother Rob.
I especially enjoyed hearing about some of the characters that didn’t show up in the last couple of books. We get a quick update on what Eileen, Timmy, and Dr. Smoot (among others) are up to. Also, Michael’s mom makes a reappearance (finally!) and stages a duel with Meg’s mother over who can produce the most outlandish Christmas dinner. We also get to meet the formidable Judge Jane. Her ‘courtroom’ scene is a hoot.
This is a humorous cozy mystery where the emphasis is definitely on the humor. If that’s what you’re looking for, I can only recommend this book and all the others in the Meg Langslow series.
Schade, die ersten 5 Bücher waren toll aber jetzt sollte die Autorin eine Pause einlegen.