A few nights before Christmas, Meg is awakened when Michael is summoned to the New Life Baptist Church, where someone has rigged a cage full of skunks in the choir loft. The lengthy process of de-skunking the church requires its annual pre-Christmas concert to relocate to Trinity Episcopal, despite the protests of Mr. Vess, an elderly vestryman.
Meanwhile, when Meg helps her grandfather take the skunks to the zoo, they discover that his boa has been stolen - only to turn up later during the concert slithering out from the ribbon-bedecked evergreens. It's clear that some serious holiday pranksters are on the loose, and Meg is determined to find them. But before she can, a fire breaks out at Trinity, and Mr. Vess is discovered dead.
©2013 Donna Andrews (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC
I have already started my second listen through this book. It is an entertaining, "feel-good" story that shows the entire community coming together to help one another when pranks first start hitting the various churches and temples in the town. This is not a preachy story - it is a feel good story that restores your faith in human kind in an idealized American community. I am decorating the office for Halloween right now, but really want to sing Christmas carols because of this lovely story.
Six Geese A Slaying by Ms. Andrews. Another Christmas story in the same small town. They remind me of each other because of the romance between Meg and her wonderful husband, Michael. Duck the Halls may be a more relaxing read because the action isn't quite so frenetic as the action in "Six Geese". Both stories are quite fun to read. Their young twin boys are toddlers and they have cute cameos throughout the book, but they do not take over the story. Quite delightful.
Ms. Dunne's narration is acceptable. She is consistent with her voices and is easy to follow. Ms. Dunne read brother Rob as a "Valley Boy" type character in former stories in this series. In this book she reads him with a normal voice, which is much better.
I did laugh...no tears...but mostly I just felt good as I listened to this book. If you like feel good stories, I bet you'll like this one.
Thank you Donna Andrews for another wonderful story. I look forward to your next book and plan on listening to this one as I prepare for the Christmas season.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A 3.5 for me because the ending kind of went flat. Quite a few cute parts and funny characters but I think if I knew them better it would have been a more enjoyable read. Comming in in the middle of a series can be tricky that way. A well rounded story about what starts out as harmless pranks turns into a murder investigation. A small town, family and church oriented Christmas story. Skunks and bunnies and snakes, Oh No! Believable characters and good narration kept it going for me.
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