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Meg Langslow is helping organize the Virginia Un-Fair, Caerphilly's entry in the race to replace the old state fair. While patrolling the fairgrounds, Meg runs into her friend Molly. Molly is terrified that she may lose her farm because her idle husband has left her for a rich hobby winemaker and is demanding his half of the land. Meg enlists Mother's help to find Molly a divorce lawyer, which Mother is all the more willing to do because the unfaithful husband's new girlfriend is the bete noire of the wine pavilion. She is so universally disliked that Meg begins to worry about her safety. But it's the unfaithful husband whose murdered body she and Michael find that night.

©2013 Donna Andrews (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Kathy
  • Alexandria, KY, United States
  • 07-30-13

A Cluck of a Story - Get It

Would you listen to The Hen of the Baskervilles again? Why?

I listened to the book twice already. Yes, I will listen again. I am an invested reader having read all 15 books in the series. I feel like it is reunion time when July rolls around and I get to read about Meg's latest adventures and catch up on all the family gossip.

What other book might you compare The Hen of the Baskervilles to and why?

Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos - another book from this series. Why? Because it takes place in a similar venue. Meg is dealing with unhappy vendors, theft and the like. The stories are different, but both are quite enjoyable.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I've gotten used to listening to books with the greatest readers ever. I'm sorry but Bernadette Dunne isn't one of them. This may be in part due to the fact that I read most of the 15 books before finding any of the series on Audible. I had a clear definition of what I expected the people to sound like. Unfortunately, some of them are way off the mark. The voice for Meg is good. I will say the Ms. Dunne neither adds to or detracts from my enjoyment of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This question isn't really appropriate to the story. Meg and her family are very upbeat and this story has a murder, of course, but nothing that "moved me". I will say that there is one character in the story that I intensely dislike. This person is a creep. Will this person get what he/she seems to deserve? Read the book to find out - I don't want to spoil the story for any of you.

Any additional comments?

If I had it to do over, I think I'd read the book before listening, just to see if there is a difference in the way I perceive the story. I love that absent family members were mentioned and their absence from the story was successfully explained away. So successfully that I hope Ms. Andrews' next book will tell us how things turn out for her grandfather in his latest adventure. I would also love to see more interaction between Meg and her twins. Meg was very busy in this story as the fair organizer in this story so she had to delegate most of her motherly duties to daddy and the rest of the family. I hope to see some moments between Meg and her children in future stories where Meg is able to just be in the moment with the boys and enjoy their company.

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I simply just can’t get enough

I simply just can’t get enough of this wonderful series. Donna Andrews keeps writing original storylines that are not just enjoyable but believable. The characters have become more like friends than fictional characters. If you’re a cozy mystery fan you’ll enjoy this one.

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This series is great fun!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hen of the Baskervilles to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Meg Langslow is my favorite character because she is witty, sharp, and completely at ease with the very colorful characters in her small town.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chase scene with the evil deputy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed this series for years. The characters are hysterical. Bernadette Dunne, the narrator, did a wonderful job of breathing new life into them for me. I wish the entire series was available on audible.

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Loved It Highly Reccomend

Have read this book a few times. First time to listen to it. Love Meg, her family and friends.

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  • louise
  • BETHESDA, MD, United States
  • 05-30-15

Not at all boring

I really like this series.
Lots of fun, great character and setting development.
Very entertaining not too heavy.
Good job everyone!

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LIGHT BUT INTHRALLING

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The exploits of the family always make me laugh. I know if my family actually did some of what Meg's family does, I would be on the first plane out of there.

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While the books are rather light, Meg and family keep me entertained. I WANT her family - from Dad through Rose and all the relatives. Mom is a bit trying, but I'll take her too Always waiting for the next installment of the doings of this family Wait a sec! Lets let the twins stay in fiction.

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One of the funniest mysteries!

In <strong>Hen of the Baskervilles</strong> by Donna Andrews, Caerphilly is hosting its un-fair, with a special focus on rare breeds of animals and strains of grown food. As the fair gets ready to open the first day, Meg Langslow, who has acted as organizer of the un-fair, gets a call that a pair of Russian orlaf chickens has been stolen. Then, more vandalism takes place throughout the un-fair. People's suspicions fall upon Jeanette, the rich woman who has stolen the husband of Meg's friend, Molly and is suspected of stealing other farmers' rare animals. With Jeanette's driving everyone crazy in the wine tent, Meg begins to get concerned that Jeanette is at risk of being killed. But when Meg and her husband, Michael, find a body, it is Brett Riordan, Molly's husband who is now living with Jeanette, not that of Bret's mistress.

Since the body was found between the Caerphilly County and Clay County line, Chief Burke is forced to take a deputy from Clay County onto his investigative team, leading to all sorts of drama with the man's unprofessionalism. When the police find the gun in Molly's van, Meg jumps in to help her friend.

<strong>The Hen of the Baskervilles</strong> is a delightful addition to the Meg Langslow series. I have listened to this book many times, especially when I need something comforting to enjoy. The book has so much humor and a creative setting. I learned a lot about the rare breeds of animals on display, and I really enjoyed the appearance of Michael's llamas in several competitions at the un-fair. I learned so much about the creatures, making me come to appreciate llamas. There do seem to be a few gaps in the book, in particular that I was unclear on certain details of the solution to the murder.

In addition to the great story, I love the characters. Meg shows off the organizational skills that we see in the first book, <em>Murder with Peacocks</em>, and which become even more central to the character later in the series. We also see personal growth in Randall Shiffley, who started off as the construction company foreman and has risen to the position of mayor. The twins, Josh and Jamie, have grown to be almost three, and they show us fun as they show off their dogs in the children's dog show and get their parents to take them to the midway, where Meg's brother, Rob, gets to finish all the junk food they discard when distracted by something new. Finally, the chief antagonist of the book, Jeanette, has so much life in her that we feel mad at her along with all her neighbors and people in the wine tent. We want to

Bernadette Dunne does an effective job at performing this book and making it seem very realistic. One of her strengths is the unique voices used for each of the characters. I don't need to hear the name of the speaker to know who is saying the lines. With the fun setting of the un-fair, Dunne adds to the pleasure of listening to this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed <strong>Hen of the Baskervilles</strong>, with all its fun plot details, humor in the story, and creative characters. This book delights me every time I listen to it, and I look forward to many more times of being entertained by this book. I give the book five stars.

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