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Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos

Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Meg Langslow, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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Yorktown, Virginia, is reliving its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a reenactment of the battle and a craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities - and to sell her wrought-iron flamingos. 

Meg's also trying to keep her father from scaring too many tourists with his impersonation of an 18th-century physician - not to mention saving her brother from the clutches of a con man who might steal the computer game he's invented. It's a tough job - until the swindler is found dead, slain in Meg's booth with one of her wrought-iron creations. Now Meg must add another item to her to-do list: Don't forget to solve the murder!

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How Could a Reenactment Go Wrong?

The town is hosting a reenactment of a battle from the Revolutionary War. Michael's mother is in charge and tasks Meg with convincing her friends and fellow crafters to come out and sell their wares, but they have to dress in period costume...Mrs. Waterston's orders. As the show goes to a ball hosted by Mrs. Waterston, Meg finds the body of a man in her tent and then has to find out who is really to blame for his death and how she ended up in the middle of the investigation. My family loved this story and laughed at some of the things that happened in the story.

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Truly an adventure

The third Meg Langslow escapade is truly an adventure. It takes place over a weekend of reenacting the Battle of Yorktown in full dress garb and period authenticity. Yet the battle is only the climax of a vintage Donna Andrews mystery.

Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade, selling her wares at craft fairs and on commission. Her extensive family helps by buying and talking about her fine craftsmanship. If only she could convince Michael Waterston’s mother of her worth as a mate for her son. This year is Mrs. Waterson’s first in running the fair, and she has demanded that all who attend be dressed in full authentic period costumes, including as many tourists and customers as possible. Those who are not are fined by the “Anachronism Police.”

Unfortunately, murder appears to be timeless, and a dead body turns up behind the curtains in Meg’s booth. Seems half the battlefield might have a grudge against this corpse, so the local sheriff appoints a deputy to take charge of the investigation. Meg does her own snooping both in front of and behind the scenes. She steps up her efforts when she is convinced the deputy has arrested the wrong man.

Meg's adventures are not meant to be outwardly hilarious as she seeks to clear her friends and relatives alternately accused of the crime, but they often end up quite humorous none the less. Meg’s attitude is just as sarcastic as ever, and she is constantly fighting with her quick temper. However, she does find herself endeared to most all, despite her incessant quick wit. Even Meg’s mother says “how wonderful it was that Meg had grown up from a cantankerous child into such an even-tempered young lady.” To which Meg says: “The first time I heard her say it, I burst out laughing.”

Having read Andrews’s earlier entries in this series, MURDER WITH PEACOCKS and MURDER WITH PUFFINS, I found this just a tad predictable. Meg is constantly snooping where she doesn’t belong, often with the protests of local law enforcement who are not as besotted with her amateur detecting skills as her family. She seems to always have a quick retort on hand for every comment.

However, that said, this is a delightful cozy with zany goings on abounding. Family is omnipresent, and they seem universal in their love for Meg. Her beau Michael is equally likable, tho not nearly as eccentric as the entire Langslow clan. This charming entry moves along smoothly with an even-keeled pace. I even learned some history on muskets and rifles and proper colonial attire.

The adventures of Meg and Michael are fun to watch and cheer onward.

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This Early Novel not up to standards

This early novel show how much Donna Andrews has improved over time. It is just not very good. The charachers that I know so well are still undeveloped. The plot is pretty weak. I have loved all but one of her other books. I won't read any more of the early ones.

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love Meg

Can't get enough of Meg & her family. They finally have the audio recording of the first set of books.

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Much of the reenactor tidbits are real!

American Rev War, reenactors, Yorktown,Va, family-dynamics, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, law-enforcement, great fun!

Of course I loved this book, our family of seven were American Revolutionary War reenactors and we did visit Yorktown and Williamsburg! The good, the bad, and the ridiculous were such a great part of our brand of insanity. Well, except for the murder, which was investigated in a very entertaining way, of course. Great fun read!
One small spoiler caught my 2019 attention: a big deal was made of the obnoxious behavior by a MCP long before the present sensitivity.

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I’m so glad this installment is on Audible

I’m so glad this installment is on Audible, only one more to go to have the entire series available. This one is full of all the characters we’ve grown to love. I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series. I recommend starting with the first installment.