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Meg Langslow and Michael's house is serving as the marshalling point for the annual Caerphilly holiday parade. The theme is the 12 Days of Christmas, and it features 12 drummers from the school's marching band, 11 bagpipers, 10 leaping lords costumed in medieval finery from the college's drama department, and so on. There are also assorted floats, a live nativity scene on a flatbed truck, the three wise men on Caerphilly Zoo camels, and Santa in a bright-red horse-drawn sleigh.

As the organizer, Meg's job is already hard enough, but when her nephew Eric, wide-eyed and ashen-faced, whispers, "Something's wrong with Santa...", things take a tragic turn. It turns out that the local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role, has been murdered. Now it's up to Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men, to tackle a twofold mission: solve the murder and save Christmas.

©2008 Donna Andrews (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A terrific humorous mystery

In Six Geese a-Slaying, Donna Andrews's tenth Meg Langslow book, Meg celebrates her first Christmas married to Michael Waterston by organizing the Caerphilly Christmas parade in the hopes of promoting Michael's professorial career. With the parade's theme of the 12 Days of Christmas, things get wild at the Waterstons' house in the country as the (bag)pipers piping try to outblast the drummers drumming, who just happened to have brought along their fife corps as well. Meg is eagerly checking off the arrivals of the many participants in her "notebook that tells her when to breathe" when her 12- year- old nephew Eric, in charge of the animal sanitation patrol, frequently referred to in jest as the "Dung Fu Fighters," approaches Meg with a "problem." About Santa. He has been brutally murdered with a stake driven through his heart. Worried that this incident may harm Michael's chances of getting the ever- so- crucial tenure, Meg puts on her detectives cap and gets to work at trying to solve to murder of the man she soon learns has the reputation as the meanest man in Caerphilly.

This book is the first of four Christmas- themed book in the Meg, but it is the last to come out on audio. Thus I have listened to Duck the Halls and The Nightingale before Christmas many times before, and How the Finch Stole Christmas! when it came out last month. The book introduced some details that will surface in future books and returned former beloved characters. The book maintains the same sense of humor found in others, and i had a terrific time listening to the book. It really helped me cope with the pain of my severe migraine, and I have ever intention of going back to listen to the book again soon.

Bernadette Dunne reprises Meg Langslow in performing this first person narrative. She sounds the way I picture Meg sounding and uses great expression for whole book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Six Geese a-Slaying. My mom, who has read the books not on audio in her kindle, does not like this book much, but I have to disagree with her. I will happily return to this book again and add it to my pile of comfort reading. I give this book five stars!

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  • Kathy
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  • 12-08-17

A good old fashioned holiday story!

This starts with a holiday parade, including religions from around the world. Santa is murdered! It is a cluck of a mystery when telltale goose feathers are found at the scene. Did I mention there were humans dressed as geese ready for the parade? Add snowstorms, power outages and the real Santa on the roof. Great fun was had by all.

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Another hilarious adventure

Donna Andrews has written another hilarious adventure in the Meg Langslow series. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, never a dull moment with this lovable cast of characters. So if you enjoy cozy mysteries with more fun than a barrel of monkeys you won’t want to miss any of this series.