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Six Geese a-Slaying

Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Meg Langslow, Book 10
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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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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  • 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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A terrific parody of Christmas parades

It’s holiday time in Caerphilly, Virginia. Meg Langslow is coordinating the town’s holiday parade with her home as the starting point. Since her husband Michael is still on the path to tenure, Meg volunteered, grudgingly, for the job. Now it’s the morning of Christmas Eve and the parade participants are lining up. Twelve drummers drumming, eleven bagpipers piping, and so on are all represented. A reporter from the Tribune is snapping photos of the preparations until he loses his camera, calling on everyone to find it. All thirty-seven save-the-birds members are ready to go in their goose costumes. Meg keeps telling them they can’t carry their protest signs in the parade and that for the six-geese-a-laying float, only six of them can participate. Animals keep arriving to play their roles. The wise men are practicing their camel riding. The choir is singing Christmas carols and complaining about the bagpipers playing Jingle Bells for the umpteenth time, The Boy Scouts have volunteered for clean up, including after the numerous animals. And the weather report calls for snow.

The town’s curmudgeon who is to play Santa arrives in the nick of time to change into his costume in Meg’s pig shed just cleaned to hold the hand-painted sleigh. Meg’s nephew Eric whispers to her that something is wrong with Santa. As she opens the shed door, she is taken aback by Santa’s appearance; there’s a stake through his heart.

Thankfully Chief Burke is already at the parade site and rushes to the crime scene. They want to preserve the crime scene, but they also don’t want word of Santa being killed to get out and scare the children. Acting medical examiner Dr. Smoot has his usual difficulty entering the shed because of his claustrophobia. As the snow begins to fall, the parade does take off, on time, with Meg’s dad joyfully playing Santa. What else could go wrong?

If one is familiar with Donna Andrews’ writing, you already know that plenty can still go wrong. The hilarity is not confined to the beginning of this laugh-out-loud mystery. The parade may make it to town, but then what, with the snow flying, and animals looking for shelter, and all the humans trying to make their ways home for Christmas?

This book is number 10 in the Meg Langslow series, and it is a terrific parody of Christmas parades, oops, holiday parades trying to do it all. Tie that with a good mystery with a few twists, and readers will find themselves smiling through the book’s surprise revelations nearing the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this entry and highly recommend it.

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Hallmark or Lifetimr are really missing out

this book was not only full of visual and fun items, it was very clever and kept you interested. the Hallmark mystery channel really should look into these books. I would love to see how they would bring these books to life.

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Really good book

Great humor and characters that you will fall in love with like family. The mysteries are always intriguing.

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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.