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Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail". The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one. Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict him, and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement.

Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Meg soon deduces that the killer isn't just trying to end the siege but to conceal information that would help the town reclaim its buildings.

©2012 Donna Andrews (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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"...warm, charming 14th Meg Langslow mystery..." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Hurrah! Meg Langslow finally in audio!

I've loved the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews since the beginning, but haven't been able to find most of them in audio. I'm glad to see this one is available, and hope that it means others will follow.

I always enjoy visiting with Meg and her (slightly zany) family and friends. Some Like it Hawk is a worthy addition to the series. Bernadette Dunne does a great job giving life to the characters, and makes it easy to keep track of who is speaking. This is just the thing to take my mind off what I'm doing while I'm at the gym working out!

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  • Debbie
  • BENTON CITY, WA, United States
  • 09-20-12

A Great Series

Would you consider the audio edition of Some Like it Hawk to be better than the print version?

There are a few books that I've found that are definitely better having read to me. The Discworld audiobooks are definitely better than reading the books. I wouldn't say these books are necessarily better than the print version, nor would I say they are worse. The reader is definitely up to the job; does wonderfully. Fortunately, since Audible has so few of this series, it's probably just as well that I like the paperbacks just fine!

What did you like best about this story?

I like the people. Each of them with their own quirks and foibles and none of them are utterly stupid. Generally, not even the back guys are utterly stupid.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe I've only heard her do other Donna Andrews books. The recording quality on this one seemed a little bit better than the earlier ones.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I love these books. I've tried to identify what it is that is so appealing, primarily to try and find another equally enjoyable series, and it has got to be the people. I am a sucker for books about women who are living lives that I wish were mine, but aren't so horribly perfect in every way that I simply want to strangle them. They have jobs that aren't just sitting behind a desk; they live someplace just a little bit more interesting than I do; their hobbies are interesting; their friends are interesting. It's a different life that I can escape to just for a little while.

I just hope that the author has a few more volumes in her.

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One of the funniest mysteries!

In <strong>Some Like It Hawk</strong> by Donna Andrews, the town of Caerphilly has been fighting since the conclusion of the previous book in the series, <em>The Real Macaw</em>, to keep its public buildings. The previous mayor took out a large mortgage in the name of the city, using city property as collateral, and then "allegedly" took off with the money. Now "the evil lender" has repossessed the courthouse, jail, and other buildings. So the citizens of Caerphilly are staging a big public event they call Caerphilly Days to help the effort to fight the evil lender. But their assistance isn't financial. Instead, they serve as a diversion to distract the evil lender. At the time of the sudden repossession, the city clerk, Phineas P. Throckmorton, barricaded himself in the basement of the courthouse. For the last year and a half, the man has been living in the basement, supplied by a tunnel from the Underground Railroad known initially to few, especially to the Pruitts, the corrupt family just kicked out of power. But the trap door, which they keep hidden by the bandstand, makes so much noise every time it is opened that they have to cover up the noise with loud entertainment and plan to replace it altogether during the loud July 4 celebration.

After finishing her blacksmith demonstration, arranged especially to make plenty of noise, Meg Langslow goes with the new Mayor Randall Schiffley and some people from the press to visit the courthouse ostensibly to negotiate with Throckmorton. But while they are in the courthouse near the barrier where Mr. Throxkmorton has locked himself in, they hear a gun shot, and the only person from the evil lender who seems at least a little bit human lies dead. And the evil lender wants to blame Mr. Throckmorton, pressing the police chief to arrest him. Thus, the group of citizens from Caerphilly must work hard to locate not just the murderer but also what the evil lender has been hiding in order to get away with theit tricks.

I have listened to <strong>Some Like It Hawk</strong> numerous times since I discovered the Meg Langslow series. But since I was finally able to listen to the previous book, <em>The Real Macaw</em>, which was only just released on audio, I got an extra appreciation for this book. This book takes an absurd situation and makes it seem realistic. The title refers to the company that the evil lender has hired to use a hawk to deal with what they call a pigeon infestation, but which really consists of Mr. Throckmorton's pet pigeons that used to fly in and out of the courthouse. It's a form of psychological warfare. The owner of the hawk actually likes to work with cadaver vultures, so his vulture, in a test for Meg's grandfather to prove it can find carrion, lands on the disgusting food booth run by a Pruitt.

The plot to this book is well-drawn. The details are humorous, with the setting and events both funny and unique. Drawn in the style that only Andrews can get away with, the plot takes ridiculous events and makes them believable and laugh-out-loud funny. I have listened to this book at least one, probably two, dozen times, and each time has been as funny as the first.

While the plot of <strong>Some Like It Hawk</strong> is well- drawn, it is the characters who especially make the book and others in the series particularly memorable. Meg serves as the straight woman to all the other unique characters. For example, her father, the semi- retired physician, loves nothing more than a mystery and a dead body to solve. He gets to do his work as medical examiner in this book because Dr. Smoot, who likes to dress as a vampire, is highly claustrophobic and is afraid to go to the basement to look at the body. Another character, octogenarian Caroline Wilner, gets Meg to burgle the Caerphilly Inn, using a dead drop to get the pass key to all the rooms.

I love the performance Bernadette Dunne does in the audio version of this book. She does a lot to help make the book even more believable and enjoyable. We feel the laughter in her voice as she performs this fun and humorous book. I thoroughly appreciate the work of Dunne, and even when I read the first three books in the series, which are not on audio, I heard the voices, inflections, and expressions of Dunne's voice.

If you have never read or listened to any of the Meg Langslow books, I'd recommend starting with another, since this one follows the ending of <em>The Real Macaw</em>. But even if you start with <strong>Some Like It Hawk</strong>, you will love this book. It is delightful, with a clever plot and creative, endearing characters. I give this book five stars!

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Recommended

A fun listening experience. The narrator is excellent and the story is, as always with Donna Andrews' books, fun, clever and absorbing.

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Missing stories

I loved this book. The resolution of the plot in Add to dictionary was wonderful.
However, the four missing stories between Cockatiels at Sever and this was very jarring.
Kids and Caerphillly in trouble out of nowhere was very jarring.
Please do the missing four books.

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Clever plot enhanced by Donna Andrews' typical humor.

An "evil lender" has taken control of the town and threats loom for the loss of Meg's home. The county clerk is barricaded in the basement of the court house. Only select members of the town know how he has been able to survive there for the past year. My enjoyment of the book was strongly dependent on the considerable skills of Bernadette Dunne.

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  • Norma
  • Glenmoore, PA, United States
  • 08-17-14

Really very disappointed

What would have made Some Like it Hawk better?

I thought it could be as good as her earlier books.

What could Donna Andrews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could go back to her earlier books with more of the zany characters

What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

Just annoying

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I'm hoping her next book is better

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  • M.K.
  • Woodstock, IL USA
  • 09-24-12

hated it!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I just did not like it at all-I am a big audio book listener.

Has Some Like it Hawk turned you off from other books in this genre?

No just this one was boring.

What aspect of Bernadette Dunne’s performance would you have changed?

all of it

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Some Like it Hawk?

I would not even try

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