Some Like it Hawk

A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 14
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Meg Langslow, Book 14
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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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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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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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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Favorite so far

My favorite of the series so far. I love how one book flows into the next, but it's not the same mystery recycled at all. This one kept me guessing and seems like we'll have some new characters for next time.

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the real hero is the guy who's been in hiding >yr!

situational-humor, verbal-humor, family-dynamics, friendship, cozy-mystery

The town of Caerphilly has been tossed out of its municipal buildings by The Evil Lender since the felonious former mayor did not make payment on loans which used the buildings as collateral and then absconded with the money. Almost all of the relevant offices and materials were relocated when the problem came to light over a year ago, but one citizen has camped out in an area of the basement which appears inaccessible and is guarding all of the documents stored there. There actually is a tunnel to the hidden area and it is kind of an open secret to the townsfolk who have been supplying foodstuffs and other necessities. But of course there are complications and a murder, so then the fun and the sleuthing begin in earnest! Loved it!
Bernadette Dunne is inspired as the narrator!

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Great!

Couldn't stop listening. In addition to the usual entertaining characters, this book is suspenful; great plot.

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Love This Series SOOoooOoo Much!!!!

Always on the edge of my seat!!! Can't wait to get the next one!!!! ;D

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Author Donna Andrews has manipulated us yet again

The rumors flying as we finished THE LAST MACAW are true. The now ex-mayor of Caerphilly, Virginia did mortgage the town buildings. Now, a year later, the bank who loaned the money, which has been absconded with by the ex-mayor, has taken possession of the buildings! The library moved into Meg and Michael’s house where they eventually want their own library. The police department moved into Meg’s father’s barn, which is a delight to him since he loves to “help” out. All the town buildings stand empty except one. Phineas Throckmorton, the county clerk, is squatting in the basement of the courthouse behind barricades and hasn’t moved since the takeover. The lender cannot figure out how he is continuing to live there with no access to bring him food or supplies. A private investigator is hanging about trying to find out what the secret is. Worst of all a private security company has guards posted all over the town.

The bank who owns the town’s buildings has a few employees on site, only a couple of whom are liked by the town. One of them approaches the barrier in the courthouse basement and is shot. Looks like the guards got itchy fingers, but why, when they are working for the same “evil lender” as the victim?

The people of Caerphilly are pitching in to earn funds for the town by hosting Caerphilly Days. Local craftspeople are giving demonstrations; the Baptist Choir and the Episcopal Choir are giving performances; and every civic, religious, or artistic group is helping. Meg has moved her entire blacksmithing business to the town square in order to give demonstrations. The twins seem happy to spend their days in the tent next door.

At times there is a cacophony of sound between trades people and loud music. The fair’s planners made it so the greatest noise occured at certain times ,,, to cover the horrendous squeak made by opening a trapdoor to a tunnel which leads to the courthouse basement. This is how the clerk has survived. Only certain townspeople know about this, and they work hard to keep it secret.

Meg and other town leaders are meeting daily and have begun wondering why the evil lender needs Throckmorton out of the courthouse now. What is the urgency? The only thing stored there are original documents. Coincidentally Meg’s cousin, the lawyer handling the battle against the lender, has been looking for some particular documents as well. What is so important?

Once they answer that question, everything makes sense. The revelation is ingenious, both obvious and hidden in plain sight. Author Donna Andrews has manipulated us yet again in this hilarious and offbeat mystery. I cannot believe it is easy to take a murder, a mystery, and intrigue, toss them together, and produce the entertaining story that Ms. Andrews does so well. While remaining just as chaotic and riotous as the previous entries in this series, I am seeing a slight shift in the writing toward more complexity that gives the book more depth. I think it shows growth in characters and author.

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Intriguing story

Fun characters, intriguing plot and wonderful story telling. Great book I highly recommend this to anyone.

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Love this Series!

Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow stories are great. Love the sense of humor. And Bernadette Dunne does a marvelous job making the stories come alive.