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The cast of Donna Andrews’ New York Times best-selling Meg Langslow mystery series is back for an unforgettable holiday story in The Twelve Jays of Christmas.

Meg's brother Rob and his fiancé Delaney have been engaged for some time now. In fear of their mothers’ propensity for over-the-top celebrations, they decide to throw a party just before Christmas and then elope.

When a blizzard traps their guests inside, the two mothers find out about the planned elopement and start trying to pull together the kind of over-the-top event the couple was trying to avoid in the first place.

To make matters worse, a murder is afoot. Will Meg manage to help the snowbound would-be eloping couple thwart their mothers' grandiose wedding plans and solve a murder among the assembled friends and relatives?  

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

©2021 Donna Andrews (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Cozy mystery

As always, the Donna Andrews Christmas mystery delivers. Although the mystery is predictable, the warm fizzles did not disappoint. All the characters are familiar and lovable. What always brings a year to my eye is the continuing good will displayed by the Carfilly community. Enjoy this feel good mystery

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Nicely twisty

The beginning was slower than most. However it picks up well in the middle and finishes strongly. Follows the rest of the series with a great color.

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A bit disappointing

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, with the bits of animal lore and the quirky town, but the mystery was telegraphed from the start. Nevertheless, I look forward to the next installment!

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Another Christmas in Caerphilly!

Sometimes characters and plots in long and successful mystery series can become formulaic. Not so the case in The Twelve Jays of Christmas, number 30 in the Meg Langslow series. This delightful entry finds Meg nursing a sprained ankle, coping with a houseful of relatives, and without husband Michael and their twin boys. Meg's booted ankle keeps her from joining the family on a long planned ski trip so she ends up coping with an an eccentric (read rude and obnoxious) artist, his browbeaten assistant, annoying trespassers not to mention pair of wombats in the basement and escaped jays endangering the Christmas decorations. Of course murder ensues and there is no dearth of suspects with reason to detest the victim. A neatly woven sub plot concerns Meg's brother and his new fiancee who are trying to avoid the grandiose wedding plans of Meg's formidable mother. The narration is excellent and it does not have to be the Christmas season to enjoy this book.

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A Christmas Treat!

I try to wait. I do. But the joy of reading about Caerphilly beacons! The characters come to life and inhabit my mind, as I recall the colorful family stories I grew up with. In enjoying this story, it brings my memories closer. Brava!

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Another Excellent Meg Langslow Mystery

I have listened to every one of the Meg Langslow Mysteries that has been recorded as an audio book (sadly not all 30 books are). This year I have been rationing them out, so I still had more to look forward to, but I have inevitably now worked my way through all of them, because I love them so much.
This latest installment was every bit as enjoyable as all of the others, and happily acknowledges some of the things I have always wondered about in the other books - in particular that Debbie-Ann the Despatcher is NEVER off duty! :-)
I loved this latest book every bit as much as all of the others. My only sadness is that now I will have to wait 8 months before I can listen to the next new one!