The Nightingale Before Christmas
As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house—each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the... show more
As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house—each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake. Then the rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead—making Mother a prime suspect. Can Meg catch the real killer in time to save Mother the indignity of arrest?
The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed series that mystery readers have come to love. Cozies make excellent stocking-stuffers, and The Nightingale Before Christmas is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into the holidays for the legions of fans hungry for another Christmas book featuring Meg Langslow. Donna has won many awards for this very popular series, and continues to come up with new hilarious adventures for her endearing heroine. The novel is full of superb screwball comedy as well as Donna’s trademark crisp plotting, not to mention bushels of holiday cheer--it wouldn't be the most wonderful time of the year without it.
Publish date: 10-2014
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Series: Meg Langslow (#18)
Task the First: – Read a book that is set in a snowy place. Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales Thomas's lyrical memoirs of his childhood Christmas experience, read by himself ... truly magical. One of the books (or CDs) that I revisit every single holiday season. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
Book Reaction (not a full review)Another enjoyable little jaunt into Meg Lanslow's Caerphilly, and as entertaining as always. My complaints against the cozy formula still stand-- I was able to identify the villain right after the crime, and then had to wait for the rest of the book to catch up-- but...
An excellent story, with a nice little twist at the end. Donna Andrews knows how to write a cozy Christmas mystery that isn't merely set at Christmas time: it actually has Christmas spirit. So amidst the vandalism, the fights, and the dead body, there's also cooperation, family, Christmas trees, ...