by Donna Andrews
Series: Meg Langslow #7
Publication Date: August 8, 2006
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
I read this when it first came out back in 2008-ish, and my first review can be found here.
I love Donna Andrews, but for some reason haven’t re-read the non-Christmas ones in ages, if ever. It was a little bit strange going back this far, as Meg and Michael aren’t married yet, the twins are not yet a glint in their eye, and Meg’s family has yet to transition from Yorktown to Caerphilly. But the eXtreme croquet tournament that is at the heart of this mystery is hilarious – extra wickets for hitting the balls between the legs of the cows and the sheep! and the Morris Men Dancer team is certainly an interesting twist.
I’m going to say that the plot is not the primary reason to read this book. If you’re a follower of the series, the characters and the side plots are enough to keep the book entertaining. While the mystery itself was decent, Andrews gave an abundance of clues to the reader and then sprung an unexpected murderer on Meg and the rest of us. Not strictly fair play.
I read this for Halloween Bingo – for a square I dreaded: Lethal Games until Themis-Athena reminded me of the Meg Langslow series’ multiple games-focused plots. Thanks TA for making this square a lot less stressful. 🙂