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    Review of COCKATIELS AT SEVEN by Donna Andrews (see her website)


    St. Martins Minotaur, July 2008

    Meg Langslow is finally getting down to some serious blacksmithing when an old friend Karen, appears, tells her she needs help watching 2-year-old Timmy, and vanishes.

    A couple of hours later, when Karen doesn't answer her cell, can't be found, and definitely doesn't return, Meg starts to get a very uncomfortable feeling. Has something happened to Karen? Or could her old friend--a friend she hasn't seen in a couple of years--have simply decided parenting was too tough for her?

    With her ditzy brother offering only a little help, her husband intent on using Timmy as an excuse for getting started on personal baby-making business, and her father and grandfather involved in some weird project involving animal welfare, Meg feels on her own. As she tries to track Karen down, though, she discovers her friend just might have been caught up in an embezzlement scandle. Surely, though, Karen didn't murder the body Meg finds when she continues to look into what could have happened to Timmy's mother.

    Author Donna Andrews (see more reviews of mysteries by Andrews) delivers another charming mystery complete with all of the weird characters who make up Meg's family, unsavory University politics, birds (there are always birds), and Meg's own insecurities and fears. Although each of the Meg Langslow mysteries can be read independently, it's fascinating to see how Andrews continues the development of the characters (especially Meg), and their relationships.

    If you're looking for a beach read, or just need to be taken away for a couple of hours, it's hard to go wrong with the Meg Langslow Mysteries and COCKATIELS AT SEVEN is a welcome addition.

    Three Stars

    Reviewed 2/26/09

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