So far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones — each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town’s drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.
1st in the Meg Langslow Mystery series
Author: Donna Andrews
ISBN: 0-312-93956-6 (St. Martin’s)
Finished 30 June 2007
Who: Meg Langslow
I was first introduced to this author when her fifth book, We’ll Always Have Parrots was recommended to me by Amazon.com – based on previous purchases. I normally don’t like to start a series in the middle, but the it sounded funny so I read it. The book, which takes place at a fan convention for an fictional television series, was hilarious. I immediately bought up the first four books.
Meg’s family is eccentric all right. Her mother seems to be related, somehow, to nearly everybody. Amazingly, they all seem to get along. As if all those eccentric habits keeps them in a good-natured state. Even when her parents divorced, it was amiable.
The murder and the mystery takes a back seat to the larger story of Meg trying to juggle three brides and their assorted to-do lists. Funny thing to admit about a mystery novel, but I didn’t mind that much. I loved Meg and her kinfolk.