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The Good, the Bad, and the Emus: A Meg Langslow Mystery [Format Kindle]

Donna Andrews

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Life will never be the same for Meg Langslow after family secrets are revealed, introducing a whole new layer of intrigue in Donna Andrews's beloved series.

Meg's long-lost paternal grandfather, Dr. Blake, has hired Stanley Denton to find her grandmother Cordelia. Dr. Blake was reunited with his family when he saw Meg's picture—she's a dead ringer for Cordelia—and now Stanley has found a trail to his long-lost love in a small town less than an hour's drive away. He convinces Meg to come with him to meet her, but unfortunately, the woman they meet is Cordelia's cousin—Cordelia died several years ago, and the cousin suspects she was murdered by her long-time neighbor.
Stanley and Meg agree to help track down the killer and get justice for Cordelia. Grandfather even has perfect cover--he will come to stage a rescue of the feral emus and ostriches (escaped from an abandoned farm) that infest this town. He dashes off to organize the rescue—which will, of course, involve most of Meg's family and friends in Caerphilly. But then, the evil neighbor is murdered, and not only Cordelia's cousin but also the entire contingent of emu-rescuers, who have had conflict with the neighbor, are suspects. Only Meg and the cousin—who seems to share a lot of telling traits with Meg—can find the real killer and clear the air in The Good, the Bad, and the Emus, the newest beverage-spittingly funny installment in this uproarious series from the one-and-only Donna Andrews.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 321 pages
  • Editeur : Minotaur Books; Édition : Reprint (8 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Comfy return 14 juillet 2014
Par Greyhaunt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I've always loved this series, but I have to confess that with the last few books I've found myself rather missing some of that which originally drew me to it. Where is cousin Horace and his gorilla suit? Surely he hasn't discarded his furry ways. Why does Michael seem relegated to just someone who keeps the kids out of the way while Meg investigates things? Even Spike, the terrible one, seems rather downplayed this time out. And Meg's blacksmithing - such an incredibly unique profession for a cozy mystery detective - seems to have been referred to in the last several offerings as something she hopes to do more, yet never seems to. I'd really like to see that come back to some prominence in one of the books.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and devoured it in one evening as I have every book in the series, but I rather miss some of the "old friends" and fear that the introduction of new ones will just push them further away.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sometimes Less Is More 10 août 2014
Par Zoeeagleeye - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've never been impressed with authors who physically beat up their heroines. They usually do it for one of two reasons. Either they want to "prove" that their "girl" is "tough." or at least as tough as any man, or they are looking for the sympathy vote as they make their heroine a victim. For an author who strives to give her heroine as much smarts, strength and opportunities as any male, Donna Andrews has fallen far short of her goals in this book. As for the victim thing, she is outrageously out of date and out of style for the times. Meg Langslow spends the entire book hurt and getting further hurt and the last 30 pages were ruined for me as she does one stupid, inept, duh thing after another.

In "The Good, the Bad, and the Emus" Andrews proves once again that she doesn't handle action scenes very smoothly. It's as if she simply cannot imagine the action she is writing about. She takes a competent, strong, smart, imaginative woman and turns her into a total dunce in the last 30 pages.

I've read all of Andrews books. They are deliciously unique with memorable characters, lots of fun and plenty of excitement. But when it comes to action they each hold too many characters who fall apart or stand by idly. Michael is one of the most underwritten characters of all -- a temptingly sexy, viral, interesting man who spends all his time standing about or taking care of the kids. Meg talks more to aging P.I. Stanley than she does to her own husband. What is the point of Rose Noire? A rather fascinating character, she is used only to mention a fact or two, or to spell Meg from mother duties. Dad is a little boy who is always running to and from a scene of trauma. Rob seems to have no sense and so does senseless things or nothing at all. The only truly active character in the book is Spike the Dog, and he can be quite irritating. This book even has a do-nothing chief of police for the most part.

So, the last 30 pages. Would any sensible 90-year old woman head butt a Valkyrie? Not on your life? Read it and weep in this book. Would a 90-year old woman jump vigorously up and down on a metal cellar door? Nope. Andrews talks about "brittle bones," but apparently in a failure of imagination, she cannot visualize what that means. But Meg is so passive that even a 90-year old shows her up. She comes to on the floor, the killer leaves and what does she do? Try to get up? No. Crawl away? No. She chats with the woman beside her unraveling some of the mystery. Not the time! But wait, it gets even more laughable. There they are, Meg and the old woman, outside in the still night air with perhaps a hundred people close by who could help them. As they both get away temporarily from the killer they both worry about how to raise the alarm. Hello? Have neither of you vocal cords? A sudden scream would raise all hell at that time of night and be heard for miles, let alone just a 100 feet away! And don't tell me the emus knocked down the emu-proof fence, yet again! But of course they did, for we need to have yet another way to batter Meg. The dogs attack the killer who never thinks of shooting them? No, because for the sake of a laugh, if not common sense, we must be given a picture of a large dog sitting on the killer -- something it has done before in another book. Proving once again that Andrews can visualize doing nothing much better than doing something.

Andrews also is timid about emotions. Meg suffers through a whole host of them -- and rightly so -- but alas, no release for her or for us as she keeps them hidden inside. We do not see a crucial reunion -- the two go inside the house and shut the door. Again, no emotional release or full-circle moment. Mother shows up, an incidental character who is the high-hand who shuts off the two who are reconciling in private in a very clumsy way. But the biggest reunion falls flat. Grandfather, always a man of many words and damn the consequences comes face to face with a hugely important person from his past and all he can do is dither and squeak, "Morning," "Er . . . likewise," "Um, yes," his entire catalogue of emotional outpouring.

And, finally, not to be mean, I love kids, but I do not love Meg's kids. Andrews writes the boys as just another pained trial for Meg, who dips in and out of their lives just as they are either entering or leaving some horrible mischief. They have no manners and act like barbarians. They are always disagreeable and always seem to be competitive with each other in a 'boys will be boys' stereotype as odious as the 'female as victim' stereotype. Josh, upon seeing his mother (did Andrews forget what Meg looks like at this point in the plot?) filthy, bruised and bandaged, has his first words be that Daddy has brought you a doggie bag, can I have your bacon. Really? Can we make these boys a little more human?

Even though for me the last 30 pages were a bust, and the emus were explained and detailed far too much, still the book had a very good plot and I would lend it to someone to read, if asked, and smile while doing it.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Growing up and Getting Real 12 août 2014
Par Mother Raphaela - Publié sur Amazon.com
The characters and situations in this series continue to develop: Meg Langslow is maturing from the hysterically funny and therefore slightly hysterical young woman of "Murder with Peacocks" who was fearful of commitment and living as far from her family as possible to being now (a number of years later) the mother of growing twin boys who better understands and appreciates the dynamics of family and parenthood.

Andrew's plots have always been well crafted. They are becoming more serious now, literally bringing Meg's family together, with the serious healing that brings to her ever-less-dysfunctional family, As a result, Andrews is settling down to more realistic, less manic plots. Don't get me wrong -- I enjoyed the "laugh a minute" style of the first books in the series, because that's who Meg was at the time, but all of the characters are gradually maturing, perhaps I would even say becoming more believable, and for that reason, what happens to them has also become much more important. We won't mind when Meg's hand gets better and we hear more about her iron-crafting, but this is the book that tells the story of her grandmother's joining the family, and at the same time, the ending seems to be paving the way for showcasing the entire family's creativity. Michael and the boys could not realistically have been center stage in this book: Grandmother Cordelia was a woman seriously frightened for her life, acting the part of an elderly recluse who could not have handled boisterous 4-year-old twins boys.

If you take a book like this seriously enough to read it more than once, you realize how much the author has put into it. Andrews is doing a great job juggling an enormous family and cast of characters. She doesn't focus on every person the same way in every book, and that keeps us looking for what will happen next, seeing that she eventually catches up with everyone.

I look forward to getting to know grandmother Cordelia better. Michael might well have more focus soon, too -- we're left with that bit of a cliff-hanger: Meg and her grandmother are kindred spirits, and it seems logical that Michael will be drawn to this newly-discovered relation just as he's dawn to his wife. I confess I don't see how the boys can be center stage with that yet, but Andrews is good at bridging the age gap, and I'm not just saying it -- I really am looking forward to seeing what she does with the next book!
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best Yet 9 juillet 2014
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you've been reading the Meg Langslow series, you know about the surprises in her family tree. This book offers even more surprises, along with an intriguing mystery and an emu roundup. The scenery is different as well, with most of the action taking place in the foothills of the mountains. Fun characters, a joust with motorbikes and horses, and unlikely animal heroes make this a delightful read.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 More family history than mystery 12 juillet 2014
Par Cassie Alexander - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed this book but found the mystery part of the book not as well done as Ms Andrews usually does. This book is more about looking for Meg's long lost grandmother. Her father's biological mother. That part of the story is great but still not up to her usual standards. Even though this book wasn't as good as some of her others, anybody who has followed Donna Andrews' books will treasure this book simply because of the family history. I didn't find the book a tear jerker but some might.

It all starts with Dr Blake deciding to hire Stanley Dunton, a PI who we first meet in SOME LIKE IT HAWK, to look for Dr Blake's long lost love Cordelia. Fortunately, the story starts after Dunton has found Cordelia. That's the good news, the bad news is Cordelia is dead and her cousin, Annabelle, believes she was murdered.

All of the familiar characters are in this book, but this book dwells more on the relationship between Meg and Annabelle. Annabelle, Cordelia's and Meg's cousin, is holding her memories of Cordelia hostage until either Meg or Dunton can convince the Chief of Riverton that Cordelia was murdered. The way Ms Andrews can weave all the different stories that are going on in one of her books has always been a joy to read.
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