Sunday, December 2, 2007

THE PENGUIN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
Penguins in the basement! A body in the basement! What a way to start out a mystery novel! Donna Andrews had my attention from the first sentence. I couldn't wait to find out more. And there is more, lots more. This delightful book is well-written and full of fun. I really enjoyed reading it. It's my first Meg Lanslow mystery, but it certainly won't be my last!

Meg and her fiance' Michael are renovating a lovely old home when the body of the owner of the local zoo is found dead in the basement. The zoo had been on the verge of going broke and the animals had been "farmed out" for temporary care to various members of the community. When word of the death of the zoo owner gets out, animals are "dumped" at the doorstep of Michael and Meg, thanks to Meg's father offering to take in any that had become too much trouble. Facts about a canned hunting ring have local hunters and animal activists up in arms and the zoo owner is suspected of being involved. This is a rollicking read and you will enjoy it.

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