Swan for the Money: A Meg Langslow Mystery

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Macmillan, Jul 21, 2009 - Fiction - 306 pages
25 Reviews

The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed mystery series readers have come to love.

 

Meg Langslow’s eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. Dad’s gardening skill and Mother’s gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable team---and Meg is relieved they’ve taken up such a safe, gentle hobby. She even volunteers to help when the Caerphilly Garden Club sponsors its first annual rose show. But after a few hours of dealing with her parents’ competitors, Meg is worried. Rose growers are so eccentric that they make Meg’s family seem almost normal, and so competitive that they will do nearly anything to take home the show’s grand prize---making them prime suspects when Meg discovers that someone is attempting to kill the wealthy woman on whose estate the competition is being held. Of course, the intended victim had other enemies---her treatment of her farm animals had aroused the interest of several animal welfare activists, including Meg’s zoologist grandfather. Meg tries to leave the detecting to the local police and focus on protecting her parents’ chances to win the coveted Black Swan trophy, but she soon finds herself compelled to solve the crime before any more rose growers die.

 

It’s Swan for the Money, two for the show, three to get ready... now go, Meg, go!

 

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User Review  - Carolee888 - LibraryThing

I loved Donna Andrews’ Swan for the Money! I could easily picture it as a comedy mystery movie. This time, Meg Laslow’s parents were not as bizarre as usual. They had adopted a new hobby, growing and ... Read full review

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User Review  - JanetArmentani - LibraryThing

Another great Meg Langslow book! Killer Black Swans, Feinting goats, and murder rolled in to one! Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
8
Chapter 3
18
Chapter 4
25
Chapter 5
32
Chapter 6
40
Chapter 7
52
Chapter 8
59
Chapter 23
161
Chapter 24
166
Chapter 25
174
Chapter 26
178
Chapter 27
187
Chapter 28
193
Chapter 29
198
Chapter 30
205

Chapter 9
64
Chapter 10
72
Chapter 11
81
Chapter 12
92
Chapter 13
100
Chapter 14
104
Chapter 15
111
Chapter 16
119
Chapter 17
125
Chapter 18
133
Chapter 19
139
Chapter 20
144
Chapter 21
150
Chapter 22
155
Chapter 31
211
Chapter 32
217
Chapter 33
223
Chapter 34
229
Chapter 35
234
Chapter 36
243
Chapter 37
251
Chapter 38
259
Chapter 39
265
Chapter 40
273
Chapter 41
285
Chapter 42
293
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About the author (2009)

Donna Andrews is the author of the Meg Langslow mysteries, including Stork Raving Mad and Murder with Peacocks. She has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry awards, a Romantic Times award for best first novel, and two Lefty and two Toby Bromberg Awards for funniest mystery. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She lives in Reston, Virginia.

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