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NO NEST FOR THE WICKET is the 7th Meg Langslow book. This time, Meg has been persuaded to participate in a game of eXtreme croquet, a game of skill, endurance, and fortitude. But when her ball is knocked down a small cliff and Meg tries to locate it, she discovers a dead body. A body made recently dead, and quite possibly by a croquet mallet. Since Meg had been persuaded to not just play, but to host the games and the eXtreme croquet teams at her farmhouse in the country, all the suspects are conveniently located for the police investigation. Or for another murder.
Of course, murder is not the only event happening at Meg and Michael’s farmhouse. The house is swarming with repairmen and relatives who are helping out/getting in the way. Meg and Michael are still trying to clean out the belongings left by the house’s previous owner and are and Meg’s ghoulish father is on hand pursuing his new obsession – ducks. And then there are the Morris dancers, real estate developers, the sheep rustlers, and Spike the ferocious dog who tries to eat any and everyone who comes near him…
As usual, Andrews has given us a delightful turn through Caerphilly and Meg’s odd family and acquaintances. It is, perhaps, pissy of me to say so, but I wanted a little more. If you haven’t read Andrew’s other Langslow books, you will find this one delightful. But I found this one to have a little less of the “odd” factor that makes her books so humorous.
Favorite character? Meg’s father is always fun, but Meg is so long-suffering that she is probably my favorite in this book. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? Absolutely. Andrews can be counted upon to write books that are intelligent, well-written, and funny and THE PENGUIN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is up next.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com ©2007