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It's time for more outrageous and feathered fun in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud Meg Langslow series.

When her old friend Karen drops by with two-year-old son Timmy, Meg Langslow reluctantly agrees to babysit "just for a little while." But when nightfall comes, the toddler is still in residence and Karen isn't answering any phone calls. Meg decides she must find out what's happening, so the next morning, with Timmy in tow, she retraces her friend's footsteps---and begins to suspect that Karen's disappearance is tied to at least one serious crime. Has Karen been killed or kidnapped? Is she on the run from the bad guys? Or is she one of the bad guys? The police don't seem to care, so Meg once again plays sleuth---this time with a toddler as her sidekick.

As usual, Meg's extended family adds to the complications in her life. What covert animal welfare project are Dad and the curmudgeonly zoologist Dr. Montgomery Blake working on---and will Meg have to make another late-night trip to bail them out of jail? Why does Meg's brother keep disappearing---is he merely trying to avoid babysitting, or is he involved in something more mysterious? Will taking care of Timmy dampen newly married Meg and Michael's enthusiasm for starting a family of their own? And are any of Meg's relatives reliable enough to be trusted with a two-year-old---especially a two-year-old whose whereabouts might be of interest to some very dangerous people?

Donna Andrews once again proves her skill as one of the funniest, most entertaining mystery authors around.


Cockatiels at Seven
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4.4 / 5
A quirky & mysterious Meg Langslow book!
April 7th, 2015
The 9th book in the Meg Langslow series finds Meg babysitting a friend's toddler. When the friend does not return as expected, Meg tries to solve the disappearance. Is there more to the disappearance than meets the eye? Will babysitting help or hinder in any decision of Meg & her husband Michael to start a family? Of course, Meg's zany family is ever present in the story but, in this book it is mainly the immediate family involved and not the whole eclectic crowd. Although there was an undercurrent of humour in the story, I did not find it contained as many laugh out loud moments as in some of the books. The scenes with the toddler were funny & it is obvious that the author understands both the joys & trials of childcare. Although the humour was understated, the mystery in the book was a bit more involved than in previous ones in the series & I appreciated the conclusion.
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October 6th, 2013
I always enjoy her books- a dash of mystery, lots of comedy, and the usual chaos barely contained by the "notebook that tells her when to breathe".
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