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Hold on to your hats, everybody! Donna Andrews is taking us on another ride into the wonderful world of Meg Langslow, a world filled with laughter as well as the knotty problems Meg always seems to encounter and---somehow---solve.
Okay, maybe there are people in Antarctica with penguins in their basements, but in Virginia? Only Meg's dad could manage that one. A body down there---well, that's somewhat more likely.

It turns out that explaining the penguins' presence is easy---Meg's dad volunteered to take care of the birds until the future of the bankrupt local zoo could be determined. But identifying the body in the basement proves a harder task---could it be, as Meg fears, that of the vanished zoo owner?

In the small southern town of Caerphilly, rumors fly quickly, and all the other well-meaning citizens who have agreed to take in zoo animals are now worried that they might be stuck with their guests indefinitely. So when Meg's dad generously offers to help out anyone who can no longer care for their four-legged charges, a parade of wild creatures begins to make Meg and Michael's newly renovated house look more like Noah's ark.

Meg and Michael have been planning to elope in order to avoid the elaborate wedding their mothers have begun to organize---a plan that's threatened by both the murder investigation and the carnival of animals. The only way to set things right, Meg decides, is to identify both their uninvited visitor and the killer who put him in their basement.

The award-winning Donna Andrews has demonstrated her immense talent by creating and nurturing a series that continues to delight and surprise with each new book.

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    A suspenseful & hilarious Meg Langslow mystery!

    Sometimes hilarious, sometimes suspenseful, this, the 8th Book in the Meg Langslow series, is a wonderful read! Meg's home is overrun, not only with her eccentric family, but also, literally, with a zoo full of animals. When the local zoo is temporarily closed & the closure is longer than expected, Meg's father tries to help the disgruntled foster families of the zoo animals by offering Meg's land as temporary housing. Penguins, llamas, hyenas & lemurs are just a few of the species that Meg & her fiancé are expected to house. Meg's family has amassed in numbers to help Meg & Michael move in to their recently renovated Victorian home & to attend a large party to celebrate Memorial Day. Of course, with Meg nothing goes as expected. When Meg's father discovers a deceased in the basement of the home when digging a hole for the Penguins, all possibility of normal goes out the window. This book was a great balance of fun & mystery! I love how Donna Andrews has developed the characters in this series & I always look forward to reading more about their eccentricities.


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