By Donna Andrews
Negative Meg Langslow. She's blessed in such a lot of methods. Michael, her boyfriend, is a good-looking, pleasant heartthrob who adores her. She's a winning blacksmith, identified for her inventive wrought-iron creations. yet someway Meg's highway to contentment is extra rutted and full of potholes than turns out reasonable. There are Michael's and Meg's doting yet hard moms, for a begin. after which there is the fruitless hunt for a spot large enough for the couple to reside jointly. And a succession of crises caused by the well-meaning yet completely wacky calls for of her family and friends. calls for that Meg has a troublesome time refusing---which is why she's tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, the place her brother's laptop video games are created, and dealing with all of the place of work administration difficulties that not anyone else bothers with. For companionship, along with a group of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing---who she needs to feed frozen mice thawed within the workplace microwave---and Michael's mother's nightmare puppy. let alone the psychotherapists who refuse to renounce their hire on 1/2 the place of work house, and whose conflicting treatments reason carrying on with dissension. this isn't what Meg had in brain whilst she agreed to aid her brother circulate his employees to new offices.In truth, the ambience is so constantly loony that the place of work mail cart makes a number of passes throughout the reception room, with the place of work functional joker mendacity on best of it pretending to be lifeless, earlier than Meg realizes that he is develop into the sufferer of somebody who wasn't joking in any respect. he is been murdered for genuine. Donna Andrews's debut booklet, homicide with Peacocks, gained the St. Martin's Malice household most sensible first novel contest and reaped a harvest of different honors to boot. this can be the fourth e-book within the Meg Langslow sequence, which beneficial properties the intrepid Meg and her forged of oddball kinfolk. Their capers are a lighthearted pleasure to learn.
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I made a mental note to avoid having dinner with Dad. Let him spoil someone else's appetite with all the grisly forensic details. The chief was still quizzing me about the therapists' patients when the young technician stepped out into the hall. „Chief,“ he said. „What do you make of this? “ I recognized the lethal little circle of metal he was holding up on one latex-gloved hand. It was a shuriken. “ the chief asked. „A shuriken“ I repeated, and spelled it out this time. The technician was opening up a baggie in which to store his find.
I gave him the Cliff's Notes edition of what had happened, as I watched the chief and Liz talking – with the uniformed officer scribbling notes at the chief's elbow. Apparently, Liz was telling what she'd seen during the day. I saw her pointing up to her perch in the library, gesturing as if describing the mail cart. Then she made a face and1 stuck out her tongue at the chief. Since he only nodded calmly, I deduced she was describing something Ted had done while riding around on the cart, not actually opening hostilities with the local authorities.
In the time I'd been around, we'd had one every day, Saturday and Sunday included. So while I could understand the programmers' eagerness to keep on with their work, I realized that someone might have to break the news to them that this afternoon's build would probably be canceled, and if they didn't stop arguing with the increasingly redfaced young police officers, they'd probably miss tomorrow afternoon's build, too, unless the chief allowed them to telecommute from the county jail. Beneath the shrill protests of the enthusiastic youngsters, I could also hear the deceptively calm, reasonable voices of some of the older programmers.
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews