Donna Andrews Books

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Donna Andrew is a mystery fiction writer who was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia, the setting for her Meg Langslow series. She studied drama and English at the University of Virginia, and currently works and lives in Reston, Virginia. Donna is also a self-confessed geek who rarely finds time away from her computer unless she is tending to her garden.

Order of Meg Langslow Series

1Murder With Peacocks 1999Description / Buy
2Murder With Puffins 2000Description / Buy
3Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos 2001Description / Buy
4Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon 2002Description / Buy
5We'll Always Have Parrots 2003Description / Buy
6Owls Well That Ends Well 2005Description / Buy
7No Nest for the Wicket 2006Description / Buy
8The Penguin Who Knew Too Much 2007Description / Buy
9Cockatiels at Seven 2008Description / Buy
10Six Geese A-Slaying 2008Description / Buy
11Swan for the Money 2009Description / Buy
12Stork Raving Mad 2010Description / Buy
13The Real Macaw 2011Description / Buy
14Some Like it Hawk 2012Description / Buy
15Hen of the Baskervilles 2013Description / Buy
16Duck the Halls 2013Description / Buy
17The Good, the Bad, and the Emus 2014Description / Buy
18The Nightingale Before Christmas 2014Description / Buy
19Lord of the Wings 2015Description / Buy
20Die Like an Eagle 2016Description / Buy
21Gone Gull 2017Description / Buy
22How the Finch Stole Christmas! 2017Description / Buy
23Toucan Keep a Secret 2018Description / Buy
24Lark! the Herald Angels Sing 2018Description / Buy
25Terns of Endearment 2019Description / Buy
26Owl Be Home for Christmas 2019Description / Buy
27The Falcon Always Wings Twice 2020Description / Buy
28The Gift of the Magpie 2020Description / Buy
29Murder Most Fowl 2021Description / Buy
30The Twelve Jays of Christmas 2021Description / Buy

Order of Turing Hopper Series

1You've Got Murder 2002Description / Buy
2Click Here For Murder 2003Description / Buy
3Access Denied 2004Description / Buy
4Delete All Suspects 2005Description / Buy

Order of Chesapeake Crimes Series with Barb Goffman, Marcia Talley, Shari Randall

1Chesapeake Crimes 2004Description / Buy
2Chesapeake Crimes II ( With:) 2006Description / Buy
3Chesapeake Crimes 3 ( With: Marcia Talley) 2008Description / Buy
4Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin' ( With: Barb Goffman, Marcia Talley) 2010Description / Buy
5Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder! ( With: Barb Goffman, Marcia Talley) 2012Description / Buy
6Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays ( With: Barb Goffman, Marcia Talley) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Series

1A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 1 2017Description / Buy
2A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 2 2017Description / Buy
3A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 3 2017Description / Buy
4A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 4 2018Description / Buy
5A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 5 2018Description / Buy
6A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 6 2019Description / Buy
7A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 7 2019Description / Buy
8A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 8 (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
9A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 9 2020Description / Buy
10A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 10 2020Description / Buy
11A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 11 2021Description / Buy
12A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 12 2021Description / Buy

Donna Andrews Anthologies

1 The Mysterious North2002Description / Buy
2 Powers of Detection2004Description / Buy
3 Homicidal Holidays2014Description / Buy
4 Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning2016Description / Buy
5 Silent Night, Deadly Night2016Description / Buy
6 The Beat of Black Wings2020Description / Buy
7 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 92020Description / Buy
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Her debut book in the Meg Langslow series – Murder with Peacocks – was published in 1999. The book was highly successful, and won several awards. Since then, she has written a total of 20 books in the series. Donna Andrew has also written The Turing Hopper series, which has a total of four books, including You’ve Got Murder (2002) and Click Here for Murder (2003). In addition, the author has written several short stories between 2004 and 2012. This includes, “A Rat’s Tale” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (2007) and “The Plan” in Chesapeake Crimes 4: They Had It Comin’ (2010).


Donna Andrews’ fiction work has received several industry awards throughout the years. Here are some of the notable awards and nominations:

Murder With Peacocks: This debut book in The Meg Langslow series was published in 1999. It won the St. Martins Press Best First Traditional Mystery Contest in 1998, Agatha Award for Best First Novel in 1999, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel in 1999, Anthony Award for Best First Novel in 2000, Barry Award for Best First Novel in 2000, Lefty Award for The Funniest Mystery of 1999 in 2000 and was also a Finalist for the Dilys Award in 2000.

Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos: This is the third book in The Meg Langslow series. It was nominated in 2009 for the Lefty Award.

You’ve Got Murder: This is the first novel in Turing Hopper series. It won Agatha Awrad in 2002 for Best Novel. It was also a finalist for the Dilys Award in 2003.

Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon: This is the fourth book in The Meg Langslow series. In 2003, it received the Agatha Award nomination for The Best Novel. In the same year, it won the Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery. In 2004, it was nominated for both the Lefty Award as well as the Dilys Award.

We’ll Always Have Parrots: This is the fifth book in The Meg Langslow series. It was nominated for Agatha Award for Best Novel in 2004. In 2005, it won the Lefty Award.


Here are 2 of Donna Andrews’ best books in The Meg Langslow series:

Murder With Peacocks (1999): The novel is set in Yorktown, Virginia and the main character is Meg Langslow, who is an outstanding amateur sleuth and very successful decorative blacksmith. In her small hometown, Meg is the maid of honor at the nuptials of 3 of her loved ones – her best friend, her brother’s fiancé and her mother. All of these people have dumped all the planning in Meg’s capable hands, which makes her apprehensive, but she is determined to do her best. One bride would like to have live peacocks on her lawn, while another wants a native American herbal purification ceremony included as part of her wedding. Amid the hostility from neighbors and lack of cooperation from relatives, the only person who keeps Meg afloat is from the gorgeous hunk in town, who to her disappointment is rumored to be gay.

Due to the strained hospitality in the town, an offensive and unpleasant newcomer disappears and is later found murdered under suspicious circumstances after she hinted that some guests have skeletons in their closets. What follows after her death is a series of fatal accidents, which leaves everyone afraid. Now apart from planning for the three weddings, Meg has one more thing on her long to do list – to catch the killer before she becomes the next victim.

Murder With Puffins (2000): This is the second book in The Meg Langslow series. In order to escape from her family, Meg Langslow together with her boyfriend goes to a small island off the coast of Maine. However, what should have been a romantic getaway soon becomes a disaster.

When they arrive there, they’re marooned by a hurricane, but this is just the beginning of their numerous problems. When the couple arrives at the house, they find Meg’s parents and siblings, along with their spouses waiting for them. When a murder takes place, Meg’s father becomes the main suspect. She soon realizes that she cannot cozy up with her boyfriend they way she wants to. She must first do every within her power to clear her father’s name.

When Does The Next Donna Andrews book come out?

Donna Andrews doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Twelve Jays of Christmas and was released on October, 12th 2021. It is the newest book in the Meg Langslow Series.

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