Meg Langslow Books

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Meg Langslow is the chief protagonist in the Meg Langslow series of novels by American detective mystery author, Donna Andrews. Meg Langslow was first introduced to readers in the first novel in the series, the 1999 published title, Murder with Peacocks.

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Order of Meg Langslow Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Murder With Peacocks ( By: Donna Andrews) 1999 Description / Buy
2 Murder With Puffins ( By: Donna Andrews) 2000 Description / Buy
3 Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos ( By: Donna Andrews) 2001 Description / Buy
4 Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon ( By: Donna Andrews) 2002 Description / Buy
5 We'll Always Have Parrots ( By: Donna Andrews) 2003 Description / Buy
6 Owls Well That Ends Well ( By: Donna Andrews) 2005 Description / Buy
7 No Nest for the Wicket ( By: Donna Andrews) 2006 Description / Buy
8 The Penguin Who Knew Too Much ( By: Donna Andrews) 2007 Description / Buy
9 Cockatiels at Seven ( By: Donna Andrews) 2008 Description / Buy
10 Six Geese A-Slaying ( By: Donna Andrews) 2008 Description / Buy
11 Swan for the Money ( By: Donna Andrews) 2009 Description / Buy
12 Stork Raving Mad ( By: Donna Andrews) 2010 Description / Buy
13 The Real Macaw ( By: Donna Andrews) 2011 Description / Buy
14 Some Like it Hawk ( By: Donna Andrews) 2012 Description / Buy
15 Hen of the Baskervilles ( By: Donna Andrews) 2013 Description / Buy
16 Duck the Halls ( By: Donna Andrews) 2013 Description / Buy
17 The Good, the Bad, and the Emus ( By: Donna Andrews) 2014 Description / Buy
18 The Nightingale Before Christmas ( By: Donna Andrews) 2014 Description / Buy
19 Lord of the Wings ( By: Donna Andrews) 2015 Description / Buy
20 Die Like an Eagle ( By: Donna Andrews) 2016 Description / Buy
21 Gone Gull ( By: Donna Andrews) 2017 Description / Buy
22 How the Finch Stole Christmas! ( By: Donna Andrews) 2017 Description / Buy
23 Toucan Keep a Secret ( By: Donna Andrews) 2018 Description / Buy
24 Lark! the Herald Angels Sing ( By: Donna Andrews) 2018 Description / Buy
25 Terns of Endearment ( By: Donna Andrews) 2019 Description / Buy
26 Owl Be Home for Christmas ( By: Donna Andrews) 2019 Description / Buy
27 The Falcon Always Wings Twice ( By: Donna Andrews) 2020 Description / Buy
28 The Gift of the Magpie ( By: Donna Andrews) 2020 Description / Buy
29 Murder Most Fowl (By: Donna Andrews) 2021 Description / Buy
30 The Twelve Jays of Christmas (By: Donna Andrews) 2021 Description / Buy
31 Round Up the Usual Peacocks (By: Donna Andrews) 2022 Description / Buy
32 Dashing Through the Snowbirds (By: Donna Andrews) 2022 Description / Buy
33 Birder, She Wrote (By: Donna Andrews) 2023 Description / Buy
34 Let It Crow! Let It Crow! Let It Crow! (By: Donna Andrews) 2023 Description / Buy
35 Between a Flock and a Hard Place (By: Donna Andrews) 2024 Description / Buy
36 Rockin' Around the Chickadee (By: Donna Andrews) 2024 Description / Buy
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Meg Langslow is an exceptional decorative blacksmith that earns her living making metal sculptures. As compared to her family, she is quite the oddball, being reliable and sensible rather than eccentric or absent-minded. She is also large for a woman, and physically fit given the physical nature of her work.

The first novel in the series, Murder with Peacocks begins with Meg Langslow having an awesome summer in her hometown in Virginia. She has planned and been the maid of honor at three weddings of her close relations and friends. While exciting, it has not been easy, as one bride insisted on a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another insists that her wedding would only be complete if she could get live peacocks strutting on the green. Amid a sea of outrageous neighbors and relatives who want her attention, Meg only keeps her sanity with the help of a mysterious handsome man, who rumors say is gay.

There is one fly in the ointment though; an insensitive newcomer put guests ill at ease by hinting at skeletons in their closets. But the stranger has clashed with too many people that when she turns up dead in mysterious circumstances, it is hard to finger a suspect. Meg now finds herself with a to do list that not only involves bridal registries and flower arrangements, but also catching a ruthless killer who may just kill her next.


The novels in the series have won many awards over the years. Murder with Peacocks the first novel has won the most number of awards winning the Agatha, Lefty, and Anthony Awards for Best Novel, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel. The novel was also nominated for a Macavity for Best First Novel and a Dily. Other novels in the series went on to win or be nominated for some of the previously mentioned awards and other awards. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, and Swan for the Money won the Most Humorous Mystery at the Toby Bromberg Award for Excellence.


Murder With Peacocks: A multiple award-winning novel, the first novel in the series is undoubtedly one of the best novels in the Meg Langslow series. Planning three weddings for friends and family, the novel a fast-paced cozy mystery that shows just how demanding family and friends can be. A beautiful exposition of how every family has that one person that picks up all the slack that no one wants to bother with. Meg hardly seems to have any help from the brides, depending on a mysterious handsome guy. Things go haywire when some annoying guest ends up dead, leaving Meg to engage in some amateur sleuthing, in the knowledge that she may be on the killer’s hit list.

Die Like an Eagle: The twentieth title in the series is another Donna Andrews classic. Michael and Meg team up to coach Caerphilly their twins youth baseball team, that is involved in a very competitive league. Meg soon locks horns with the vindictive and petty league head, Biff Brown. With Biff known as a hot-tempered and temperamental man, all the suspicion is on him when his brother’s lookalike is found dead on the baseball pitch on opening day. But with an airtight alibi, Meg believes that the hit may actually been on him.

Stork Raving Mad: Another incredible novel in the Meg Langslow series of novel is the twelfth title, Stork Raving Mad. With Meg expecting twins, they get a Spanish playwright who is working with Michael to come live with them so that the family can spend more time together. The inveterate party comes to a screeching halt when the dean arrives at the house to announce that the play is canceled. The dean is soon found killed, turning Meg’s house into a crime scene. Meg now has to help the police resolve the murder mystery while heavy with twins.


Many Meg Langslow fans also loved the “Grace and Favor” series by Jill Churchill. These novels are cozy mysteries involving Robert Brewster and his sister Lily, whose inherited house seems to haunt them with a series of whodunit murder mysteries. Meg Langslow fans are also fans of the “Peter Shandy” series by Charlotte MacLeod. The novel features Helen Marsh Sandy a librarian and college botany professor, that work together to solve bizarre murder mysteries in Balaclava County, Massachusetts.

What Is The Next Book in The Meg Langslow Series?

The next book in the The Meg Langslow Series by Donna Andrews is Rockin' Around the Chickadee and will be released on October, 15th 2024.

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