Toucan Keep a Secret

Toucan Keep a Secret

A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Gull.Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan Meg's friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the columbarium (the small building where cremated remains are held), Meg finds an elderl...

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  • Nicole

    Donna Andrews' very delightful 23rd Meg Langslow Mystery, Toucan Keep a Secret, was very quickly read by this cozy enthusiast in just a few hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Our heroine, Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she hears a loud banging and sees a light in the supposedly empty (well, except for the dead people!!!) crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a member of the vestry who's been bludgeoned to death with a crowbar, and also the scattered ashes and broken u

    Donna Andrews' very delightful 23rd Meg Langslow Mystery, Toucan Keep a Secret, was very quickly read by this cozy enthusiast in just a few hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Our heroine, Meg, is locking up at her church one evening when she hears a loud banging and sees a light in the supposedly empty (well, except for the dead people!!!) crypt. Upon entering she discovers the body of a member of the vestry who's been bludgeoned to death with a crowbar, and also the scattered ashes and broken urns of several late members of the congregation, as well as a priceless ruby ring! Who did this and why did they choose these particular niches to desecrate? Is there a connection to a 30-year-old jewelry robbery? Can a non-speaking toucan really hold the secret to the crime? Do yourself a favor and take a trip to the town of Caerphilly to discover the answers to these, and other, burning questions! Note: You don't need to read the first 22 books in the series prior to picking this one up (unless you want to!), as this book works perfectly well as a standalone read. 5 stars!

  • Patty

    Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews is the 23th book in the Meg Langslow series, and another great addition. One evening Meg Lanslow is locking up the Episcopal

    Church when she hears hammering in the columbarium and goes to investigate, finding a dead body and some open cremated remains. Determined to keep Rev. Robyn Smith calm while she is on bed rest for her pregnancy, Meg investigates. I love this series, and the wonderful characters. Caerphilly sounds like a great town, with all their quir

    Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews is the 23th book in the Meg Langslow series, and another great addition. One evening Meg Lanslow is locking up the Episcopal

    Church when she hears hammering in the columbarium and goes to investigate, finding a dead body and some open cremated remains. Determined to keep Rev. Robyn Smith calm while she is on bed rest for her pregnancy, Meg investigates. I love this series, and the wonderful characters. Caerphilly sounds like a great town, with all their quirky people and large families. The plot of the stories are always well written and developed and often make me laugh out loud. This book has more twists. and turns, that kept me reading page after page. I strongly recommend this book and the whole series for anyone who likes well written cozy mysteries that are unique and delightful.

    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Taryn

    In this next book of the series it is Meg's turn to close up her church after a nightly meeting being held there because their Reverend is pregnant and on bed rest. While locking up and checking on their guest, a toucan the Rev. Robyn is fostering Meg hears a banging noise. The noise sounds like its coming from the church's crypt so Meg goes off to investigate. What she finds is the dead body of one of the church members and several of the niches have been tampered and among the ashes a ring. Th

    In this next book of the series it is Meg's turn to close up her church after a nightly meeting being held there because their Reverend is pregnant and on bed rest. While locking up and checking on their guest, a toucan the Rev. Robyn is fostering Meg hears a banging noise. The noise sounds like its coming from the church's crypt so Meg goes off to investigate. What she finds is the dead body of one of the church members and several of the niches have been tampered and among the ashes a ring. The dead man had been making noises about retrieving his wife's ashes from their niche and it looks like maybe he had taken matters into his own hands, but who killed him and why? While the police look into the death Meg is tasked with finding the owners of the niches that have been disturbed and asking the families how they would like the church to fix the problem. Along the way Meg learns of a robbery that happened years ago and begins to wonder if it is at all related to what happened at the crypt. Follow along as Meg tends to her family, helps out her church, takes care of a toucan, and all the while still looks for clues into who could have killed her fellow parishioner. This is such an entertaining series filled with unique characters, a lovely setting, and plot line that is always fun to try and figure out. This series is still going strong after 23 books, I look forward to many more.

    I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Dawn Michelle

    Oh how I love these books!!

    Once again Donna Andrews delivers a great book, full of fun, relatable characters, a very good mystery and laughter throughout the whole book.

    Meg, Michael and the Twins are just such a great main base family and add all of Meg's kooky family that swirls around them and then the characters of the town of Caerphilly just top everything off like a lovely cherry on top of a fantastic ice cream sundae!

    This adventure features mostly Meg and her father with showings from

    Oh how I love these books!!

    Once again Donna Andrews delivers a great book, full of fun, relatable characters, a very good mystery and laughter throughout the whole book.

    Meg, Michael and the Twins are just such a great main base family and add all of Meg's kooky family that swirls around them and then the characters of the town of Caerphilly just top everything off like a lovely cherry on top of a fantastic ice cream sundae!

    This adventure features mostly Meg and her father with showings from her Mom and Michael and the boys, but its mostly Meg and her Dad [plus the sheriff] and a very messy toucan. And several very dead people. And a old mystery that also needs solved before the murderer strikes again.

    This was such a good book and I loved every second of it. She really cannot write them fast enough to suit me! ;-)

    Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • RO G'ma

    Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in Donna Andrews’ Mag Langslow mystery series. Ms. Andrews provides sufficient character background to allow this book can be read as a standalone. The mysteries are well plotted and the characters well developed in this steadily paced book. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

    Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband, Michael, and their twin sons, Jamie and Josh. She’s locking up Trinity Episcopal Church and checkin

    Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in Donna Andrews’ Mag Langslow mystery series. Ms. Andrews provides sufficient character background to allow this book can be read as a standalone. The mysteries are well plotted and the characters well developed in this steadily paced book. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

    Meg Langslow lives in Caerphilly with her husband, Michael, and their twin sons, Jamie and Josh. She’s locking up Trinity Episcopal Church and checking on Admiral Nimitz, Larry Baker’s toucan her friend, Reverend Robyn Smith, is taking care of while his owner is on active duty. Robyn is in the third trimester and her doctor has placed her on bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. It’s late in the evening when Meg hears a hammering sound in the columbarium (the crypt where cremated remains are held) she finds an elderly parishioner, Junius Hagley, lying dead on the floor. She also notices several vandalized niches as well as urns and cremains scattered on the floor. The victim, a vestry member who wasn’t well liked, had been ranting about taking back his wife’s ashes. Meg spots a crow bar that is the murder weapon and a ring with a large red stone. Horace, a county police officer and one-man forensics team, secures and documents the evidence and Dr. Langslow, Meg’s dad, a doctor and the medical examiner, examines the body to determine time and cause of death. While Chief Henry Burke, a retired Baltimore homicide detective, investigates the murder, Meg is recruited by Robyn to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed to determine how they want to handle reinternment. Chief Burke is trying to determine if the murder and vandalism had something to do with the theft of Mrs. van der Lynden’s jewelry during the Dames of Caerphilly’s New Year’s party she hosted in1987, and Meg’s dad wants to reenact the robbery that occurred the van der Lynden house. Meg leaves the major investigating to the police, but she asks questions every chance she gets and shares the information with Chief Burke, who is happy to have her help, although she does end up in over her head.

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  • Mark Baker

    Meg Langslow is taking a turn locking up the Episcopal Church in town. She's part of the brigade helping out since Reverend Robyn Smith is out on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Meg just about has everything taken care of when she hears a pounding coming from the columbarium. When she goes to investigate, she finds several of the crypts have been opened, and the dead body of Junius Hagley on the ground. Mr. Hagley was a grouchy old man who Meg and her mother secretly call one of the

    Meg Langslow is taking a turn locking up the Episcopal Church in town. She's part of the brigade helping out since Reverend Robyn Smith is out on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Meg just about has everything taken care of when she hears a pounding coming from the columbarium. When she goes to investigate, she finds several of the crypts have been opened, and the dead body of Junius Hagley on the ground. Mr. Hagley was a grouchy old man who Meg and her mother secretly call one of the Muttering Misogynists, but Meg didn't wish him dead. What has Meg stumbled into now?

    My biggest issue with this book involved the use of the term misogynist to describe the victim as well as describing some of his actions as mansplaining. Honestly, I felt both of these terms didn't have much to do with the mystery plot in the slightest and were there more to lecture us than to entertain. Which is a shame because the mystery itself was very entertaining. Between a mystery from the past and how it is factoring into the events of the present, I was hooked until Meg pieced it together at the end. We get most of the series regulars here, and they entertain as always. The new characters are colorful and therefore plenty of fun as well. A few of the scenes were so much funny they literally made me laugh out loud.

    Read my full review at

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  • Manuela

    It started of well enough but lost tempo to the end. It was a nice and pleasant beach read, but nothing special. There was some detecting done by Meg, but after all she just stumbled into the way of the culprit. Perhaps I already have red to many of the Langslow Books, but I liked the old ones better because there was more going on.

  • Jennifer

    Fairly short for this series - and though I did like it, it was lacking the family interactions that make the series charming. There are glimpses of her eccentric family members but they are largely in the background, with Meg rushing from one location to another. I also felt the mystery could have been fleshed out better. Still a decent read, just not a favorite in this series.

  • Kathy Davie

    Twenty-third in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series set in Caerphilly, Virginia, (Yorktown) and revolving around a blacksmith-cum-mom and her family.

    I absolutely adore Andrews' Meg Langslow warm and cozy series for the small town feel and all the compassion that abounds throughout the town. Sure ya got yer curmudgeons and bad guys…what's a story without 'em? But they take care of each other and figure out ways to help so it doesn't hurt. I just love, love, love it!

    It's first person prota

    Twenty-third in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series set in Caerphilly, Virginia, (Yorktown) and revolving around a blacksmith-cum-mom and her family.

    I absolutely adore Andrews' Meg Langslow warm and cozy series for the small town feel and all the compassion that abounds throughout the town. Sure ya got yer curmudgeons and bad guys…what's a story without 'em? But they take care of each other and figure out ways to help so it doesn't hurt. I just love, love, love it!

    It's first person protagonist point-of-view from Meg's perspective, and since she's such a nosey parker and involved in everything

    a brain, we know everything she knows and experiences. And it amazes me how busy this little town is!

    Between Robyn's pregnancy and the multiple projects underway at their home, Ragnar's charity, past events that continue to involve Trinity Episcopal, and force Meg to hunt down survivors, some of whom aren't interested in being found…yep, a busy little place indeed.

    Andrews has kept the fun going even though those awful Pruitts are finally gone, and poor Chief Burke has yet another Pruitt headache uncovered by this desecration of the columbarium.

    I do like Dr Womble, even if he does wander off-topic a lot. Any man who will turn a barn into a library has my vote, *grin* And the story is filled with his good deeds. A very decent man. I like his friend, too, lol. That Archie now. He and his mother. I keep fantasizing about a a mean, stupid bomb. One that takes out mean and stupid people. Hmmm…

    Oh, all right, I'll be good. It

    a good ending with quite a few surprises, mostly good ones. And then there's that sneaky little twist at the very end…snicker…

    It's been thirty years since the infamous Van der Lynden jewel heist, and it's all coming back with the desecration of the columbarium and that great ruby ring rolling around the dead body.

    A past history that opens up quite a few events that made no sense at the time…as nonsensical as that killer who sees

    and thinks

    Seems hyenas are good security…

    does artful blacksmithing and is a special assistant to the mayor. Primarily because Meg gets things done and has a huge clan to call upon. She's married to

    who teaches drama at Caerphilly College and is an assistant coach with their sons' Little League team. They have twin sons,

    and

    , who are close friends with Adam Burke with

    (

    is his mom) making up the fourth of the Four Horsemen. The

    is that necessary van for all moms of active kids.

    is the Small Evil One who only likes the twins.

    is Meg's crime-fancying dad, James, who is also the local medical examiner.

    is quite intimidating when she needs to be, a real go-getter with tons of practical compassion.

    is Meg's brother who owns a computer game company and lives with the Waterstons along with

    , their vegetarian and organic cousin, who will love the challenge.

    is Rob's Irish wolfhound.

    is the Langslow's long-lost (and found) grandmother who had once played with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Grandfather, a.k.a., "

    ", is a biologist, bird fancier, and owns the Caerphilly Zoo.

    …where Meg and family attends on Sundays.

    is on bed rest for the last three months of her pregnancy.

    is her artistic husband.

    is the three-year-old toco toucan Robyn is fostering while his owner,

    , is on active duty on the USS

    . The

    are the chief organizers for good works in the church. The church will need to reinstitute the

    , an official volunteer post.

    is rather flighty, so it's her fault.

    is the wife of

    at

    .

    is a friend of Womble's and one of the supply priests (the ecclesiastical equivalent of a substitute teacher).

    is one of two Muttering Misogynists;

    is the other, blithering, one*. His wife,

    , was in one of the crypts along with

    ,

    ,

    (a renegade Shiffley!),

    , and

    .

    is Robyn's predecessor, a pack rat, and quite the sneak.

    His wife,

    , sounds an absolute sweetheart.

    and

    are their gray tabbies. The Reverend George Burwell Nelson Page, a.k.a.,

    , was the rector when the crypt was built.

    is Junius' son, a lawyer who lives in Richmond.

    is PJ's aunt.

    is part of the law school faculty and can make decisions about Blair's desecration.

    is the law faculty's secretary.

    is Beatrice's ne'er do well son, who seems to spend most of his life at

    , a rehab facility.

    of Wellington Blodgett handles his affairs. Beatrice's husband,

    , was thought to have been a financial wizard.

    and

    were the two friends who volunteered.

    and

    are the only guests still alive from the party.

    bought the estate and named it

    , and then Ragnar bought it…

    …the sprawling "farm" of

    , a.k.a., that Viking musician, a heavy-metal drummer who retired. Despite his penchant for all things gothic, he holds open house for friends who are down on their luck.

    is a bass player and former band mate.

    is alphabetizing the books in Ragnar's library.

    is doing a great job of keeping the gazebo clean…those geese, you know. Ragnar's black swans have the same hair trigger temper as mute swans.

    is one of Michael's star pupils;

    needs way too much help getting into character.

    is another student helping with the re-enactment.

    , the ringleader of the real robbers, is serving thirty-to-life.

    was Bart's younger brother.

    Jim Washington had been the Van der Lyndens' gardener, gopher…and scapegoat, but managed to get a job with Randall's dad — to piss off the Pruitts, lol. He was Junius' brother-in-law, married to

    , Dolores' sister.

    Lacey Shiffley was quite the rebel when she eloped with

    from Clay County.

    were her parents and quite keen for her to go to college.

    retired from the Baltimore PD and is in charge in Caerphilly (he attends New Life Baptist where his wife,

    , is the choir director), as well as resigned to Meg barging in. He and his wife are raising their orphaned grandsons:

    ;

    ; and,

    .

    is a deputy and a crime scene specialist. As well as one of Meg's cousins.

    is the dispatcher. Other deputies include

    (one of Meg's friends) and

    .

    Randall Shiffley is the de facto head of the clan. He's in construction and is also the mayor and county manager.

    can be quite stern and is Lacey's next-of-kin.

    is Judge Jane's bailiff and dating a Shiffley.

    is a good mechanic.

    used to clean for the Hagleys for years.

    ...owned by "Great",

    is the heavy aviary keeper.

    is his assistant.

    is the town veterinarian.

    is the owner, editor, and chief bottle-washer of the

    , the local paper. His grandson plays on a rival Little League team and is a great catcher.

    runs the local funeral home where Hagley, Washington, and

    had been some of Maudie's Gentlemen.

    runs an antiques shop.

    …Josh and Jason's Little League team coached by

    . The team's pitchers are

    and

    .

    * The

    were those horrible women who were ordained back in 1974.

    The cover uses a diamond gradient with a pale turquoise radiating up and down into a much deeper turquoise. Centered in the lightest area are three multicolored toucans — orange, black, red, white, yellow, greens, and blues — lined up along a branch, chatting to each other. A bit of info blurb is at the top in a lime green with the author's name immediately below it in an embossed white. Just below the third toucan's tail is the series information in white. Additional whimsy shows up in the first word of the embossed white title curving up on each end with the rest of the title below it in a straight line.

    The title is right,

    . If one of them is dead.

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