No Nest for the Wicket

No Nest for the Wicket

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Baker & Taylor
Braving poison ivy, recalcitrant livestock, briars, and other hazards while taking part in a contest of "Extreme Croquet," Meg Langlow stumbles upon the body of a dead woman, whose head has been bashed in by a croquet mallet, and launches a personal investigation into the crime. By the author of Owls Well That Ends Well. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme Croquet is a whole other story. That's what Meg Langslow and her new friends (whether she wants to call them friends or not) are playing on the several-acre farm of her new neighbor. It's a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and placid, seemingly immovable cows.
Extreme Croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where Meg and her fiancé, Michael, have bought a house. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn't reached the stage of actual homicide---at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman. Her head has been bashed in, illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet mallet. It turns out that Michael knew the woman from years before. Meg finds herself further drawn in when it's discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the bad dealings of a certain local society lady's ancestors.
In the meantime, the old house needs many basic improvements and swarms with an entire family of working men, including countless second cousins, sawing and pounding away. Meg's father is the overseer but is easily distracted since he has a tendency to become wrapped up in his current animal charges---this time it's ducks.
One of the beauties of fiction is that you can enjoy reading about someone who has been knocked on the head and killed. The particular joy that Donna Andrews offers mystery lovers everywhere is the wonderful gift of laughter. Her novels, filled with crazy relatives, puzzling murders, and the hilarious conquests of Meg, make for a combination found nowhere else. Fine-feathered friends are only one of the treats in this award-winning series from Donna Andrews, an author whose name has become synonymous with lighthearted, knee-slapping fun.


Holtzbrinck
Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme Croquet is a whole other story. That’s what Meg Langslow and her new friends (whether she wants to call them friends or not) are playing on the several-acre farm of her new neighbor.  It’s a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and placid, seemingly immovable cows.
           
Extreme Croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where Meg and her fiancé, Michael, have bought a house. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn’t reached the stage of actual homicide---at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman.  Her head has been bashed in, illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet mallet. It turns out that Michael knew the woman from years before.  Meg finds herself further drawn in when it’s discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the bad dealings of a certain local society lady’s ancestors.
           
In the meantime, the old house needs many basic improvements and swarms with an entire family of working men, including countless second cousins, sawing and pounding away.  Meg’s father is the overseer but is easily distracted since he has a tendency to become wrapped up in his current animal charges---this time it’s ducks.       
           
One of the beauties of fiction is that you can enjoy reading about someone who has been knocked on the head and killed.  The particular joy that Donna Andrews offers mystery lovers everywhere is the wonderful gift of laughter.  Her novels, filled with crazy relatives, puzzling murders, and the hilarious conquests of Meg, make for a combination found nowhere else. Fine-feathered friends are only one of the treats in this award-winning series from Donna Andrews, an author whose name has become synonymous with lighthearted, knee-slapping fun.
 


Blackwell North Amer
Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme croquet is a whole other story. That's what Meg Langslow and her new friends (whether she wants to call them friends or not) are playing on the several-acre farm of her new neighbor. It's a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and placid, seemingly immovable cows.
Extreme croquet is the current rage in Caerphilly, where Meg and her fiance, Michael, have bought a house. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn't reached the stage of actual homicide - at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman. Her head has been bashed in, illustrating, perhaps, one of the many uses of a croquet mallet. Meg finds herself further drawn in when it's discovered that the woman was seeking to expose the bad dealings of a certain local society lady's ancestors.
In the meantime, the old house needs many basic improvements and swarms with an entire family of working men, including countless second cousins, sawing and pounding away. Meg's father is the overseer but is easily distracted since he has a tendency to become wrapped up in his current animal charges - this time it's ducks.

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& Taylor

Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme Croquet is a whole other story. That's what Meg Langslow and her new friends are playing on the several-acre farm of her new neighbor, a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and placid, seemingly immovable cows. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn't reached the stage of actual homicide--at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman.--From publisher description.Braving poison ivy, briars, and other hazards while taking part in a contest of "Extreme Croquet," Meg Langslow stumbles upon the body of a dead woman whose head has been bashed in by a croquet mallet, and launches her own investigation.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312329402
0312329407
Branch Call Number: FIC ANDREWS
Characteristics: 259 p. ;,22 cm

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karcoldelharvic5 Jun 11, 2015

Silly fun filled pages

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ggrandel
Nov 13, 2013

One can only hope that Meg and her crazy family(and hot man) stay around for a long time. I really like the quirky characters and the nutty situations they get into. Also love that duck!Great murder mystery series.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Mar 11, 2011

Another in the series of Meg Langslow mysteries. These are fun, dare I say silly, mysteries with odd endearing characters. Entertaining read.

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