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Swan for the money : a Meg Langslow mystery, Donna Andrews
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The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed mystery series readers have come to love. Meg Langslow's eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows.
Dad's gardening skill and Mother's gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable teamand Meg is relieved they've taken up such a safe, gentle hobby. She even volunteers to help when the Caerphilly Garden Club sponsors its first annual rose show. But after a few hours of dealing with her parents' competitors, Meg is worried.
Rose growers are so eccentric that they make Meg's family seem almost normal, and so competitive that they will do nearly anything to take home the show's grand prizemaking them prime suspects when Meg discovers that someone is attempting to kill the wealthy woman on whose estate the competition is being held. Of course, the intended victim had other enemiesher treatment of her farm animals had aroused the interest of several animal welfare activists, including Meg's zoologist grandfather.
Meg tries to leave the detecting to the local police and focus on protecting her parents' chances to win the coveted Black Swan trophy, but she soon finds herself compelled to solve the crime before any more rose growers die. When not writing fiction, Andrews is a self-confessed nerd, rarely found away from her computer, unless she's messing in the garden. She lives in Reston, Virginia. He collapsed into a chair at the foot of the breakfast table, as if no longer able to bear the weight of his dire tidings, and wiped his balding head with a pocket handkerchief.
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On her it merely looked elegant. From her expression, I could tell that she found this news genuinely heartbreaking. Faint murmurs of sympathy arose from the dozen assorted friends and relatives seated around the table, but I could tell from their uniformly puzzled faces that they were all mentally asking the same question I was: who the heck was Matilda?
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We used to have a Matilda in the clan, my Great Aunt Matilda. Nor could I remember any friends or neighbors named Matilda. Not a Matilda in the bunch. No question. The Pruitts were an old local family who used to own most of Caerphilly County and often behaved as if they still did.
Most locals were quick to blame the Pruitts whenever anything sneaky or underhanded took place. And normally the gala breakfast might have made up for the early hour, but today my stomach was wound too tight to enjoy it.
She was a confirmed human magpie, easily seduced by anything that glittered, and a sucker for anything that had ever come out of the Waterford factory. All the big commercial breeders have their own black rose breeding programs. She probably would. Although Rose Noire was one of the few who expected the plants to answer.
Environmentally unsound. Montgomery Blake, the world famous zoologist and environmental activist. Officially, Matilda is L Blake muttered. And imagine if it got around the county that Rose Noire was suffering from black spot disease, or that Rob had thrips.
And I found this in some bushes nearby.
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He held up a small brown glass bottle with a neatly printed label proclaiming that it contained " percent Doe Urine. Blake held out his hand for it. Hunters have used deer urine for centuries to cover up their human scent and attract deer to their hunting areas. Everybody else appeared to be listening attentively, or as attentively as possible while consuming vast quantities of bacon, sausage, country ham, French toast, waffles, pancakes, cinnamon toast, croissants, and fresh fruit. Excerpted from Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews. Copyright by Donna Andrews. Published in August by Minotaur Books.
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