The Good The Bad and the EmusThe Good, the Bad, and the Emus by Donna Andrews is the 17th book in the “Meg Langslow” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur, July 2014

Life will never be the same for Meg Langslow after family secrets are revealed, introducing a whole new layer of intrigue in Donna Andrews’s beloved series.

Meg’s long-lost paternal grandfather, Dr. Blake, has hired Stanley Denton to find her grandmother Cordelia. Dr. Blake was reunited with his family when he saw Meg’s picture—she’s a dead ringer for Cordelia—and now Stanley has found a trail to his long-lost love in a small town less than an hour’s drive away. He convinces Meg to come with him to meet her, but unfortunately, the woman they meet is Cordelia’s cousin—Cordelia died several years ago, and the cousin suspects she was murdered by her long-time neighbor.

Stanley and Meg agree to help track down the killer and get justice for Cordelia. Grandfather even has perfect cover–he will come to stage a rescue of the feral emus and ostriches (escaped from an abandoned farm) that infest this town. He dashes off to organize the rescue—which will, of course, involve most of Meg’s family and friends in Caerphilly. But then, the evil neighbor is murdered, and not only Cordelia’s cousin but also the entire contingent of emu-rescuers, who have had conflict with the neighbor, are suspects. Only Meg and the cousin—who seems to share a lot of telling traits with Meg—can find the real killer and clear the air in The Good, the Bad, and the Emus, the newest beverage-spittingly funny installment in this uproarious series from the one-and-only Donna Andrews.

I really love this series and I’m so glad that there are hundreds, or maybe thousands of birds left for Donna to incorporate in this delightfully amusing saga that involves Meg and her eccentrically quirky family. I enjoyed every aspect of this light whodunit, from the comfortable tone, to the interaction between the characters, the feral emus, the mystery that pulled me along from the beginning and to the wonderful newly found relative who is as spunky as Meg. I always have a good time reading this series and I look forward to the next book in this fabulously terrific series.

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