Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews is the first book in the “Meg Langslow” mystery series. Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur, September 2008 from “A Murder Hatched” compilation of the first two books in the series. Originally published in January 2000.

Three Weddings…And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones–each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from the town’s drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.

And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Souther hospitality is strained to the limit by an offenseive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests’ closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she’s found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents–some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg’s to-do list extends from flower arragements and bridal registries to catching a killer–before the next catered event is her own funeral.

Having read the 7-9th book in this series, it was great to read how it all started and what a great story it was. My rating: 3.5 stars

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