We’ll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews is the fifth book in the “Meg Langslow” cozy mystery series.  Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, February 2004

In We’ll Always Have Parrots, Meg travels with her fiancé Michael to a fan convention for ‘Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle’ – a cheesy cult TV show on which Michael has a minor r ole. Michael hopes the weekend will give him a chance to talk Miss Wynncliffe-Jones, the show’s temperamental leading lady and executive producer, out of enforcing a certain pro-vision in Michael’s contract.

Of course, Michael’s not the only person whose career the dictatorial star has manipulated. So when the star is found murdered, the police have plenty of suspects. Trouble is, Meg doesn’t believe they’re going to arrest the right one. Soon she finds herself following the murderer’s trail through a hotel filled with egotistical actors, costumed fans, and a motley flock of monkeys and parrots who, rebelling against their role as live scenery, have escaped from their cages to take an active (and noisy) part in the festivities.

This is another fun and entertaining murder mystery, not that murder is fun, in this series.  It’s so much fun to see Meg, Michael and her family enjoy life and handle the circumstances that envelopes their zany family.  My rating: 4 stars

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