Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Owl Be Home for Christmas - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Owl Be Home For Christmas (Meg Langslow #26) by Donna Andrew

Rating:  Very Good
Source:  Publisher

Description: It's a few days before Christmas, and Meg's grandfather is hosting a scientific conference on owls at the Caerphilly Inn. Most of the family are there, helping out in one capacity or another, including Meg's grandmother, Cordelia--invited by Grandfather in rare gesture of peace-making, to share her expertise on rehabilitating large birds, including owls. An unexpectedly severe snow storm traps the conference-goers in the hotel, and one of the visiting ornithologists is murdered. Even if Caerphilly is able to clear the roads in time, Chief Burke doesn't want the various suspects to scatter to half a dozen continents before he identifies the killer, so there's a very real possibility that none of them will make it home for Christmas . . . at least not unless Meg comes to the rescue.
Full of intrigue and snow, this Christmas mystery will take readers home to Caerphilly for Christmas.

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've really fallen in love with this series and I love seeing what bird related pun title will come next.

My Impression:  Oh I love this series!  Not only does each new title make me giggle but I love spending time with Meg and her crazy family.  This book had the added benefit of having a whole host of even crazier people stuck in a hotel during a snowstorm.  It had some serious Agatha Christie vibes but like Agatha Christie had a much quirkier bird fanatic little sister.  I had no idea a book involving ornithologists could be so fun and produce such a great mystery. 

This was fun and as cozy as the genre can be but the mystery was still solid and it never quite drifted into slapstick.  I think what keeps it from being too quirky is that Meg is so amazingly sane and it's easy to sympathize with her as she deals with her family (in a lovingly frustrated way) and the conference goers (much less lovingly). 

If you enjoy fun reads with a solid mystery and likable and funny characters this is a must read. 

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozy mysteries then this series is a must read.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Wow. That's a long series. I'm happy you are still having fun with them.

  2. I hadn't heard of this series before. I'll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for the rec!

  3. Ah sounds so good, tempting and yes I can see why you wait to see what the titles will be - so clever. The family sound hilarious.

  4. My goodness - that's a long-running series. So pleased that it is such a favourite of yours and is still delivering:))

  5. Oh my gosh! This sounds like the perfect read for this time of year!!

  6. This sounds like such fun and perfect for this time of year.