Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Falcon Always Wings Twice - Cozy Mystery Review

 Goodreads:  The Falcon Always Wings Twice (A Meg Langslow Mystery #27) by Donna Andrews

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description: When Meg's grandmother Cordelia hosts a Renaissance Faire at her craft center, the whole family is put to work: Meg handles the blacksmithing, Michael and the boys will be performing, and no one misses the opportunity to dress up in full regalia.

More exciting to Grandfather is the pair of rare falcons he discovers breeding at the fairgrounds. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector.

When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead--an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins--Grandfather is a prime suspect.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've really enjoyed this series in the past and when I saw that this involved Meg's larger then life Grandfather at a Renaissance Faire I couldn't resist!  Plus the title is just fabulous.

My Impression:  I thoroughly enjoy this series and each book I've read confirms my love for it.  Meg is a pretty even keel heroine with a fascinating career (she's a blacksmith), two entertaining boys, and a likable husband.  They are the calm in the storm that is Meg's family.  I adore her family and love every time any of them make an appearance on page but I'm also so glad they're not mine (except for her dad - he'd be fun to talk forensics with).  Andrews does a good job of making them larger then life and quirkier without turning them into caricatures or making them annoying - to the reader that is they regularly drive Meg bonkers. 

The mystery on this one was fabulous.   The victim, Terrence, is around for the first third of the book, and it is pretty easy to see why he was murdered.  It's actually more difficult to find someone who DIDN'T want to kill him!  I wasn't sure who the actual murderer was until the end but I enjoyed every page of getting there! 

This series is so long running but as with most cozies it's pretty easy to jump right in.  While I have read several of them I haven't read anywhere close to the whole series and every once in awhile a character from a previous book shows up that I've never met before.  Andrews does a really good job of telling you just what you need to know about the character without doing an overload.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  Every book I've read in this series has been so fun and I'm looking forward to reading earlier books in the series.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy entertaining cozies this is a great series to try.

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


  1. It’s been a long while since I’ve read any of these but I’ve always found them entertaining, thanks for sharing your thoughts

  2. I love this series! I'm on the wait list at my library for the last two. Sigh. I know my library system is working hard to meet the demand for books but they're so short staffed you can wait over a month for a book that's come in for you to be processed.

  3. This sounds like lots of fun - I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one so much...

  4. Sounds great, love the family and a mystery where the murdered person wasn't that likeable!

  5. I'm just starting this book now. Looking forward to it.