Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Birder, She Wrote - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Birder, She Wrote (Meg Langslow Mysteries #33) by Donna Andrews

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Meg is relaxing in the hammock, taste-testing Michael’s latest batch of Arnold Palmers and watching the hummingbirds at their feeders when her hopes for a relaxing early summer morning are dashed.

First her father recruits her to help him install a new batch of bees in the hive in her backyard. Then Mayor Shiffley recruits her to placate the NIMBYs (Not in my backyard), as she calls them – a group of newcomers to Caerphilly who have built McMansions next door to working farms and then do their best to make life miserable for the farmers. And finally Meg’s grandmother, shows up, trailed by a nosy reporter who is writing a feature on her for a genteel Southern ladies’ magazine.

Cordelia drafts Meg to accompany her and Deacon Washington of the New Life Baptist Church – and the reporter, alas – in their search for a long-lost African-American cemetery. Unfortunately what they discover is not an ancient cemetery but a fresh corpse. Can Meg protect her grandmother – and Caerphilly – from the reporter who seems to see the worst in everything . . . and help crack the case before the killer finds another victim?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy 

Why I Picked This Book:  I love this series and how could I resist that title?  

My Impression:  As I expect from this series there is a lot of chaos going on.  The Pomeranians are up to mischief and are now doing scent work.  Some are better at search and rescue and others are showing promise in cadaver work.  Both are useful in this book.  There is also a new group called the NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) who are creating headaches and possibly up to no good.  I think anyone who lives in a smallish area that people are suddenly moving to can relate to Meg and the Police Chief's (and pretty much everyone else's) eye rolling about the NIMBY's complaints.  

The body shows up fairly early in the book but it felt like it took the investigation to really get going.  While I always enjoy seeing what Meg and the rest of her family and friends are up to it felt like it had a bit of a slow start.   This is a series where I enjoy seeing the characters - especially Meg's parents - as much as reading about the actual murder.

If you are new to this series I don't think you'll love it but if you are a regular reader - even if you haven't read them all because I certainly haven't- you will enjoy the latest Langslow hijinks.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I always enjoy the books in this series and am looking forward to going back and reading the earlier books that I've missed.  

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you love quirky cozies this is a must try series.  While you don't have to read every book in order I have found that the more books in the series I read the more I enjoy the book as I get to know all the characters more.

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


  1. That title is awesome! Totally made me laugh. :D

  2. Cute title! And I LOVE Pomeranians!

  3. It often happens that the more we know of all the characters the more we enjoy a series. I guess too you enjoy the Pomeranians and their scent work.

  4. This looks like a good series.

  5. Good to know this is not the book to start with in the series. That title made me laugh!