Monday, October 9, 2023

Let It Crow! Let It Crow! Let It Crow! - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Let It Crow! Let it Crow! Let It Crow! (Meg Langslow Mystery #34) by Donna Andrews

Rating: Really Liked It! (4.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Meg has been roped into participating in a weaponsmithing competition, a Forged in Fire wannabe organized by a blacksmith friend. Meg originally turned down an invitation to participate, but the night before the filming starts, someone attacks Faulk, her blacksmithing mentor, breaking his arm and eliminating him from the contest before it begins. Meg agrees to step in as his replacement to keep the project from failing. She's not thrilled that the filming will take place during December – Christmas is already a crazy time for her. Since the competition is taking place on Ragnarshjem, the picturesque estate that her friend Ragnar, the retired heavy metal drummer, is turning into a Goth castle, Meg won’t have to spend Christmas alone and gets to bring Michael and her twin sons with her.

So Meg joins the cast, to the dismay of several old-school blacksmiths who think women have no place in the profession anyway. And if the show's producers were hoping for drama, they're in luck. The blacksmithing world is a small one, and some of the contestants arrived already laden with grudges and feuds.

It's a high-stakes, cutthroat competition between people who wield large hammers and make swords and have forges full of fire at their disposal. What could possibly go wrong?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my favorite series and I always enjoy seeing the titles and what bird puns they come up with.

My Impression:  This has long been a favorite series of mine and this might just be one of my favorite books in quite some time.  As well, while I usually hesitate to recommend jumping in to this series because of the large cast of characters, because almost all the characters in this book are new to Meg herself if you have been wanting to try this series but don't want to go back to the beginning this would be good choice.

I really loved that this one focused more on Meg's blacksmithing than the last few books.  As Meg's life has gotten more chaotic with family and animals and other projects the blacksmithing has fallen to the side so it was nice to "see" her in action.  

The mystery was a good one and I'm not sure I've ever come across a more despicable victim.  Motives abound and there are so many possible suspects that it really kept me guessing.  Add in the reality show element and it made for a really fun cozy mystery read!  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series and going back to the very beginning and reading the early books in this series that I've missed.

Would I Recommend this Book?  I would!  This is such a fun series and this would be a good one to try if you've been wanting to sample the series.

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

1 comment:

  1. I love this series and I will be reading one of her older Christmas mysteries this year.