Thursday, October 27, 2022

Audiobook Review: Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingoes by Donna Andrews

Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingoes

Donna Andrews
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries (Book 3)
Publication: Dreamscape Media LLC (March 1, 2019)
Length: 8 hours and 1 minute

Description: Yorktown, Virginia, is reliving its role in the Revolutionary War by celebrating the anniversary of the British surrender in 1781. This year, plans include a reenactment of the battle and a craft fair. Meg Langslow has returned to her home town for the festivities - and to sell her wrought-iron flamingos

Meg's also trying to keep her father from scaring too many tourists with his impersonation of an 18th-century physician - not to mention saving her brother from the clutches of a con man who might steal the computer game he's invented. It's a tough job - until the swindler is found dead, slain in Meg's booth with one of her wrought-iron creations. Now Meg must add another item to her to-do list: Don't forget to solve the murder!

My Thoughts: Meg is back in Yorktown, Virginia, for a craft fair and reenactment of the battle that ended the Revolutionary War. Michael's mother is in charge of the event and is causing Meg lots of problems as she runs interference between the crafters and her future mother-in-law. Between crafters needing to be in costume and festival guards looking for, and fining, any anachronism they encounter, Meg would be busy enough.

Meg's brother has a meeting with a man who wants to buy his computer game and market it, but other friends know of the man and know that he is a crook who defrauds anyone who tries to do business with him. Meg is also dealing with a distant cousin who writes for tabloids and is looking for a scoop. 

When the shady businessman is found dead in the back of Meg's stall with a knife she made in his back, Meg needs to find the killer before her brother or one of her friends are arrested for the crime. The investigator is a new hire at the police department and is overeager to make a good impression on the sheriff. 

Just to add to the fun and confusion, one of Meg's mother's friends is running against the sheriff and looking to Meg for campaign ideas. She's already commissioned a dozen wrought-iron flamingoes for her yard and wants to take delivery at the craft fair. Meg is proud of her work but doesn't want to be known as the blacksmith who makes flamingoes. 

Meg and Michael are also having some trouble with their courtship. He's trying to convince her to move to the town when he teaches. She's reluctant. They also have trouble coordinating their busy schedules to find time to be together. 

This was a fun episode. I look forward to reading more in the series. The narrator did a great job with the various voices and with the pacing of the story.

I bought this one at Chirp. You can buy your copy here.

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