Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Audiobook Review: Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews

Owls Well the Ends Well

Donna Andrews
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 6
Publication: Dreamscape Media (October 24, 2016)
Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes

Description: Meg Langslow was actually looking forward to renovating the old Victorian mansion she and her boyfriend Michael bought. But she wasn't thrilled by the lifetime of junk accumulated by the house's eccentric previous owner, Edwina Sprocket. The easiest solution: hold the end-all and be-all of gigantic yard sales. But when the event attracts the late Miss Sprocket's money-hungry heirs, the over-enthusiastic supporters of some endangered barn owls, and customers willing to go to any lengths to uncover a hidden treasure, Meg suspects things have gotten a little out of hand...

My Thoughts: Meg and her boyfriend Michael have purchased a huge old mansion and are preparing to host a huge yard sale and remodel. Meg has been immersed in organizing all of the items left in the house by the eccentric former owner, Edwina Sprocket. She is determined to get rid of all the junk and clutter. But the Sprockets made a deal to get 10 percent of the proceeds of the sale and have sent Barrymore Sprocket to supervise. And, naturally, Meg's family has gotten involved bringing its own sort of chaos to the proceedings.

When shady antiques and rare books dealer Gordon McCoy - referred to most often as Gordon You Thief - is found in an antique trunk after being bashed on the head with an owl bookend, Meg needs to solve the murder so that the sale can go on. Unfortunately, Giles, one of Michael's only friends on his tenure committee, is the prime suspect.

There are many other suspects from the "Hummel Lady" to McCoy's ex-partner and his estranged wife. Then there is the professor who has been trying to bargain with him for some papers belonging to the semi-famous poet who has been the professor's focus for his career. Gordon was not a beloved figure in the town.

As Meg investigates and really tries to keep the police in the loop, she discovers many interesting things. But the murder can't be her whole focus. She is also dealing with her mother who is determined to help Meg and Michael decorate their new home and whose taste is diametrically different than Meg's taste. Think chintz and Louis XIV versus Meg's longing for the simplicity of a Japanese home or a Shaker home. 

This was another great episode in the long-running humorous cozy mystery series. I really like Bernadette Dunne's narration.

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

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