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At the outset of Andrews's diverting 15th Meg Langslow mystery (after 2012's Some Like It Hawk), Meg, the deputy director of a fair in Caerphilly, Va., looks into the disappearance of two rare bantam Russian Orloffs from the fair grounds. Meanwhile, Meg's friend Molly Riordan's cheese business may be in trouble because Molly's husband, Brett, has left her for Genette Sedgewick, a hobbyist winemaker disliked by just about everyone in Caerphilly, and may demand his half of the business. On patrol that night, Meg and fair director Randall Shiffley find Brett with a bullet through his head. Unfortunately, Brett's head lies over the county line in Clay County. Deputy Plunkett of Clay County manages to contaminate every piece of evidence he touches in the ensuing investigation, with Molly as chief suspect. Fortunately, Meg and friends, with a little help from Jim-Bob, the donkey, succeed in bringing the real culprit to justice, in this enjoyable, if predictable cozy. Agent: Ellen Geiger, Frances Goldin Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Meg Langslow is second in command at the Virginia Un-fair, Caerphilly's answer to the state fair, although its version highlights heritage animals and heirloom crops. On opening day, Meg awakens to learn that two rare chickens were stolen from the chicken tent, and one of the giant pumpkins was smashed, leaving its young grower heartbroken. Next, a valuable quilt disappears from the arts-and-crafts barn. Are these pranks meant to sabotage the fair, or are they decoys to muddy the waters and hide the real crime? While patrolling the fairgrounds to prevent further incidents, Meg and her husband hear shots fired and then find a body. When Meg's friend Molly is arrested for the murder, Meg investigates to clear her and save the fair. Meg's breezy first-person narrative, her quirky extended family members and friends, and information about heritage animals framed by the sights and sound of a state fair make this another enjoyable entry in the series.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Loved for her humor and endearing characters, the award-winning Andrews brings her 15th chuckle-inducing entry (after Some Like It Hawk). This time, things go badly at the fair when a local farmer dies and Meg's friend is accused of the crime. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.