It’s time to catch you up on my reading.
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
I was drawn to this author by her cute titles, many of which feature birds, and I bought this particular book because the price was right ($3.99 new!). Did I get my money’s worth? Absolutely.
Amateur sleuth Meg Langslow is helping out at her brother’s software company, where they’re working on the follow-up to an enormously popular video game. As temporary office manager, Meg has to deal with such difficulties as the company mascot (a stinky buzzard that they keep in the waiting room), a rabid fan who repeatedly tries to sneak in, and the wacky staff of computer geeks employed by her brother. When the automated mail cart rolls into the reception area laden with a dead body, the police pick her brother as their #1 suspect, and Meg starts her own investigation to clear his name.
This book had to work extra hard to impress me. I’m not a big fan of mysteries and I generally dislike books written in the first person. It turned out to be the right kind of mystery for me, light and fluffy and free of gore, and though I initially found the narrator’s tone to be grating, she grew on me. Overall Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon is a fun read, perfect for a day at the beach. The excerpt of the next book in the series, Owl’s Well That Ends Well, sounds interesting and I may well pick it up the next time I need some light reading.