Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: Toucan Keep A Secret by: Donna Andrews

Title: Toucan Keep A Secret
Author: Donna Andrews
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Meg Langslow #23
Pages: 294
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Gull.

Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan Meg's friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the columbarium (the small building where cremated remains are held), Meg finds an elderly parishioner lying dead on the floor of the crypt. Several niches have been chiseled open; several urns knocked out; and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone.

The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife's ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him to the columbarium? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind?

While the Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. During this task, Meg learns many secrets about Caerphilly's history--and finds that the toucan may play a role in unmasking the killer. Clues and events indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief--who might also be the killer.

Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series. 

My Thoughts: 

Meg is watching over the church while the pregnant pastor Robyn suffers at home on bedrest.  When Meg discovers someone is the columbarium when she investigates she finds a dead body.  Robyn asks Meg to make the arrangements for the disturbed crypts to be reburied.  The victim being investigated for his death leads to a long ago burglary.  As Meg investigates the heat seems to be on her by people wanting her out of the way!  Will she figure it out or get herself knocked out!

I love Meg and her family and friends.  We also get to follow Meg as she investigates the crypts that were disturbed which coincide with the robbery! It was a mystery inside a mystery one of the greatest ones there are!  Can't wait to see what is next for Meg and her family and friends!
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