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The Falcon Always Wings Twice
Meg Langslow #27
by Donna Andrews
St Martin s Press, $26.99, 320pp
Published: August 2020

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

When Meg's grandmother Cordelia hosts a Renaissance Faire at her craft center, the whole family is put to work: Meg handles the blacksmithing, Michael and the boys will be performing, and no one misses the opportunity to dress up in full regalia.

More exciting to Grandfather is the pair of rare falcons he discovers breeding at the fairgrounds. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector.

When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead—an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins—Grandfather is a prime suspect.

Donna Andrews’s long-running Meg Langslow series continues to be beloved by its fans, who loyally read every new installment. The Falcon Always Wings Twice is a perfect new addition, full of laughter, adventure, and Andrews's wonderful cast of wacky characters.

Meg’s family is all working at her grandmother’s Renaissance Faire for the summer.  Along with the regular Ren faire attractions there is an on-going play to entertain the tourists with the actors creating improvisational  scenes throughout the day all around the faire in an on-going story of who will succeed Queen Cordelia - aka Meg’s grandmother - to the throne of the mythical kingdom of Albion.  One of the least popular actors is found murdered in the woods and the search for the killer is just one problem for Meg as she worries over the health of her friend and mentor Faulk and tries to keep her grandfather from annoying her grandmother.

The characters are fun and not so off-the-wall as to be unbelievable.  The action moves quickly and while Meg solves the mystery, her actions in doing so seem totally reasonable unlike many cozy mystery sleuths.

While it is likely that having reading all 26 previous books in the series might help with a few of the minor background details of family relationships and so forth this is also easily read as the first foray into Meg’s family.  I had sort of drifted away from this series for a few years though this one reminds me of why I so enjoyed the series and I will be looking up the ones I have not yet read as well as keeping my eye out for the next installment. Highly recommended ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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