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THE HEN OF THE BASKERVILLES
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
The 15th novel in this bird-themed popular cozy mystery series offers more fine-feathered foibles to chuckle over. Andrews’ ever-present humor and detailed animal lore will be familiar pleasures, and the grounded and endearing heroine offers the perfect balance to the silly shenanigans in this neatly plotted potboiler.
As an alternative to the state fair, the small Virginia town of Caerphilly decides to partner with nearby Clay County to host an UnFair, and Meg is made assistant director. But difficulties abound — stolen hens, a missing quilt, a smashed pumpkin — and an unruly winemaker makes enemies everywhere. When his fiancée turns up dead on the midway and his former wife, a friend of Meg’s, is suspected of the crime, Meg tries to investigate, despite Clay County’s inept deputy trampling all over the crime scenes. Is it a case of sour grapes behind the killing? What about those other crimes? (MINOTAUR, Jul., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino
Published: July 2013