Image of Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow Mysteries)


Image of Six Geese A-Slaying (Meg Langslow Mysteries)

Andrews' story is filled with light humor, strong dialogue and believable tension between characters, particularly Meg and her mother. But her story needs to be pared down. The murder isn't discovered until chapter six, and there's too much emphasis on setting the scene, backstory and character development, all of which slows the story to a crawl.

When Santa Claus is murdered at the start of the holiday parade, amateur detective Meg Langslow finds that being "Mistress of the Revels" is more stressful than she imagined. Adding to her displeasure is a scandal-seeking newspaper reporter who's covering the parade. The victim is a cantankerous man who was chosen to play Santa because of his white beard, not his personality. Prior to the start of the parade "Santa" had complained about the noisy children, kicked a dog and angered members of an animal activist group, so the list of suspects is long and varied. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Nov., 288 pp., $22.95)
Reviewed by: 
Roseann Marlett