'Tis the season for tree trimming, mistletoe-dangling, and a cut-throat competition that has everyone in Caerphilly on edge. Whatever happened to the simple joys and magical spirits of Christmas? Meg Langslow's own mother is among those participating in a holiday-themed design extravaganza in which each room in an untenanted show house is decorated for the public to view. All the proceeds go to charity-so why are all the contestants fighting tooth and nail to win first prize? "Intrigue...amusement...Andrews reliably delivers. She also manages to slip in profundities and sentiments that warm the heart."-New York Journal of Books That is the question Meg is trying to answer after Clay Spottiswood, the most haughty and hostile of the designers, turns up dead. With tempers flaring and fears on the rise, can Meg sort through the tinsel-strewn mayhem and solve a murder...before the killer strikes again?
"Andrews does a spectacular job tying up all the loose ends into a big holiday bow!"-The Criminal Element
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I was disappointed. I love this series as a whole but this felt like a throw away. It was too short and very skimpy on the recurring characters. Yes, there was a flock of decorators, but Michael was barely in the book at all. Not to mention her dad, her grandfather, Rob, etc. And Pam seems to have been forgotten altogether. I hope the next installment uses the rich back story and characters Donna Andrews has established.
I know, I know, I almost always say I love a book, but then I tend to stick with authors I love and I LOVE Donna Andrews and the cast of characters in her books. I like it that Andrews' books are continuing tales of Meg Langslow and her family and the murders she ends of finding and solving. I don't know how Andrews does it but she makes murder at Christmas fun, so I really look forward to her Christmas oriented books! This one centers on Meg's mother and a cast of unique interior designers decorating a Christmas show house with Meg keeping them headed in the right direction even after one of the designers ends up dead! The neat thing about Andrews' books is that you can pick up one from anywhere in the series and they make sense without her having to fill in a lot of details from previous books. They really do stand alone well. But saying that I think if you read this and haven't read her other books, you will want to!
Reading the Nightingale before Christmas was like reading a Christmas letter from home. You cant wait to hear about Meg, about her parents, her husband and children, and about all of the familiar characters in Caerphilly. In this letter, Meg has volunteered to oversee decorating a show house for Christmas, with the winning proceeds going to charity. All seems to be going well until one of the decorators is found dead as a doornail. There are keys being lost, walls being destroyed, and Christmas chaos abounds. Meg tries to figure out whodunit while trying to stay on schedule. not an easy task since her list contains Christmas carol with the family, attending her husbands one man show, and the yearly Christmas play that her twins are in. The only good news is that her mother in law is cooking Christmas dinner.
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