OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS in the 26th novel – and the 6th set at Christmastime – in the Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews.
It’s Christmas in Caerphilly (again), and Meg Langslow is helping her grandfather host a scientific conference on owls at a local inn. A blizzard strikes the area – guaranteeing a white Christmas but also trapping all of the conference attendees and other guests at the inn. Despite the unexpected snowfall, everything is going fine at the conference until one of the attendees is poisoned at the banquet. The victim in not well-liked among the other owl enthusiasts, and the list of people who wanted him dead is extensive. With the police unable to get to the inn, Meg does what she can to sort through the motives and figure out the identity of the killer.
OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a great addition to the Meg Langslow series. With the suspects all trapped in the inn due to the excessive snowfall, Meg’s job to find the killer is a bit easier than in previous novels. Whoever committed the murder is still on site in the hotel. There are a number of suspects with plausible motives, and the reader is kept guessing up until the end. Like all of the other novels in the Meg Langslow series, OWL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is well-written, fast-paced, and a delightful read.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.