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Six geese a-slaying
2008
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Meg and Michael's house is serving as the marshaling point for the annual Caerphilly Christmas parade. The theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and it features twelve drummers from the school marching band, eleven bagpipers, ten leaping lords costumed in medieval finery from the college drama department, etc. There are also assorted Christmas-themed floats, a live nativity scene on a flatbed truck, the Three Wise Men on Caerphilly zoo camels, and Santa Claus in a bright red horse-drawn sleigh (eight reindeer were beyond the zoo's scope).

 

Meg has been volunteered to organize the parade, which is to proceed from her house to the local campus, where Santa will take up residence to hear the Christmas wishes of the town's children. Of course, getting all the camels, pipers, leapers, and drummers in order is proving every bit as difficult as Meg feared it would be. Then her nephew Eric, wide-eyed and ashen-faced, whispers, "Meg, something's wrong with Santa."

 

The local curmudgeon, whose beard and belly made him a natural for the role, has been murdered. Now Meg and Chief Burke, who is playing one of the wise men, are faced with the two-fold mission of solving the murder and saving Christmas!

 

Readers can look forward to another zany Meg Langslow mystery---this one filled with outrageous Christmas spirit…and mayhem.

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Fans of comic cozies who have never read Andrews' Meg Langslow mysteries have a real treat in store. This tenth book in the award-winning series takes place in Meg's rural home-town, Caerphilly, Virginia. In fact, it takes place primarily in Meg's backyard, the mustering point for the annual holiday parade. The theme this year is The Twelve Days of Christmas (hence the six geese), but tribute is also paid to other holidays, including the Hindu Festival of Lights. All seems to be going as well as can be expected, given Meg's zany family, friends, and assorted animals, when her young nephew whispers, Something's wrong with Santa. Indeed, something is very wrong, and it's up to parade organizer Meg and police chief Burke (who was one of the camel-riding wise men) to figure out who murdered the old curmudgeon. It seems that while Ralph Doleson may have looked like Santa, his personality led to far more enemies than friends. Lots of silly but infectious humor and just enough mystery.--Coon, Judy Copyright 2008 Booklist
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