Author: Donna Andrews
Original language: English
Meg Langslow is back for another loony adventure in the latest installment of Andrews’ bird series. Although the author’s dry humor and offbeat characters are much more entertaining than her mystery plots, enough happens in these stories to hold readers’ interest. This time Meg and her boyfriend, Michael, head to the remote island of Monhegan, off the coast of Maine. Meg’s hopes for a romantic interlude are blown away when a hurricane hits the island. Compounding matters, she discovers that her entire family is staying at the normally empty family cottage, and the island is being overrun by birdwatchers. The final blow comes when one of Meg’s mother’s old beaus is found murdered, making Meg’s father a suspect. As Meg and Michael investigate, they learn a great deal about the colorful inhabitants of Monhegan–both human and avian. The puffin angle proves very amusing, especially as it is manifested in the character of Rhapsody, a weird children’s book author who writes about the “Happy Puffin Family.” An enjoyable flight of fancy.