How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22) by Donna Andrews

How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)

Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens' A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager.The show must go on, even if the famous―though slightly over-the-hill―actor who's come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly su...

Details How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)

TitleHow the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas, Cozy Mystery, Humor, Adult

Reviews How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)

  • Juli
    Meg Langslow's husband, Michael is directing the annual charity benefit production of A Christmas Carol. Instead of Michael's usual one man show, this time they have hired a big-name actor to star in the production, but Malcolm Haver has been a problem from day one. He's a raging alcoholic, chronically late, and just a complete pain. Both Meg and Michael hope that having Haver in the cast will boost ticket sales, if his out of control drinking do...
  • Mark Baker
    This Christmas, Meg’s husband Michael has turned his one-man production of A Christmas Carol into a full play. In an effort to bring in more people to watch, Malcolm Haver has been cast as Scrooge. Malcolm is best known for a part in a cult TV show from 30 years ago, but he does have a loyal fan base. Unfortunately, he also has a habit of showing up late and drunk. In an effort to find out where Malcolm is getting his alcohol, Meg follows him f...
  • Karen
    September 12th I finished Donna Andrews upcoming holiday themed Meg Langslow Mystery, How the Finch Stole Christmas. This one is out October 24th and published by Minotaur Books. I love the cover, and this is the first in series I have ever read. Even though I had not read the series, I found this was easy to follow and I was pleased that it was not at all predictable. Having read similar themed Christmas cozies, I was sure I had it all figured o...
  • Jammin Jenny
    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in Virginia. The characters were well developed and the story line had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I did guess who the main villain was near the end before it was revealed, which is always nice when I'm reading a cozy. I would recommend this book to people that love animals, cozy mysteries, and holiday stories.I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.
  • Dawn Michelle
    OH how I love these books. Totally and completely love them. And all the wacky characters that come with them. This time around, Michael [Meg's husband] is putting on The Christmas Carol as a whole, instead of as a one-man play as he has always done. And he has managed to persuade a "has-been" actor to play the part of Scrooge. But that man has a drinking problem and things are not going well. Especially when they find out that someone has been ...
  • FangirlNation
    Donna Andrews comes back strong with How the Finch Stole Christmas!, the 22nd book in Andrews’s Meg Langslow series. In the previous Christmas books in this series, we have seen Michael, Meg’s theater professor husband, perform a dramatic recitation of A Christmas Carol to raise money for the local book bank. This year, he has expanded the performance into a complete cast production that will raise money for many of the programs run by the ci...
  • Kelly
    **I voluntarily read this ARC**My feelings on this are slightly complicated. Overall, I really enjoyed it. My only issue is that parts of the story had a disconnected feeling to them. Other than that, it was great.
  • Clare O'Beara
    I enjoy the mystery books about blacksmith Meg Langslow and her extended family in Caerphilly. Here the folks are doing something quite usual for a change; putting on a Christmas production of A Christmas Carol. In trying to keep the visiting big-name actor away from drink, Meg discovers an out-of-town pet hoarder and puppy mill, ready to sell pets for Christmas. A hiker has been found dead early in the tale, and when a second death occurs it sta...
  • Nancy Haddock
    Donna Andrews never, ever disappoints! This newest Meg Langslow mystery delivers the characters (sometimes wacky), the plot, the laughs, and the action that doesn't let the reader go!
  • Jill
    Meg Langslow is back again. Despite just chasing down errant seagulls just a few months ago (Gone Gull), she's back this Christmas season to celebrate How the Finch Stole Christmas! And to share in the joy of the holiday season, she has brought her whole crazy family to the party, along with special guests. For this year's Christmas in Caerphilly Festival, Michael decided to change his one-man A Christmas Carol into a full cast, and the town put...
  • Brenda
    Love this light-hearted series and this is a great Christmas romp in Caerphilly. There were a few glaring editing errors that sort of surprised me. In one place it said himself instead of myself which made absolutely no sense at all. I am wondering if these types of errors are more prevalent in ebooks? I am also wondering just how old Spike the dog is now since he was around well before Meg’s twins who are now ten year olds.
  • Bea Charmed
    3.5 starsI am so far behind in this series, sigh. But I just couldn't pass this up when the opportunity to review it arose. Fortunately, the story worked even though I was behind. I think it would probably work as a stand alone even if you've read none of the preceding books. Andrews sprinkled in the necessary back info and character info as needed, sparing us an info dump, and making it easy to understand what was going on.The story was set at C...
  • Grey853
    It's nearing Christmas and Meg's husband is working with an alcoholic as his lead for A Christmas Carol. She's doing her best to keep the guy sober, but isn't having much luck. In her task she comes across an exotic animal trafficking ring and soon stumbles across a murder.Like most of the books in this series there are dozens of characters and one chaotic situation after another. I've always found this frustrating. I'd much rather the author foc...
  • Nicole
    I picked up How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22) by Donna Andrews as a lark - it looked like a cute cozy mystery to listen to during the first week of December. I was not disappointed! The characters and story line were engaging, and I really enjoyed meeting the residents of the town of Caerphilly while they readied the town for their production of A Christmas Carol. A 5-star read (well, listen!) for me, and I will most certainly loo...
  • Linnea
    just a fun holiday read.
  • Molly
    My mom lent me this book even though I hadn't read any other books in the series. It was delightful, and while I'm interested enough in the characters to want to go back and read the other books, I didn't feel I was missing something by starting in the middle of the series.
  • Ping Naka
    This series has become more and more cozy. So cozy that I’m starting to feel suffocated. The plot is good. A lot of fun. But it’s like one family that runs the town.
  • Kathy Davie
    Twenty-second in the Meg Langslow amateur sleuth cozy mystery series and revolving around a very organized blacksmith and her young family based in Caerphilly, Virginia.My Take It’s modern-day Christmas Victoriana in its cozy, homey small-town ways with supportive characters, as Andrews adds a healthy dose of humor, which will keep you chuckling.Meg is most definitely the primary character in How the Finch Stole Christmas! — the local cops sh...
  • Mary
    I do thoroughly enjoy Donna Andrews Meg Langslow stories and have been waiting for this book to come out and be available for me to borrow. I would search shelves at libraries to see if they had a copy available and I put it on waiting lists for Kindle from other libraries. This lives up to giving information on animals and why some should never be for sale to the public and why you shouldn't buy from a puppy mill. My heart broke reading about th...
  • Tad
    There is no place I’d rather spend Christmas than in Caerphilly with Meg Langslow. Donna Andrews’ latest Meg Langslow mystery has the town in the throes of another Christmas season with Meg this time acting as assistant director to her husband’s production of A Christmas Carol. Of course nothing goes smoothly as the college has hired a has-been actor who proves to be both difficult and a rather determined alcoholic. Add in Meg’s grandfath...
  • Eileen Lynx
    So good I read it in one day!
  • Marilyn Fontane
    How the Finch Stole Christmas by Donna Andrews is a merry, merry Christmas cozy. I was a bit dubious when picking it up because of the title, but it is indeed both a very suspenseful and a very funny read. There is a big flaw in it that becomes apparent at the conclusion, but the joyful story up to that point almost makes you not care. Meg Langslow's husband is putting on a Christmas play (Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol) and has hired a previ...
  • Barbara Hackel
    The general area of the village of Caerphilly is home to some of the most unique people and situations in both the fictional and real world. Meg Langslow and extended family are right in the thick of whatever is going on. The fact that Meg, husband Michael, and the Langslow family are some of the most unique and unusual people in fiction adds to the charm of the series. Meg and Michael seem to have limitless energy, as well as a genuine desire to...
  • RO G'ma
    How the Finch Stole Christmas! Is the 22nd installment in Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow Mysteries series and is an enjoyable read. This is the first book I’ve read written by this author and I enjoyed her writing style. Even though I haven’t read the previous books in this series, Ms. Andrews provided enough character background that I didn’t feel lost jumping in so late in the series. The storyline is well thought out and the characters we...
  • Maxine
    It’s almost Christmas in Caerphilly and Meg Lanslow is busy trying to prepare for the holiday. Her husband, Michael, is directing the annual Christmas play, A Christmas Carol, at his college. Usually, he plays Scrooge but this year, the Board decided to bring in, Malcolm Havers, a professional actor. Unfortunately Havers, who hasn’t had a real role in three decades, has a drinking problem that is wreaking havoc with the schedule and, even wor...
  • Anne
    Fans of the series will be very comfortable with this outing. Animals, as is frequent, play a role including many Gouldian (?) finches. Family members pop up including a new trend of new family members being introduced (and basically disappearing) and a few locals get a bit more page time.This is a very Meg centered book. While close family get a little page time, they don't play much of a role even Michael, who again, is putting on a Christmas p...
  • Daniele
    It’s Christmas time in Caerphilly, Virginia, and Meg has a lot on her to-do “list that tells her when to breathe”. Husband Michael is directing a full cast in A Christmas Carol, including a past his prime leading man with more affinity for the bottle than his lines. Trying to keep Malcolm Haver sober is becoming a full time job for Meg. As if that was not enough, throw in a stalker fan, foster finches, a literal zoo of other animals, winter...