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)
ISBN9781250115454
Author
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas
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Reviews How the Finch Stole Christmas! (Meg Langslow #22)

  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Dawn Michelle
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    **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.
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Barbara Hackel
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    I really liked this one. Josh and Jamie have grown into wonderful 10-year olds. Michael has expanded his one man show of A Christmas Carol into a full production. They hired a B-movie actor named Malcolm Haver as Scrooge. The man is a belligerent unrepentant alcoholic. He shows up to rehearsals late and drunk. Randall has convinced the town to not sell the man alchohol but he keeps getting it anyway. Haver even tried to yell at the costume mistre...
  • Connie
    1970-01-01
    Wow! This is book #22 in the Meg Langslow series. If, like me, you look at a number that high thinking you’ll never get around to the first 21, don’t pass up the opportunity to read this one. The author, Donna Andrews, filled in all the blanks, and at no time did I feel lost because of something that happened in a previous book that I wasn’t clued in to. This works very well as a standalone.While it is a murder mystery, there are quite a nu...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I am a huge Meg Langslow mystery fan! I binge-read the entire series up through book 20, then had to wait (rather impatiently) for books 21 and 22. How the Finch Stole Christmas is another delightful story in the series. I really enjoy the Christmas-themed mysteries, and was glad to see Meg's husband continue on with his "Dicken's A Christmas Carol" show. This time, he changed from a one-man show to a full production, with Meg as the stage manage...
  • Diane Hernandez
    1970-01-01
    Great mystery but missing usual comedic family subplots.It's Christmastime in Caerphilly. Michael's college has decided to bring in a has-been actor named Malcolm Haver to increase tourist attendance for its annual play, A Christmas Carol. Unfortunately, Haver has a drinking problem, which means slurred speech and missed rehearsals. Meg convinces her family and friends to not sell Haver any alcohol. So where is he acquiring it? The answer leads t...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    It's nearly Christmas in Caerphilly. Michael is directing the production of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is being portrayed by an almost forgotten actor named Haver who has a drinking problem. In the meantime, Goudian finches are plentiful in the area thanks to a wildlife smuggling ring. Meg finds more finches, a tiger, a puppy mill, other exotic animals, and house full of cats, and a corpse, after following Haver to locate his drink supplier. Have...
  • Jessi
    1970-01-01
    It’s Christmas in Caerphilly once again. This year brings Michael directing A Christmas Carol but, instead of a one-man show, it’s a full-on play. The university is insisting he bring in an aging B-list (on a good day) television actor in as Scrooge. Too bad the man is not only ill-tempered, he’s drunk more often than not, even with the mayor threatening retaliation to anyone who gives the man liquor. And Meg Langslow’s usual web of spies...
  • Laura M
    1970-01-01
    A smuggling ring, a corpse in the snow, and a Christmas program. Only Donna Andrews can seamlessly combine these into a cohesive cozy mystery. This year's Christmas play in Caerphilly will feature a has-been actor in the hope the name recognition will improve ticket sales. However, when the actor comes to rehearsals drunk everyday (if he comes at all), Meg and Michael must prepare for the worst. Meg has other things on her plate, though, as she s...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Book 22 in the series, but I think Ms. Andrews does an excellent job of making each book a stand alone story.Every year I look forward to a new Christmas book in this series. Meg and her family never fail to make me laugh, and this one was no different. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one through NetGalley and I pretty much snuggled down and read it in one sitting. My family is used to me laughing out loud when I read a Meg book, so they...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    The town of Caerphilly is once again planning a fun holiday season. Meg Langslow's husband, Michael, is the director of this years production of A Christmas Carol. The town hires a once-semi-famous actor, Malcolm Havers, to star in the show. Meg sets out to take care of the star and to find out who is supplying alcohol to Mr. Havers. There is a menagerie of animals, family and of course those multiplying finch that are turning up everywhere! Oh w...
  • Sarah Adamson
    1970-01-01
    So very very happy to receive this book on the day of release (yesterday) and had to stay up late to read it in one sitting!! Meg is fabulous as always! This story, another Christmas story, tells about the Christmas play being put on by Caerphilly. Instead of all the pressure being on Michael to perform his one man Scrooge Show, the town decide to attract more tourists by inviting a celebrity to join the local cast. Unfortunately he comes with a ...
  • Stylesplenty
    1970-01-01
    It is my first time reading a book by Donna Andrews and I was able to read this bookfor free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was a slow read for me at the beginning but then it picked up. I did not know that this was a book for Meg Langslow mystery series. (spoiler alert)Meg and her husband Michael were directing a production of A Christmas Carol and having problems with the leading actor, Malcom Haver. This story takes place ...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads and the publisher. The copy I received as an "Advance Uncorrected Proof". #stmartinspressSet in a small town in Virginia in December, this mystery book follows the story of Meg, her husband and the Christmas Carol show they are working to stage at a local college. The star of the show, a slightly over the hill actor with a drinking problem causes all kinds of trouble. They find a town's person de...
  • Joy
    1970-01-01
    Such a delight. I raced through reading HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! in one day even though I was doing errands, then turned around and listened to it. I think the audio version turned out even better than the print. Meg's whole family's involvement with performing "A Christmas Carol" expands, to include all of their contributions to solving the murder of a completely incongruous character seen by readers only once from a distance. Police Chief...
  • Argum
    1970-01-01
    Meg is back and it is Christmas again. This time the focus in on the play. This year a 'big name' has been brought in instead of a one man Michael show. That ' big name' is really an older B movie star with a serious drinking problem. At least, unlike Clay County, there are no dead bodies laying around. Meg follows the drunken actor to his bootlegger and discovers a major animal rescue need - cat hoarding, tigers, and a puppy mill rolled into one...
  • MAB LongBeach
    1970-01-01
    Another entry in the Meg Langslow mystery series. It is Christmas in Caerphilly again. This year, it was decided to hire a name actor to play Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." Unfortunately, the minor star has made himself very unpopular and has a habit of showing up to rehearsals drunk. Meanwhile, a wildlife smuggling ring is in operation nearby, flooding the town with confiscated birds. As usual, Meg sticks her nose into everything.It is always a...
  • Darcysmom
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed How the Finch Stole Christmas. It is the 22nd book in the Meg Langslow Mystery series. This was my introduction to Meg, her family, and the town of Caerphilly. I am pleased with how well the book stood on its own. Meg is a well developed main character. Her relationships with her family, friends, and the townspeople are well established and f...
  • CAROL GUTTRY
    1970-01-01
    With all apologies to some of my other cozy mystery authors ( Ellery Adams) this is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and the only problem I have with it is waiting so long for each new one. Donna Andrews is a smart and funny writer who has managed to create characters that are believable and make you want to know them. Meg and her husband Michael, her father and mother, her grandfather and grandmother, the twins and the rest of the extend...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    I've like this series from the beginning and now with this being book 22 in the Meg Langslow series you can see the family has changed and grown. This book is dealing with the college and town collaborating in a big production of the Christmas Carol. Michael is in charge but the big name British actor is causing him nothing but pain. All the usual assortment of friends and family are around to celebrate the holidays. Meg has another murder to sol...
  • Jacque
    1970-01-01
    Meg and her wonderful, loony cast of friends and family are back along with many animals and a body or two. Meg's husband is directing a production of A Christmas Carol and having problems with the leading actor. Scrooge is miserly and crabby, but this actor is alcoholic and obnoxious. Soon Meg is juggling investigating smuggled animals, murder, a rabid fan, and an uncooperative lead actor. And it all leads to laughs and a fun mystery. This serie...
  • Rebecca L Hammond
    1970-01-01
    Excellent bookAgainst excellent book in an excellent series. Unexpected ending with a well written plot and story. Can be a stand alone book which I highly recommend, however the series is so well written I recommend reading it in order. Series is so well written I've re-read it a number of times.
  • Janice Cafarelli
    1970-01-01
    I won this Advance Uncorrected Proof on Goodreads.. Even so I found very few corrections that needed to be done. Donna Andrews is a new author for me to read and why it has taken me so long to find her I can't understand. From the minute I started reading this light mystery I could not put it down. I fell in love with this small , community involved town and its people from the start!!