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, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas, Humor

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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth
    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
    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...
  • Kathleen
    This book can be read as a standalone. You do nt need to know the history behind the characters to understand what is going on. This book centers basically on Meg Langslow. You are halfway through the book before a murder occurs.The story begins when the town hires a named actor to be Scrooge in the The Christmas Carol which is being directed by Michael, Meg’s husband. The town feels this will sell more tickets. The actor has a sever alcohol pr...
  • Sarah
    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...
  • Ed
    #22 in the Meg Langslow series; and Christmas Mystery #4 - after The Nightingale Before Christmas (2014). Kudos to author Andrews, her imagination shows no bounds and the wacky exploits of Meg's extended family and the town of Caerphilly, VA. continue unabated. I look forward to her new efforts with great anticipation and hope the Christmas mysteries become an annual feature.Meg is serving as the assistant director of her husband Michael's stagin...
  • Diane Hernandez
    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
    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
    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...
  • Nancy Brady
    The twenty-second bird-themed Meg Langslow mystery is as fresh as the first with exotic finches playing their part.It is Christmas time in Caerphilly, and with it are upcoming performances of the Dickens story/play, A Christmas Carol. That is, if Meg, Michael, and the crew can keep the Hollywood star, Haver, sober and on task. Unfortunately, he is considered a 'person of interest' in a finch and exotic animal smuggling ring and murder.Will Meg ca...
  • Laura M
    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
    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...
  • Erin
    I received an advance copy of this book in a giveaway. I was mostly unimpressed through most of the novel as I did not find the characters particularly engaging. However, the last third of the book became more intriguing and the solution of the mystery managed to be surprising enough to make the book worth reading. Perhaps earlier books in the series were more entertaining throughout with better character development. I would imagine it is diffic...
  • Donna
    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...
  • Berni Phillips
    I love these books. They're safe, humorous murder mysteries. The dead body always is from a person who is not very nice. The very nice and efficient Meg always gets threatened with bodily injury during the end, but she's never seriously harmed.I've been reading these from the beginning. I can't believe there are 22 of them. In book 1, she meets the man she's going to marry. In book 22, their twins are 10.I enjoy these books the way I used to enjo...
  • Sarah Adamson
    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 ...