Monday, May 27, 2013

No Nest for the Wicket, by Donna Andrews

Read from March 11 to 14, 2013

No Nest for the Wicket is #7 in Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow cozy mystery series, about a blacksmith / amateur sleuth.

The Wicket in the title refers, not to typical croquet, but to Extreme Croquet.  Extreme Croquet is a team sport which is the latest fad in and around the town where Meg and Michael live.  Extreme Croquet is not played on carefully manicured level lawns, but in such extreme locations as the cow and sheep pastures across the road from Meg's house.  

When playing Extreme Croquet in such extreme locations, one might expect to encounter cow patties and poison ivy, but not a dead body - that is, unless one is Meg Langlow.  (Meg seems to attract bodies the way Jessica Fletcher did on Murder She Wrote.)  

Meg solves this murder even better than Jessica Fletcher could have, because Meg solves it despite the meddling assistance of her zany family, around the demands of the Extreme Croquet tournament, and with a huge dose of hilarity.  

Another highly recommended read!