Friday, February 19, 2016

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE EMUS - Donna Andrews [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library, audio book [2014]

Description: Meg Langslow, the protagonist, helps a private investigator, Stanley, find her long lost grandmother, and helps her grandfather coordinate a round-up of emus escaped from an abandoned farm.

Plot: Meg and Stanley learn the long lost grandmother is recently deceased, but promise a cousin to find the grandmother's killer. While searching for the killer, Meg helps her grandfather organize a large group to round up the feral emus and transport them to a sanctuary.

Characterization: The characters are reasonably well developed. Meg's grandfather is a hoot. I'm a bit disappointed in Meg's husband Michael, who seems to be relevant to the story only as a babysitter for the kids.

Setting: A small town in Virginia. The descriptions were good altho sometimes a tad over-described, I was able to picture every scene.

Other: Sometimes I'm completely surprised by the whodunnit in a mystery, altho most of the time I can figure it out about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way thru the book. For this story, I had it figured out before the half-way point. However, this was NOT disappointing for this story. It was actually kind of exciting that I “got it right.”

Overall: The books in this series are sometimes a little slow paced, but not so slow that I would stop reading.

Grade: B+

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