Cozy mysteries are mystery series that are usually light on the blood and guts with the main sleuth having an interesting backstory continuing throughout the series. The library has just added a new series to the mystery section: the Meg Langslow Mysteries by Donna Andrews, all of which have a bird-themed title. And, the latest, Lord of the Wings, comes just in time for a quick, fun Halloween themed read. Meg Langslow has the unusual profession of blacksmith in a small town in Virginia at beginning of the series, but by this book (#19 in the series) she is married to an actor and has twin boys to juggle. While Meg is usually organizing things, this year she is just part of the Goblin Patrol, the local voluntary security force for the town’s huge Halloween festival. But when the police discover a dead body in the woods outside of town and then the Goblin Patrol finds a creepy and deadly Halloween scavenger hunt, Meg finds herself in the middle of a mystery yet again. On top of that the organizer of the festival disappears and Meg is put in charge again. She juggles the Halloween festival, the murder mystery, and the ever-changing costume requests of two wiggly six-year-old boys. Unlike some series this book doesn’t recap all the background details in the first few chapters, but it’s still understandable if you’d like to start with a seasonal read. The library will have the rest of the back series available for check out as well.
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