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The Falcon Always Wings Twice

A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 27
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Series: Meg Langslow, Book 27
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Terns of Endearment.

When Meg's grandmother, Cordelia, hosts a Renaissance Faire at her craft center, the whole family is put to work: Meg handles the blacksmithing, Michael and the boys will be performing, and no one misses the opportunity to dress up in full regalia.

More exciting to Grandfather is the pair of rare falcons he discovers breeding at the fairgrounds. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector.

When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead - an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins - Grandfather is a prime suspect.

Donna Andrews’s long-running Meg Langslow series continues to be beloved by its fans, who loyally listen to every new installment. The Falcon Always Wings Twice is a perfect new addition, full of laughter, adventure, and Andrews's wonderful cast of wacky characters.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

©2020 Donna Andrews (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 06-08-2020

An excellent return to the quality of older books!

Meg Langslow organizes a Renaissance Faire with her grandmother, Cordelia, in The Falcon Always Wings Twice, the 27th book in Donna Andrews’s Meg Langslow series. Located at the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, which Cordelia runs, the faire has been growing in numbers each weekend for a month, with each member of Meg’s family playing a role. As Meg works her blacksmith forge, her twin sons serve as apprentices, her mother has designed the costumes, and her father is in charge of the first aid tent. Even Michael, Meg’s husband, a drama professor at the prestigious Caerphilly College, directs a street theater with a Renaissance- themed premise. Everything is going well except that one actor, Terrance, seems determined to wreak as much havoc as possible among all the actors participating in “the game.” Then, before dawn the next day, Meg’s family goes on an owl watching expedition. When Meg’s grandfather, a world-class zoologist in his 90s, trips over a staff from the faire and falls down a slope, Meg discovers the body of Terrance tied to a tree, and her father, the medical examiner for his own county, notices that the victim has been stabbed in the back with a cheap knife of a type often sold at the RenFest. Suddenly Meg is involved deeply in trying to solve the murder while also trying to run the faire. In addition, she has to deal with a famous stage director who is eagerly trying to take over “the game.” After the incredible depth and power of Andrews’s 24th book, Lark! The Herald Angels Sing, I was a bit disappointed when the next two books came across as fun but without the depth and empowerment of Lark. I became afraid that Andrews had run out of creative ideas after writing so many books in the series. But Andrews has come back strong with The Falcon Always Wings Twice, which has a unique setting that I’ve never encountered in any other mystery book. I enjoyed getting to reconnect with characters who already seem so much like friends. I laughed when Meg’s grandfather shows up at the festival with a cage full of birds. He didn’t want their RenFest to have to go without any wrens after all! Then, once he learns that RenFest is not about birds, Grandfather immerses himself fully in the faire, even taking on the character of Magister Blake and threatening to turn the villain into a toad! Cordelia demonstrates the power of a strong woman, both in her role as Queen Cordelia and in her own personality as the woman in charge. The other returning characters also give plenty of delight in their real lives and roles within the faire. My only disappointment was that we didn’t get to see Rob until the very end and saw very little of Spike. I also thoroughly enjoyed being reunited with Tad and Falk, the now-married gay couple we met in book three, Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos. Falk served as Meg’s mentor as she learned how to be a blacksmith, and the two work together in the blacksmithing booth, assisted by Meg’s 12-year-old twins, Josh and Jamie. The boys take on the role of apprentices as Falk directs them and teaches the crowd about the role of apprentices in the Renaissance era. Cozy mysteries have only recently begun to feature gay characters to try to reflect the actual makeup of society, so it is nice to see this couple, and they do not fit traditional stereotypes of gay couples, being interracial and holding careers of blacksmithing and computer programming. I look forward to getting to spend more time with this pair in future books. Bernadette Dunne, one of my favorite narrators, performs the audiobook of The Falcon Always Wings Twice. As always, she delights her listeners with her performance, making Meg’s family highly recognizable just by the sound of each one’s voice. Her manner of making some frankly odd characters seem almost normal does her immense credit. If you are new to audiobooks, then I highly recommend this series as a great way to get an introduction to this medium, since Andrews writes with real humor and clever mysteries, while Dunne brings the books to life in a highly accessible manner. These are also audiobooks that I frequently recommend to my international student friends to help with their English too. It is wonderful to pair the genius of an author and a narrator to create the perfect audiobook. I give this book five stars!

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  • Mercy Phalen
  • 16-08-2020

I love this series

I liked the falcons as guest characters. The first part of the book I was missing the rest of the family because I love the family dinamics and interaction but later on the book they started to show up. As always a very entertaining book.

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  • Dawn
  • 16-08-2020

Another winner

I always look forward to new releases in the Meg Langslow series. Donna Andrews keeps the storyline moving along without missing a beat and not repeating any that preceded it. Bernadette Dunne has a gift of making it seem as if you are watching as the story moved along. I only have one issue....that I have to wait for the next installment.

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  • Lillian Hope Dowdey
  • 13-08-2020

MURDER AT THE REN FAIRE.

Meg's still the hero with everyone else acting as wallpaper and tired humorous memes. Boring

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  • M. Stark
  • 12-08-2020

another great one!

this is the latest in a series that I love. and it's just as great as the ones before it, maybe even greater. but please, please, read them in order. thanks!

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  • Tessa
  • 08-08-2020

Meg and Michael Do the Ren Fair

In a summer where the Renaissance Festival has been cancelled, it's been great fun to visit one run by the Langslow clan. Such a wonderful fantasy where there is a house to sleep in, an onsite laundry and food is provided at breakfast and dinner. Also midweek employment (most real Rennies have day jobs). Meg is there demonstrating her blacksmithing with the twins to help. Michael is in charge of a fairly realistic troupe of actors. It's always nice to visit with Meg and her family to see what everyone is doing lately. The mystery is interesting and reasonably involving. It is also a fairly authentic peep at how a Renaissance Festival is run. The real mystery? Where exactly are they hiding the parking lot?

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  • Camille
  • 07-08-2020

Always a Pleasure to Read

I always love reading and rereading her books! I never can predict the bad guy which is a great thing. I find myself consistently agreeing with Meg and getting frustrated with the other characters in a good way. The situations are so relatable and funny!

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  • Thea & Eric
  • 07-08-2020

One of the best books in my favorite series!

Do you love laughing out loud to this series? Then this one is for you! As my husband and I kept bursting into laughter, I realized this may be in the top three funniest books in a hilarious series. We get to see some favorite characters from past books. I loved catching up with them. And so many really well written new characters. This is a tightly plotted book that really is hilariously funny! I would give it ten stars on a five star rating system if I could. Love it!!