When Caerphilly's small but exotic zoo is forced into bankruptcy, the inhabitants are farmed out to local households. Meg's father being the animal lover he is, somehow the penguins end up in the farmhouse she shares with fiancé Michael - along with an increasing parade of other former zoo residents, brought to her home at her father's suggestion. As the llamas are joined by camels, deer and three hyenas, famed naturalist Montgomery Blake also appears. He's far more irritating in person than on National Geographic specials, but surprisingly it's not his body Meg's father finds while digging a penguin pool in the basement. Meg's only hope is to identify his killer, and him.
This is the most recent Meg Langslow mystery, and you'll be relieved to learn that any more reviews are at least a year away! I have glutted on the series, and hope that in itself is tribute to how much I've enjoyed it. The writing is warm and funny, the characters involving and true, the plots genuine and outrageous, and the whole thing has been a welcome change of pace from the fairly full on reading I've had to do for uni. However, the pace of required reading has now eased up, and I'm ready to tackle some more heavy writing. If you, too, are in need of light distraction, don't go past this series. - Alex