The ninth in Andrews' Meg Langley series, Cockatiels at Seven sees our heroine unexpectedly landed with the two-year-old son of an old friend. Karen and Meg used to be close but have drifted, and when Karen fails to return Meg begins to investigate, propelled in perhaps equal parts by concern for her friend and terror that she'll be responsible for Timmy for the rest of her days.
Andrews is adept at weaving mystery and humour together, and this contribution is no exception. Although probably fine as a stand alone, familiarity with Meg, new husband Michael, and her eccentric family add a layer of hilarity and resonance to the novel. I only wish I'd reviewed Cockatiels at Seven closer to the time of reading so I could add more detail. - Alex