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Some Like It Hawk    by Donna Andrews order for
Some Like It Hawk
by Donna Andrews
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St. Martin's, 2013 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I don't read a lot of cozy mysteries but I love this rollicking Meg Langslow series. Some Like It Hawk is the fourteenth hilarious episode, following The Real Macaw. Series regulars include Meg's husband Michael Waterston (associate drama professor at Caerphilly College), twins Josh and Jamie, her brother Rob, her cousin Rose Noire, her parents, her choleric grandfather, and Chief Burke whose investigations she regularly aids.

As Some Like It Hawk opens, Caerphilly has become known as 'The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail'. After the ex-mayor stole borrowed funds, the Evil Lender repossessed all public buildings, and has land seizures in mind. Town clerk Phineas Throckmorton has barricaded himself inside the courthouse basement for over a year, foiling their takeover.

Townsfolk are running a summer arts-and-crafts festival (where Meg gives smithing shows) to raise money and keep Phineas secretly supplied with necessities via a rather claustrophobic old Underground Railroad tunnel. The titular hawk, brought in by one of the Evil Lender's security guards, has been hunting Mr. Throckmorton's beloved pigeons.

Meg's life is complicated enough managing all of this when murder strikes ... inside the courthouse. The victim is one of the lender's people, and the chief suspect is Phineas Throckmorton! If Meg doesn't find the true killer soon, Chief Burke will be forced to arrest Phineas and so end the courthouse siege. Tensions rise after further violence, and an old enemy returns to cause more grief. All in all, Caerphilly has its 'most exciting Fourth in years.'

As always, Donna Andrews delivers a charming cozy, filled with engagingly eccentric characters (both good guys and bad), quirky happenings, constant small town action, a solid mystery, and tons of fun. Don't miss Some Like It Hawk.

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