Terns of Endearment (Meg Langslow Series #25)

Terns of Endearment (Meg Langslow Series #25)

by Donna Andrews


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A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Toucan Keep a Secret.

Meg Langslow's grandfather has been booked by a cruise line to give lectures on birds and other environmental topics as part of their ship’s education/entertainment itinerary, and Grandfather has arranged for a passel of family members to join him.

The passengers’ vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs in the Bermuda Triangle. To keep the stranded passengers calm, Meg’s family and friends band together to keep things organized and provide entertainment. Some even take up the cause of nursing an injured tern back to health.

But things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she's the mortal enemy of group of writers who came on board for a retreat, and the group is split on whether suicide is in-character for her. Meanwhile, grandfather’s assistant Trevor seems to have gone missing too!

The captain decides not to investigate, saying he'll notify American authorities when they reach their destination. But Meg's father thinks they should find out whether there was foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. Who wanted the writer dead? Why doesn’t the captain seem concerned? What happened to Trevor? It'll be a race against the clock to solve these mysteries before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.

Terns of Endearment is the twenty-fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250192974
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Meg Langslow Series , #25
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 24,984
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DONNA ANDREWS is a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Awards, a Romantic Times Award for best first novel, and four Lefty and two Toby Bromberg awards for funniest mystery. She is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association. Andrews lives in Reston, Virginia. Terns of Endearment is Andrews's the 25th mystery in the Meg Langslow series.

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Terns of Endearment 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Carstairs38 3 months ago
Meg Langslow’s grandfather has taken a job on a cruise ship for one voyage presenting nightly lectures on animals and the environment. Primetime, the cruise line, has offered a discount, so Meg and several other family members have joined this cruise to Bermuda. However, things don’t go as planned. The first morning as sea, the passengers wake up to find that the ship is dead in the water. Then, as the captain is briefing the passengers on the situation, another crew member bursts into the meeting to say that one of the passengers has gone overboard. It appears to be suicide, and the captain is willing to write it off as such, but Meg’s dad isn’t so sure. While the passengers wait for the ship to be fixed, he goads Meg into doing a little investigating. What will she uncover? Yes, the usual assortment of Meg’s relatives join her for this cruise, and they are up to their usual antics. I don’t find these books as funny as they used to be, but I still find them highly amusing, and I completely enjoyed my time with the characters as usual. The ship is filled with new characters, and I loved how they were developed as the story went along. The action was a little slow getting going, but once the ship got stuck, things really picked up and I was hooked. I finished the book from that point on in about 24 hours, and that included time to sleep and work. The ending is a bit rushed, but everything is explained before we turn the final page. Fans will be delighted to find the series is still going strong twenty-five books in, and I enjoyed a reference to something from the early books in the series. This is another relaxing mystery, although you might not want to take it on your next cruise.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great read as always! Ive enjoyed all Meg Langslow mysteries and the characters, especially Grandpa, watching Megs family grow, she needs a daughter now, and finally, the educational tid bits I learn along the way
CozyUpWithKathy 5 months ago
a fun addition to this long running series TERNS OF ENDEARMENT by Donna Andrews The Twenty-Fifth Meg Langslow Mystery Finally giving into requests Meg's grandfather has joined the cruise ship lecture circuit. With the offer of heavily discounted fares for family and friends, the whole clan has joined him for an environmental cruise to Bermuda. While Michael and the twins spend time playing miniature golf, her mother takes tea, and Rose Noir attempts to protect the ship and its passengers from the Bermuda Triangle, Meg befriends a group of writers. Events take a terrible turn as the ship stops during the first night and loses all power. The fancy shoes and clothing of the Diva hated by the authors are found along with a suicide note. And Grandfather's assistant has gone missing. Much to the amazement of Meg and her dad, the Captain has no intention of investigating. With nary a crew member in sight, temperatures rising, food going bad, and no way to flush the toilets, Meg's mother takes charge and all members of the clan begin, not only to investigate, but organize all of the passengers to fix the ship. Did the Diva truly commit suicide? Did Trevor merely miss the boat? Will they ever make it to Bermuda? Or are the passengers and crew in as much danger as the Bermuda skink? Meg and her eccentric clan hit the high seas in this the twenty-fifth entry to the Meg Langslow Mystery series. I've never been on a cruise, and reading this book has ensured that I never will! What a nightmare. I thought seasickness might be bad, but toilets that don't flush? Incomprehensible! As horrible as the conditions thrown at our characters, the book is actually great fun (as long as I'm reading it in my stationary air conditioned home with functioning plumbing). I love how every member of the Langslow clan, including Grandfather's tech people, have such special areas of expertise and how they all join together to help everyone. The story is compelling and the mystery intricately plotted. I was never sure exactly what was going on and how things were connected, if they even were connected. Lots of surprises kept me reading late into the night. And I loved the ending tern of events. TERNS OF ENDEARMENT is a fun addition to this long running series. Always humorous with characters you must love I enjoyed the cruise despite, and in part because of, the mishaps and can't wait to see what this amazing group of characters does next! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
casey710 6 months ago
This is the 25th book in this series and it just never gets old. I love Meg and all the familiar faces. This time they are onboard a cruise ship and get involved solving the mysterious death of a young passenger. Lots of red herrings, interesting characters and the usual witty dialogue. Looking forward to #26 Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is the 25th installment featuring Meg Lanslow and her extremely quirky and wonderful family. Dr. Blake, Meg’s grandfather, is the featured guest lecturer on a Caribbean cruise and many of the zany family have decided to go, too. On what quickly becomes a nightmare cruise, an unpleasant passenger appears to have jumped overboard. The Captain and First Mate refuse to investigate, and things go downhill from there. Was it suicide...or murder? Who can they trust? With all members of their family and friends pitching in to help, they soon have the plot wrapped up and everything shipshape once again. Rarely have I enjoyed such a long series, but Meg and her family continue to entertain and I look forward to the next book.
Kat-E 6 months ago
A quirky and comedic adventure featuring the unflappable Meg Lanslow. On an educational cruise featuring her famous naturalist grandfather, her mystery addicted dad, a mother who can be an understudy for the royal family plus her patient husband and twin sons, Meg encounters several puzzling and dangerous events. On her first day she meets a group of authors and befriends them. They are taking this trip to help then deal with the suicide of a fellow author and dear friend Nancy. She killed herself when she was accused of plagiarism by a self serving diva/writer named Desiree. Nancy had suffered from depression and these accusations drove her over the brink. The tight knit authors blame Desiree for their dear friend's death. Of course Desiree is aboard the cruise ship to everyone's dismay. Meg's family is charming and eccentric. I love the dynamics with Meg being the glue that holds all the relatives together. The ship breaks down and the crew disappears with dangerous conditions arising from heat, lack of water and food spoilage. More issues pile up. Desiree may have also committed suicide and another body is discovered. Meg and her family race around the clock to find help for the poor vacationers who are now alone and isolated. Ms. Andrews is a wonderful writer and you can picture yourself on board this ship with Meg's unique family trying to make the best of a dire situation. This book can be read as a stand alone but having some background on the numerous characters from past novels would be helpful. I absolutely recommend this charming and fast paced mystery and urge you to join this family vacation.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Some of the details on cruise ships weren't correct but the story was fantastic. I am a huge fan of Donna Andrews and have read everything she has written. If you are a fan, it won't disappoint.
Anonymous 6 months ago
TarynLee 6 months ago
in this 25th book of the series Meg is off on a cruise with her family, her grandfather booked the ship so that he could give lectures on one of his favorite subjects, birds. Things start off well but when they wake up one morning to find themselves broken down, and in the Bermuda Triangle of all places things take a different turn for the worse. One of the passengers seems to have committed suicide leaving only an note and her shoes behind making everyone one wonder what brought her to that point. Not everyone thinks that the woman would have committed suicide, they say that wasn't like her so the Captain agrees to investigate and call the American authorities to let them know what is going on. Meg is intrigued by what all has happened and can't help but do her own investigating. When Meg's grandfathers assistant, Trevor, goes missing things become much more worrisome. Where is Trevor and what could have happened to him? Follow along as Meg does her best to work both mysteries and come up with the answers to all the questions that she has been asking. Will she be able to figure out the truth about what is going on before something more sinister happens or will she be to late. This is a great series for anyone who loves a fun cozy mystery and birds!
diane92345 6 months ago
Terns of Endearment brings the whole Meg Langslow crew aboard a cruise ship to Bermuda where both murder and secrets abound! When called upon to be a wildlife lecturer, Meg’s grandfather Dr. Blake brings the whole family along on the questionably run Pastime cruise line. The ship’s crew is disorganized and unfriendly. The ship itself is falling apart. When Meg meets a group of authors, she learns they suspect another writer, Desiree, of plagiarism and causing a friend’s suicide. When Desiree disappears, presumed drowned, Meg and her family investigate. But there is more than one mystery aboard this cruise. I can’t believe we are up to the 25th Meg Langslow mystery. Having read them all, I feel like part of the Langslow family now. My favorite character continues to be Meg’s curmudgeonly grandfather so it is nice to see him away from the house and spreading his large quantity of wildlife knowledge. While reading previous books in the series will increase your enjoyment, you can easily begin right here. An enjoyable day or two joining the Langslow extended family on a cruise is a pleasant way to spend your time. It would be a perfect beach read. 4 stars! Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Mary_Russell 6 months ago
Join Meg Langslow and her family in another hilarious mystery from Donna Andrews. Meg and her family embark on a relaxing cruise that soon turns into a voyage of the damned. On the first night out a passenger commits suicide...or is murdered and then well anything that could go wrong on a cruise does. No one does humorous cozy mysteries better than Donna Andrews.
4GranJan 6 months ago
Cozy Mystery on a Bermuda Cruise Everything that could go wrong on a cruise does in this fun cozy mystery. The plot is nicely twisted. Our heroine has the most interesting family, they are a group of 16 on this cruise. This is book 25 of the series and it stands alone nicely. I enjoyed this book so much that I will be looking to read more of this author's work. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Jan Tangen 6 months ago
verbal-humor, situational-humor, family-dynamics, murder-investigation, cruise-ship, amateur-sleuth ***** A noted wildlife lecturer with entourage, an MD/ME, a holistic practitioner, a tech geek, a CSI tech, Meg Langslow with husband and twins, three popular fiction writers and one marketable but despicable one, a tippling captain, a full complement of passengers, and an overworked crew. What could possibly go wrong between Baltimore and Bermuda? Well, a suspected suicide, the cruise ship becoming disabled with no electricity or WiFi or water service while in the Bermuda Triangle, and that's just for starters. Great sleuthing with twists and red herrings abound in a real groan of a good book! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank You! And even bought the audio!
iiiireader 6 months ago
I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. Meg’s family grabbed my attention and would not let go. Then there was Michael-what-a-waste and the idea of a modern female blacksmith. How could you not want to read this series? In this book, Meg and family (and extended family, of course), set cruise on an educational cruise ship. Grandfather is the guest speaker and is given a special discount price, which induces just about every member of the clan to sashay up the gangplank and set sail. Or rather, that is what the plan was to be. When things start going awry, the idea of a cruise loses a lot of its luster. Luckily, between them, the family have the skills needed to get to the bottom of the ship’s problems. As always, I found myself laughing out loud over and over again. Each time I read a new book in this series, I consider it the best so far. That’s saying a lot as we are now up to book 25. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
jjthor 6 months ago
The next in the Meg Langlow series. A good read full of "whatever can go wrong does!!" This is one is about Meg going on a cruise with the family and meeting up with some writers that are memorialising a friend that was also a friend and has committed suicide. Wacky characters and rotten luck is in store for the passengers and crew of the ship. It is a very good murder mystery story with a few twists. Fun to read.
Teri1957 6 months ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is just as fun and entertaining as all of Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow stories are. Wonderfully written with great characters you feel right at home with. So if you want some laughs or just to put a smile on your face, pick up this book and enjoy!
Anonymous 6 months ago
not up to usual standards