Ha ha ha ha! I’m still laughing my head off at the incredible climax of this fantastically funny mystery. Even the title is laugh worthy. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon is the fourth installment of Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow mysteries.
It seems like whenever there is a problem in the Langslow family Meg is called to the rescue. This time her brother Rob is experiencing problems with his computer gaming company, Mutant Wizards. Something is wrong, and he asks Meg to come and help him track down the problem. Meg just happens to have the time since she’s had a blacksmithing injury and can’t use her left hand for much of anything.
So Meg comes to town and immediately is put to work organizing the company and making it run on a day-to-day basis. Between George, the one winged buzzard she ends up having to feed, bring your dog to work policies, and sharing a building with six feuding shrinks, Meg has almost bitten off more than she can chew.
One day practical joker Ted pretends to be dead on the automated mail cart. It takes several hours for Meg to realize that Ted has actually been murdered on the mail cart’s rounds. Of course the computer geeks and the shrinks don’t react so well to a murder.
Meg gets dragged into the investigation when her brother Rob is accused of killing Ted. She cannot stand the thought of her beloved goofball of a brother being the prime suspect just because the police think he is some kind of karate expert. (This is another practical prank perpetrated by Meg.)
This investigation proves problematic because every time Meg tries to investigate staff from the company show up. The office is never deserted in the middle of the night. The victim’s rental house never seems to be empty. And there is a list of blackmail victims who might all be the potential killer. All of this adds up to one very hilarious climax that matches the brilliancy of the murder weapon in Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingo.
Donna Andrews created another fun and hilarious hit with this installment of the Meg Langslow stories. There are a few bad words, but no sex scenes.