There is a reason why Donna Andrews is a New York Times Bestselling Author. She has a knack for writing quick paced fun mysteries that have the most humorous situations possible. The Hen of the Baskervilles is a great example of her craft.
All of Caerphilly knows that if you want something done just put Meg Langslow in charge. When the Virginia State Fair is threatened with bankruptcy Caerphilly decides to hold their own Un-Fair with an emphasis on heritage animals and plants. Meg is running the fair under the direction of the mayor.
It’s the second annual fair, and everything is running smoothly until someone steals two Bantam Russian Orloffs (fancy chickens). Then a smashed giant pumpkin is discovered, a quilt is missing, and other mischievous vandalism. Then someone gets murdered. All the vandalism takes on deeper meaning.
If that was not bad enough, the body is laying in two counties: the head in one and the rest over in the other county. After arguing about jurisdiction the two decide to work together. It’s the worst investigation ever as the deputy from Clay County keeps compromising the evidence and the crime scenes. Horace, the very mild Horace, gets downright testy.
How can Meg run the fair and investigate a crime at the same time? That is where a lot of the humor comes from, and it is really comical. What is NOT comical is that there is only one more Meg story published at the present time.
Like her other Meg Langslow mysteries, there are a few words of the more mild sort, but no explicit scenes to pollute the book.