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Terns of Endearment By Donna Andrews: Review/Giveaway

IN THE September 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Terns of Endearment. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Considering the number of extended family members around her, it would be difficult at first to realize that Meg Langslow is not actually still in her hometown of Caerphilly, Virginia. That’s because now that Meg’s famous grandfather, television naturalist Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, has decided to start giving lectures on environmental and educational cruise line ships, he also ensures that he will be accompanied by his many family members and much-abused entourage. As a result, Meg, her husband, parents, twin sons, and an assortment of cousins are all on board the Pastime Wanderer for a week-long cruise to the Bermuda Islands. The family’s experience with murder investigations, not to mention Meg’s blacksmith sword-making skills and her husband’s former acting skills, have them the center of attention for a women’s writers group on board for a retreat. Not a member, but definitely known to them, is the imperious romance writer Desiree St. Christophe, whom the authors blame for their friend’s suicide. mystery

When all evidence – namely, the Louboutin shoes left at a railing and a rather dramatic suicide note – indicates that Desiree has plunged to her death in an apparent suicide, it quickly becomes apparent that the not-quite-sober captain is more intent on pretending that all is well than in conducting an actual investigation. As Meg rallies her family members, who include not just her medical examiner father but a crime scene investigator cousin, they discover a possible murder is but one of many disasters facing the passengers of this budget, non-frills cruise. As they broach the Bermuda Islands – not, despite cousin Rose Noire’s declarations, the actual Bermuda Triangle – they are stranded without a navigation system, power, internet, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, running water, and toilets. As the crew does their best to hide and avoid the rightfully concerned passengers, Meg’s mother demands that she “Do Something,” which is not technically a mutiny and more akin to a revolt.

This extraordinarily witty and creatively plotted mystery spreads its wings by taking Meg and her family out of Caerphilly without sacrificing the interactions that always make this series so much fun. Meg’s organizational list is instrumental in deploying relatives on various missions, while she and her father do a bit of unauthorized burglarizing. The presence of a writer’s group adds layers of Meta commentary, providing not just a glimpse into the inner workings of publishing but also on whether the artist can be separated from the art. Author Donna Andrews can always be relied upon for sharp insights and clever humor, highlighted in scenes with the now tech-deprived passengers relying on low-tech yelling over rails and child messengers. It’s impossible not to adore Meg’s practicality and competence in the face of chaos, nor can one not delight in her family’s exploits. As the awestruck author declares in wonderment to Meg, she does indeed have “the most amazing family.”

To enter to win a copy of Terns of Endearment, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “terns” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 5, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week featuring a mystery short story told by a black cat-perfect for Halloween season. One of Donna’s books will be featured in a podcast in December.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne
Twitter: @anne
September 28, 2019 at 8:09am

Delightful and entertaining story which I would enjoy. Thanks.


2 Jaime Minter
Twitter: @schnappy2
September 28, 2019 at 9:42am

Looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com


3 Alicia September 28, 2019 at 10:31am

What an amazing family! Sounds entertaining.


4 Glen Davis September 28, 2019 at 10:54am

Cruise ships are often good settings for mysteries. Count me in!


5 Debbie Price September 28, 2019 at 3:15pm

One of my favourite authors. Thanks for the chance to win this!


6 Linda May September 28, 2019 at 5:51pm

Looks like a terrific read, Thanks for this amazing giveaway.


7 Donamae September 28, 2019 at 6:27pm

Wow! What a nightmare on the ship. No wi fi or electricity toilets water yikes! I sure would love to read it!. Thank you for the chance


8 Donamae September 28, 2019 at 6:30pm

Wow! What a nightmare on the ship. No wi fi or electricity toilets water yikes! I sure would love to read it!. Thank you for the chance here’s hoping


9 Taylor R. Williams September 28, 2019 at 7:32pm

Love this series – my library doesn’t have this one yet – thanks for the chance to win


10 Carl September 29, 2019 at 10:32am

This sounds like a really fun read, please enter my name in the draw. Thanks! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


11 Robin Coxon September 29, 2019 at 2:54pm

Donna Andrews always guarantees an interesting plot that supports her well rounded characters. It would be a real pleasure to read her latest book, “Terns of Endearment”.


12 Dianne Casey September 30, 2019 at 4:43pm

Sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to read.


13 DOWARD WILSON October 1, 2019 at 4:10pm

Love this series.


14 Sharon Shirley October 2, 2019 at 3:13pm

I love Meg Lanslow’s attempts to survive a crazy life!


15 Fay Hutchings October 2, 2019 at 4:55pm

Love Meg’s family! I also look forward to a new title! ? Thank you for the opportunity.


16 Linda Willis October 3, 2019 at 3:31am

Donna Andrews is always a fun read and I appreciate the chance to win a copy.


17 Chris October 3, 2019 at 9:16am

Love hearing about Meg and the gang – looking forward to reading this one!


18 Dianne B October 4, 2019 at 9:00am

I’ve read the previous books by this author. They are such fun reads. Enjoyed them all.


19 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 7, 2019 at 10:40am

We have a winner!


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