In Revenge of the Wrought-iron Flamingos, Donna Andrews’s 3rd book in her Meg Langslow/Michael Waterston series, Michael’s mother has taken over the annual commemoration of General Cornwallis’s surrender of the British forces to General Washington in Yorktown, VA and has gone overboard in driving everyone crazy. Obsessed with achieving perfect realism about every detail of the festival, Mrs. Waterston patrols the craft fair and encampment where the reenactors have set up their tents looking for anachronisms, even hiring a group of people snidely referred to as the “anachronism police” who go around issuing fines to any crafter caught with anything post-1781, such as watches, phones, or clothing not 100% authentic. The only person not at risk of citation is Dr. Langslow, Meg’s father, who has set up a tent to demonstrate medicine of the 18th century, one of his obsessions, along with detection. Meg, a blacksmith, has been dragooned into assisting Mrs. Waterston to hold this festival, for the sake of her boyfriend, Michael, even recruiting some of the top crafters to participate.
Meg’s brother, Michael, has scheduled to meet a prospective buyer for his computer game, Lawyers from Hell, when it is revealed that everyone at the commemoration seems to have it in for the man, Roger Benson, who proves to be highly unscrupulous and unpopular. So it is no surprise when Benson is found murdered, but his body is in Meg’s booth and with a fancy sword she had created in his back. It doesn’t take long to learn that the sword is not the murder weapon, but that does not help Meg because the real weapon is a bright pink wrought-iron flamingo. And Meg has just made a dozen glow-in-the-dark wrought-iron flamingos for her mother’s best friend. Mrs. Fenniman is incensed at her home owners’ association’s forcing her to remove the plastic flamingos in her front yard, so she decides to take revenge by commissioning Meg to make flamingos in wrought-iron, so she can’t be accused of breaking the association’s rules.
Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos continues the Donna Andrews’ fun way of telling a creative detective story against a unique background with fun characters. I also liked the original idea of setting the book against the background of the Yorktown commemoration of the surrender of America’s Revolutionary War. The book made me laugh out loud several times and have me a great time. I loved when Meg finds a way to make Mrs. Waterston allow them to stop firing the cannon non-stop for both day and night by putting her nephew’s pet duck and her two eggs on top of the cannon. That would never have deterred Mrs. Waterston from making omelets of the eggs, but Mrs. Fenniman, who is running for sheriff in retribution for having to take down her plastic flamingos, has found a way to gain attention by standing like the Statue of Liberty but holding one of the pink flamingos with the sign “Save our feathered friends!” Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos reads very quickly and made me finish it in record time. I highly recommend it to anyone and give it 5 stars!
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