"Meerkats and Murder" By Leslie Langtry: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of this book, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

From Spy to Scout Leader
They say “time heals all wounds,” and in Merry’s case that might be true. She has moved on from an abrupt end to her previous government job and is enjoying her new life as a scout leader, along with BFF Kelly Albers, to a troop of precocious, yet delightful, Girl Scouts. Merry Wrath’s time as a CIA spy was essentially sabotaged when her identity was revealed, a Valerie Plame-style scandal, causing her to retreat incognito to her hometown, oddly and aptly named Who's There, Iowa. However, her intent to keep a low profile didn't always work with some former nemeses popping up bent on exacting revenge or being in the wrong place at the wrong time to discover a dead body. But, worry? Not much. She has well-developed survival skills, a stash of high-tech WMDs, “weapons of minuscule destruction,” and a troop of pre-teens to challenge any would-be criminal, assassin, or just your everyday murderer.

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Meerkats and Murder earns 5/5 Armed Cat Collars...Engaging with a Few Giggles!

It’s just another gathering of the troop as Merry and Kelly enjoy the young girls’ creative writing efforts. Although the project was to write about contemporary social media and bullying issues girls their age face, it seems they’re more interested in writing about spies, terrorists, and murder. However, after the girls leave, art imitates life when Merry is surprised by a masked man and a gun sticking into her spine. The intruder escapes her cat’s attack, and later she finds a note under her bed with her address and the initials “JH.” Ok, it’s time to once again bring her spy skills out of retirement: informal questions, checking with her former handler, a bit of hacking, and “CLASSIFIED”? The identity of “JH” leads to surprises, secrets, and a dead body! But, circumstances provide Merry an interesting sidekick...a nine-year-old dynamo!
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You go, girl...girls! I love Merry, and little Betty is delightful. Leslie Langtry's writing style is very entertaining with some snarky insights and humorous comments that always make me excited for every new Merry Wrath book. This very clever mystery has so much to unpack as once again Merry’s past is giving her trouble with old nemeses, Russian spies, and missing documents, but with the girls having trouble at school, she also has non-spy issues to deal with. I greatly enjoyed the first-person narrative (my favorite perspective) sharing Merry's inner thoughts incorporating many of her experiences, often dangers, as a spy, but it’s the snarky comments and descriptions that always provide the giggles. Totally entertaining. Beyond clever. Just the right amount of humor. Don’t forget the sister-in-law taxidermists and a plethora of “fur” friends to round out this now “Top Ten” favorite series.

I do love bonuses with my cozies, so what could I suggest for this Merry Wrath Mystery series? Maybe some CIA tricks like best moves to disarm an assassin, how to store your uzi, safety tips for storing plutonium in your basement? Or a recipe for “Spy—cy Stew” or ways to use Russian vodka. Just saying...

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Leslie Langtry pens the very entertaining eight-book Bombay Assassins series and is one of the contributing authors in GHP's Aloha Lagoon Mystery with two marvelous books: Ukulele Murder and Ukulele Deadly.

Kings River Life had the pleasure of interviewing Leslie Langtry in a previous review of book nine (KRL 1/26/19 Marriage Vow Murder Review & Interview) and we did book ten, too (KRL NEWS 5/24 Mystery Night Murder). Check them out!

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. Sounds interesting. Count me in!

  2. Sounds fun...thanks for the ebook contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  3. I love Leslie's books. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  4. Cute cover! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Looks like a fun read

  6. Great series! Would really like to read.

  7. Love the title and cover!! Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


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