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

Review by Kathleen Costa

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

Spy Soliloquy

My name is Merry Wrath, and I used to be a spy. I was good at it, too, embedding myself into various criminal organizations, including a Chechen terrorist group whose leader watches CNN. It was on CNN that my identity was exposed in a tit for tat disagreement between my senator father and the Vice President. I barely got out alive. For services rendered I was provided an “oops” settlement, then I changed my name and moved to Who’s There, Iowa. There I became a co-leader of a Girl Scout troop of precocious pre-teens, which seems more often like I’m training the next crop of spies. I also am now married to Detective Rex Ferguson. It hasn’t been all cookies and roses, though. Several bad guys from my past have popped up seeking revenge, but I have very diverse, yet effective, back up: my detective husband, my former CIA handler, a CIA “not an assassin” assassin, my BFF and co-Scout leader, a quartet of teenage comic book-loving druids, two former Chechen goons, and a troop of very precocious pre-teens. Trouble is always averted, sure, but keeping Betty, Girl Scout and spy wannabe, under control is a challenge, despite being proud of her resourcefulness.

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She’s the neighbor from hell. In the month that Louise Lutkin has been Merry’s neighbor, she’s called the police several times about her “obnoxious troop,” and now she’s complaining Merry’s cat Philby is trying to melt her brain. What?! Rex suggests she smooth things over with a “Welcome” gift, and Kelly, best friend and calming influence, suggests a plate of Girl Scout cookies...and to let her do the talking! But, when no one responds to their knocking, they venture inside, shocked at the 1970s decor and Mrs. Lutkin dead on the orange shag carpet. They also find Officer Kevin Dooley in the kitchen devouring a strawberry-rhubarb pie shockingly unaware that his hostess is dead in the next room. Could this oblivious, foodaholic deputy be a killer? It took little effort to discover the victim is a bit of conspiracy-theory diva traveling all over seeking mythical creatures, so why did she exchange a vagabond lifestyle for a home in Who’s There, Iowa? Why did she turn her efforts to a “real” decades-old cold case? Or…is there something, or someone, else in the neighborhood that grabbed her interests?

Give a “Spy” a Cookie… Leslie Langtry has outdone herself with another outrageously funny, yet complex, case for Merry and “company” to investigate filled with conspiracy theorists, former goons and an assassin, an eleven-year-old mayor, and Bigfoot sightings. The main mystery is an almost thirty-year-old cold case dealing with the disappearance of a two-year-old boy, Mikey Sorenson, and the possibility he is alive and well and living in Who’s There. Merry, working more closely with her detective husband, also gets her former CIA handler, now PI, involved where they uncover a crime within a crime. Merry hatches a plan to keep the oddball crazies from interfering with her inquiries by using the Bigfoot phenomenon to her advantage…it gets crazy fun from there! Langtry’s writing style may be snippy, snarky at times, but her witty banter and references to her CIA experiences to explain or qualify current predicaments is pure fun! Some suspension of disbelief is required when reading about the Girl Scouts doing adult jobs seemingly absent of parental supervision, but that is the fun in the series…no matter what age, gender, mental competency, or current or previous occupation, you’re important in Merry’s world! This series continues to be at the top of my “best” reads list.

Shhh! I have it on good authority that the next Merry Wrath book is titled Memories are Murder, and although a release date is yet to be determined…Mid-Fall was suggested!

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USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry pens one of my favorite series: Merry Wrath series. She also writes the very entertaining Bombay Assassins Greatest Hits Mystery and is one of the contributing authors in GHP’s Aloha Lagoon Mystery with two marvelous books: Ukulele Murder and Ukulele Deadly. Something for every cozy taste! 

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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. "Munchies and Murder" by Leslie Langtry sounds like a light hearted and entertaining mystery book.

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  2. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  3. We have a winner! Lorie Lewis Ham


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