In Donna Andrews's We'll Always Have Parrots, the 5th installment of the Meg Langslow mystery series, this fast-paced mystery had brought a Hollywood flair to this novel with a dose of humor. When the Porfiria, Queen of the Jungle convention arrived in Los Angeles, it had drawn a huge following of fandom from that cult fantasy TV show. As Meg and Michael landed there, things had gotten awry. Parrots and monkeys invaded the hotel, and the main actress was a force to be reckoned with, even behind the scenes to run the show. With her bad temper, it had scared Meg's nephew Eric away for her autograph, when Meg had a choice word or two for her. But when she discovered her dead body in her hotel room, it became suspicious as she later learns that everyone had a bad word or two. With the police on the scene, Meg sleuths around to her history and the creator of the graphic novel before his untimely death, thirty years ago or so. As she pieces the puzzle together, she becomes suspicious of one person or another, when the truth leads to her to believe it was someone right under her nose in disguise. As she corners him with her suspicions, he pulls the fast moves on him until he's captured by the police to find out why before the weekend's over.
This was a great mystery from the fabulous Donna Andrews. I cared so much and a lot for Meg and Michael, while they tried to work out the next step of the relationship. I thought Salome the tiger, the monkeys and the parrots were a hoot. I loved the crazy Porfiria cast of characters, behind and in front of the camera. I loved the Hollywood flair of taking it to a new level of learning about fan fiction, Hollywood, and graphic novels. This would reel you into a great quick read with oodles of humor and will get you absorbed into the novel, like you were transported there from outerspace. Plenty of drama, non-stop action, intrigue and some dollops of humor along the way from start to finish.
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