Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Subject: Art, conservation, hurricane preparedness
Setting: Monhegan Island, Maine
Main Characters: Meg Langslow, her parents, Michael, Victor Resnick
Series: yes, Meg Langslow #2
Dates Read: April 28 - April 30
Number of pages: 292
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: yes,
Category for 12 in 12 challenge: homework

This is the kind of homework I wish I'd had when I was in school. Staying up late at night trying to finish a well-written cozy mystery is far more fun than writing a paper.

Meg and Michael have been overwhelmed with family interruptions and decide to escape to her Aunt Phoebe's cottage only to find on their arrival that her parents, brother, and Aunt are already in residence and that their romantic weekend will be with Hurricane Gladys and her relatives instead. That can't be the only thing that goes wrong, of course, so after Meg's father has a conflict with Victor Resnick, an artist and old beau of his wife's, suspicion seems only natural when Dad disappears at the same time as Gladys comes ashore and Victor is killed.

The interjection of the birdwatchers throughout the story adds humor and whimsy while Meg and Michael wander the island trying to solve the murder and clear her family from suspicion.

My only problem with the story was the constant repetition of the "trudging through mud and fall leaves". Yes, if you are outdoors in the rain before a hurricane and after, it is going to be muddy and trees will have lost leaves. Once or twice was enough, it wasn't necessary throughout the book.

Hopefully, good weather in the next installment!

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