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    Still a great series!

    I read and really enjoyed a bunch of the early titles in this series, published back in the early 2000s. Then, between kid-raising and stressful job and a bunch of other stuff, I sort of lost track of this series, so I was happy to receive an ARC of Terns of Endearment from the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. And in the process of reading this most recent title, I remembered why I liked the series so much way back when. Sometimes in long-running series, the later books can feel a bit diluted – that was not at all the case here. I don’t give five-star rankings easily, but Terns of Endearment gets one! The thing that I probably like the most about this book (and the others in the series) is Meg’s slightly wacky, but not crazy over-the-top, family. It can be tough to walk the fine line between creating funny, engaging characters and ending up instead with caricatures, but Andrews does it well. The protagonist, Meg, has the role of the “sane one”, whom everyone expects to just be able to get things done. And in this book she delivers, whether it’s organizing passengers to deal with tough conditions on their cruise, or organizing her extended family to figure out who committed the various crimes taking place on board, or just organizing with her husband and closest family to keep their kids safe, occupied, and happy. Meg’s family, on the other hand, are an almost unbelievably assorted crew, where everyone has their own little odd streak. But they all still feel believable, and the dialog (one of the hardest parts to get right, I think) works, even with their various quirks. And those quirks add up together to the ability to deal with both the practical and the criminal challenges they will face. Andrews is one of the very small group of authors whom I have to read alone, since I’m likely to end up laughing out loud at some point. I’m glad I had a chance to rediscover this series, and now I’m going to have to find and read a bunch of the in-between titles – oh darn! And finally, as a side note, I was amused to read about the problems that one of the characters in the book had finding new “were-animals” (going as far as dreaming up a were-squid) to populate a long-running fictional paranormal romance series. Somehow I imagine that that character’s struggles may mimic those of Andrews herself to find new birds (and puns) to put in her titles. I hope she finds many more!
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    A delightful cozy 25th in the series !

    This is the "25th" in this beloved series . Well done to the author and congratulations ! This is a delightful read and honestly the best laughter I have had in ages. This is such a fun entertaining cozy . Thank you for the ARC to the publisher and to Net Galley. My opinion is my own. Meg and her Grandpa are off on a ocean cruise that Grandpa booked as a environmental educational cruise on all things birds. Meg is thrilled to join him and looking forward to time off from her shop. Meg's Father , the rest of her family and her friends have decided to come along. The cruise is proving to be fun and exciting for their group until they are stranded right in the middle of the Bermuda triangle ! Soon Meg, her Father,, Grandfather and friends are tasked with keeping the panicked passengers occupied and entertained. There is so much well written humor and fun in this book I found myself laughing out loud. When a murder occurs Meg is on the case with the help of the ship's police. She is as determined as always and soon many suspects abound and clues come forth that lead her to a unexpected ending. I love this story as I do the entire series. This is a delightful cozy series and if you love all things birds each book is educational and interesting as well. I highly recommend this cozy mystery. I look forward to the next in series.
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    OK book, but a hard read....

    While this book was well written, I had a hard time reading it to the end. To me, the storyline was just plausible, and there seemed to be something missing. I may read it again to see if my first impression was off.
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    Hilarious!

    verbal-humor, situational-humor, family-dynamics, murder-investigation, cruise-ship, amateur-sleuth ***** A noted wildlife lecturer with entourage, an MD/ME, a holistic practitioner, a tech geek, a CSI tech, Meg Langslow with husband and twins, three popular fiction writers and one marketable but despicable one, a tippling captain, a full complement of passengers, and an overworked crew. What could possibly go wrong between Baltimore and Bermuda? Well, a suspected suicide, the cruise ship becoming disabled with no electricity or WiFi or water service while in the Bermuda Triangle, and that's just for starters. Great sleuthing with twists and red herrings abound in a real groan of a good book! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank You! And later bought the audio!
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