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When Turing Hopper, Artificial Intelligence Personality extraordinaire, learns that criminal Nestor Garcia's once-dormant credit card has been doing a lot of shopping lately, she begins to do some sleuthing -- and finds out the loot's shown up at an empty bungalow. So Turing gets her human friends to stake out the vicinity. But when one of them sees something he wishes he hadn't -- and gets charged with murder -- everyone will have to pull together to clear his name. The only way to do it is to find the guilty party -- by luring him to attack them. But doing so might very well get them "accidentally" deleted...
Turing Hopper is a sensitive yet powerful computer who solves crime with her human friends and a chess-playing computer with an attitude.
One of Meg's friends asks her to babysit her toddler and then disappears. Meg can handle her eccentric relatives and even murderers, but will she be able to keep up with a two-year-old while trying to find his mother?
Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair. There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. And then there's the fruitless hunt for a place big enough for the couple to live together. And a succession of crises brought on by the well-meaning but utterly wacky demands of her friends and family. Demands that Meg has a hard time refusing which is why she's tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, where her brother's computer games are created, and handling all the office management problems that no one else bothers with. For companionship, besides a crew of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing--who she must feed frozen mice thawed in the office microwave--and Michael's mother's nightmare dog. Not to mention the psychotherapists who refuse to give up their lease on half of the office space, and whose conflicting therapies cause continuing dissension. This is not what Meg had in mind when she agreed to help her brother move his staff to new offices. In fact, the atmosphere is so consistently loony that the office mail cart makes several passes through the reception room, with the office practical joker lying on top of it pretending to be dead, before Meg realizes that he's become the victim of someone who wasn't joking at all. He's been murdered for real.
This is the fourth in the Turing Hopper mystery series where the detective is a sentient computer.
Meg is given the difficult task of coordinating three of her friends' weddings. Her situation becomes more difficult when people begin to be murdered.
Murder and romance on a coastal Maine island during a hurricane.
Croquet is a genteel game played on a green lawn. Extreme croquet is a another story. But it hadn't reached the stage of homicide until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and finds a dead body.
As Meg and her fiance hold a yard sale in order to get rid of the clutter filling their new house, Meg gets drawn into another mystery.
The day Meg and her fiance Michael move into their new house, someone discovers a dead body.
Murder and fun at a Virginia craft fair and battle re-enactment.
Meg has been chosen to be Mistress of the Revels for the annual holiday parade, and she takes it personally when the Scroogey town Santa Claus is discovered dead.
Meg Langslow is pregnant with twins when Michael asks if she wouldn't mind having a houseguest. One of his doctoral students is directing his new translation of a play by a minor Spanish playwright, who has agreed to come to town for the production. Surely they can spare some room for such an important academic cause? Señor Mendoza turns out to be a partygoer who loves to spend raucous evenings among adoring students...at La Casa Langslow. Into this chaos arrives the dean of the English department, who insists the play be canceled. Then the unthinkable happens: The dean is found murdered, and Meg's house has become a crime scene. Now it's up to Meg to help Chief Burke solve the murders, rescue the student's dissertation, make sure Michael doesn't lose tenure, and, while she's at it, give birth to twins. Encore! Encore!
The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed mystery series readers have come to love. Meg Langslow's eccentric parents have a new hobby: growing roses and entering them in highly competitive shows. Dad's gardening skill and Mother's gift for selecting and arranging the blossoms should make them an unbeatable team--and Meg is relieved they've taken up such a safe, gentle hobby. She even volunteers to help when the Caerphilly Garden Club sponsors its first annual rose show. But after a few hours of dealing with her parents' competitors, Meg is worried. Rose growers are so eccentric that they make Meg's family seem almost normal, and so competitive that they will do nearly anything to take home the show's grand prize--making them prime suspects when Meg discovers that someone is attempting to kill the wealthy woman on whose estate the competition is being held. Of course, the intended victim had other enemies--her treatment of her farm animals had aroused the interest of several animal welfare activists, including Meg's zoologist grandfather. Meg tries to leave the detecting to the local police and focus on protecting her parents' chances to win the coveted Black Swan trophy, but she soon finds herself compelled to solve the crime before any more rose growers die. It's Swan for the Money, two for the show, three to get ready... now go, Meg, go!
Parrots, parrots everywhere, not to mention the monkeys, and, yes, don't forget the tiger.