Donna Andrews' mysteries are very amusing. This book, Cockatiels at Seven, is more serious than her previous Meg Langslow Mysteries which I have read. I still enjoyed the book, though.
Meg gets saddled with taking care of her friend, Karen's, two year old. Then when Karen doesn't return to pick up her son, Meg knows something is wrong. Did her friend get involved in something illegal and had to make a run for it when she felt the cops closing in? Did her ex-husband do something dastardly to her? Questions abound in this novel, and the murder (of course, there is always a murder) takes place in the middle of the story.
I still enjoyed this book, but I must admit that I missed the laughs that Donna Andrews' previous books brought out in me. I still intend to read as many of the Meg Langslow Mysteries as I can, because the novels are for the most part very amusing and entertaining. I have this book in hard cover, and it is 296 pages long.
A good novel, but lacks the humor of Ms. Andrews' other Meg Langslow novels.