Donna Andrews (author)

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Donna Andrews
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Born Yorktown, Virginia
Genre Mystery
Notable worksThe Meg Langslow and Turing Hopper series

Donna Andrews is an American mystery fiction writer of two award-winning amateur sleuth series. [1] Her first book, Murder with Peacocks (1999), introduced Meg Langslow, a blacksmith from Yorktown, Virginia. It won the St. Martin's Minotaur Best First Traditional Mystery contest, the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice awards for best first novel, and the Lefty award for funniest mystery of 1999. [2] The first novel in the Turing Hopper series (You've Got Murder, 2002) debuted a highly unusual sleuth—an Artificial Intelligence (AI) personality who becomes sentient—and won the Agatha Award for best mystery that year.


Donna Andrews was born in Yorktown, Virginia (the setting of her Meg Langslow series), studied English and drama at the University of Virginia, [3] and now lives and works in Reston, Virginia. [2]


The Meg Langslow series

  1. Murder with Peacocks (1999). ISBN   0312199295
  2. Murder with Puffins (2000). ISBN   0312262213
  3. Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos (2001). ISBN   0312277296
  4. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (2003). ISBN   0312277318
  5. We'll Always Have Parrots (2004). ISBN   0312277326
  6. Owls Well That Ends Well (2005). ISBN   0312329385
  7. No Nest for the Wicket (2006). ISBN   978-0312329402
  8. The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (2007). ISBN   978-0312329426
  9. Cockatiels at Seven (2008). ISBN   978-0312377151
  10. Six Geese A-Slaying (2009). ISBN   978-0312536107
  11. Swan For The Money (2009). ISBN   978-0312377175
  12. Stork Raving Mad (2010). ISBN   978-0312621193
  13. The Real Macaw (2011). ISBN   978-0312621209
  14. Some Like It Hawk (2012). ISBN   978-1250007506
  15. The Hen of the Baskervilles (2013). ISBN   978-1250007513
  16. Duck the Halls (2013). ISBN   978-1250028778
  17. The Good, the Bad, and the Emus (2014). ISBN   978-1250009500
  18. The Nightingale Before Christmas (2014). ISBN   978-1250049575
  19. Lord of the Wings (2015). ISBN   978-1250049582
  20. Die Like an Eagle (2016) ISBN   978-1250078551
  21. Gone Gull (2017) ISBN   9781250078568
  22. How the Finch Stole Christmas! (2017) ISBN   9781250115454
  23. Toucan Keep a Secret (2018) ISBN   9781250115478
  24. Lark! The Herald Angels Sing (2018) ISBN   9781250192943
  25. Terns of Endearment (2019) ISBN   9781250192974
  26. Owl Be Home For Christmas (2019) ISBN   978-1250305312
  27. The Falcon Always Wings Twice (2020) ISBN   978-1250193001
  28. Gift of the Magpie (2020) ISBN   9781250760135
  29. Murder Most Fowl (2021) ISBN 9781250760166
  30. The Twelve Jays of Christmas (2021) ISBN 9781250760180

Meg Langslow short stories

  • "A Christmas Rescue" in Two Deadly Doves (2015).
  • "Night Shades" in Chesapeake Crimes (2004).
  • "Birthday Dinner" in Death Dines In, Claudia Bishop and Dean James, editors (2004).

The Turing Hopper series

Short stories


Donna Andrews has won many industry awards for her fiction. [4] As of 2009 she has earned 3 Agatha Awards, [5] 1 Anthony Award, 1 Barry Award, 2 Lefty Awards, 2 Toby Bromberg Awards and 1 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Andrews has also been nominated for 3 Dilys Awards.

'Murder with Peacocks'


'Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos'

'You've Got Murder'

'Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon'

'We'll Always Have Parrots'

'Owl's Well That Ends Well'

'No Nest for the Wicket'

'The Penguin Who Knew Too Much'

"A Rat's Tale", Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine – Sept/Oct. 2007

'Six Geese A-Slaying'

'Swan For the Money'

'Stork Raving Mad'

'The Real Macaw'

Professional memberships

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  2. 1 2 "Donna Andrews's Website – Press Kit:Biographies" . Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. page 10, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN   0-313-33428-5
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