"Murder With Puffins" is an éclair of a book: light, sweet and quickly gone.
In the first book, "Murder With Peacocks",Meg Langslow stumbled into solving a murder while trying to organise a series of family weddings.
This time she has left the chaotic and overwhelming presence of her family behind and secretly headed out to a family cottage on a remote island off the coast of Maine to find some privacy and relaxation with new boyfriend.
Her plans are frustrated by a hurricane, the unexpected arrival of most of her family. and the murder of local artist, in which various members of her family are prime suspects.
The word "zany" comes to mind as does the phrase "trying too hard".
There are some funny moments in the book but not so many. If you like farce, puns, gentle, non-threatening murder mysteries, served up with local colour and lots of Puffin jokes, then this is the book for you.
Although this was a smile, I don't think I'll be reading the remaining eighteen Meg Langslow books (Although it's hard to resist a book called "The Penguin Who Knew Too Much").