Discovering the body of an elderly parishioner who had threatened to reclaim his wife' ashes from the church crypt, Meg uncovers local secrets with the help of The Reverend Smith's foster toucan. By the New York Times best-selling author of Gone Gull. - (Baker & Taylor)
Toucan keep a secret, if one of them is dead.
Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal Church locking up after an event and checking on the toucan her friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. When she investigates the sound of hammering in the columbarium (the underground crypt where cremated remains are buried), Meg finds the murdered body of an elderly parishioner. Several niches have been chiseled open; several urns knocked out; and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone.
The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife's ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him to the columbarium? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind?
While Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. While doing so, Meg learns many secrets about Caerphilly's history—and finds that the toucan may play a role in unmasking the killer. Clues and events indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief—who might also be the killer.
Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series.
- (McMillan Palgrave
Library Journal Reviews
Dashing over to Trinity Episcopal to check on the toucan the reverend is fostering, Meg Langslow finds an elderly parishioner murdered in the columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. It soon materializes that someone broke in to steal the toucan and might be the murderer, too. A big 23rd in the award-winning series.
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