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An Owl Too Many, Charlotte MacLeod 25 August 2019

1991 comic mystery; eighth of MacLeod's novels of Professor Peter Shandy. During the annual owl-counting survey, a newcomer to the town is distracted by what seems to be an out-of-place snowy owl… and is promptly hauled into a tree and stabbed to death.

It's that sort of book, and it's long past time that I started tagging MacLeod's novels as comedy as well as mystery. All right, there is some mystery to it this time – though if you don't spot the villains you're really not trying – but it's much more about the crime-busting adventures and shenanigans of Shandy and friends. (The police are clearly irrelevant.)

In terms of plot there's very little to it, and the comedy is broad. It's another weak book from an author who's been producing quite a few of them around this point in her career.

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