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Book 8: “We’ll Always Have Parrots” by Donna Andrews

Welcome to week 8 of the “52 Books in 52 Weeks [1]” series!  If you haven’t seen all the books take a moment and catch up [1]!

I am taking credit for reading this book even though I still had 70 pages left.  The book I tried to read was “We’ll Always Have Parrots” by Donna Andrews [2].

Meg Langslow knew the fan convention for her actor-boyfriend’s hit television series was going to be the ultimate in weird. But she came along because she figured Michael could use an occasional dose of sanity-and because it was an inspired place to sell her hand-crafted weapons. And so far, she was dealing pretty well with the costumed fans camped outside, the batch of escaped parrots and monkeys frolicking throughout the hotel…and the minefield of egos lurking behind the show’s success.

But soon after Meg goes head-to-head with egomaniacal series star Tamerlaine Wynncliffe-Jones, the “Queen B” turns up brutally murdered. Now, with Michael in the running as prime suspect, Meg will go up against an all-star cast of not-even-innocent parties, hidden identities, and buried motives. And she’ll cross swords with a deviously obsessed murderer determined to write her out of this picture for good.

I tried everything in my power to finish this book.  I picked it up and put it down about 4 times.  It was just unbelievably BORING.

While the character of Meg was pretty relateable every other character in the book is completely ridiculous.  There was not one person that I cared about what happened to them including the woman who got murdered.  I have no idea who killed her and really don’t care.  And there are these parrots and monkeys running around during the entire book.  It was not difficult to picture myself walking around and shooting the things- they were driving me crazy.

When I looked at the reviews of this book on Amazon it appears that many people shared my opinion.  It seems that every other book in the series is rated higher so I may have just picked a bad one in the bunch.  Regardless it was bad enough that I won’t be picking up another one any time soon.

Next week I will be reviewing “The Killing Edge” by Heather Graham [3].