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Left Coast Crime 2003
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Like Meg Langslow, the ornamental blacksmith heroine of her series from St. Martin's Press, Donna Andrews was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. These days she spends almost as much time in cyberspace as Turing Hopper, the artificial intelligence who appears in her technocozy series from Berkley Prime Crime.

Although she read widely as a child, especially in fantasy and science fiction, her love of mystery developed during her college years (and particularly at exam time.) Andrews attended the University of Virginia, majoring in English and Drama with a concentration on writing. After graduation, she moved to the Washington, D.C. area and joined the communications staff of a large financial organization, where for two decades she honed her writing skills on nonfiction and developed a profound understanding of the criminal mind through her observation of interdepartmental politics.

In the fall of 1997 she started on the road to publication by submitting her first completed mystery manuscript to the Malice Domestic/St. Martin's Press Best First Traditional Mystery contest. Upon learning that Murder with Peacocks had won, she acquired a copy of Peterson's Field Guide to Eastern Birds and settled down to have fun in her fictional world for as long as she could get away with it. Murder with Peacocks won the Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times awards for best first novel and the Lefty award for the funniest mystery of 1999. Subsequent books have also received Agatha and Lefty nominations, and Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon won the Toby Bromberg Award for Excellence (presented by Romantic Times) for the Most Humorous Mystery of 2003. Owl's Well That Ends Well (April 2005), the sixth book in the series, features a murder at a giant yard sale. No Nest for the Wicket, the seventh book in the series, will appear in August 2006.

November 2005 saw the release of Delete All Suspects, the fourth book in the Turing Hopper series--which was partly inspired by her experience serving as a translator between the marketing and systems departments at her day job. Andrews notes that in these books she seeks to use computers and other technology accurately without making the action incomprehensible for readers who prefer whodoneits to computer manuals--and Delete All Suspects, she achieves a long-time ambition of killing off a spammer, even if only on paper. The first book in the series, You've Got Murder, won the Agatha award for best mystery of 2002, and was followed by Click Here for Murder and Access Denied.

A member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association, Andrews spends her free time gardening and conquering the world (but only in Civiliation IV).

Note: From Donna's press kit, May 2006. Used by permission - David Ball

Homepage : http://www.donnaandrews.com/
Blog : http://donnaandrews.typepad.com/donna_andrews/

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    Books In Classes: [Mystery]
    Books In Genres: [Cozy] [Amateur Sleuth] [Holiday] [Woman Main Character]
    Books In Database: 16
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Bibliography - Fiction Books by Donna Andrews

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Book Series : Meg Lanslow

- Craftswoman

# 12 Stork Raving Mad  (2010)   320 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada HC
# 11 Swan for the Money  (2009)   320 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada HC
# 10 Six Geese A-Slaying  (2008)   288 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character   Holiday    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Caryn St. Clair]
# 9 Cockatiels at Seven  (2008)   304 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
[Book Cover graphic:The Penguin Who Knew Too Much]# 8 The Penguin Who Knew Too Much  (2007)   288 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]

# 7 No Nest for the Wicket  (2006)   288 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]
# 6 Owls Well That Ends Well  (2005)   304 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]
# 5 We'll Always Have Parrots  (2004)   304 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]
Nominated for 2004 Agatha Award (Best Novel)
# 4 Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon  (2003)   320 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Jennifer Jordan]     [Harriet Klausner]
Nominated for 2003 Agatha Award (Best Novel)
# 3 Revenge Of The Wrought Iron Flamingos  (2001)   288 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]
# 2 Murder With Puffins  (2000)   288 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]     [Carol Schwaderer Dickinson - RAM]
Location: Virginia, USA
# 1 Murder With Peacocks  (1997)   312 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character    Amazon US PB    Amazon Canada PB
Reviews Available by:     [Tuggy Curan - RAM]
Location: Maine, USA
Winner 1999 Agatha Award (Best First Mystery Novel)
Winner 2000 Anthony Award (Best First Novel)
Nominated for 2000 Dilys Award
Winner 2000 Barry Award (Best First Novel)
Comment: 1997 St. Martin's Malice Domestic Award
"The strength of this book is in the characters. Meg's family is...how do I put this nicely...nuts! But they are also well meaning, and incredibly funny. If you want something breezy and easy to read, pick up Murder with Peacocks. Murder with Peacocks is the first book in a new series, and I'm eagerly awaiting Meg's next adventure." - Tuggy Curan - RAM

Book Series : Turing Hopper

- sleuth is an AIP (Artificial Intelligence Personality).

# 4 Delete All Suspects  (2005)   256 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character   Cozy    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]
# 3 Access Denied  (2004)   256 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character   Cozy    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Harriet Klausner]
# 2 Click Here for Murder  (2003)   304 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character   Cozy    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Dawn Dowdle]     [Harriet Klausner]
# 1 You've Got Murder  (2002)   304 pp.
     Mystery   Amateur Sleuth   Woman Main Character   Cozy    Amazon US PB    Amazon US HC    Amazon Canada PB    Amazon Canada HC
Reviews Available by:     [Dawn Dowdle]     [Harriet Klausner]

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