Frequently asked questions

Here are the answer to some of the questions I get asked rather often...
(Okay, only one question so far, but I'm working on it.)

Question:
I like to read a series in order. Can you tell me the order of your books?

Answer:
Sure!

For the Meg Langslow series:

  1. Murder with Peacocks (1999)
  2. Murder with Puffins (2000)
  3. Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos (2001)
  4. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (2003)
  5. We'll Always Have Parrots (2004)
  6. Owls Well That Ends Well (2005)
  7. No Nest for the Wicket (2006)
  8. The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (2007)
  9. Cockatiels at Seven (July 2008)
  10. Six Geese A-Slaying (October 2008)
  11. Swan for the Money (2009)
  12. Stork Raving Mad (2010)
  13. The Real Macaw (2011)
  14. Some Like It Hawk (2012)
  15. The Hen of the Baskervilles (July 2013)
  16. Duck the Halls (October 2013)
  17. The Good, the Bad, and the Emus (July 2014)
  18. The Nightingale Before Christmas (October 2014)

A Murder Hatched is not a new book in the series--it's a rerelease, in one volume, of Murder with Peacocks and Murder with Puffins.

There are also two Meg short stories available in anthologies:
"Night Shades" in Chesapeake Crimes
"Birthday Dinner" in Death Dines In

They don't have to be read in any particular order, but if anyone cares, "Night Shades" probably takes place at some time between Puffins and Flamingos, and "Birthday Dinner" probably happens before Peacocks.

For the Turing Hopper series:

  1. You've Got Murder
  2. Click Here for Murder
  3. Access Denied
  4. Delete All Suspects

Question:
So what's up with Turing? Will there be any more books?

Answer:
Not from Berkley, but I do plan to continue with Turing when I get the chance. And since I've had discussions with a smaller publisher who's very interested in continuing the series, it's mainly a matter of scheduling.

Question: Are your books available in large print/as ebooks/as audiobooks?

Answer: Some of them. I'd love for all of them to be available in every format possible, but that decision's up to the publishers involved, not me.

Here's a roundup of the versions I know about.

  • Large print:
    So far, all but the latest in the Meg series have been issued in large print. Some are out of print, but used copies are generally available through online sellers.
    • Murder with Peacocks (Thomas H. Beeler)
    • Murder with Puffins (Thomas H. Beeler)
    • Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos (Thorndyke)
    • We'll Always Have Parrots (Thorndyke)
    • Owls Well That Ends Well (Thorndyke)
    • No Nest for the Wicket (Thorndyke)
    • The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (Thorndyke)
    • Cockatiels at Seven (Thorndyke)

    Of the Turing series, two are available in large print:
    • Access Denied (Thorndyke)
    • Delete All Suspects (Thorndyke)

  • Audiobooks:
    Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon and We'll Always Have Parrots are available on tape and CD from Books on Tape and as a download from Audible.com
  • Ebook:
    Cockatiels at Seven and Six Geese A-Slaying are available in Kindle versions

Question:
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Answer:
Yes, and maybe one of these days I'll put some of it up here. If I can think of anything that isn't covered very well by one of the many excellent books out there on writing. Speaking of which--here's my incomplete, unscientific, totally biased list of books on writing.

And a page of links to writing resources.