Frequently asked questions

Here are the answer to some of the questions I get asked rather often...

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


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)
  19. The Lord of the Wings (August 2015)
  20. Die Like an Eagle (August 2016)
  21. Gone Gull (August 2017)
  22. How the Finch Stole Christmas (October 2017)
  23. Toucan Keep a Secret (August 2018)
  24. Lark! The Herald Angels Sing (October 2018)
  25. Terns of Endearment (August 2019)
  26. Owl Be Home for Christmas (October 2019)
  27. The Falcon Always Wings Twice (August 2020)
  28. The Gift of the Magpie (October 2020)
  29. Murder Most Fowl (August 2021)
  30. The Twelve Jays of Christmas (October 2021)
  31. Round Up the Usual Peacocks (August 2022)
  32. Dashing Through the Snowbirds (October 2022)
  33. Birder, She Wrote (August 2023)
  34. Let It Crow! Let It Crow! Let It Crow! (October 2023)
  35. Between a Flock and a Hard Place (coming August 2024)
  36. Rockin' Around the Chickadee (coming October 2024)

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.

Two Deadly Doves is not a new book in the series--it's a release, in one volume, of Six Geese A-Slaying and Duck the Halls.

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

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

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:
    All the Meg Langslow books AND the Turing Hopper books should now be available as audiobooks/li>
  • Ebook:
    All the Meg Langslow books should now be available as ebooks.

    Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

    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.