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The Real Macaw - Donna Andrews Rating: 3.75* of five The Book Report: The book description says:“Meg juggles twins, murder, and a back-talking bird in the next side-splittingly funny installment in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling series.During a 2am feeding for her four-month-old twins, Meg Langslow hears an odd noise and goes downstairs to find her living room filled with dozens of animals—cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a stunningly foul-mouthed macaw. She soon learns that financial woes have caused the local animal shelter to repeal its no-kill policy.Her kindhearted father, her zoologist grandfather, and other like-minded citizens have stolen all the shelter’s animals, both as a gesture of protest and to protect them until the hated policy can be repealed. But the volunteer who was to transport the animals to new homes has been murdered. Was it the victim’s tangled love life that drove someone to murder? Or the dark secrets behind local politics? And will Meg ever succeed in finding homes for all the animals that have landed in her life?Full of the hilarious shenanigans – avian as well as human – that have come to surround Meg and her eccentric band of friends and family, the latest from the one and only Donna Andrews will have you laughing until the very last page: it’s The Real Macaw!”My Review: Oh dearie me. Such a description! So overripe.I really don't think a review is called for when a series reaches the bajillionth volume. I'm not really reviewing the book, but the experience.Fun. Uncomplicated, familiar fun with familiar friends. Sex with the ex. But how many times can ya come to the well, drop the bucket, and fill 'er up with the same ol' same ol'? I'm a little bit past the sell-by on this series. Kinda done. Not that this wasn't fun! It was! But oh lawsy me...the little nods to the early parts of the series, some specific details that were important once are now used as window dressing and I found that a little annoying. It's increasingly obvious that the past entries of the series are tying the author's hands, and she gives the nods and winks to keep the people happy.Letting it go comes as a relief. I think, in the end, for all of us