I always enjoy any mystery Meg and her family get involved in. All the characters are like old friends that one sits back and listens to gossip about them.
The story line is a bit hard to believe that anyone could pull off the fiascos that ensued, but it still a fun story.
A few nights before
Christmas, Meg is awakened when Michael is summoned to the New Life
Baptist Church, where someone has rigged a cage full of skunks in the
choir loft. The lengthy process of de-skunking the church requires its
annual pre-Christmas concert to relocate to Trinity Episcopal, where
Mother insists the show must go on, despite the budget-related protests
of Mr. Otis, an elderly vestryman. Meanwhile, when Meg helps her
grandfather take the skunks to the zoo, they discover that his boa has
been stolen—only to turn up later during the concert slithering out from
the ribbon-bedecked evergreens.
It’s clear that some serious
holiday pranksters are on the loose, and Meg is determined to find them.
But before she can, a fire breaks out at Trinity, and Mr. Otis is
discovered dead. Could this be a bit of nasty revenge from the now
deposed Pruitt family? Or harassment from the Evil Lender? As Meg
searches for answers she also races to finish all of her Christmas
shopping, wrapping, cooking, caroling, and decorating in time to make
the season jolly for Michael and the twins.