Dashing Through the Snowbirds
2 journalers for this copy...
This one deals with the ups and downs of DNA analysis, especially as it pertains to genealogical research. Meg's brother Rob has put part of his software company into a deal to create an app for a new find-your-relatives service - but it turns out that the people they're working with are shady at best, and unhappy clients are coming out of the woodwork. Issues include the importance of reliable testing, and of confidentiality, with examples of what can go wrong when these are overlooked.
That part's all quite serious, but of course the story goes into its usual whimsical areas as Meg and company try to juggle the demands of the holiday season with the challenges of having a horde of unhappy Canadian developers stuck at Meg's house. Birdwatching pops up, with the titular snowbirds (aka dark-eyed juncos, a bird I see at my feeders sometimes) are supposedly harbingers of snowstorms.
The murder victim here is the very-much-disliked-and-untrustworthy head of the new company, and his death brings a number of suspicious folk out of the woodwork - including at least one whose motivations are pretty bizarre. But Meg and co. are up to the task, even if Meg does get taken hostage AGAIN, however briefly.
As ever, I enjoyed hanging out with this chaotic but good-hearted assortment of characters, secure in the knowledge that somehow they'll manage to fix pretty much anything!
[There's a TV Tropes page on the series, with some entertaining tidbits.]
WILD RELEASE NOTES: