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Threats at Three (Lois Meade Mysteries)by Ann Purser
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Lois Meade has done enough buffing and polishing over the years with her cleaning business, New Brooms, to know that all that glitters is not gold. So when a bag of costume jewellery is the main clue in a murder, she has a strong suspicion that appearances may be deceiving
After a woman is discovered in the Mill House Hotel, strangled with a silver necklace beside a bag filled with faux silver, gold and pearls, costume jewelry dealer Donald Black seems like the obvious suspect. But Lois knows Donald's wife, who runs a bakers shop near the hotel, and cant believe her husband could be a killer. Plus, Donald has an airtight alibi.
Nevertheless, Donald is no angel. It appears hes running a pyramid scheme, and Loiss mother is getting sucked in. Could the murder have anything to do with his unscrupulous business practices?
As Inspector Cowgill and Lois hope the bling may shine a light on the killer, the discovery of a second body on the old waterwheel in the hotel may be grist for the mill in solving the murder—if they can manage to catch the culprit without getting the runaround.
Lois Meade has scrubbed her way through the homes in Long Farnden, and sheand#8217;s not afraid of dusting cobwebs and killing a few bugs. But in her role as amateur sleuth, sheand#8217;s learning to beware of snakes in the grassand#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
Spring has arrived in Long Farnden and with it, a mysterious infestation. Lois Meadeand#8217;s daughter has found her village store overrun by insects and reptiles. As Lois looks into the invasion, her investigation leads her to Robert Pettison, a seemingly unhinged zookeeper, and his nephew. The two of them are knee-deep in illegal trade, and they donand#8217;t take kindly to Lois poking her nose into their business.
Lois enlists the help of her faithful cleaner Dot Nimmo and police inspector Hunter Cowgill to discover more about Pettison and a suspicious death at the zoo. And death is in store for more people if Lois doesnand#8217;t put the killer behind bars soonand#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
When the Long Farden village hall is in danger of being destroyed, the citizens form a committee to save it, with the usual grumps and curmudgeons included. But it seems someone opposes the preservation enough to set the historic building on fire. When a dead body turns up in the canal, Inspector Cowgill fears the dispute is only going to get uglier-and deadlier. Naturally, he turns to Lois Meade to sort out the culprit before the village hall becomes a funeral hall...
About the Author
Ann Purser is the national bestselling author of the Lois Meade Mysteries (Found Guilty at Five, Foul Play at Four, Threats at Three) and the Ivy Beasley Mysteries (The Measby Murder Enquiry, The Hangman's Row Enquiry).
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