Synopses & Reviews
Lois Meade has scrubbed her way through the homes in Long Farnden, and shes not afraid of dusting cobwebs and killing a few bugs. But in her role as amateur sleuth, shes learning that if theres one thing to beware of, its a snake in the grass
Spring has arrived in Long Farnden and with it, a mysterious infestation. Lois Meades daughter has found her village store overrun by insects and reptiles. And Lois has no time to stop and smell the roses, if shes to stay one step ahead of the creepy crawlies.
As Lois looks into the invasion, she becomes embroiled in yet another ferretin case,” as her husband would say. Her investigation leads her to Robert Pettinson, a seemingly unhinged zookeeper, and his nephew. The two of them are knee-deep in illegal trade, and they dont 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 Pettinson and a suspicious death at the zoo. And death is in store for more people, if Lois doesnt put the killer behind bars soon
Praise for the Ivy Beasley Mysteries “This cozy will keep you guessing until the last page. A very fast story with a very unique main character in Ivy. Full of wit, animosity and friendships to keep.”—Once Upon a Romance
“A pleasant read, evoking Saint Mary Mead and Miss Marple with its atmosphere of surface calm and hidden demons. Its a solid book, cleverly plotted and tightly structured, with all the makings of a perennial favorite.”—Curled Up with a Good Book
...and the Lois Meade Mysteries
"Spot-on observations of working-class village life."--Publishers Weekly
"A real page turner." --Kirkus Reviews
"The indomitable Lois is something of an updated Miss Marple"--Booklist
Praise for the LOIS MEADE series
"A working-class Miss Marple...The entire series [is] a treat."—Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Well paced, cleverly plotted, and chock-full of cozy glimpses of life in a small English village...A fine series that just keeps getting better—a must for British cozy fans."—Booklist
"First-class work in the English-village genre: cleverly plotted, with thoroughly believable characters, rising tension, and a smashing climax."— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
It may be the day of rest, but Lois Meade finds that not everyone believes in keeping it holy.
A rash of strange occurrences in and around Long Farnden has Lois unsettled. Someone?s been stealing valuable tack from the equestrian set, and then a local n?er-do-well is killed when a horse bolts in front of his van. With a new employee on her hands who may or may not be trustworthy, Lois hardly knows what to make of the disturbances, but it soon becomes clear that she?d better figure it out post-haste, or she herself may take a nasty tumble.
A spate of equestrian thefts has hit Long Farnden. Lois Meade agrees to listen for any incriminating rumors. Once again, Lois proves herself invaluable to Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill, but things take a more dangerous turn when Lois finds herself a prime target.
From the author of the Lois Meade Mysteries...
Save the date: Ivy Elizabeth Beasley is ready to share her golden years and plans to wed Roy Vivian Goodman on the fifth of May. A spinster no more, the private eye is in for marriage, murder, and mishaps galore
Its the talk of Ivy Beasley's retirement communityher fiancé, Roy, has quite the hefty inheritance. She couldnt care less about his fortune, but it has a way of luring long-lost relatives out of the woodwork. And when, against Ivys wishes, Roy asks his dubious nephew, furniture salesman Steven Wright, to be the best man, she cannot help but disapprove. After all, she suspects hes out for his uncles fortune
But after the banns of Ivy and Roys marriage are announced at the Barrington village church and an anonymous voice shouts out a protest, the wedding may be off. And with the discovery of a body in a bed in a nearby furniture shop, Ivy and her team of sleuths at Enquire Within may be closer to a dangerous reception than they realize.
About the Author
Ann Purser is also the author of the Lois Meade Mysteries that ran from Murder on Monday to Sorrow on Sunday and now continue Lois Meade's sleuthing in Warning at One, Tragedy at Two, Threats at Three, Foul Play at Four, and Found Guilty at Five. The series featuring Ivy Beasley includes such titles as The Hangman's Row Enquiry and The Measby Murder Enquiry. She was born in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, and has lived most of her life in villages. She has turned her hand to many things, including journalism (as a columnist for SHE magazine), keeper of hens and donkeys, art gallery manager, clerical assistant in a village school, Open University graduate, novelist, mother of three, wife of Philip Purser, critic and writer. She is an avid reader of detective stories.