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 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)
The tenants of Lois Meade's terrace house in Tresham are frustrated by their neighbor's feisty pet cockerel, Satan. His owner, Clem Fitch, refuses to part with his feathery companion-making Lois's tenants fly the coop. Luckily, her son Douglas agrees to rent the house.
But when Clem and Satan are found dead, Douglas-who is involved with Clem's daughter-becomes a prime suspect in some foul business.
Cleaning lady Lois Meade has her work cut out for her when tenants of her rental house start leaving, frustrated by their neighbor's noisy pet rooster. When the neighbor and his pet are found dead, Lois must take action and flush out the killer.
About the Author
Ann Purser 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 the author of the Lois Meade Mystery series and the Ivy Beasley Mystery series.