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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (28 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727859560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727859563
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (columnist in She magazine), keeping hens and donkeys, running an art gallery, clerical assistant in a village school, Open University graduate, novelist, mother of three, grandmother of three, wife of Philip Purser, critic and writer. She is an avid reader of detective stories.

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By balzar on 15 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the second in the Lois Meade series.
Very entertaining picture of English village life - lots of cups of sweet tea, Gran making chocolate cake, pleasant time in the local pub.....
I gave it only 4 stars because as a detective story it is not really great - more an atmospheric read.
The best thing to my mind is that all the chapters are quite short and separated into smaller sections, so that you can read it piecemeal - although in fact I read it straight through!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mrs mcewen on 21 July 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Was pleasantly surprised by this book and the earlier one,easy reading and believable characters.Can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Midsomers series on T.V.
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By Mary Paterson on 14 April 2011
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This was a new author for me. I loved the book and apart from the murders I felt it would be lovely to be in the village! I so liked the book that I immediately bought the first mystery.
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Once more a good story, a real page turner, I have enjoyed everyone of this author's books & look forward to reading many more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Started out good but the ending lacked something 16 April 2005
By M. C. Crammer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book of a "day of the week" English cozy mystery series, and I had read the "Monday" book. I thought then that the author showed promise but the book didn't quite deliver, and I have the same feeling about this book. It's actually about a 3 1/2 star book but Amazon doesn't offer that option.

There are so many intriguing things going on early in the book -- including a body found in a suit of armor -- and lots of interesting and memorable characters (not one of those books where you have to take notes to keep track of who is who because the characters are so flat). No, the characterization is good. But somehow the ending fell flat.

The "detective" is working class Lois, married to Derek, with three school-aged children and living in a village in England. She had begun cleaning houses in book 1, and in this book, she's decided to start a cleaning business. In the course of cleaning, she stumbles upon a corpse, and Cowgill, the somewhat mysterious police detective with whom she has a Watergate-Deep Throat sort of relationship (they meet in secret from time to time), asks her to poke around in the course of her work and see what she can find out.

One of the cleaners she's hired makes her a bit nervous, but it's not clear if her fears are justified. Then there's a friend of hers who is being abused by her husband -- and a teenage girl who is mysteriously hospitalized, and her family won't talk about it. How does it all connect? And is something odd going on at the local amateur theater? A second person is found murdered, and Lois fears for her family.

This is a readable book -- and I'll read more in the series -- but I just felt it wasn't a four star book, let alone a five. I hope these books get better as the author gets more experience. As I said, this author definitely shows promise.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Terror on Tuesday" 29 Sept. 2005
By J. W. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This 2nd book in the British village cleaner series lives up to the promise of the first. I enjoy series mysteries as much for the growth and changes in the characters as for the whodunnit aspects, and this series does not disappoint. Looking forward to finishing out the week with Lois and her merry bunch.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very British Cozy Mystery 8 Feb. 2008
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This cozy mystery takes place in England. I love the English atmosphere, the pub and all the other British things, the British words and phrases, the teas.

This is a Lois Meade mystery; Lois Meade is the supervisor of a cleaning company that she started. Of course, body or bodies are found, but they are found in the most interesting places and ways. I will not say more, as to not ruin it for those who have not read the book. I will just say that the author was very in clever in that respect.

This is a very clever and interesting mystery. I especially loved the character of Hazel; she seemed to be a very strong and smart, even though young, person. Character development was superb.

I loved this mystery. It is the 2nd Lois Meade mystery. ("Murder on Monday" is the first, and I have a superb, flawless review for that book, also.) There is a mystery for every day of the week, and I look forward to reading the remaining days of the week.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Much stronger second entry in this series 13 Aug. 2009
By Cathy G. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read the first book in the series, Murder on Monday, I found it to be lacking a bit in mystery, but I enjoyed the characters so much that I wanted to see where Purser went with them. I also wanted to see if Lois mopped herself into a corner. Having one cleaner constantly stumbling over corpses would be problematic-- just how many people would continue to hire her to clean their houses? I also wondered about Inspector Cowgill insisting on always meeting her in the same place. Lois lives in a small village. No matter how out-of-the-way the meeting place is, sooner or later everyone in the village is going to know what's going on. Purser dealt with both of my questions very well in this second book in the series.

Lois came into a bit of money at the end of Murder on Monday, and she and her family have moved to a different village and instead of a small council house, they now have a much larger one with plenty of room to spread out and still have a place for Lois to set up her own cleaning business. It's not long before she's interviewed applicants and has a crew working for her. One day she decides to take a short break in an old chapel and comes across a body dressed in a suit of armor. Once again, Inspector Cowgill has her searching for clues, and when the murderer almost kills her husband, Lois takes the investigation very seriously indeed.

I like the direction in which this series is going. Purser has an excellent cast of characters to work with, and having Lois run her own cleaning company means that she has more time for investigation and an entire crew of cleaners who can help her search for clues. The mystery didn't flag in this second book; although I guessed quite a bit of what was going on, I still didn't have all the plot threads tied and tidied by book's end.

This is a series that I'll be continuing on with, and I'd suggest it to anyone who prefers good characterization, amateur sleuths and cozy mysteries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fun read 22 May 2008
By Atheen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy murder mysteries, especially of the classic "who-dunnit" type, and the Lois Meade series definitely fit the bill. As a central character she has been very cleverly chosen and well crafted. A misfit who started cleaning houses for extra money in the first book, she is now a successful entrepreneur with a cleaning business, New Brooms, which not only places her in the position of learning things about her clients and their relationships, it allows a whole cast of new characters to aid her in the endeavor, no matter how unwittingly.

The author definitely has a feeling for environment and character. Lois's staff are delightful individuals, each a distinct, three dimensional person. I was especially impressed with her friend, Bridie Reading and her daughter Hazel Reading. They're not simply cardboard cutouts used to fill out the cast, they`re "real" people. The issue of family violence here, why it occurs, why it is perpetuated, and why women often find it difficult to leave, is one that is portrayed very realistically.

Although I enjoyed this book as much as the first, I think it was more due to the relationships among the people than to the smoothness of the plot. The ending seemed a little muddier than the last work, and I felt that some of the plot strands were not as well pulled together at the end. I was left wondering about various individuals and what became of them. It was as though the author had woven together more than one plot to disguise the murderer's identity, but then failed to actually clearly resolve the extraneous plot. Others might disagree however.
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