Foul Play at Four (Lois Meade Series #11)

Foul Play at Four (Lois Meade Series #11)

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by Ann Purser
     
 

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She’s worked through all the days of the week, turning up clues and scrubbing up both messes and murderers in the village of Long Farnden. But crime is a persistent stain, and Lois Meade is finding that sleuthing is rarely a spotless endeavor...

Magistrate Mrs. Tollervey-Jones represents the upper crust of the village, although nowadays she lives

Overview

She’s worked through all the days of the week, turning up clues and scrubbing up both messes and murderers in the village of Long Farnden. But crime is a persistent stain, and Lois Meade is finding that sleuthing is rarely a spotless endeavor...

Magistrate Mrs. Tollervey-Jones represents the upper crust of the village, although nowadays she lives alone at the Farnden Hall estate without a staff to attend to her. Fortunately, Lois Meade’s cleaning company visits twice a week.

But Lois’s help is needed elsewhere as a series of robberies begins to plague Long Farnden. Lois’s own daughter is shaken when a thief robs her grocery store till. Good thing Josie’s got a policeman for a fiancé—he’s on the culprit’s trail soon afterward.

Before he can crack the case, though, someone cracks Lois’s husband on the head when he stops in to check on Mrs. Tollervey-Jones and interrupts a burglary. Now Lois—in collaboration once again with the besotted Inspector Cowgill—must determine who cleaned out the magistrate’s mansion, and clean up after an increasingly violent crime spree…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Lois Meade series:

"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)

Publishers Weekly
Set in the English village of Long Farnden, Purser’s less than suspenseful 11th mystery featuring Lois Meade and her New Brooms cleaning service (after 2010’s Threats at Three) lets the reader know what’s going on well before Lois does. When two brothers steal the cash out of the till of Lois’s daughter Josie’s shop, and later one of them whacks her husband over the head with a jemmy, Lois sets out to catch the malefactors. She turns to Det. Chief Insp. Hunter Cowgill for help, but she leaves the inspector behind when the trail leads north to Yorkshire. A subplot involving one of Long Farnden’s leading citizens, elderly Mrs. Tollervey-Jones, offers further intrigue. In past outings, Lois’s powers of observation and cooperation with the police often led to a startling conclusion, but series fans expecting the same here may be disappointed. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Don't miss housecleaner and sleuth Lois Meade in her 11th outing (Threats at Three). The working-class Miss Marple is always welcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251775
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Series:
Lois Meade Series, #11
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
217,992
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Lois Meade series:

"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)

Meet 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 an avid reader of detective stories.

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Foul Play at Four 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Excellent as ever. Lois & team at it again.
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