Warning at One (Lois Meade Series #8)

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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.

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Overview

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.

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In British author Purser's sprightly eighth Lois Meade cozy (after 2007's Sorrow on Sunday), Lois, who operates a cleaning service called New Brooms, looks into the murder of 78-year-old Clement Fitch and his infamously loud rooster, Satan. Lois's son, Douglas, Clem's new neighbor in the town of Tresham, becomes a prime suspect after an anonymous informant claims to have seen Douglas knock the pensioner to the ground. Members of the Meade family, Lois's employees and Douglas's new girlfriend all seek to prove Douglas's innocence. To do so, they must unmask the true identities of Clem's neighbor across the street, Mrs. Imogen Blairgowrie, a supposedly visually impaired New Brooms client, whose slimy son, Alastair, might be involved with organized crime. Purser supplements the sleuthing with spot-on observations of working-class village life and the trials of running a small business, though a rushed resolution leaves some questions unanswered. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425231173
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Series: Lois Meade Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 186,128
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Purser was born in Leicestershire, and has lived in villages most her life. She's been a journalist for SHE magazine, clerical assistant, novelist, critic, keeper of hens and donkeys, wife, mother of three, and grandmother of three, and has also run an art gallery. She is an avid reader of detective stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    engaging amateur sleuth

    Lois Meade owns New Brooms cleaners, a store that cleans people¿s homes in the villages of Tresham and Long Farnden, England. Her husband is a local electrician and they have raised three adult children. They also own rental property in Tresham, but are having problems with elderly tenant Clement Fitch in actuality with his noisy cockatiel Satan who wakes everyone up before daylight. In fact the bird has forced tenants to move out so the Meades have vacancies. --- Their oldest son Douglas rents one of the rooms from his parents. Soon after he moves in, someone kills Clem and Satan. The police led by Detective Chief Inspector Cowsill consider Douglas a prime suspect so Lois decides to investigate to prove her son did not kill her dead tenant. --- This is an engaging amateur sleuth starring a somewhat eccentric heroine (she is an unpaid police informant) and an interesting support cast to include Satan, the Meade family, and a new neighbor who is allegedly almost blind. Although the plot is thin, fans of English village cozies will enjoy Ann Purser¿s well written tale as Lois works her second case (see SORROW ON SUNDAY). --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Warning at One

    I retired this year and have been doing a great deal of reading. This is how I discovered Ann Purser. I have read all her Lois Meade series of books and really like them. She is so interesting, a very good mystery writer. I do like the fact there are a continuing series of these books as the characters are so interesting. She allows her characters to age and change slightly with each new book and does a good job of adding small clues as to the culprit in each chapter. I am always sorry when the book ends and look forward to reading the next.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    great characters to revisit

    the lois mead series is full of real and funny characters.Ann purser has us laughing one minute and worried for the characters the next minute. lois is a friend we all have with her sense of practicality and quick wit. a caring mom and hard worker we can all relate to. her family can be everyones family. kids with their own sense of the world and a mother who still gives unwanted advice. her snooping staff and funny family is fun to follow from book to book. warning at one is a book you will want to read in one sitting because every page is interesting

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Great Series

    This Losis Meade Series is one of best I have read that is set in setting of an English Village, I have read all the days of the week books and was truly pleased to find series being continued. This first offering centered around time is again a very cleverly plotted theme, many affable characters, all brought to life in a very interesting way, keeping reader interested and looking forward to each chapter.I feel Like I have found another author of English mysteries I like as much as Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton. Looking forward to reading next series offering [Tragedy at Two] to see what Lois Meade's next adventure will be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2010

    Warning at One

    The story plot is similar to all her other stories. Characters chanege once in awhile to get a slightly different feel to the story line.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Poor Satan

    With a twist of identity manipulation, this one kept you guessing who the bad guy really was. It was sad that the rooster had to die too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    Exelent

    I enjoy reading about her family and business. Plot is interesting. Total good read.

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