Murder on Monday (Lois Meade Series #1)

Murder on Monday (Lois Meade Series #1)

by Ann Purser

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A devoted wife and mother of three, Lois Meade cleans houses in the quaint village of Long Farnden. When a local spinster is murdered, Lois finds herself poking around her clients' houses for clues. But her quest for the killer will uncover some surprising secrets about this seemingly peaceful village-and put her family in mortal danger.

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ISBN-13: 9780425192979
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2003
Series: Lois Meade Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 499,415
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 journalist (as a columnist for SHE magazine), keeper of hens and donkeys, art gallery owner, 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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Murder on Monday (Lois Meade Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lois Meade loves her family though her teenage daughter is driving her crazy. She also supplements the income brought in by her electrician husband by cleaning homes in the nearby village of Long Farnden. She especially takes pride in keeping her mouth shut, as she knows plenty about her clients.

One of Lois¿ customers Gloria Hathaway sits on the parish council. During a session, Gloria went to make tea, but soon is found strangled to death. PC Keith Simpson needs help to solve the homicides as Gloria made many enemies so that the motives are abundant. He asks Gloria to do some sleuthing when she cleans the homes of the residents of Long Farnden. Though it goes against her nature not to gossip, Gloria agrees to snoop. Soon she finds a blackmailer¿s dream, though she would never use the information for personal gain, as she uncovers the dark secrets of some of the village¿s leading citizens. This shock her as she had no idea what was going in this quiet village.

MURDER ON MONDAY is the ideal village mystery due a strong blending of a police procedural with an amateur sleuth cozy that fans of both sub-genres will appreciate. The story line feels authentic mostly because Gloria feels more like a real person than a character and the secondary cast provides the village, family, and mystery depth. Ann Purser will gain plenty of fans for this tale and readers will look forward to her future ¿day of the week¿ novels.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept, I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. The heroine is an intelligent, everyday working class woman.
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I love her work
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lois Meade lives in a small English village with her husband and 3 children. She has to deal with the normal problems of a rebellious teenager and making ends meet. To help financially, Lois heads over to a nearby village for 4 mornings a week - cleaning house for the vicar the village doctor, village, nurse, and resident artist. When another female resident is found murdered, Lois gets involved because she works for all 4 of the major suspects.This book (first in the series) had a great premise but moved to slowly with too much filler without substance for my taste. I doubt I will continue on anytime soon.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lois Meade is a rough-edged married Mom of three who cleans houses in the nearby village of Long Farnden. She finds that when a murder happens there, she is in a unique position to hear and see various things that help her to solve the mystery. I started out not really liking Lois or this book, but I gradually warmed up to her and ended up enjoying the mystery. Lois is smart, thorough and careful, but somewhat hard and coarse in her behavior and speech, lapsing into plain vulgarity at times. In addition to her housecleaning jobs and working on solving the mystery, she is having problems with her fourteen year old daughter. The mystery itself was rather good, but I have a difficult time believing that so many people in a small village were all so depraved.
michaelm42071 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With only an occasional exception, such as Bartholomew Gill¿s The Death of a Joyce Scholar, I like to recommend an author¿s first mystery in a series. It¿s true that some authors don¿t hit their stride until they¿ve written a few books, but I think you get a better take on the main character if you see her or him from the beginning, and you get enough information about style, pace, and originality to decide whether you¿d like to spend more time with the author.Ann Purser¿s first mystery about her cleaning lady detective, Lois Meade, is called Murder on Monday and was published in 2002 and reprinted in paper the next year. Lois Meade is England¿s answer to Barbara Neely¿s Blanche White, the black North Carolina cleaning woman who solved her first mystery in Blanche on the Lam. Lois works in a tiny, fictitious village called Long Farnden, where she cleans house for a handful of the residents who all end up suspects when one of their neighbors is murdered. As Lois tells herself early in the book, ¿she had the perfect job for picking up information here and there, a word overheard, a quarrel with too much said in anger. These were the everyday occurrences of her work here in Farnden . . . .¿ Lois even flirts with the idea of becoming a Special Constable, but she is brushed off, condescendingly, by the local detective inspector until he realizes she might be of help in the police investigation of the murder.The cast of characters sounds like it¿s out of a Christie novel of the Miss Marples type: there is a local doctor and his mousey wife, an ineffectual vicar, a randy professor, a woman who runs the village boutique art gallery, a nurse, and assorted members of the local constabulary. This type of mystery is often called a British village cozy, but in Purser¿s hands cozy turns quickly into claustrophobic. Lois Meade finds some really dirty secrets under her clients¿ rugs, as well as revelations about the murdered woman and the parish council to whom all the suspects belong. Finally, Lois¿s discoveries start to implicate and then endanger her own family. Murder on Monday was followed in 2003 by Terror on Tuesday. Purser now has several more books in the Lois Meade series, so if you like them, there¿ll soon be one to read every day of the week.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lois Meade has taken on some cleaning jobs in a neighboring village to help her family financially. But when a murder disrupts the village, her clients become suspects. Will she pick up clues to help find the killer? Despite (or because of) some flaws, I liked Lois. However, the plot started slowly and never really gained speed. I was glad to be finished with this one.
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