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Product Details

  • Series: Lois Meade Mystery (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425252825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425252826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Ann Purser and the Lois Meade Mysteries

“A refreshingly working-class heroine.”—Publishers Weekly

“A treat for cozy fans.”—Booklist

“Purser’s expertise at portraying village life and Lois’s role as a working-class Miss Marple combine to make this novel—and the entire series—a treat.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Notable for the careful way Purser roots every shocking malfeasance in the rhythms and woes of ordinary working-class family life.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The characters are fun. The setting is wonderful…Anyone who delights in an English village mystery will have a good time with this book.”—Gumshoe Review

“A must for British cozy fans.”—Booklist  

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 an avid reader of detective stories. 

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I love reading and enjoy these light reading mysteries.
Joan Atwood
Great interaction between all characters and a good story line.
Hugo Melton
Enjoying this series and anxiously awaiting the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on December 24, 2012
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I've read all of the books in the Lois Meade series, and look forward to each new installment as a quick, light mystery book. It was great to see Josie, Lois' daughter, get married at the beginning of the book, I always enjoy it as characters in a series grow up and progress in their lives. The wedding allows Jamie, the youngest son in the family, to come home, bringing his musical partner Akiko and maybe girlfriend into the story. As Akiko is Japanese, she also adds an element of suspicion and distrust to the story--memories of the war are still quite close for some Farnden residents.

Found Guilty at Five attempts to create a mystery story involving the music world, an over protective father, a mysterious groundskeeper, and a secretive commune-type group, all against the constant setting of Lois, her family, and her relationship with the now partially retired Inspector Cowgill. Somehow, in this story, it all falls a bit flat. The mystery is both convoluted and obvious, and Ms. Purser overly relies on the mechanics in the Meade family and what they say. By the end of the book, I was quite frustrated with the word "ferretin," which was vastly overused and distracting.

I'm sure that I'll read the next book in the series, it's difficult to stop when you want to see how the characters evolve, but I sincerely hope it's better than Found Guilty at Five.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Vincent on April 15, 2013
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I have enjoyed the Lois Meade series in the past, but this entry is decidedly weak. The plot was so convoluted and she seemed to be trying to develop subplots, yet the story never really got off the ground. The stories were all ended in the most implausible way. It was as if Ms. Purser just got tired of writing and decided to end everything ASAP. Very disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on December 13, 2012
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This is a continuation of a series but you really don't need to read from the first book(although I would advise starting with the first one just because you get a feel for all the characters and the backgrounds on them).This is the 2nd series of Anns that I am reading and I love it.If you like English "cozies" you will love her stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CJ-MO VINE VOICE on January 24, 2013
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It's her daughter Josie's wedding day and Lois Meade couldn't be more proud. She likes her new son-in-law Matthew, who is a policeman and also the nephew of her good friend Inspector Cowgill. Lois is also happy her son Jamie, a professional musician, has come home to Long Farnden to attend the wedding. Jamie brings a friend and colleague, Japanese cello player Akiko Nakamasa. Everyone is speculating whether Jamie and Akiko are more than friends, but Lois is just happy to have all her family around. Then Akiko's valuable cello is stolen and soon afterwards, Akiko herself disappears. With the blessing of Inspector Cowgill, Lois rallies "her girls" from the New Brooms cleaning service to do their own detecting and hopefully bring both Akiko and her cello home safe and sound. Her son, Jamie, seems to know more than what he's letting on, but he isn't sharing that information with Lois.

This is the 12th book in this series and this installment seems to have lost a little steam. I love the English village setting and the large cast of complex characters. Lois is an interesting, multi-dimensional character. She runs her own cleaning business and is a devoted wife to her electrician husband Derek. Inspector Cowgill has repeatedly made it clear he is hopefully infatuated with Lois. Although she always remains loyal to Derek, she sometimes gives the inspector mixed signal, so I find their friendship to be unusual and I feel sorry for the Inspector who it seems is sure to end up with hurt feelings.

Although this book begins with Josie being the center of attention for her wedding, she really doesn't play a large role in the book. This is disappointing because I really like her character. She is sweet and hard-working, but is a no-nonsense young woman, much like her mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Gunn on February 21, 2013
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Not up to her usual standards. Little character development and plot seems to get off track at times. If you haven't read earlier books, you might be lost at times about relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 19, 2014
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No mystery here - even when someone goes missing, the reader knows where the person is and why the person is there. It's difficult to imagine that villains are as stupid as they are in this book. In addition, the author seems to forget occurrences in the plot and frequently contradicts events and conditions previously reported in the story. The upside to this book is that Mrs. Tollervey-Jones has a great part and is still a lovely old lady.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scottishoo on June 15, 2013
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More good fiction if you like English Mysteries' and I do. It is a look into English Village life with lots of salty characters. English mysteries are my favorite genre and a friend recommended these to me! I will read them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snowdogs on May 22, 2013
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Ann Purser does it again! Found Guilty at Five is a great installment in the Lois Meade Mystery series. I'm looking forward to more!
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