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Murder on Monday (Lois Meade Mysteries (Hardcover)) Hardcover – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Lois Meade Mysteries (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; 1st World Ed edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727858602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727858603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,620,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A refreshingly working-class heroine, a devoted wife and mother of three, plays reluctant sleuth in this winning cozy from British author Purser (Pastures New), set in the quaint village of Long Farnden. When the village spinster, who lives in a thatched cottage reminiscent of a tea cozy, is strangled to death, the police are eager to seek information about the victim's neighbors and friends. Who better to aid their investigation than Lois Meade, who as a house cleaner has ample access to what goes on behind her clients' closed doors? Priding herself on her professional demeanor, Lois hesitates when asked by PC Keith Simpson if she'll help, but curiosity and her recent need for personal fulfillment cause her to accept. In her quest for the killer, Lois ultimately uncovers some surprising secrets of some of Long Farnden's most prominent citizens, shaking the foundations of this seemingly peaceful village, including those of her own house. Traditional and modern combine smoothly. The village men all own Barbour coats, while the vicar inhabits a poorly heated contemporary house overlooking the town's sewage dump. A strong plot and believable characters, especially the honest, down-to-earth Lois, are certain to appeal to a wide range of readers.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

To supplement her income, Lois Meade cleans houses in the village of Long Farnden. She only works for a select few, in her own no-nonsense way, but her experience there allows her to help police when a prominent local woman is murdered in the village hall. Lois, who wants special constable status anyway, digs up information on likely suspects: a helpful doctor, a randy professor, a preoccupied nurse, an ineffectual reverend, and a jealous gallery owner. Her own family, in the meantime, interrupts her investigation with its own emergencies. Fans of British "cozies" will enjoy this delightful mystery with its quaint setting and fascinating players.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

Liked the story line, the characters, the ending.
Amazon Customer
If you like the cozy mystery genre, and are a fan of Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Dianne Day, Rita Mae Brown, or Margaret Miles, this may not be the book for you.
Barbie
I picked this book up at random needing something to read.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Barbie on December 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You would think by now I would have learned not to judge a book by its cover, but that's exactly what I did in this case. The picture on the front cover is charming. The words "Fresh, engaging, and authentically British" from a Booklist reviewer are splashed on the cover. And that reeled me in.

If you like the cozy mystery genre, and are a fan of Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Dianne Day, Rita Mae Brown, or Margaret Miles, this may not be the book for you. If you liked the 90's TV show Roseanne, you're in for a treat. She's back, this time as a British house cleaner named Lois. Ann Purser goes out of her way to make Lois unsympathetic, and her husband Derek and daughter Josie downright annoying and unlikeable. It seems as though Purser's trying to break down the stereotype of the British mystery by choosing working-class characters in modern times, which I completely respect, but she's building up another stereotype at the same time: that working-class people are brash, crass, and argumentative.

Aside from unsympathetic and sometimes annoying characters, the conclusion of this mystery is a bit far-fetched, and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The sad thing is, I'm not even all that curious about having them answered.

A very unsatifying read.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mdmom on January 31, 2004
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Not a typical heroine, but a nice murder mystery set in a small British town. The story unfolds well, with not too many clues, but enough to make the ending fit well. I enjoyed it and will look for more by this author.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Fletcher Adolph on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book epitomizes the English village who-dun-it, brought up-to-date. To be sure, there is the thatched cottage, the vicar, the doctor and the district nurse plus a cast of other worthy individuals. But this village has a cleaning lady with attitude and a certain lack of respect for worthiness.
The writer is no stranger to writing books about life in an English village, and this experience with the setting and the characters stands her in good stead here. Unlike other writers who only dream their English village, this one actually knows what they, and their inhabitants, are like.
The plot is sound, the pacing is good and the dialogue is first rate - one of the best features of the book. It was a fun read - I look forward to reading more mysteries by this writer - and finding out what happened between the cleaning lady and that dishy policeman.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kimber Smith-Fidler on January 17, 2006
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One of the other reviewers said it was difficult to connect with the main character. I agree with that. But I liked the mystery, and I loved the author's descriptions of small English village life.

And because of the things I liked about it, I will probably read her next book to see if I like Lois better in the Tuesday story.

I just wish that I could have liked Lois and her family more. That's why I only gave it three stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lvkleydorff on October 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lois Meade is the focal figure of the book. She is married to Derek, has two young sons and a 14-year old daughter Josie who gives her any amount of trouble. Lois supplements the family income by cleaning houses in the small neighboring village. Five houses per day of the week, with a total of five customers: Dr. Andrew Rix, the local physician, and his wife Mary; Professor Malcolm Barrett and his wife Rachel; Nurse Gilliam Surfleet; the Reverend Peter White, and Dallas Baer, whose wife Evangeline owns an art gallery.
And then there is Gloria Hathaway, age 38, who is murdered right in the beginning.
Who did it? The police are investigating, of course. But Lois, who knows the suspects and can snoop on them once a week, also gets going on this murder. She gets sidetracked only once, when her daughter gets involved with a suave but creepy teenager named Melvin Hallhouse.
Ann Purser does a magnificent job in developing the individual characters, presenting them in full three dimensions. Every one of her five suspects has a different occupation and curriculum vitae, and that makes the book even more interesting. For once, the police are not the bumbling nerds without feeling one normally reads about. But whenever somebody comes to a full stop, they must have some tea.
Slowly but inexorably the skeletons are dragged out of the closets until the truth is revealed. It is absolutely fascinating watching this process and being led astray while following the wrong scent.
This mystery is pure joy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
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