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Product Details

  • Series: Ivy Beasley
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425248046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425248041
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Ivy Beasley is a truly unique character, a kind of cross between Jessica Fletcher, Miss Marple, and Mrs. Slocum.”
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About the Author

 Ann Purser is also the author of the Lois Meade Mysteries. She 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 enjoyed it thoroughly and I recommend this book to all readers.
Tall_Tiger
I didn't even flip to the end of the book to find out what, if anything, eventually happened.
Suz
The fact that the characters are of a 'certain age,' makes it unique.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suz VINE VOICE on July 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book by the author of the Lois Meade mysteries - which I've enjoyed - with expectations of a good cozy contemporary mystery. Those expectations were dashed.

Well, "dashed" is too active a verb to use in connection with this novel. "Slowly and excruciatingly smothered" would be more accurate.

I slogged my way through this meandering tale, in which people treated each other badly for no apparent reason, until I realized that: (1) nothing had actually happened, and (2) the characters were all variously rude, avaricious, snobbish, stupid, selfish, lazy, and generally unlikable. Especially the unpleasant old hag Ivy Beasley. By then I was at about page 80, and I quit. I didn't even flip to the end of the book to find out what, if anything, eventually happened.

I'll stick to Purser's Lois Meade mysteries in future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 1, 2012
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In Barrington, England the Enquire Within quartet (Ivy Beasley, her cousin Deidre Bloxham, her fiancé Roy Goodman and mysterious Augustus "Gus" Halfhide) are bored after solving recent murder mysteries (see The Measby Murder Enquiry and the Hangman's Row Enquiry). Their only case lately is finding the missing cat Posey Moon.

Gus' ex-wife Katherine calls claiming she needs his help. He wants nothing to do with her as she is a con artist who pretends interest in others while using charm to get what she wants. Her activities often cross the ethics line. She comes to his cottage begging him to let her stay for a few days. He says no, but his good hearted neighbor Miriam Blake offers her a place to stay. Later Miriam realizes her foolishness as she wants to win Gus's heart. The next day Miriam finds Kath gone. She and her friend Rose Budd enter the woods searching for Kath, but find a hand instead. Detective Inspector Frobisher follows Miriam into the woods where there is no hand. The Enquire Within search for Kath and why she came to Barrington.

This is a fun though somewhat slow cozy starring retirees doing an enquiry in which there may have been foul play and loot involved, but they have no evidence of a murder or any valuables stolen; only Gus' belief Kath has pulled a stunt while Frobisher wonders if Gus pulled a stunt. Initially more of a character study than an amateur sleuth, the storyline picks up the pace when Kath's antics begin to surface. Readers who enjoy a British leisurely paced mystery will want to read The Wild Wood Enquiry.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Violetta on June 17, 2012
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If you like your cozy mysteries full of quirky characters who do and say unexpected things, a plot that seems to meander along, and almost no village atmosphere, then Ann Purser might be an author you'll like. I've tried two of the Lois Meade series, and this is the first of the Ivy Beasley series I've read. I enjoy British mysteries, so that's not the issue. I simply found this one lacking in almost all the things I expect from a cozy.

The idea of a group of aging friends establishing a confidential investigative team is unusual, and initially I thought it had potential, but I was wrong. The writing is painfully awkward, and what suspense there is suffers because the characters treat each other so poorly. There isn't even any humor in it (unless it's satire, and I've missed the point, but I don't think so). I might try reading one more Ann Purser mystery before I give up on her, but this one was certainly not the best of the three I've read thus far. If you're entirely new to this author, I'd say give the Lois Meade series a try first; the plots were more solid there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz NJ on June 12, 2012
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I always look forward to a new Ann Purser book. If you like English village mysteries you'll enjoy this book.
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By Nancy Robertson on July 11, 2014
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Didn't read. Just couldn't get into it
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By Londoner on April 13, 2014
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The story was OK but I found that I could put it down quite easily. It did not keep my attention for too long.
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Ann Purser is my all time favorite author. She writes beautiful mystery novels or "Brisitsh cozies". Great characters and a fun way to escape with a cuppa (tea).
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Good to see old folks active and solving crimes. This series is a real good read. I recommend them higly.
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