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Weeping on Wednesday (Lois Meade Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2005

Book 3 of 14 in the Lois Meade Mystery Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Lois Meade Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425201430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425201435
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois Meade, owner of New Brooms cleaning service in the English village of Long Farnden, needs more staff, thanks to the unexpected success of her business. So, when quiet, well-spoken Enid Abraham applies, Lois is delighted. Unfortunately, despite her excellent cleaning skills, Enid has a dark family history. She shares her home--gloomy Carthanger Mill--with her reclusive mother and hard-bitten father, but it's her ne'er-do-well brother, Edward, who is the real thorn in the family's side. The Abrahams are universally disliked by the villagers, and New Brooms begins to suffer when Lois hires Enid. Edward has run up a mountain of bad debts, and Lois' old friend, Detective Inspector Cowgill, wants Lois to help nab him. But when she agrees, bad things start happening, including the kidnapping of Enid and her father. This contemporary British cozy offers an inventive plot, affable characters, and an entertaining look at village life. Emily Melton
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Inventive...entertaining. -- Booklist

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Well written, with characters strong and believable.
M. Dormer
I wasn't bothered by the simple plot, but I have to confess that I don't care for the series' main character, Lois Meade.
Caroline Spencer
This is the third book in this series, and I enjoyed it a great deal.
Arty Kat

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Spencer on March 19, 2007
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I continue to read this series. I picked up Murder on Monday and enjoyed it enough to read Terror on Tuesday. There was something about 'Tuesday' that bored me, but I'd already ordered Weeping on Wednesday, so...After the disappointment of 'Tuesday', I was pleasantly surprised by Wednesday. The romantic thought of living in an old mill peaked my interest and the family that lived in it did too. I do wish Ms. Purser would include more descriptive passages to help the reader feel as though he's there, enjoying the sounds and smells of the village. My interest was captured by the anxious-on-the-inside, prim-on-the-outside spinster, Enid Abraham, whom I immediately liked. In fact, it would be a great idea if Ms. Purser moved Lois and family out of the village and allowed Enid to play sleuth. She has the tenacity and intestinal fortitude it takes to dive into a criminal investigation. The plot, what plot the story contained, was familiar yet still enjoyable. I wasn't bothered by the simple plot, but I have to confess that I don't care for the series' main character, Lois Meade. She's often rude, allows her gem of a mother, 'Gran' to do most of the caretaking of the family (Lucky Lois), and snips at her husband Derek. Lois annoys me in that she can't decided if something is "interesting" or "interestin'". Since my own grammar is imperfect, I don't mind a dropped 'g' at all, but I do wonder why Lois's grammar goes downhill when she speaks with Inspector Cowgill. Does he intimidate her or does she want to appear to him as the cleaning lady she was instead of the owner of a cleaning business that she is? Whichever, I'd like for their relationship to be a bit more defined. Do they have a secret hankering for each other or is the author just teasing us to add another facet to the characters?Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donna Johnson on March 12, 2005
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If looking for a fun series about people that you will get to know and care about, this is the book. Lois is tough, funny, and extremely loyal. The story line in all the Lois Meade books is entertaining and will keep you wondering what will happen next, but Weeping on Wednesday was the best. Can't wait for the Thursday book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean B on September 1, 2012
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Enjoyable story in the Lois Meade Mystery series. Well written, with believable characters and situations. Although the 'mystery' was not particularly complicated, it was well presented and neatly resolved.* I enjoy Lois and her family, and the interactions. And I enjoy the charm of being immmersed in the culture of English countryside life. (although I could use a glossary from time to time)
*(I don't much care for light mystery stories where the author thinks it is necessary to throw in implausible twists or blatant red herrings - or continually put the hero/heroine in peril.)
This series is not guilty of that.
I look forward to the rest of the week, by Ann Purser.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Dormer on February 24, 2006
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A new series for me and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Well written, with characters strong and believable. Ms. Purser tells a story, gets you interested in the people, places and events and then wraps it all up very satisfactorily, never leaving you hanging about unsolved events. Have the next installment on order!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on February 27, 2008
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"Weeping on Wednesday" is a lovely, cozy book that takes place in England. It portrays a dainty and quaint life in a charming English village, with a rural touch. You can almost see an English garden and smell freesias.

Lois Meade, the main character, is the supervisor of a cleaning service that she started. One of her recently-hired cleaners is a bit mysterious if not eccentric. There is a mystery surrounding this woman's family. We don't know if the woman is involved in something shady or if she is just an innocent bystander. But by the end of book, all questions and curiosities are answered.

This English series is one of my favorite cozy series. It is interesting to "visit" England, have teas, go to pubs, sit in an English garden. Some of the words they use are different than the words we use. But not so many that you can't understand what they are saying - only enough to make it more interesting.
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The villagers of Long Farnden don't quite know what to think of the Abrahams of Carthanger Mill. Wits have likened the Mill to a setting straight from the Hammer horror films, and rumors have always surrounded the Abrahams. But... when Enid Abraham applies for work at New Brooms, Lois Meade decides to give her a try.

While Lois is making sure her two new employees meet her exacting standards, Lois's husband begins receiving anonymous letters insinuating that his wife is having an affair with a local policeman. People begin disappearing and strange things begin to happen, and Lois wonders if Carthanger Mill holds the key to a terrible secret.

I enjoy this series. Lois is a wild child who grew up, settled down, and now has children who are giving her grief. The Meades are a loving family, and Lois extends that caring behavior to the people who work for her.

It's fun to see this series mature. When I read the first book, I saw it painting itself into a corner by having Lois cleaning the houses in just one village. The second book in the series had her broadening her horizons, but it presented another problem: constantly meeting the policeman in the woods to pass along the information she'd gleaned. This third book in the series addresses that. (You simply cannot get away with something like that when you live in a village!) I'm definitely looking forward to book four. Lois is becoming one of my favorite characters.
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