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Purser, Ann

Works: 70 works in 410 publications in 1 language and 17,067 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6066.U758, 823.914
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Publications about Ann Purser
Publications by Ann Purser
Most widely held works by Ann Purser
Murder on Monday by Ann Purser( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,073 libraries worldwide
"When local spinster Gloria Hathaway is brutally strangled, it seems that Lois [Meade] is in the unique position to find out invaluable information about the murder ... Danger lurks close by as Lois becomes embroiled in the deeply hidden passions and emotions smouldering beneath the facade of idyllic village life."--Front flap of jacket
Warning at one by Ann Purser( Book )
19 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 981 libraries worldwide
Cleaning lady and amateur sleuth Lois Meade has a personal stake in her latest investigation when her son Douglas becomes a prime suspect in the killings of a cantankerous elderly neighbor, Clem Fitch, and his noisy pet rooster
Secrets on Saturday by Ann Purser( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 894 libraries worldwide
It's another fine mess for Lois Meade and long suffering husband Derek. When elderly neighbors begin to disappear, and faithful pets are slaughtered, Lois calls upon her old ally Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill--much to Derek's distress
Tragedy at two by Ann Purser( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 892 libraries worldwide
Lois Meade once again assists Inspector Cowgill with a murder investigation and encounters arson, local delinquents, secret assignations and blackmail
Terror on Tuesday by Ann Purser( Book )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 889 libraries worldwide
Terror on Tuesday finds Lois has moved out of Tresham and into Long Farnden, one of a trio of villages involved in her next assignment. She sets up New Brooms, a house-cleaning business with a small team of loyal characters. Her cleaners are her main concern, but all become involved in bizarre deaths, theatrical goings-on, and Lois is drawn in by the wicked tentacles of the local drug scene until violence strikes at the very heart of her family. Many contemporary problems surface here, but always with the background of village life, which, as many discover, is not immune from troubled times
Threats at three by Ann Purser( Book )
14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 870 libraries worldwide
Mother, cleaning lady, and secret sleuth Lois Meade investigates a murder that Detective Cowgill believes is connected to a suspicious fire and a heated dispute over the local village hall
Foul play at four by Ann Purser( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 866 libraries worldwide
Lois Meade has worked through all the days of the week, turning up clues and scrubbing up messes and murderers in the village of Long Farnden. A series of robberies have begun to plague Long Farnden, and Lois's own daughter, Josie, is shaken when a thief makes off with a hundred pounds from the till in her grocery shop. But before her policeman fiancé can crack the case, someone cracks Lois's husband on the head when he interrupts a burglary in progress. Now Lois--and the besotted Inspector Cowgill--must determine who's cleaning out Long Farnden, and clean up after an increasingly violent crime spree
Fear on Friday by Ann Purser( Book )
16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 847 libraries worldwide
When Lois Meade is asked to clean for Tresham's mayor, this only arouses her curiosity, especially when the mayor's limousine is seen to collect a package from the dubious shop opposite her office. Gradually Lois uncovers a web of deceit, sex for sale, and murder amid the tranquillity of rural life, and it is time for her old admirer Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill to become involved. True to form, Lois ignores his warnings
Weeping on Wednesday by Ann Purser( Book )
21 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 833 libraries worldwide
Long Farnden villagers don't know what to make of the reclusive Abrahams of Carthanger-and malicious rumors have surrounded the family as long as anyone can remember. But ever-spotless housecleaner Lois Meade isn't one for mudslinging-and when young Enid Abraham applies for work with New Brooms, Lois's cleaning business, Lois decides to give the girl a try.then she sees what may be a body in the swollen millstream. And her husband starts getting letters insinuating that Lois is having an affair with a local policeman. After mysterious disappearances and more strange events, Lois begins to wonder if the rumors and gossip surrounding the Abrahams are the key to a terrible secret
Theft on Thursday by Ann Purser( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 807 libraries worldwide
Busy with her housecleaning business, her sick mother, and the affairs of two of her employees, part-time sleuth Lois Meade must take on even more when the parish verger dies under mysterious circumstances and a fire at the local vicarage kills the vicar's godson
Scandal at six by Ann Purser( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 796 libraries worldwide
"Lois Meade has scrubbed her way through the homes in Long Farnden, and she's not afraid of dusting cobwebs and killing a few bugs. But in her role as amateur sleuth, she's learning that if there's one thing to beware of, it's a snake in the grass ... Spring has arrived in Long Farnden and with it, a mysterious infestation. Lois Meade's daughter has found her village store overrun by insects and reptiles. And Lois has no time to stop and smell the roses, if she's to stay one step ahead of the creepy crawlies. As Lois looks into the invasion, she becomes embroiled in yet another "ferretin' case," as her husband would say. Her investigation leads her to Robert Pettinson, a seemingly unhinged zookeeper, and his nephew. The two of them are knee-deep in illegal trade, and they don't take kindly to Lois poking her nose into their business. Lois enlists the help of her faithful cleaner Dot Nimmo and police inspector Hunter Cowgill to discover more about Pettinson and a suspicious death at the zoo. And death is in store for more people, if Lois doesn't put the killer behind bars soon.."--
Sorrow on Sunday by Ann Purser( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 770 libraries worldwide
A spate of equestrian thefts has hit Long Farnden and the surrounding countryside. As proprietor of New Brooms cleaning agency Lois Meade, and her loyal staff, are in the perfect position to listen out for any incriminating rumours. Once again, Lois proves herself invaluable to Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill, but things take a more dangerous turn when Lois herself becomes a prime target
Suspicion at seven by Ann Purser( Book )
9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 684 libraries worldwide
"Lois Meade has done enough buffing and polishing over the years with her cleaning business, New Brooms, to know that all that glitters is not gold. So when a bag of costume jewellery is the main clue in a murder, she has a strong suspicion that appearances may be deceiving ... After a woman is discovered in the Mill House Hotel, strangled with a silver necklace beside a bag filled with faux silver, gold and pearls, costume jewelry dealer Michael Black seems like the obvious suspect. But Lois knows Michael's wife, who runs a baker's shop near the hotel, and can't believe her husband could be a killer. Plus, Michael has an airtight alibi. Nevertheless, Michael--who prefers to go by Michel, a name as fake as his gems--is no angel. It appears he's running a pyramid scheme, and Lois's mother is getting sucked in. Could the murder have anything to do with his unscrupulous business practices? As Inspector Cowgill and Lois hope the bling may shine a light on the killer, the discovery of a second body on the old waterwheel in the hotel may be grist for the mill in solving the murder--if they can manage to catch the culprit without getting the runaround"--
The Measby murder enquiry by Ann Purser( Book )
18 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 677 libraries worldwide
Cantankerous spinster Ivy Beasley has quickly learned that spending her golden years in the quaint village of Barrington won't be as quiet as she thought. Ivy hasn't been in assisted living at Springfields for long, but she's already found new friends, formed a detective agency, and solved a murder. And as autumn falls, Ivy and her team are asked to investigate a mysterious death in the village of Measby--in between card games
Found guilty at five by Ann Purser( Book )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 568 libraries worldwide
A wedding is always a happy occasion, even if Lois Meade must remind herself she isn't losing a daughter, but gaining a policeman. Luckily, her new son-in-law is in the Tresham force, and is the nephew of her friend and collaborator Inspector Cowgill. So, Lois looks forward to having another link to the law at her disposal. But sleuthing suddenly seems a little too close to home when her youngest son invites a mysterious young woman, Akiko, as a guest. Lois isn't the only one who wonders why she refuses to talk about herself or her past. And when a thief waltzes off in the night with the young woman's cello, Lois enlists the inspector to help find the valuable instrument. Before Lois can find the vanishing cello, Akiko goes missing. The discovery that this could be another in a string of murderous musical thefts means Lois must pull out all the stops to find the girl and protect her son, before the music stops permanently
The Hangman's Row enquiry by Ann Purser( Book )
16 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 462 libraries worldwide
Cantankerous spinster Ivy Beasley finds a silver lining in her golden years as an amateur sleuth in her small English village of Barrington, teaming up with mysterious newcomer Gus and her own cousin to solve the murder of Gus's elderly neighbor
Pastures new by Ann Purser( Book )
9 editions published between 1900 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 452 libraries worldwide
When Frank Palmer loses his job, his wife, Peggy, proposes they use his severance pay to open a business. They open a store with a post office and start meeting lots of people, which is how Bill Turner enters Peggy's life. The setting is England.--
The wild wood enquiry by Ann Purser( Book )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 394 libraries worldwide
Ivy and her team of sleuths, known as Enquire Within, are back in business when Gus's ex-wife, Katherine, arrives at Springfields Luxury Retirement Home, bringing with her murder and mayhem
The sleeping salesman enquiry by Ann Purser( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 380 libraries worldwide
Ivy Elizabeth Beasley is ready to share her golden years and plans to wed Roy Vivian Goodman on the fifth of May. A spinster no more, the private eye is in for marriage, murder, and mishaps galore, in this fourth installment of the mystery series. Original
Orphan lamb by Ann Purser( Book )
14 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 358 libraries worldwide
Robert's parents disapprove of his marriage to Mandy, especially as Robert has given up the family business of farming to become a motor mechanic. Baby Joe brings the family together, but then they discover that he is mentally handicapped. Can they remain in Round Ringford and still cope?
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Purser, Ann Elizabeth 1933-
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