A lovely mystery! This is a quick read with enough twists and subplots to keep you guessing. I like that the author adds so much of the family detail to the story. It makes the characters rounder and more appealing. I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy British cozies. It reminds me a bit of M.C.Beaton's Hamish or Agatha series' with a bit less humor and a bit more detail.
Loved this one! 1st in a very enjoyable series - I have put the others on my wishlist. A Cozy series with a little bit of edge - the heroine sleuth is a little cranky (not Agatha Raisin cranky, but still..)
First in the terrific new series. Highly recommended.
First book in this wonderful series by Ann Purser. It is amazing what goes on behind the curtained windows in this little English Village. Lois Meade with her cleaning service is just so handy (and so curious) that she finds herself trying to solve this first mystery. However, the police think they should solve this mystery on their own, although they would love for Lois to "snoop around for them". But Lois won't stop at just snooping............
Disliked this book from the first few pages! A working class family in England spouting anti-police comments without a good explanation as to why was just a big turnoff. And with the housekeeping mother as a sleuth wanting to be a volunteer special constable (maybe like our Neighborhood Watch??), the anti-authority stance just didn't make sense.
I have read historic British mysteries for years so am quite familiar with the Queen's English and have visited London several times, but the use of British street slang left me clueless as to what some dialogue meant.
I trudged through to the finish just to give it a chance since this series was recommended to me by other PBS members, but won't be seeking out any of the other Lois Meade mysteries.