Weeping on Wednesday
Berkley, 2005 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
eeping on Wednesday
is the third -
Murder on Monday
Terror on Tuesday
being the first and second - in the
Lois Mead Mystery
series by Ann Purser. The action of these cozies takes place in Long Farndon, a small village in England.
ois Meade is the owner and manager of the
cleaning company. Somehow she manages to get caught up in mysteries, much to her husband Derek's chagrin. Her involvement with the local constabulary makes him nervous and makes her testy. Lois tells the policeman what is going on and he seems to brush her off.
n this book, Lois is sure she has seen a body float by in a mill stream. No body is to be found. The secretive Abraham family had moved into Cathanger Mill, the mother being completely reclusive. Enid Abraham wants to have some space instead of spending all her time taking care of her father, mother and elusive brother. She applies for, and is accepted as, a cleaner for Lois. Her clients like her and approve of her work. When she and her father disappear, the whole town looks for them.
urser has her finger on the pulse of small town living. It's not hard to put oneself in the village she has created. I especially like Lois. She takes nothing from no one and can be gritty at times, even with her own family. She, though, is quick to relent when proven wrong. Cowgill, the local policeman, can really get up her nose but they do have a rather symbiotic relationship. These fun books are worth a read. And there are more to come - after all, there is a week to finish.
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