Ann Purser
Foul Play at Four
September 17, 2018 Comments.. 996
Foul Play at Four New in the series that s a must for British cozy fans Booklist 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 Far

  • Title: Foul Play at Four
  • Author: Ann Purser
  • ISBN: 9780425243596
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New in the series that s a must for British cozy fans Booklist 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 But sleuthing is rarely a spotless endeavorA series of robberies have begun to plague Long Farnden, and Lois s own daughter, Josie, is shaken when a thief makesNew in the series that s a must for British cozy fans Booklist 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 But sleuthing is rarely a spotless endeavorA 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 fianc 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

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    1. Yeva says:

      This series is so good, but I think it's very interesting that most of the bad guys usually kidnap their victims and stop short of killing them. Happily, it seems as though Ms. Purser has never seen our Law and Order or Criminal Minds. I'm thankful. I love that these books focus on solving the crime and not on all things grizzly and gore. Not that I don't love a good murder mystery, but I like how Ms. Purser brings in some heart to her characters--friends and foes. Foul Play at Four engages the [...]

    2. Donna says:

      There is no mystery here--this is more a cat and mouse type book. As is often the case with mystery series that reach a certain age, the attraction to the Lois Meade books at this point is a visit with old friends in a familiar, charming location, not any whodunnit aspect. That doesn't make this a bad book by any means, just not much of a "mystery".

    3. Wanda says:

      Good story. Bad editing. I found a couple of inconsistencies and a few grammatical and spelling errors, ex desert instead of dessert. Things of this sort really bother me.

    4. Stephanie says:

      Admittedly I jumped in on this series in book #4, not the beginning, so that may have some bearing on my three star review. This book was good, nothing very spectacular about it. It wasn't really a mystery, there wasn't much to figure out. It was a quick read though, not unenjoyable. I don't know that I will read any more of this series though.

    5. chrisa says:

      I enjoyed this book in the series. I found the book to be just the meandering kind of read I was in the mood for and not a straightforward cozy at all.

    6. Evelyn Harvill says:

      This series just keeps getting better!

    7. Beth Roberts says:

      I agree with what previous reviewer, Donna, had to say. There really was no mystery here, as we know from the beginning we are after erstwhile thieves, Gerald and Clive Mowlem. She was correct in her assessment that after this many installments in a series, it does become like a visit with old friends.I love the British village cozy, and this one does not disappoint in that regard. The last several books, however, have left me with a growing inclination towards the more minor players in the stor [...]

    8. Larraine says:

      I've always enjoyed Ann Purser's working class heroine, Lois Meade. In the early books, Lois started out as a cleaning lady living in a working class home. As the books evolved, her loving husband has won the lottery which enables them to buy a lovely old home and set up a cleaning business names "New Brooms." Now Lois has several local women working for her. They also set up their daughter, Josie, as the storekeeper in their small town. Josie is engaged to a local policeman whose uncle, Inspect [...]

    9. Josephine (Jo) says:

      Another good read from Ann Purser. The Lois Mead books are about a family who are very ordinary, Lois and her husband won the lottery and bought a nice old house in the village of Long Farnden close to their old home, Lois' mum lives with them and helps in the house and her daughter Josie runs the village shop. Lois runs a cleaning business called New Brooms and has a side-line in what her husband calls "ferretin'" helping Inspector Cowgill (who has a soft spot for Lois which she always squashes [...]

    10. Sandie says:

      Ann Purser's FOUL PLAY AT FOUR is one of those British cozies you set aside to read on a rainy (or snowy) day. Just brew yourself a cup of tea, snuggle up and get ready for a visit to the village of Long Farnden. A composite of Jessica Fletcher and Miss Marple, protagonist Lois Meade is the owner of a cleaning company and amateur sleuth who investigates "from a distance" and is never really put in any truly dangerous situations (unless you classify fending off the advances of an amorous Police I [...]

    11. Kathy says:

      Another excellent entry into the wonderful cozy series by Ann Purser. I love these mysteries featuring our sleuth Lois Meade and her family and of course the smitten detective Inspector Cowgill. If you have followed this series from the beginning then you have followed Lois and her family through the very entertaining years. Josie is preparing to marry Cowgill's nephew in this latest outing. Ann Purser has captured the essence of a English village perfectly. I just love to escape to Long Farnden [...]

    12. Karen says:

      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. But sleuthing is rarely a spotless endeavor 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 progre [...]

    13. Margaret Pinard says:

      I didn't think there was enough characterization for many of the characters. Matthew the policeman says I love you to his wife; Cowgill the chief has a hankering for Lois; Gran is a matriarch who likes to answer the door and host meals; etc. etc. Except Lois the lead, each supporting character seems to have one 'thing' about them, which didn't give me a good view of them. Several of the characters' ages, for example, tripped me up, because I'd envisioned them one way, without much information, a [...]

    14. Nancy says:

      Another fine book in her Lois Meade series.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. But sleuthing is rarely a spotless endeavorA 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 he [...]

    15. Suzanne says:

      I love the Lois Meade mysteries by Ann Purser, and the series just keeps getting better and better with each book!In Foul Play at Four, Long Farnden is plagued by a crime spree. First, Lois' daughter Josie has the cash in her grocery store till stolen, then Mrs. Tollervey-Jones interrupts a burglary! It's up to Lois to get to the bottom of things, and with the help of her New Brooms crew, she always does!One of the things that I love the most about the Lois Meade mysteries is Purser's graphic de [...]

    16. Cathy says:

      It's always good to visit the Meade family. This is the eleventh book in the series.Mrs. Tollervy-Jones's abduction was funny, as was Clive's hitch-hiking, and Derek's bluntness in dealing with Josie's untimely interruption. In fact, this book seemed more humorous than most of the others in the series. I enjoyed it.SPOILER - I thought that Hunter Cowgill's retirement was sad, though.It did give away too soon in the story who the criminals were.I borrowed this from my mother-in-law, as I have the [...]

    17. Susan says:

      Brothers Clive and Gerald make a mistake when their petty crime spree takes them to Josie Meade's village store. Not only is Josie's fiance a policeman, but her mother Lois, who runs the local cleaning service, is well-known as an amateur detective. On the run, Gerald makes even more mistakes. Although Lois is determined to find the culprits, she's also preoccupied by the local grand lady, who is elderly and whose health is questionable.

    18. Darlene Ferland says:

      Ann Purser has given us an intriguing mystery that also takes us from the little town of Tresham to the moors of Yorkshire. The twists and turns ofwhat leads Lois Meade and her New Brooms as well as her family and Hunter Cowgill makes for an enjoyable read. Lois is very determined to find the culprits who robbed her daughter's store and who knocked her husband out. I can't wait for another in this series. . .

    19. Christina says:

      This wasn't a bad book. I wish I had started this series from the beginning. Reading this felt like I was walking in on the middle of a conversation and trying to catch up. If I return to this series I will go back and read them in order. I liked the tight-knit community. The mystery wasn't so much a mystery as you knew who did it and were waiting for them to get caught.

    20. Angela says:

      I'm always excited for another mystery with Lois! Dot Nimmo figures quite a bit in this one so if she's a favorite New Brooms character you will be pleased. Things are moving along in the lives of the characters as well--I can't say anything for fear of spoilers but I think the life transitions working out in the book will help to keep the series fresh going forward.

    21. Lynn says:

      I love how everyone has grown and developed over the length of this series. I am now looking forward to Josie's wedding and all the changes in the town. The mystery was not so much a mystery, but a chase to catch the bad guys. A nice change.

    22. Toby says:

      I love books about England. Sometimes it seems a little drawn out - like will anything every happen - but then I enjoy reading about the countryside, etc. I've only read two in this series, guess I should read the first two as well.

    23. BJ Rechtfertig says:

      Thoroughly enjoy all her books

    24. Anne Hopkinson says:

      Too cosy. A bunch of cleaning ladies in an English village indulge in improbable mysteries.

    25. Teddi says:

      not really a murder mystery but a crime novel surrounding the usual characters. Well rounded story with the characters developing. I still don't like the attitudes of Lois, Gran and often, Derek.

    26. Mary Naylor says:

      I usually enjoy these cozy British mysteries in this series but this had no mystery and not much of a storyline. I was disappointed as this book went nowhere and slowly at that!

    27. Jerry Ramsey says:

      This was a great book, but my least favorite of the series.

    28. Kathie says:

      Wow great story and very believable that she could solve it in the way she did. Love this author.

    29. Linda Allen says:

      I think this is one of the best Lois Meade mysteries that I've read. Kept my interest the whole way.

    30. Evelyn Morgan says:

      Very good cozy British mystery. I need to read more of these to get a better understanding of the main characters. I started in the middle.

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