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Warning at One by Ann Purser

Warning at One

by Ann Purser

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Not a big fan of this one. Many of the characters were annoying including the main character. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
It's a British, sort of family take on the whole "arm-chair non-professional detective", but a fun one. ( )
  Schlyne | Nov 12, 2015 |
Cleaning-service owner and lottery winner Lois Meade owns a rental house – but she’s having trouble keeping tenants because of Clem Fitch and his rooster, an unwelcome early morning alarm clock. So when her and husband Derek’s eldest son Douglas returns to the Village of Long Farnden to take a new information technology job, he’s a natural renter. Soon after he moves in, Douglas discovers Mr. Fitch’s body – along with that of the silenced cockerel.

Mrs. Meade has been very helpful to police on past cases, so it’s natural that Detective Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill enlists her support once again. Lois is not working alone. As operatives, she has her employees, friends and family, all with their eyes and ears open for any information – and some have operatives of their own.

Miss Marple, a character fashioned in the 1930s, and Lois Meade have much in common. They’re both plugged into their village societies and have nimble brains that notice relationships, similarities and anomalies. But Mrs. Meade is a woman who, if not exactly of the 21st Century, is of the late 20th Century. She’s tough and resilient and NOT a pink-cheeked, white-haired spinster.

Warning at One offers a traditional English mystery story with straightforward writing reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s -- but with a harder edge and a more contemporary feel. I’ve not read any books by Ann Purser before – but she has been recommended by several Cozy Library visitors as an author who should be featured here. Now she is! I plan to read more of her books in the future.

By Diana. First published in the Cozy Library October 30, 2008.
  NewsieQ | Mar 27, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425231178, Mass Market Paperback)

The tenants of Lois Meade's terrace house in Tresham are frustrated by their neighbor's feisty pet cockerel, Satan. His owner, Clem Fitch, refuses to part with his feathery companion-making Lois's tenants fly the coop. Luckily, her son Douglas agrees to rent the house.

But when Clem and Satan are found dead, Douglas-who is involved with Clem's daughter-becomes a prime suspect in some foul business.

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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.

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