Books by Ann Purser

Ann Purser lives in the East Midlands, in a small and attractive village which still has a village shop, a garage, pub and church. Here she finds inspiration for her novels about country life. She has only to do her daily shopping down the High Street to


SECRETS ON SATURDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A real page-turner, with an ending that fails to live up to its exciting premise."
The cleaning service New Brooms has involved its owner in solving several crimes (Fear on Friday, 2005, etc.), but her latest entanglement is the nastiest and most dangerous of all. Read full book review >
FEAR ON FRIDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Interesting characters don't quite justify the effort to disentangle the dense web of humdrum information en route to the ho-hum ending."
When the unsavory mayor of Tresham is found dead in his fish pond, Chief Inspector Hunter Cowgill calls on the owner of New Brooms for help digging up the dirt. Read full book review >
THEFT ON THURSDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"For all its complications, though, Purser's latest village puzzler is all village and no puzzle."
A vicar brings a troubled past and an equally dicey future to his new pulpit at Long Farnden. Read full book review >
TERROR ON TUESDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"A modest village mystery most notable for the careful way Purser roots every shocking malfeasance in the rhythms and woes of ordinary working-class family life."
Not exactly terror, perhaps, but skullduggery of all sorts greets housecleaner Lois Meade when she opens a cleaning service in the village of Long Farnden. Read full book review >
MURDER ON MONDAY by Ann Purser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"First-class work in the English-village genre (The Neighbor's Wife, not reviewed, etc.): cleverly plotted, with thoroughly believable characters, rising tension, and a smashing climax."
Now that her two sons have followed her daughter Josie to school and her mother is helping on the home front, Lois Meade has time to look around her. Though she finds nothing more appealing in her tiny Midlands village of Tresham than her electrician husband Derek, the town of Long Farden, only six miles away, promises several cleaning jobs for Dr. and Mrs. Rix; retired law professor Malcolm Barrett and his wife Rachel; Rev. Peter White, a bachelor; and community nurse Gillian Surfleet, who lives next door to Rose Cottage, occupied by bossy Gloria Hathaway, a member of the parish council whose friendliest days are clearly behind her. At a town hall meeting, Gloria is taking her turn at making tea when a scream issuing from the kitchen announces that she's been strangled to death. Having shown her interest in becoming a special Constable to Inspector Cowgill, Lois feels free to snoop in the various houses she's cleaning, although Josie, at 14, is giving her a hard time with a much too mature interest in well-mannered older teenager Melvyn Hallhouse. As Gloria's past affairs slowly but surely come to light, Lois realizes that her checkered career not only involves half of Long Farden but comes all too close to home for her self-anointed avenger. Only when angst from the past goes venomously to work in the present is the killer found. Read full book review >