About

Ann PurserHere in the heart of England, in one of the old hunting shires, our small, idyllic village is listed for conservation protection and is a much desired location. We still have a church, shop garage, and school, which is very rare these days, and we know how lucky we are!

Peaceful, tranquil life, you might think? For some, maybe. But villages can be hotbeds of intrigue, violent feuds and dangerous gossips, all of it fermenting away under the surface. A perfect setting, then, for my feisty detective, Lois, to indulge her love of snooping, as well as running an efficient cleaning service.

‘New Brooms, We Sweep Cleaner!’ is Lois’s motto, though not everyone knows that in reluctant association with her loyal admirer, Inspector Hunter Cowgill, she aims to sweep away crime along with the dust from her locality.

Lois forbids gossip amongst her team, but should any of them spot suspicious goings-on in houses they are cleaning, then naturally it is their duty to report it to the boss. It is, after all, quite usual for a beady-eyed cleaner to take a glance at correspondence and confidential papers left lying around by a trusting householder. And telephone conversations are always worth a surreptitious listening ear ….

With all the days of the week complete, from Murder on Monday to Sorrow on Sunday, I am now embarking on a new series. Lois Meade and family will still be there, as will many of the same village characters, but with new plots and new incomers to stir up the mix.   The first of the new series is Warning at One was published in November 2008, by Berkley Prime Crime. The next book is ‘Tragedy at Two’, to be published December 2009.

Publications

Fiction

Non-Fiction

  • You and Your Handicapped Child
  • Looking Back at Popular Entertainment, 1901-1939

Buy Ann Purser`s books in your local booksellers and at all on-line retailers, including Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and Barnes & Noble.com.

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Member of the Crime Writers’ Association

32 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m sure you’ve been asked this before but will Lois Meade have another adventure? I did enjoy your new book is another in the near future?? Thanks for writing such an enjoyable read.
    Meg

    • Many thanks, Meg, for your nice message. Yes, there is another Lois adventure scheduled for December this year (useful Xmas present!), and after that two more are planned. Though Derek tries, there`s no keeping our Lois out of the action.
      Regards – Ann P

  2. I love your Lois Meade stories! There is something in your stories that transports me to England and puts me in the middle of the action. Please keep up the good work, and I look forward to your future book releases in America.

    • Thanks, Chris, for your nice message! We live in the middle of England, in what is known as the Rose of the Shires, and feel that we are truly the real England. Around here, there are many relics of the Civil War, and the Battle of Naseby took place just up the road from us. It must all seem very small beer compared to your American Civil War! But it is still a very vivid period in our history.

      Lois is off on another adventure in December in Threats at Three, and meanwhile one of the characters who has been through all the books, Ivy Beasley, stars in her own Enquiry Agency in The Hangman`s Row Enquiry, now out in paperback. Ivy, now in a Suffolk luxury retirement home, is stirring things up satisfactorily! Regars – Ann

  3. Hello Ann

    I hope you don’t mind me emailing you as I am going to be rather cheeky and ask you for a favour. (I didn’t get an MBE for being afraid to ask for things!) . As part of encouraging more people to use the Library, I am planning a day of competitions during the summer holidays, and it would be lovely to have some signed copies of novels to give away as prizes. Would there be any chance of you donating one please? There would be a special display of all the authors’ books during August, and your details would be mentioned in our leaflet.

    You probably get loads of requests, so I am just grateful if you can take the time to read this email.

    Thank you.

    Jenny

  4. It was wonderful to find your Lois Meade series. I started with Murder on Monday, and was charmed by the characters and picture of village life. I purchased one after the other of your lovely books. Imagine my dismay when I got to the book on “Saturday.”
    Because of the gratuitous violence in what I thought was a “cozy mystery”, I could not finish the book. I am a true animal lover, and was deeply disappointed to find such hideous descriptions of animal cruelty.

    LInda Nesbitt,
    Virginia, USA

    • Thanks for yours, Linda. Yours is not the first message I have had about cruelty to animals, and I must defend myself. At the time I wrote this book, there was a campaign in this country against wilful cruelty and neglect of pet animals. This included pictures of such dreadful cruelty and really moved a lot people. Made them sit up and take notice.

      As an animal lover myself, I did not consciously include the cruelty to the dogs, but it occurred logically the plot and was not gratuitous, but part of the make up of those characters. I am sorry if this upset people, but sadly such things do occur. Not cozy, I agree, but I do hope you`ll keep reading. Ann P

      At the moment, I have six little hens and a cockerel, a cairn terrier, a fourteen-year-old goldfish and a garden full of wild birds. In my time, I have had geese, ducks, guinea fowl, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. All have survived to a ripe old age.

    • Thanks for your review, Sheila! I am so glad you liked Hangman`s Row. I was particularly pleased that you recognised that true love is not just for the young! Watch our for the Measby Murder Mystery, with Ivy, in due course. A.

    • Hi, Erin – yes, the good news is that the second in the Ivy Beasley series is in the pipeline! Look out for The Measby Murder Enquiry soon. All the best – Ann

  5. I have just discovered the Lois Meade series in the past few weeks, and I borrowed the whole set from my local public library. I’m a big fan of British cozies, and I am recommending the series to all my friends! I was perturbed by the Sorrow on Saturday plotline as well, but it’s of course a terrible social issue that should be addressed. It is to be hoped that having a respected and well-known author tackle the topic may have some positive effect, but perhaps that’s wishful thinking!

    I have requested the Round Ringford and Ivy Beasley novels from my public library, and I look forward to reading them, as well as MORE Lois Meade–I just love the characterizations and the intrigues in so-called bucolic village life. As an American, I have been rather too influenced by gorgeous literature and media depicting idyllic British village life. Ann Purser, you have struck a wonderful, believable balance between reality and fiction in your novels. Bravo!

    • Thank you very much for your interesting messages. I am thrilled with your comments, especially about the reality of Ivy and Lois, and the Round Ringford characters. Sometimes, when I am writing about village life, something will happen in my village which is much more unlikely than the novels! There is never a dull moment and in our village we are lucky to have shop, school, pub, church, garage – all amenities which are fast disappearing from small communities.

      I think there is an Ivy in every village!

      Thanks again – Ann P

  6. i enjoy your Lois Meade mysteries and hope to continue reading more of Lois and her family—–your series gives me a great fondness for the English countryside—my parents were British but i have never visited England so i try to learn about it from reading—–your stories have helped a lot. Thank you

    Valerie Da Silva—-(America)

    • Not sure whether I replied to your interesting message! I am glad you like stories about the English countryside. At the moment, I am looking out of my window on a wet, muddy garden, with wet, muddy chickens pecking up the worms. But the daffodils are showing shoots, and there is a definite air of spring. Best wishes – Ann

  7. Good Morning, I have just recently discovered Ann Purser and am thrilled to have done so. I love serial mysteries; getting to know the characters and their skills.
    Having recently retired I have have the time to settle in with an interesting mystery. Thank you, I started with Murder on Monday and am going to get the Wednesday mystery today.
    Thank you for writing this series.

    • Thank you, Maggie, for your interesting message. I really love building my characters until they are real people to me. One of my favourites is Ivy Beasley, who appears in all three series. Lois Meade was inspired by my own cleaning lady, who said she had always fancied being a detective. Her job certainly takes her to all kinds of families and individuals, and she is often the recipient of their secrets!

      Happy retirement! Best wishes – Ann

    • Hello, Kathleen. I know that it is difficult to find the Round Ringford series, but they do appear on Amazon now and then. Perhaps a message to the publishers (Penguin US) might encourage them to think about a re-issue?!

      Kind regards – Ann P.

  8. Dear Ann,

    I very much enjoy the Lois Meade stories and the new Ivy Beasley ones, but can only find the very small print versions from the US. I buy from Amazon for financial reasons, and they only seem to have the smaller print ones listed. Are they ever published in larger print or are they all the same? I can manage with them as they are, but bedtime reading especially would be more comfortable with larger print!

    • Hi, Maureen. Thank you so much for your comment. I`m sorry the print in the paperbacks is too small for you. Some titles have been published in large print, and you could try searching the following:

      Chivers Press (UK)
      Severn House Large Print (UK)
      Center Point – http://www.centerpointlargeprint.com (US)

      Let me know if you have problems, and I will try to help.

      Best wishes – AP

  9. I just read your first book and really liked it. In reading the last page it said the you lived in Leicestershire. Is Holkham Hall near where you live. My grand father was a forester for the Earl of Leicester around 1900.
    Just wondering David.

    • Hi, David. Thank you for your interesting comment. The foresters were very important people when Englad was covered in trees! I was born in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, but the Earl of Leicester`s ancestral home, Holkham Hall, is actually in Norfolk! You will see from a map that these two counties are not that far away from each other. The Earldoms in the British Isles are very confusing, and often the Earl will have his seat in another county. All to do with battles, and the earldom dying out and being recreated, etc etc. Wikipedia has a really informative entry for Earls of Leicester.

      Where I now live, our closest Earl is at Althrop, the Earl Spencer, father of Diana, late Princess of Wales.

      So glad you enjoyed the book – lots of others to find!

      Best wishes – Ann P.

  10. Just read your newest mystery – Foul Play at Four – and enjoyed it very much.
    I love reading about Lois, her family, and all the inhabitants of her area.
    Our local library has all her books, and hope they continue getting them.
    Greetings from Toronto, Canada….

    • Happy New Year, Margaret! Thank you for your news from Canada – so glad you are enjoying Lois`s adventures. Watch out for the next one – Found Guilty at Five – due out some time this year.

      Have you encountered Ivy Beasley in her new series, the Ivy Beasley Enquiries? Ivy has popped up in all three series, and is still going strong solving crimes from an old folks` home in Suffolk.

      With best wishes, and greetings to your wonderful library! Ann.

  11. Hello Ms Purser:

    Just a quick comment, I enjoy your Lois Meade mysteries very much, I just have a quick question about Weeping on Wednesday and something that I read in Threats at Three.
    In Weeping on Wednesday in chapter 2 you talk about the ages of Lois’s and Derek’s children Josie age 15, Douglas age 14 and Jamie nearly 12, then in Threats at Three chapter 4, Douglas calls his mum and she is saying that she should not have a favorite, but she does, her firstborn, Douglas. So I am confused who is the firstborn? Josie or Douglas????

  12. Every time I go to a thrift store (aka charity shop), I find new authors to add to my reading library. I found the Sunday through Friday mysteries on the shelf and took them all home. Don’t worry, I’m going after books 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as my debit card permits.

    Just what I need, another author to add to the list. Incredible cover art for the books.

    But, I’m enjoying all the books I’ve read so far. The best thing I like is that I can’t figure out who did it until literally the very last chapter, which is what I like about a good mystery.

    • Thank you for writing,Dorothy. I was very interested to hear about your charity shop (aka thrift store, which sounds nicer). I am glad you enjoy the books – and I do agree with you about the covers. Aren`t they amazing?

      Do let me know if you have a problem finding more. Very best wishes, Ann P.

  13. Thrift stores are usually run by charities such as Value Village, Goodwill and Salvation Army. They carry all kinds of items from clothing to furniture and electronics. I usually just head straight to the books because they don’t have a lot of clothing in my rather LARGE size. I’ve found a lot of new authors that way.

    People seem to recycle books a lot. They buy it, read it, put it on the shelf, wait a few months and give it away only to repeat the cycle all over again. It annoys me because when I find an author I like, it’s like pulling an elephant through an opening the size of a thimble to get me to give them up!!! You can tell by the shelves full of books I have in my bookcase. And I usually don’t rest until I get all their titles. Then I prowl the internet waiting to hear about the next title in the series.

    One thing I’ve noticed so far is that the books are set in real time. Lois’ kids are aging normally. It doesn’t take them from 5 to 20 from one book to the other. Josie ages from 14 in the first book to 19-20 in the Sunday book.

    Speaking of, when is number five coming out.

  14. I just finished reading my first Lois Meade Mystery, Foul Play at Four, and really enjoyed it. Look forward to reading the rest of the series. So glad that you have included family pets in your story as we are animal lovers. Our menagerie includes a handsome, large, orange Maine Coon. However, you don’t mention what happened to the little orange kitty, Orly. Did he end up with Bert and Gladys? Just curious as I don’t like to see animals tossed aside, even in fiction.

    • Many thanks, Barbara, for your comment. So glad you enjoyed Foul Play at Four – lots more to find! As a family, we have had over the years, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, white mice, cage birds (not good), donkeys, hens, geese, ducks, and guinea fowl! Now we have down-sized to one Cairn dog and six Pekin bantams (lavender, black and cuckoo).

      I do agree with you about tossing animals aside – Orly was rescued by a kind elderly lady and ended up as the house cat in a cottage in Yorkshire. Very happy fat cat!

      Ann P

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