Threats at Three-Ann Purser

Threats at Three

Ann Purser

Berkley, Dec 7 2010, $23.95

ISBN: 9780425237052

The villagers of Long Farnden, England want to raise the money to refurbish the village hall.  The community meets to discuss plans including who does what with electrician Derek Meade chosen as the lead of the fundraising subcommittee.

Not everyone is euphoric over the Village Hall Renovation Fund-Raising renovation plan to “save our shed”.  Some feel it is a waste of money and prefer nothing occur while one person fears her spouse will cause trouble for the townsfolk.  New Broome cleaning business owner Lois Meade becomes embroiled in the middle trying to prevent a calamity from happening.  However she fails as the first corpse is found leading to Inspector Cowgill investigating the homicide and Lois “helping” him.

Well written, the latest Lois Meade amateur sleuth (see Warning at One and Tragedy at Two) is an engaging tale that spends most of the story line on a small village politics when an issue divides the community.  The support ensemble cast is solid as each picks a side in the community debate.  However, the whodunit takes a back seat to the increasingly divisive ugly fight to shed or not to shed.

Harriet Klausner

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