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The Hangman's Row Enquiry

The Hangman s Row Enquiry A new series and a new sleuth from Ann Purser author of the Lois Meade mysteries Ivy Beasley the beloved cantankerous spinster from the Lois Meade mysteries has found a silver lining in her golden y

  • Title: The Hangman's Row Enquiry
  • Author: Ann Purser
  • ISBN: 9780425234730
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • A new series and a new sleuth from Ann Purser author of the Lois Meade mysteries Ivy Beasley, the beloved cantankerous spinster from the Lois Meade mysteries, has found a silver lining in her golden years as an amateur sleuth She teams up with Gus, a mysterious newcomer to the small English village of Barrington who can t resist a little excitement even as he strives tA new series and a new sleuth from Ann Purser author of the Lois Meade mysteries Ivy Beasley, the beloved cantankerous spinster from the Lois Meade mysteries, has found a silver lining in her golden years as an amateur sleuth She teams up with Gus, a mysterious newcomer to the small English village of Barrington who can t resist a little excitement even as he strives to keep his past a secret, and her own cousin, a widow with time on her hands and money in her purse Together they re determined to solve the murder of Gus s elderly neighbor.

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    1. The summary calls Ivy Beasley cantankerous. What it doesn't say is that she's cold, rude, and just plain nasty. She'll give Agatha Raisin a run for her money for one of the most blunt characters ever written. Some people love Agatha, but I can't stand her, and I don't like Ivy any better.I'm not sure why Purser wanted to write a whole book about this woman, but I won't be reading another one. It was just too unpleasant. When I read a book, I have to at least halfway like a main character. Someon [...]

    2. I really loved this book! The setting is a small countryside village in England, where a woman has just been murdered in her cottage. Although this is called an "Ivy Beasley" book, the four main characters all received attention and I loved them all. Ivy is new to town- having just moved into a home for the elderly that is right in the middle of the village. Her cousin Diedre (a rich widow), new man in town Gus (who has a mysterious past he is trying to hide from) and Roy (an 86 year old lonely [...]

    3. A great new (for me) detective story, in which Ivy Beasley is the central sleuth, in Ann Purser's Lois Meade Mysteries. And what a character, Ivy Beasley is, now residing in assisted living where she partners up with Gus, the mysterious stranger, Roy and Deidre. A great team as the reader will soon discover. The team decide to call themselves "Enquire Within" and they soon have a job on their hands, solving the mystery of the murdered widow, (Mrs Blake) who had been stabbed in the chest with a b [...]

    4. A typical Ann Purser cosy mystery, I love them. Ivy Beasley makes the decision to move from her lifelong home in Round Rington to a retirement home, Springfields in Barrington. In some ways it is a good move for Ivy because she will be living close to her cousin Deirdre, most of her old friends have died and at least in Barrington she will have some company but she thinks things will be boring. She is soon proved wrong, to begin with there is the new arrival in the village, Gus Halfhide, he has [...]

    5. I liked the characters a lot and will probably read the future books in the series. Really the only problem I had with the book was that it didn't appear the author (or her editor) paid enough attention to detail in her timelines. One of the characters, Roy, an 86 year old (pg 307)fellow resident of Ivy's is recollecting a conversation he overhead between his mother and the dog breeder regarding the disappearance of a local woman about 40 years earlier in the nineteen seventies. (pg 193) The con [...]

    6. The Hangman's Row Enguiry was a sparkling introduction to this new spinoff series from Ms. Purser. The "detectives" are a collections of kindred souls huddled around the proverbial cup of tea, but then they are so much more, too. There's Gus and Ivy, Deidre and Roy who make up the group, and they solve crime in their own round about muddled way. I enjoyed this story, and then rushed off to buy the next two. I've really enjoyed Ms. Purser's Lois Meade books, and these might prove to be even bette [...]

    7. Ann Purser introduces us to new characters. This time a mysterious man who might have been a detective, a lady in a resthome and her cousin who is rich thanks to a deceased husband. The mystery is who killed his neighbor and what does the lord of the manor have to do with it. Also why is he letting his housekeeper keep him a virtual prisoner. Looking forward to more in this new series.

    8. Ivy Beasley has moved to an assisted living apartment near her cousin, Diedre Bloxham. The two team up with a mysterious man named Gus Halfhide to form the Enquire Within Agency. They will attempt to investigate the murder of one of Gus' neighbors, Mrs. Caroline Blake. Gus attempts to charm Caroline's daughter, Miriam, who is the main suspect. Diedre attempts to charm Theo Roussel, the lord of the local manor. Theo is guarded by his assistant, Beatie Beattie, and she is determined that no one wi [...]

    9. This was a very good start to a new series of cozy mysteries.You might think a man with a mysterious past, two senior citizens who live in a retirement home and a rich woman with too much time on her hands make a motley crew of problem solvers but, in this case, it works.

    10. I enjoyed this book in parts, I did like the end. However I feel that really good books you remember, I read this book a couple years ago, and couldn't remember the end, and did not realize I had read it until about 40pgs in.

    11. "Ivy Beasley may have been moved to assisted living,but she has more interest in assisting her new partners in a amateur-sleuth business. She teams up with Gus, a mysterious newcomer who can't resist a little excitement even as he strives to keep his past secret, and her own cousin, a widow with time on her hands and money in her purse. Together they're determined to solve a local murder "In one of the houses on Hangman's Row, Gus's elderly neighbor has been found with a bread knife sticking out [...]

    12. This was an interesting premise--a cozy mystery involving senior citizens as amateur sleuths. Unfortunately, one of the main characters, Ivy Beasley herself, was so unlikeable and unpleasant that she took away from my enjoyment of the story. In the blurb, she was described as a "beloved cantankerous spinster". Well, she certainly did not come across that way to me! Instead, I would describe her as extremely bossy, rude, cold, blunt and far too sharp-tongued. I like strong, sassy, intelligent and [...]

    13. The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser features crotchety Ivy Beasley, and elderly but shrewdly intelligent inhabitant of an assisted livingresidence in a small English village. Her cousin Deirdre and the mysterious Gus Halfhide round out a strange trio of characters who form Enquire Within, a private investigation service. What I liked: the characters, the inclusion of an often neglected age group, and the incongruous nature of the relationships. The plot was lacking, but maybe the plotting wi [...]

    14. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenes and dialog in this excellent debut of a new and charming murder mystery series. An unlikely crew of persons aged in their 50's to 80's gather together to create, what in their minds and hopes, is a flourishing detective agency. The first case is in a charming British village when a murder occurs, next door to a new-comer, Gus. We quickly learn Gus is a mystery unto himself as well. Gus meets a spinster, Ivy, also new to the village living in [...]

    15. Ivy Beasley has moved to an assisted living home in Barrington, England, near her younger cousin Deirdre. A new gentleman has rented a house on Hangman’s Row, but before anyone really gets to know him, his elderly next door neighbor is murdered. Her daughter is a prime suspect, but Gus isn’t convinced. He has a mysterious past in investigation that he hints at and enlists Ivy’s and Deirdre’s help in investigating this crime. This was a cozy English village traditional mystery set up with [...]

    16. This was the first book of this series that I had read and I enjoyed both the characters and the plot. At first, I thought I had the main character, Ivy Beasley figured out, but then the elderly spinster would say or do something unexpected and I had to revise my impression of her. It was an entertaining mystery, in one of my favorite settings, an English village, with quirky characters. In this story, Ivy teams up with Deidre, her cousin, Gus, a mysterious village newcomer, and Roy, another res [...]

    17. Using my Barnes and Nobles gift card, I bought this e book. This is a nice, easy read if you like cozy mysteries. Set in a small English town, a woman is murdered on Hangman's Row. Augustus is a new arrival to the town, and boredom soon sets in, along with being lonely. He meets Ivy Beasley, and they soon become friends. The two enlist the aid of Ivy's neice, and the three of them decide to look into the murder. It isn't long before something happens. And in questioning another resident of the n [...]

    18. A spin-off of another series of Ann Pursers that I like a great deal. This involve the tart, sharp witted (and sharp tongued!) Ivy Beasley who has been settled into a retirement home but won't settle down. Ivy is looking for diversions and finds them in a new resident and a murder to solve. Bringing others into their efforts the group solve the case and form a detective agency at the story's end (thus setting up the series). This will be a very character-driven series with Ivy as the dominate fo [...]

    19. At the urging of wealthy cousin Deirdre, Ivy has retired to an old folks' home in a small Suffolk village. Talk about boring! Fortunately, Ivy makes the acquaintance of fellow newcomer Gus, who lives in a cottage next door to a recent murder. Hinting at investigative activity in his past, Gus enlists Ivy and widowed Deirdre in an unofficial enquiry agency. They have Gus's experience, Deirdre's social connections, and Ivy's clear-eyed evaluation of the people around them. Soon they add elderly Ro [...]

    20. A fun cozy mystery set in an English village and starring the mysterious and fairly attractive strange man, the old lady who still has a sharp mind and sharper tongue, the middle aged lady looking for fun and the old man who is fed up of sitting just watching the tv in the residents home. A fun tale full of nice twists. It makes me want to read more to find out more about the in solved mysteries!

    21. I give The Hangman's Row Enquiry 3,5 stars. There is room for improvement as far as the plot and some of the details go, but I love the characters. There's sharp and proper Ivy Beasley, her charming niece Diedre, Augustus with the mysterious past and the friendly Roy. Two geriatrics and two somewhat younger compatriots setting out to solve a murder. I definitely enjoyed the colourful characters Ann Purser created and look forward to the next adventure of this charming foursome!

    22. A cozy mystery set in an English village, featuring a foursome of mystery solvers. It follows the formula of your typical cozy mystery, and I was able to guess the guilty party before the author revealed them. However, there were still a few surprises for me and I enjoyed the setting. I also liked that the mystery solvers were older and were able to use a different set of skills compared to several of the younger protagonists in other mystery series.

    23. I like Ann Purser's village mysteries, and save them to read between non-fiction books, or other more "serious" reads. They are relaxing, engaging and just plain fun. Recommend them for this purpose, or for great beach/airplane reading. I read this one vacationing in Vermont.

    24. I don't know why, but I love light murder mysteries set in little English villages, full of slightly eccentric characters. The first half of this book bored me, but once I got used to the characters I started to enjoy it. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series.

    25. Very entertaining, interesting plot - not too simple not too complicated. Good character development and very likable characters, at least to me. I would definitely read more of this author's books.

    26. Actually, slightly less than 3 stars for this: light, fluffy, a book that doesn't take itself very seriously. Yet the author does enough with the relationships between the protagonists that I kept picking it up.In short: a not unpleasant way to waste some time.

    27. Love this first in a new series. Who says that senior don't have all their little "gray cells"? This group of seniors di 7 have the time to solve the case of a murdered ilderly neighbor. Try adding your gray cells to see if you can figure it out.

    28. I wasn't sure about these characters, especially Gus. At first I liked him and then I thought he was a bit slimy. But about half way through I started liking him again. Good mystery. Not Miss Marple but good.

    29. I adored this book and can't wait to read the next installment. The members of Enquire Within were very likable, even old maid, Ivy. I thought I had the mystery figured out, but was still surprised by the ending. I highly recommend it!

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