Review: The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry by Ann Purser

Description (from cover):

‘Save the date: Ivy Elizabeth Beasley is ready to share her golden years and plans to wed Roy Vivian Goodman on the fifth of May. A spinster no more, the private eye is in for marriage, murder, and mishaps galore…
It’s the talk of Ivy’s retirement community–her fiance, Roy, has quite the hefty inheritance. She couldn’t care less about his fortune, but it has a way of luring long-lost relatives out of the woodwork. And when, against Ivy’s wishes, Roy asks his dubious nephew, furniture salesman Steven Wright, to be the best man, she cannot help but disapprove. After all, she suspects he’s out for his uncle’s fortune…
But after the banns of Ivy and Roy’s marriage are announced at the Barrington village church and an anonymous voice shouts out a protest, the wedding may be off. And with the discovery of a body in a bed in a nearby furniture shop, Ivy and her team of sleuths at Enquire Within may be closer to a dangerous reception than they realize.’

My thoughts:

Have you ever read a book just because you want to catch up with the characters. That is the way that I am with the Ivy Beasley series. I love how witty and sassy Ivy is and how she doesn’t take any junk from anyone. She is a smart old lady who will stand up for what is right even if it goes against the grain. The reader can’t help but love her and her ways. I was excited to see that in this book Ivy and Roy have set a date for the impending marriage and I hope the next in the series will allow us to actually read about the wedding and not skip over it. 
Ivy is planning a wedding. A low-key simple affair, but a wedding nonetheless. Roy proposes that his dubious nephew, Steven Wright be his best man and Ivy is none too thrilled. She sees Steven for what he really is, a money grubbing no-good-for-nothing type of guy who is just after Roy’s considerable fortune. Roy doesn’t exactly care for the fellow either, but family is family and he is the only living relation Roy has left. Ivy reluctantly agrees, but the problem takes care of itself when Steven is found dead in a bed at the furniture shop where he works. Ivy is determined to solve the case before she becomes a victim and the wedding is called off.
I enjoyed this book, mainly because it was catching up with some interesting characters. The mystery in this one was so-so and nothing too special and a little easy to figure out. Not the best in the series, but it could have been a lot worse. This is one of those series that I have to read regardless just because I like the characters and the content isn’t really stellar, but I’m really not looking for that either. A good addition to a likeable series, but not one that I would start reading without reading the previous books in the series as the reader might be a little confused without all the back story.

Overall Rating: 3

Title:  The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry
Author:  Ann Purser
Series:  Ivy Beasley Mystery #4
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Sleeping Salesman Enquiry by Ann Purser

  1. Hi, Kimberlee, I came to your site via Calum's and am so glad I did. I love historical fiction and mysteries, and especially historical mysteries. I scrolled around on your blog and see that you liked Jaqueline Winspeare's latest mystery. I haven't read that one yet, but I'm a Winspeare fan. Ann Purser's Beasley mysteries sound interesting.


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