Just as Holmes has his Watson so Inspector Witherspoon, albeit unknowingly, has Mrs Jeffries
The first in a series (now running to more than 30 books) of Victorian crime novels featuring the mild mannered (some would say inept) Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard, his housekeeper, policeman's widow, Hepzibah Jeffries and, to a lesser extent, his other servants who amongst others number Smythe the coachman, housemaid Betsy, and arthritic cook, Mrs Goodge.
OK, so The Inspector And Mrs Jeffries is somewhat plodding and simplistic (rather like the good Inspector himself), has a plot that doesn't necessarily hold up to close scrutiny and is littered with Americanisms but in its favour its a charming, fun read full of the most deliciously eccentric characters.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
Disclaimer: Read and reviewed on behalf of publishers, Constable & Robinson, I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.