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The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries [Kindle Edition]

Emily Brightwell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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It's murder most English all the way! (The Literary Times)

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The first tile in a charming series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET3NNUI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born Richwood, West Virginia November 10, 1948.
Married May 1976 to Richard Arguile.
First published by Silhouette Special Edition: "Kindred Spirits" March 1990.
First published by Berkley: "Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries" February 1993.
First three titles in the series published in UK by Constable and Robinson November 2013. Next four titles available as eboks June 2014.
Latest published mystery - November 2013 - #32 in series - Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen"
Currently living in Alameda, California. Supports Everton FC.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't think it's for me. 22 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I saw this on display in Waterstones, noted the name etc and then I bought it on my Kindle. I have only got 30% of the way through and I feel that I may go no further. The Inspector is so clueless, however did he reach the rank? I understand that part of the 'charm' of the series is having Mrs Jeffries around but together with American English and expressions that would not have been around at the time of its setting, it's not for me. I am glad it only cost me 61p
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries 17 Dec 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Mrs Jeffries - housekeeper to Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard - has an interest in solving mysteries herself. She delights in discussing his cases with him over his meals and often she pushes him gently in the right direction to solve them. His main experience has been in the records office at Scotland Yard and he is not the ideal person to be investigating murders. However with more than a little help from his housekeeper and the rest of his servants he is invincible.

In this charming start to a series of gentle Victorian mysteries Witherspoon and Mrs Jeffries investigate the death by poisoning of the unpleasant Dr Slocum and ultimately come to the right conclusion between them.

I enjoyed reading this entertaining mystery with its interesting and amusing characters and its well plotted murder. It makes a pleasant change to read novels which focus on the servants as much as the masters and it demonstrates very well how servants can be everywhere and see everything without being noticed themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but I loved it. 14 Feb 2014
By Wendy Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
At first glance this is a police procedural but it is really a cozy mystery, or it could be a mixture of the two. To be honest it doesn't matter if it isn't categorised as this book defies Categorisation. Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard is investigating the death of a seemingly upright Doctor. The Inspector does' know it but it is really his housekeeper, Mrs Jeffries who is the solving the murder. She is helped by a diverse crew, compromising the remainder of the household servants. This will give you an idea of how different this book is. The characterisation is spot on with Mrs Jeffries being a particular shining star. The Inspector, although somewhat puzzled by the whole thing, is endearing and I found myself wanting to look after him. There are several even more eccentric characters and those all take their place, no matter how minor their roles.

The book is just one of a whole slew of Victorian Murder Mysteries all starring Mrs Jeffries. I am sure that you are already realising that Mrs Jeffries is the real star of the books. This is the first one I have read and I cannot wait to read another. I haven't a clue where this fits into the series but it really doesn't matter. Back story is integrated well to support the plot. Another one I would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE INSPECTOR AND MRS JEFFRIES. 22 April 2014
Format:Paperback
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book 26 Feb 2014
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Always fun to follow the adventures of the number one detective. A relaxing read in the garden with a nice cup of red bush tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs jeffries 23 Feb 2014
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The housekeeper helps her boss an inspector with the clues to sort out the murderer. Well written and kept me reading.
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I can't remember if I made it to chapter two or not... Not a pleasant reading experience.

I get it, the detective is thick, his housekeeper isn't and she solves the crimes, however no-one as unintelligent as the inspector could actually function in real life.

As I say I didn't get very far into the book, it might improve later, however after what I did read I wasn't prepared to find out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Americanisms in Victorian England? 29 Jun 2014
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Whilst this is a quite charming story it is meant to be set in Victorian England. No English person then or now says "gotten" and the americanisms really jarred. Not sure I would bother to read another
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice old fashioned murder
This is a pleasant book to read, easy to follow and work out the murderer. A "Miss Marple" of a housekeeper works it all out for her employer, Inspector Witherspoon of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice read
Emily bright well has written quite a number of books this one is the first one I have read, and its very well written, it reminds me a little of Agatha Christies miss marple,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by browser
4.0 out of 5 stars The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries - Emily Brightwell
I had previously read one of this series of books and enjoyed it. If you like Agatha Raisin, then you would probably like this gentle sleuthing although it is set in Victorian... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Romee
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a good story
Very easy to read, a pleasant book with a happy ending. I don't know why it had some bad reviews.
Published 3 months ago by georgia mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries
Well written and a very enjoyable read, I love the way Mrs Jeffries quietly drops hints about the clues she has picked up,and engages the help of the rest of the household, I am... Read more
Published 4 months ago by margaret sloan
1.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Jeffries story
Highly implausible plot, incompetent policeman. Seemed to be trying to emulate Agatha Christie 's Miss Marple. Won't be bothering to read any more in this series.
Published 4 months ago by Pamela
3.0 out of 5 stars mrs j
i read the book through and thought the characters were not believable and there was far to much mrs j and not enough of the inspector
Published 4 months ago by Mr. David Southgate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you're after an easy read
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and kept me page turning. Only 4 stars as the ending was a bit drawn out.
Published 4 months ago by J. Jervis
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