A Victorian Mystery, No 29
November 1, 2011 / ISBN 0425243575
Historical Mystery / Victorian Era / England
by Brenda Weeaks
Mrs Jeffries with Inspector Witherspoon and his household staff
are back with a renewed vision of Christmas. It’s their first
Christmas with Smythe and Betsy’s new baby.
The Christmas celebration is interrupted when Daniel McCourt is
found murdered with a sword from his own collection. Daniel is the
kind who deserves “coal” in his stocking. His friends
are few; his wife dislikes him; and his servants avoid him, so the
suspect list is long. What adds to this mystery is the sprig of
mistletoe placed above the doorway. Daniel McCourt hates mistletoe
and any other commercial trapping of Christmas, so it’s ironic
that someone should murder him and leave the holiday foliage behind.
Brightwell takes readers in many directions with this mystery.
Red herrings abound, which is what kept my interest all the way
through. The reoccurring characters are always enjoyable, but the
characters/suspects and oriental collecting really piqued my interested.
The storyline moves quickly between the staff, the inspector and
the suspects so there’s never a dull moment. It’s also
nice to see the inspector contemplating the meaning of life while
he prepares to celebrate Christmas with his new Godchild.
Brightwell’s Victorian Mystery series is an enjoyable, long-lasting
series -- this mystery is an example of why. Highly recommended.
Other reviews in this series
Mrs. Jeffries Appeals the Verdict, #21 [review]
Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead, #28 [review]
Mrs. Jeffries and the Silent Knight, #20 [review]
Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up, #29
Defends Her Own, #30
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide #31 [review]
Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen #32 [review]
Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away #34 [review]
Mrs Jeffries Wins the Prize