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Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen
Victorian Mystery #32
Emily Brightwell

October 29, 2013 / ISBN: 9780425268087
Historical Mystery / Cozy / British / Victorian era / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

Tis' the season for murder and mayhem and the Witherspoon household is at the ready.

Inspector Witherspoon's evening with Lady Ruth Cannonberry is interrupted when Constable Barnes arrives with a message from the chief inspector. There's been a murder on Holland Road and the chief wants Witherspoon to lead the investigation. The victim is Orlando Edison who was supposed to testify at the Granger Mine bankruptcy. And he was murdered with a ceremonial mining shovel. He's had plenty of arguments in his home during the week, so Witherspoon has some obvious suspects. He interviews and investigates the Merry Men, investors of the Mine. But as Mrs. Jeffries and the Witherspoon staff make their own inquiries things get even more interesting.

Readers will enjoy the Victorian Christmas atmosphere - I know I did. The mystery had me scratching my head now and again. I think Brightwell did an excellent job of hiding the killer. Readers can expect to work at solving this one.

I can't believe this is number thirty-two in the series. Mrs. Jeffries is a remarkable lead character. And the various household staff adds an enclitic mix to each investigation. I hope this series continues for a while longer.

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   [review]
Mrs Jeffries Defends Her Own, #30   [review
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 #35 [review

Reviewed 2013