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Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide
Victorian Mystery #31
Emily Brightwell

Berkley Prime Crime
May 7, 2013 / ISBN 978-0-425-25212-3
Cozy Mystery


Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Ah, there's nothing like a new Mrs. Jeffries mystery to transport you back to an easier time and to the comforts of London. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Inspector Witherspoon, but she and the rest of the household staff are secretly crack detectives who've helped solve cases in thirty previous books.

This time out, Ellen Langston-Jones is the victim, murdered in the communal gardens. Inspector Witherspoon is confident that Lucius Montague is the killer. Yet Mrs. Jeffries has a gut feeling that he is innocent, and despite the fact that no one at all likes the unpleasant Montague, her sense of justice won't let him go down for a crime he did not commit.

Over the years I have read each and every one of the Mrs. Jeffries Victorian mysteries, and I always feel as if I am visiting with old friends. The cast of characters is comfortable and predictable, yet author Brightwell is still able to add depth and bring out new dimensions to help the reader like them even more.

This is an easy and fast read, a perfect pastime for a rainy afternoon, or to help pull you out of nightmare-ridden sleep and eased back into wakefulness. You do not have to read all, or even any, of the earlier books in the series, but if you do so, you'll be hooked and will want to read the whole set. 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   [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