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.
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
Jeffries 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