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Mrs Jeffries Takes The Cake (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 13)

A man is shot dead after taking tea and cake with his guest.  But who was his guest?  The dead man’s son in law – an MP – doesn’t want Inspector Witherspoon asking too many questions as he doesn’t want anything to damage his reputation.

Naturally this isn’t going to put the inspector or his household off and they are all determined to bring the murderer to justice.  But can Witherspoon’s household do their investigating without letting the Inspector know they are helping?

This is the thirteenth book in this entertaining Victorian crime series.  I love the ingenious ways Mrs Jeffries finds of directing the investigations of the household and various friends and then feeding the information to the Inspector so that he is pointed in the right direction.  If you want a light hearted historical crime series this might be one to try.  The books can be read in any order but it probably is best to read them in the order in which they were published.

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Mrs Jeffries Reveals her Art (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 12)

An artist’s model disappears but the owner of the house which she was supposed to be visiting denies all knowledge of her.  Inspector Witherspoon’s household are asked to investigate as the police don’t seem to be taking it too seriously.  Naturally Mrs Jeffries – the housekeeper asks the inspector to see what he can do.  Then a guest at the same  house is murdered and it seems as though Inspector Witherspoon and his household will be able to combine the two investigations.

This is an entertaining light read and I didn’t work out who the murderer was.  The scam in which the victim is involved is really quite clever and I didn’t work that out either.   I do like the characters in this series – Inspector Witherspoon himself; the redoubtable Mrs Jeffries his housekeeper; Mrs Goodge – the cook with her network of informers; Smythe the coachman – who isn’t what he seems; Betsy – the maid and Wiggins the footman – not to speak of Fred the dog who lives both above and below stairs.

If you want a light read in the historical crime genre then try this series.  The mysteries are intriguing and Mrs Jeffries and her colleagues have to be more and more ingenious in the ways they investigate and then feed the information back to the Inspector without appearing to do so.  The series can be read in any order.

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Mrs Jeffries Questions the Answer (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 11)

Hannah Cameron was definitely unpopular with everyone n her household and all her relatives as well so there are plenty of suspects when she is stabbed in the back in what appears to be a burglary gone wrong.  As it appears to be a burglary the unpleasant Inspector Nivens is asked to investigate.  Smarting under their inability to find Jack the Ripper Scotland Yard can’t afford any unsolved murders and classifying this as a burglary gone wrong just might take the heat off them.

Inspector Witherspoon is told to help Inspector Nivens just in case it turns out to be murder after all but his housekeeper, Mrs Jeffries, and the rest of his staff must be extra careful not to be seen to be asking questions.  They are also hampered by the presence of an elderly relative of Mrs Goodge’s who has come for a visit.  Some inspired planning by Mrs Jeffries solves that problem but the friends must still try to solve the crime and feed all the relevant information to their beloved Inspector.

I enjoy reading this series.  It is light hearted and entertaining even though it deals with murder.  I like the main characters and especially the way Inspector Witherspoon’s household are right behind him, trying to help him solve his cases and still keep his pride intact.  If you want some light reading in the historical crime genre then try this series – they can be read in any order.

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Mrs Jeffries Takes The Stage (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 10)

An unpopular theatre critic, recently returned from a spell in America is found dead in a canal but it becomes clear during the post mortem that he was probably drowned in his bath and the body moved.  Mrs Jeffries and her fellow employees must try and solve the murder and stop their employer, Inspector Witherspoon arresting the wrong person.

Between them all they soon manage to uncover more about the victim and the people surrounding him, including the cast of a play of which he was going to write a review on the night he was murdered.  Mrs Jeffries and her fellow sleuths are suffering a little from a crisis of confidence as in the previous book in the series the Inspector got there ahead of them.  Soon they start to get their confidence back as they accumulate more and more information.

This is a light hearted Victorian mystery with some interesting series characters.  I love the way the servants all work together to solve the crime together with their friends Luty Belle Crookshank and her butler Hatchet and neighbour, Lady Ruth Cannonbury. If you want something not too taxing to read then I can recommend this book and this series.  The books can be read in any order

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Mrs Jeffries Stands Corrected (Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries Book 9)

The landlord of a pub is stabbed on the day the pub holds its grand opening.  Inspector Witherspoon is puzzled but decides for once to listen to his inner voice rather than talking it over with his housekeeper, Mrs Jeffries.

This is not what Mrs Jeffries intended when she encouraged him to trust his instinct as she and the staff love hunting out evidence and making sure he comes across it so that he can solve the case.
Not knowing what the Inspector is thinking and what is going on in the case doesn’t stop Mrs Jeffries and the other staff doing their own investigating.  Luty-Belle Crookshank and her butler Hatchet even return from holiday to join in.

I enjoyed reading this light-hearted Victorian murder mystery.  I like Mrs Jeffries and her colleagues, Smythe – the coachman, Wiggins – the footman, Betsy – the parlour maid and Mrs Goodge – the cook.  All have their different ways of ferreting out evidence but it is up to Mrs Jeffries to work out how to make their employer aware of it.

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Mrs. Jeffries Plays the Cook: Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon Series, Book 7 (Victorian Mystery)

Mrs Goodge – the cook in Scotland Yard detective Inspector Witherspoon’s household has been called away to one of her relatives who is ill.  Mrs Jeffries is a hopeless cook – she would be the first to admit – though she is very good at solving mysteries with the help of the rest of the domestic staff.  The Inspector has a murder to solve but it looks like he will have to do it accompanied by permanent indigestion unless Mrs Goodge returns to the household.

 

This is an interesting mystery with plenty of amusing moments and a murder victim whom no one likes which means there are plenty of suspects.  As ever it is Inspector Witherspoon’s domestic staff who find out a lot of the information he needs and who keep him pointed in the right direction.  But even they can’t keep going when they have indigestion and as the staff take it in turns to cook it seems as though the household will fall apart without good food inside them.

 

I enjoy the way the characters are developing in this series and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as they become available as e-books.  If you like entertaining cosy mysteries then try this series – they can be read in any order.

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Mrs. Jeffries on the Trail: Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon Series, Book 6 (Victorian Mystery)

A flower seller is brutally murdered and Inspector Witherspoon finds himself investigating a complex case of long lost children and greedy relatives.  Naturally his domestic staff – led by the astute Mrs Jeffries are quickly on to the case with a certain amount of amusing rivalry between the men and the women.

 

I enjoyed this amusing and well written mystery with its tense and dangerous finale.  I like the way the characters interact with some disputes and fallings out which are generally smoothed over before they can do too much harm.

 

If you like your crime stories with an historical background and without too much on the page violence then I recommend this series.  They can be read in any order but it is interesting to see the way the characters and relationships develop if you read them in the order in which they were published.

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