Here this wonderful series begins. Did a doctor in the neighborhood die of poisoned mushrooms then rush to try to cure himself, but too late? Or is that the way he died at all. And of course as in any English village there is more speculation and gossip than you can shake a stick at. But Mrs. Jeffries and her "team" are more than a match to find out what really happened here, and to pass along tips and information to the Inspector. They bring to a new high the concept that you can make someone love your idea and make him think the idea was his all the time. Super cozy!
This is the first of a delightful series featuring Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and Hezbipah Jeffries, his housekeeper. The Inspector is not exactly the best at detecting but his household staff are and they do so on the sly. In this book, a much-hated doctor is found murdered in his study and what seems like a poisoning by deadly mushrooms is the first of many wrong assumptions. I love the characters of this cozy mystery and can hardly wait to read more of them.
I enjoy the down to earth qualities of the characters. It's quick reading and for me a good writer is one that doen't have blood and gore and can keep me reading and not wanting to put the book down till I get to the end. The authors of the Mrs. Jeffries series aren't Agatha Christie- whose whole mystery collection I have- including Hound of Death-never published in the US. and I continue to re-read her, but I need new stimulation of the brain cells and this series does it for me.
Great intro to the series. Loved it.
I would love to sit and chat and have a "cuppa" with the delightful characters in the Inspector's household...We meet Mrs. Jeffries, housekeeper and behind the scenes murder solver and the rest of the staff who gather clues and feed them to Inspector Witherspoon, all without his knowledge, of course ...The characters are warm and believable...This is a wonderful start to a delightful cozy series....If you like light Victorian mysteries, you are sure to like the "Mrs. Jeffries" series ....
When I want to escape to another time & place, these books are great! Nice character development and story lines.
I love Victorian mysteries. Anne Perry and Victoria Thompson books are terrific. This one was just barely okay.
Cute story and a quick read
Loved this first of the series. Delightful characters. Will read more. Very cozy.
I enjoyed this book, but I don't think I'll be reading any more in the series. It was just a little too lightweight for me. The premise of the book, that the housekeeper solves the mysteries and leads her employer in the right direction, just doesn't come off as believable enough. It bothered me and detracted from my enjoyment of the book, which was otherwise well-written.
Here's the book to introduce you to a good mystery series. Set in 18oos. Inspector Witherspoon is kind but not very capable. His crew of servants want to keep their happy home so they do all the sleuthing and make the Inspector think he's done it. Wonderful cast of characters that soon become old friends.
This is a fun series. Mrs. Jeffries and her gang of servants save the day.
Enjoyable cozzie set in Victorian times.
She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes--but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries' polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman--and that a crime-solver's work is never done.
An enjoyable, first title in the series. Family rated.
First book in the series. Set in London around the turn of the century I presume. The housekeeper to a Scotland Yard inspector assists him in solving the murder of a prominent doctor. However, the inspector is oblivious (in many ways) of her help in pointing him in the right direction and planting ideas and clues in his head. Cute, cozy mystery read.