The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries, Paperback Book

The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries Paperback

Part of the Mrs Jeffries series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper.

A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime. When a doctor is discovered dead in his own office, Mrs Jeffries is on the look-out for a prescription for murder, determined to discover the culprit, despite how her employer feels about interviewing suspects . . . "He hated questioning people. He could never tell whether or not someone was actually lying to him, and he knew, shocking as it was, that there were some people who lied to the police on a regular basis."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781472108869

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The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries is the first in a long-running series by American author Emily Brightwell, which currently contains more than thirty titles and is set in the Victorian Era. Mrs Jeffries is the housekeeper for Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. The Inspector is a good boss and a nice man but not very smart so it is up to Mrs Jeffries, the widow of a policeman, to help him as much as she can, to solve his cases. The other household staff realize what she is up to and pitch in by taking up adding in some additional surveillance or interrogation duties.<br/><br/>Inspector Witherspoon is called in to investigate the suspicious death of a doctor in Knightsbridge who appears to have been poisoned. The suspicion falls on some poisonous mushrooms which most people knew had been growing in the communal garden. When the Inspector appears to be close to arresting an innocent person, Mrs Jeffries and team step in to investigate thoroughly, and unveil the real murderer.<br/><br/>The author makes Inspector Witherspoon stupid, almost to the point of parody, and I found that to be a little too much for me. Surely his staff can't be planning to solve every case he's going to be involved in? Nevertheless, it's a cute mystery that might appeal to readers who want a fairly easy to solve, cozy mystery with some humorous characters.<br/><br/><br/>