The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries (Mrs. Jeffries Series #1)

The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries (Mrs. Jeffries Series #1)

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by Emily Brightwell, Lindy Nettleton
     
 

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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's polished detection skills are up to the task . . . proving that behind every great man there's a woman-and that a crime-solver's

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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's 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.

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"Nettleton sounds as if she's having a great time narrating this little cozy. . . . [She] keeps the story moving along at a lively pace with just the right lightness of tone to her storytelling." —Publishers Weekly Audio Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though completely inept, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon has gained a reputation as Victorian-era Scotland Yard's shining star, thanks to his household staff, headed by Mrs. Jeffries, a policeman's widow. Mrs. Jeffries solves Witherspoon's mysteries without ever letting anyone, Witherspoon included, know she and the staff are involved. In this, romance writer Brightwell's ( Kindred Spirits ) first mystery, Mrs. Jeffries leads the dim-witted Witherspoon to the obvious solution to the poisoning of the thoroughly despicable Dr. Bartholomew Slocum. Displaying his Victorian class prejudice, despite a lack of motive or evidence, Witherspoon decides the murderer is Slocum's cook, who for unknown reasons left the employ of the Duke of Bedford to work for the doctor.It's up to Mrs. Jeffries to discover the true identity of the murderer. Unconvincing red herrings and cliches abound, and sharp readers will spot the murderer early on--he proves to be the least likely person. Brightwell makes Witherspoon almost overbearingly dumb and puts insufficient effort into the mystery itself, which quickly becomes tedious. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly - Audio
04/28/2014
Narrator Nettleton proves a delightful choice to narrate this whimsical tale of Victorian murder most foul, the first in this long-running series from Brightwell. A policeman’s widow, Mrs. Jeffries is head housekeeper for Inspector Gerald Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. Witherspoon is an officer of the law with a solid reputation for solving his cases. In reality, however, the shrewdly incisive Mrs. Jeffries, through a strategically placed word here or an offhand observation there, has lead the rather dim Witherspoon to his successes. When a much-disliked doctor is found dead, Witherspoon is convinced that the physician’s cook is the culprit, but Mrs. Jeffries is just as positive that the cook is innocent. Soon, she and the rest of the staff of the Witherspoon household are pulling together to stop a wrongful prosecution and to bring the real murderer to justice. Nettleton sounds as if she’s having a great time narrating this little cozy. She deftly brings to life Jeffries and Witherspoon, as well as a multitude of supporting characters, giving them all clear and distinct voices. Nettleton keeps the story moving along at a lively pace with just the right lightness of tone to her storytelling. A Constable Crime paperback. (Dec.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452668154
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/2013
Series:
Mrs. Jeffries Series, #1
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Originally from England, actor Lindy Nettleton trained both in England and the United States. She has appeared numerous times on stage, film, TV, and radio, and she thoroughly enjoys narrating audiobooks. Lindy is now an American citizen and is happy to make Newport, Rhode Island, her home.

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Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
romancereviewer More than 1 year ago
I won't go into detail on every book in this series, but just will say that I read them all....several times....loved them all. Fell in love with Mrs. Jeffries and the whole household of helpers she accumulates through the series. Clean books as well.....not a bunch of blood and gore or sex. Ah refreshing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book begins a wonderful cozy series that has stuck to me like Elmers glue- safe, non-toxic, easy to use and availble everwhere. For example, once you have read one character's description, it sticks, pretty much as written, for every book thereafter. They do grow along the way, and of course there is a wedding or two, " 'cor blimey", but the murders themselves are well done and a few had me almost stumped. If you do not like cozies, or "'cor blimeys", this is not the SERIES for you, but try at least one one for size. I like Mistletoe Mixup for a one timer, but this one is the begining, hopefully, of a wonderful, sometimes predictable, always fun series. Me mum luvs 'em too, and bob is indeed my uncle....actually brother-in-law, now I think on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in this British cozy mystery series. Set in the Victorian era, Inspector Witherspoon and his loyal household will capture your heart! If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, Jan Karan, Miss Read or Miss Julia - you will devour this series. Good, clean, entertaining, well written mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Mrs Jeffries and household for years.  I talked my local library into ordering this series.
otten_msu More than 1 year ago
This isn't the most suspenseful or intricate mystery novel I've read, but it was a fun recreational read and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I enjoyed it very much and will probably pick up another book in the series when I have a few days open for a fun mystery.
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