Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up (Mrs. Jeffries Series #29)

Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up (Mrs. Jeffries Series #29)

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by Emily Brightwell
     
 

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KISS OF DEATH

Moments after a high tea is interrupted by a fire in the servants’ hall, art collector Daniel McCourt is found sprawled on the floor of his study under a bundle of mistletoe, his throat slit by the bloody sword lying next to his body. Could the killer be a disgruntled lover, sending a message by murdering McCourt under the mistletoe?

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KISS OF DEATH

Moments after a high tea is interrupted by a fire in the servants’ hall, art collector Daniel McCourt is found sprawled on the floor of his study under a bundle of mistletoe, his throat slit by the bloody sword lying next to his body. Could the killer be a disgruntled lover, sending a message by murdering McCourt under the mistletoe? Could it be one of his fellow collectors, pointedly using one of McCourt’s own acquisitions to kill him?

Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case—preferably before Christmas Eve—but of course he will need some assistance from the always sharp-witted Mrs. Jeffries, who has her own theories on why McCourt had to die by the sword…

 

A Mrs. Jeffries Mystery

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“A winning series.”—The Paperback Forum

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ISBN-13:
9780425251706
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Mrs. Jeffries Series, #29
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
187,691
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“A winning series.”—The Paperback Forum

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Emily Brightwell is the author of the "Mrs. Jeffries" series of mysteries. She lives in Lake Forest, CA.

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Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Laurel_Blue More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from my son. I have really enjoyed every book of this series that I have read. This story has intrigue, humor, surprise all wrapped up in thought provoking mystery solving.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The holidays are coming, but neither Elaine nor Daniel is feeling very festive. She never loved the husband her father bought with a large dowry settlement, but now she controls her money since her last living relative died. Daniel wants free access to her funds to cover bad investments including a fortune in Far Eastern antiquities; he is broke. Their evening is interrupted by the arrival of guests who he plans to show off his latest acquisition. A fire breaks out in the servant's quarters. The blaze is put out quickly, but everyone evacuates the house due to the smell. When they return to the home they find Daniel bleeding to death in his office from a sword bludgeoned into his neck artery. Inspector Witherspoon leads the homicide investigation, which proves difficult because everyone present at the gathering had motive and opportunity. Of course, Witherspoon has a top secret weapon so clandestine he is ignorant of the help he receives on his cases from his brilliant housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of his loyal intelligent staff. However, this murder may remain unsolved as the suspects are numerous. The latest Mrs. Jeffries and retinue Victorian mystery (see Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead) is a delightful puzzler as the title heroine and her "under the stairs" crew work a difficult case through their employer. The basic theme of this wonderful long running series remains the same, yet once again the whodunit is fresh as Emily Brightwell provides another riveting historical investigation. Harriet Klausner
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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie To tell you the truth, I’m not a big mystery girl. I usually guess the plot by the end of the story, so I tend to avoid the whole mystery genre. Not only that, but most mysteries I’ve read are more like monologues of a protagonist’s life than a genuine mystery novel. I was a little reluctant to read Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up, I admit. However, I actually was really pleased after reading it. Considering that I am not easily pleased, that’s saying a lot. What I really like about this mystery is that it’s not just about one person. It involves a lot of teamwork. There’s Smythe, Betsy, Phillis, and Hatchet. There’s Mrs. Jeffries, of course, among some. What I admire is the author’s ability to change perspectives throughout the book without making it choppy. She transitions very seamlessly and still manages to spend enough time on each character. I also love how Inspector Witherspoon attempts to solve the mystery but secretly is getting help from his household. It’s so charming! I love the Victorian setting. I love how there are no iPods or phones or cars. It’s so refreshing from what I normally read. It’s so cozy and charming to set the book back in the Victorian times, so I can read about the cook making scones or cakes. To tell you the truth, I was actually getting really hungry while I was reading because of all the food! Honestly, I never experience that from reading a book. I am so impressed with this series; I can’t wait to read the next book! Unlike other series, you don’t need to have read the preceding books. This was actually the first Mrs. Jeffries book I had read, and I didn’t get confused at all. It was easy to feel like I had started at the first book, and I felt very comfortable reading the 29th book first. That’s actually quite a huge accomplishment for any author, so I really commend Emily Brightwell for doing such a great job! You can really start reading the last book and then read the first; that’s how good she is about making you feel comfortable. This was actually a really charming read. I read this one in one sitting, which is a huge thing for me. I never read books in one sitting, so you can tell that this book has a great plot! Yup, you should pick it up today. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
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Mrs Jeffries and the staff react as you would expect and provide an enjoyable read as once again the help Insp.Witherspoon solve a case
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