Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings (Mrs. Jeffries Series #26)

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The week before Christmas, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon's staff prepares for the long-awaited wedding of Betsy and Smythe. But when a middle-aged spinster is killed in what looks like a random crime, the Inspector suspects otherwise. With uncooperative witnesses, sulking relatives, and a second Christmas wedding, a simple investigation seems as unlikely as catching St. Nick at work.

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Overview

The week before Christmas, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon's staff prepares for the long-awaited wedding of Betsy and Smythe. But when a middle-aged spinster is killed in what looks like a random crime, the Inspector suspects otherwise. With uncooperative witnesses, sulking relatives, and a second Christmas wedding, a simple investigation seems as unlikely as catching St. Nick at work.

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Two weddings provide the backdrop for Brightwell’s enjoyable 26th Victorian mystery, the first of the series in hardcover, featuring mild-mannered Insp. Gerald Witherspoon and his indomitable housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries (after Mar. 2009’s Mrs. Jeffries and the Nick of Time). As Christmas approaches, the inspector’s servants are busy preparing for the marriage between Smythe, the coachman, and Betsy, the maid. Meanwhile, Rosemary Evans and her older fiancé, Sir Madison Lowery, are celebrating their impending nuptials with a formal tea, which is interrupted by the discovery of a former governess of Rosemary’s lying dead with a knife in her chest outside the Evanses’ house in a posh London neighborhood. As usual, Mrs. Jeffries and her fellow servants gather and sort through clues while their sometimes dilatory master investigates. Cozy fans will be well satisfied. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425237915
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Mrs. Jeffries Series , #26
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 295,569
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Great Read - lots of clues !!!!

    Love the Mrs. Jeffries series - you really need to pay attention to all the information that is given to you. The characters are likeable and entertaining.If you love mysteries start reading this series - read the 1st one The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries and then continue with the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    A fun read for someone who needs a break from their hectic schedule.

    Emily Brightwell keeps you on your toes trying to figure out which character is the real murderer.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    Stumper!

    I really enjoyed this one. I was guessing until the end. I love getting stumped! I love this series and this was a good one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    entertaining

    good reading engaging fun

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    A delightful cerebral historical cozy

    The holidays are upon the residents of Victorian London, which means that the wedding date of Coachman Smythe and Betsy the Cook is getting close. The pair live in the home of Inspector Witherspoon of the Metropolitan Police Department where they work and assist along with the rest of the staff their employer solve crime cases. Witherspoon is ignorant that his household employees led by Mrs. Jeffries are the reason his detecting record is at 100% solved as they serendipitously work cases by finding the clues but allow their beloved Inspector to get the credit.

    The staff prays no murder cases until after the wedding, but their prayers go unanswered when a woman is knifed to death in front of the Evans' home where an engagement party is going on. The daughter of the house Rosemary Evans identifies the victim as her old governess, but neither she nor anyone else knows why she was there. Mrs. Jeffries and the crew understand that they need to expedite this case so it does not interfere with the wedding since Witherspoon is giving the bride away.

    The police and the staff separately investigate the homicide and believe they know who the killer is but lack proof. When information comes to light in spite of a lack of cooperation, the housekeeper and her amateur sleuths know they must act quickly to prevent a second murder from occurring even as a second wedding will occur.

    It is fun watching Betsy and Smythe work on the crime, prepare for their wedding, and host her sister and brother-in-law as they do an incredible balancing act. Readers, Mrs. J, and the Inspector will be blindsided by who the killer is in this delightful cerebral historical cozy. As always with this terrific series, Emily Brightwell provides her fans with a bright well-written Victorian.

    Harriet Klausner

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