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

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

by Emily Brightwell

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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: 209,378
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Emily Brightwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Victorian Mystery series featuring Inspector Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries.

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Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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
drebbles on LibraryThing 4 days ago
When Daniel McCourt is murdered, it is almost inevitable that Inspector Gerald Witherspoon gets the case - after all he does have a reputation for solving murders. While his household staff and friends dislike murder, they are thrilled that they have another chance to help their beloved Inspector solve another case, even if he doesn't know they are working behind the scenes to help him. All of them will have to work hard to solve this case - it is almost Christmas and Scotland Yard wants this case solved quickly.Although "Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up" is the 29th book in Emily Brightwell's cozy mystery series set in Victorian England, it feels as fresh as the very first book as Brightwell always finds a way of adding new depth to the well established characters. The characters are indeed what makes these books so wonderful and throughout the course of the series they have not only become like family to each other but to readers who look forward to each new book. For those who were wondering what would happen to Betsy after having a baby, don't worry, even if she isn't out investigating the case, she stills plays a major role in this book (and the baby helps show how close the household really is). Brightwell also does an excellent job with the new character of Phyllis, slowly easing her into solving mysteries rather than having her working wonders at the very beginning. The rest of the characters (Mrs. Jeffries, Constable Barnes, the Inspector, Mrs. Goodge, Wiggins, Smythe, Ruth, Luty, and Hatchet) are as delightful as ever and it is nice to see Ruth play more of a role in each book. As always, the mystery is well plotted and Brightwell does an excellent job of equaling showing Witherspoon/Barnes and the household staff investigating the case. Readers will enjoy trying to figure out who the killer is, but for me the real fun is always reading about the characters, especially their interactions with each other."Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up" is another winner by Emily Brightwell.
Romonko on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This is a wonderful little Christmas mystery with Mrs. Jeffries and her crew in full force solving another of their beloved Inspector Witherspoon's murder cases. I read this series for the characters and after 29 odd books, I've come to feel that I know these characters that live in Upper Edmonton Gardens. The setting is London just before Christmas. Betsy has just had a baby girl and she and the baby's father Smythe are living their own lives in a flat closeby to the Inspector's house. One of London society's movers and shakers has been murdered with an antique sword in his own home. The pressure is on Inspector Witherspoon to pull some of his many rabbits out of the hat, and solve this case quickly. There is lots of fun and warm heartedness between the covers of an Emily Brightwell book. I look forward to the new books in this series each time, and Ms. Brightwell does not disappoint.
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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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