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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Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
I really wanted to like this book. I love the cover and I enjoy stories set in England, but try as I might I just couldn't warm up to it. I did try 3 times. I liked that Mrs. Jeffery was covert about her investigations into the murder of the doctor and I liked that the other staff members enjoyed helping her. Beyond that, this book just wasn't for me.
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I can't understand how this book managed to get anything other than one star. I finished this book hoping that it would get better, but it was bad from start to finish. Who wants to read about a fumbling bumbling detective that is not only incapable of solving a case, but doesn't even know when someone is making fun of him. The way the case was solved with the help of his household was not entertaining but ridiculous. I'm going to have to get my credit back for this one!
This book has an unlikely premise - an inept Scotland Yard inspector receives assistance in solving crimes from his housekeeper. He's so inept he doesn't even realize she is helping him.
I don't want "realism" from cozy mysteries. What I look for are interesting characters (quirkiness helps), at least moderately complex plots and a good narrator. A little humor adds to my enjoyment.
The narrator of this book is fine. However, the characters seemed bland to me. The inspector was so clueless he annoyed me. There wasn't enough humor to overcome these problems.
I listened to about 70% of the book and gave up. I just didn't care how it ended.
Female servant rules!
Mrs. Jeffries is vividly portrayed. She's no-nonsense but very devoted to her employer.
wow, I was an Agatha Christie fan but this author is better.I want to keep reading all the books. this is a series.Mrs. Jefferies is great because you can picture in your mind what's going on step by step.
I've read several Mrs. Jeffries stories and enjoyed them all. It was fun to catch the first in the series. Having some more background on all the characters gives the following stories more depth. I'll be reading another soon!
The main character is lost in a sea of cut outs and caricatures--most with really bad accents. But, accents aside, the story is just a big, lumbering lummox of a thing; tedious and ill-conceived. The author has forced outrageous stupidity into the Detective Witherspoon character--a SY detective!-- for the purpose of creating the Mrs Jeffries (smart servant helps hapless employer while giving employer all glory and making same believe he is the smart one) character. Yawn.
I made it through the South Texas for American accent on one of the 10000 minor characters- because, I've heard much worse- but the Frenchie French-French maid did me in.
Mrs. Jeffries, taken out of the employ of the buffoon SY detective, and allowed to solve cases on her own, could be of interest. Even the narrator seemed to recognize that this role deserved her best effort. But she (Mrs J) just labors and labors the point of 'oh, sirrrh; aren't you clever..?' Like a mother encouraging a backward child through sheer, slavish indulgence. Maddening.
After some time has passed, I might try a book far down in the Mrs Jeffries series, just to see if her author ever turned her loose
If you're into the genre of Victorian streets, cozy fires, steaming soups and a whidunnit, this this is for you.
Mixed feelings. The story isn't bad, I like Inspector Witherspoon (a variant on the Wodehouse character of the same name?). Some dialogue is good. The characters are pretty well drawn.
On the other hand, some things are egregiously wrong. Housekeepers don't sit to have tea or meals with their employers. Absolutely not done. It would be like sitting with your feet on the table at a very high end restaurant. Wrong tone altogether.
I took the next one in the series. So that should tell you I did enjoy it.
You might enjoy this book if you don't care about the plausibility of the storyline.
Definitely disappointment. The story line is overwhelmingly unbelievable. The housekeeper has a sherry and sits down with her employer to discuss his cases, then goes to crime scenes on her own and interviews suspects. I don't know which is more unlikely to happen.
If some of the later books in this series are added, I may try one, but this was not worth listening to.
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