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4.0 out of 5 starsNice plot line with eccentric characters
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2017
I enjoyed this rather light-hearted murder mystery. The premise that the household staff of the Scotland Yard Inspector is the real secret to solving the mystery keeps it fun; the inspector himself is a comical character. The only thing I didn’t like that well is the dialect of the wealthy old American woman who figures in quite prominently. I don’t like British novels that portray Americans as caricatures. But overall, the story was interesting and engaged me pleasantly.
5.0 out of 5 starsMrs. Jeffries, Crime Solver in an Apron
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2016
The Mrs. Jeffries series is always fun. It is interesting to see how Mrs. Jeffries and the staff help Inspector Witherspoon solve cases when other policemen want him to fail. The inspector may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he learns from Mrs. Jeffries how to conduct investigations and how to deal with people in order to get answers about the crime. A fun series.
3.0 out of 5 starsI really keep hoping to enjoy the Mrs
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2016
I really keep hoping to enjoy the Mrs. Jeffries books because I love British cozy mysteries, but, invariably, I find the Mrs. Jeffries books a bit boring. The plots just aren't interesting enough, and Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues has proven to follow this same pattern. As with the other books, I think there may be too many characters.
I enjoyed reading series of books, and the Mrs. Jeffries series falls into that catagory. "Dusts For Clues" is an earlier issue, and the characters haven't bonded as yet, plus the house staff didn't get to use their skills as effectively as they do later in the series to solve the crime. If you like series as much as I do, this one gets much better.
I had high hopes for this series after reading the description. It has all the potential for an enjoyable romp in Merrie Olde England, but somehow it misses the mark. After reading the first two in the series I decided there just wasn't enough there to hold my attention. The stories seem two-dimensional and rather plodding. I wish it weren't so.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2013
Mrs Jeffries is housekeeper to Inspector Witherspoon - a nice but not very clever Scotland Yard detective. Because all his domestic staff are grateful to him for providing them with not too arduous jobs and a roof over their heads they work together to solve his cases for him.
In this delightful Victorian mystery Luty Belle Crookshank - an eccentric elderly American lady - asks for Mrs Jeffries' help in finding out what happened to a missing parlour maid she had befriended. In the process of tracking down the missing maid Inspector Witherspoon's domestic staff manage to solve a murder for him.
I like the characters in this entertaining series and it is interesting to see Victorian society from the servants' point of view. Mrs Jeffries is resourceful and intelligent and would do well as a detective herself though of course the police didn't employ women at the time.
The book is well written and if you like so-called cosy mysteries this would be a good one to try.
I thoroughly enjoyed this light thriller. Set in Victorian times it tells a story of a murder committed and how the housekeeper, Mrs Jeffries in subtle ways, with the assistance of her staff and some friends, helps her Employer the DI investigate crimes. The DI needs gentle nudges in the right direction to solve murders, as although he is an honest and upright policeman he does not always see the evidence that is under his nose.
If you want something light to read that does not tax the brain to much with too many twists and turns I would recommend the this book. There are also more titles in this series.