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3.0 out of 5 starsClever approach to a series
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2018
A rather naive Victorian London police inspector gains quite a successful reputation thanks to the clever investigating done by his household staff. His housekeeper, the widow of a village police detective, quickly spots what needs to be done and leads the household staff in getting all the information needed to solve the case. In the daily 'pep talks ' she gives their boss she cleverly communicates the information in a way designed to make it seem he thought of it himself. All in all a very clever approach to crime solving and an enjoyable read. I definitely recommend this series.
I like mysteries, and this book was recommended by Amazon. It’s set in Victoria England, with a Miss Marple-like character as the centerpiece, surrounded by her interesting companions – a motley crew if ever there was one. It’s a quick, interesting, short read. Perfect for an airplane ride. I enjoyed it, found it engaging, and will probably read several more of these.
5.0 out of 5 starsAs always totally riveting, even though its a historical ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2015
As always totally riveting, even though its a historical piece with gas lights, horses and carriage's, boot hooks and period clothing, it shows that people never change, their aims and ambitions are the same as today, although I think they may have been a little more honorable back then, fascinating mystery, hard to put down, and truly enjoyable
I enjoyed all of the Mrs. Jeffers books. They keep you entertained, enlightened how people thought and lived at that time as well as keeping you guessing until the end as to who the killer was. The idea of following the characters keeps you wanting to know more. The stories and settings are well written.The plot keeps you engrossed, the descriptions of the crimes are civilized so as not to turn you off. To top they keep your interest throughout the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyed this book as much as I have enjoyed all ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2014
Enjoyed this book as much as I have enjoyed all the others in the Mrs. Jeffries series! They are very entertaining and haven't disappointed. Sometimes you can guess who the murderer is but not how they did it- and sometimes you can't "finger" him/her!!!
4.0 out of 5 starsMrs Jeffries Questions the Answer
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2016
Hannah Cameron was definitely unpopular with everyone n her household and all her relatives as well so there are plenty of suspects when she is stabbed in the back in what appears to be a burglary gone wrong. As it appears to be a burglary the unpleasant Inspector Nivens is asked to investigate. Smarting under their inability to find Jack the Ripper Scotland Yard can't afford any unsolved murders and classifying this as a burglary gone wrong just might take the heat off them.
Inspector Witherspoon is told to help Inspector Nivens just in case it turns out to be murder after all but his housekeeper, Mrs Jeffries, and the rest of his staff must be extra careful not to be seen to be asking questions. They are also hampered by the presence of an elderly relative of Mrs Goodge's who has come for a visit. Some inspired planning by Mrs Jeffries solves that problem but the friends must still try to solve the crime and feed all the relevant information to their beloved Inspector.
I enjoy reading this series. It is light hearted and entertaining even though it deals with murder. I like the main characters and especially the way Inspector Witherspoon's household are right behind him, trying to help him solve his cases and still keep his pride intact. If you want some light reading in the historical crime genre then try this series - they can be read in any order.