In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house on the outskirts of London from a recently deceased great-uncle....
In March of 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her friend and collaborator, Lady Lucy Gerald, head off for several days to a stately home reputed to have the best grotto in the country....
As friends, the boisterous American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match....
At age 26 Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born....
Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright....
The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous mysteries finds Bow Street Runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
Tampered medications, symptoms of poisoning, and suspicious accidents all add up to attempted murder, and it's up to Hazel and her Siamese cat, Dickens, to sniff out the clues....
Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself...
When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure....
An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
It's 1929, and Ticky Maltravers is the toast of London high society, adored by everyone - or so it seems, until somebody poisons him over dinner....
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Eleanor Trewynn is a widow of some years living in Port Mabyn, a small fishing village in Cornwall, England....
This cozy mystery transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple stumbles across a corpse....
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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.
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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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!
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries in three words, what would they be?
Female servant rules!
Which character – as performed by Lindy Nettleton – was your favorite?
Mrs. Jeffries is vividly portrayed. She's no-nonsense but very devoted to her employer.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Emily Brightwell and/or Lindy Nettleton?
What was most disappointing about Emily Brightwell’s story?
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.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
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.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
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.
Any additional comments?
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
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
I'm normally not one for murder mysteries, but Miss Emily won me over with her cast of characters that made the mystery something they did. I fell in love with the series years ago and now I had the pleasure of enjoying Miss Lindy's marvelous narration, bringing each character to life in a different way than what I had in my head from reading the book. I say different, but it was only with accents, otherwise, she read them pretty much as I pictured them in my mind.
The cast has a nice family feel to them, who care about each other and make their own unique contributions to solving the mystery. I loved the book series and look forward to hearing the rest of the audio book series. I'm glad I found the audio books, they are a wish come true as the print book series had been.
The characters are endearing and the narration is superb. Lots of witty humor and a delightful puzzle to solve.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you're into the genre of Victorian streets, cozy fires, steaming soups and a whidunnit, this this is for you.
Would you recommend The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries to your friends? Why or why not?
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.<br/><br/>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.
Have you listened to any of Lindy Nettleton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I took the next one in the series. So that should tell you I did enjoy it.