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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.

©1993 The Berkley Publishing Group (P)2013 Tantor

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Didn't Work For Me

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

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  • Amanda R
  • Ann Arbor, MI United States
  • 05-01-15

Fun cozy mystery!

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

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REALLY BAD!!!

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

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Very Entertaining

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

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HUM.............

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

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better than Agatha Christie, a fabulous book

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

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I don't even care...just stop talking, please.

Would you try another book from Emily Brightwell and/or Lindy Nettleton?

Probably not.

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

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Won Over!

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.

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Delightful

The characters are endearing and the narration is superb. Lots of witty humor and a delightful puzzle to solve.

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Not a bad cozy

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?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I took the next one in the series. So that should tell you I did enjoy it.