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Inspector Witherspoon always triumphs...but how does he do it? Even the inspector himself doesn't know - because his secret weapon is as ladylike as she is clever. She's Mrs. Jeffries: the determined, delightful detective who is also Inspector Witherspoon's housekeeper.

While death is unpredictable, the murder of Mrs. Hodges was foreseen at a spooky séance. Mrs. Jeffries may not be able to see the future in a crystal ball, but she can look into the past and put things in order to solve this haunting crime with the help of the staff at Upper Edmonton Gardens.

©1993 The Berkley Publishing Group (P)2015 Tantor

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good read

thirď of a really good series, well written and a great plot characters are great.

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Delightful Mystery

Mrs. Jeffries and her household staff outsmarted another killer to help their bumbling, but lovable employer, Chief Inspector Gerald Witherspoon.

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Appallingly ridiculous.

It's really unkind to write highly critical reviews of an author's work. But, when I was a young person, books of these quality, both as to plot and characterization would have been sold in paper backed, newsprint paper publications, sold for approximately a quarter, on newsstands.

It is either the deterioration of the quality of the readership, or of the publishers, that an entire series, based on this abysmally stupid investigator and his unbelievable servants, would have a following.

One only has to have read at the quality of writing and storytelling of authors popular during the so-called "Golden Age," of mystery writers, to cringe at that which passes as contemporary light reading. Devoid of clever plotting, characters that the reader would have summoned little sympathy if they had perished in an alien invasion from Mars - except for the dog, I liked the dog - and a waste of battery power on a listening device.

Otherwise, it was better than being locked in solitary without human contact.

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