Book 31 in the Mrs. Jeffries series, Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide, is the first one I’ve read. What a delightful surprise. The cast of characters is bit large and a tad confusing, but I imagine 30 books ago it wasn’t as they added people along the way. A Victorian mystery set, where else, but London. The book is definitely a cozy mystery, but not fluffy or light. It’s more along the lines of Mrs. Marple but not quite as sophisticated.
Mrs. Jeffries, housekeeper for Inspector Witherspoon, is the woman behind solving a slew of his cases without him any the wiser. She is happy for him to get the glory at Scotland Yard. She has all the fun behind the scenes. Plot twists are frequent, and the killer does a good job of hiding; although, I had it narrowed down to two, one of which “done the deed.”
When the lovely, Ellen Langston-Jones is murdered in the communal gardens behind Sir Donovan Gaines house, gossip spreads quickly. Mrs. Jeffries and her crew of amateur investigators leap into action while Inspector Witherspoon and Constable Barnes conduct the more public investigation. Lucius Montague, who is disliked by everyone he knows or who knows of him, threatened Mrs. Langston-Jones shortly before her death and jumps to the top of the suspect list. Everyone is positive he is the killer, but the astute Mrs. Jeffries has questions than need answers. She turns the tide of the detective work and finds herself defending Montague. Is she wrong?
Reviewed for The Book Breeze by Mahala Church in her column Barefoot Book Reviews