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"The Mrs. Jeffries stories are written in the style and spirit of the Victorian cozy mysteries, and Agatha Christie would be proud. Author Emily Brightwell provides the reader with a perfect balance of old-time gentility and ruthless, cold-blooded murder, not to mention ample mystery and intrigue in the tradition of the best whodunits. Brightwell’s writing style is fluid and fun to read. Her descriptions of the Victorian London locations carry the ring of truth, and add greatly to the allure of the story."
- Don Metzler - Gumshoe Review - March 2009 issue
"I was given a contract for three books and realised from the start that the key character was Mrs. Jeffries so after the first book, you will see that it is always Mrs. Jeffries that appears in the title.
In reality, someone like Inspector Witherspoon working at Scotland Yard wouldn't be able to afford such a domestic staff. So,in my mysteries, he has inherited the house from his late Aunt Euphemia - having previously promised her that he'd take care of the staff that was there.
I am very fond of Inspector Witherspoon, a kind and very decent person, but he lacks the detecting skills of Mrs. Jeffries. (She is the widow of a Yorkshire policeman.) However, I didn't want the Inspector to appear "bumbling" and "inept" so he does do his own investigation, assisted by the reliable Constable Barnes, and gets some clues himself by his hard work, but it is the domestic staff led by Mrs. Jeffries that uncover the secrets that the "well-to-do" Londoners didn't think their own servants would notice! These servants were invisible, not worthy of much consideration, which makes them the real stars of this series.
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Despite his mysterious past, Edison is now welcomed in the highest circles and moves with ease among the rich and powerful. Yet a few days before Christmas, he is found sprawled across his doorstep, murdered. Charismatic and charming, Edison was kind to his servants and generous with his friends. Why would someone want him dead?