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Mrs. Jeffries Learns the Trade by Emily…

Mrs. Jeffries Learns the Trade (2005)

by Emily Brightwell

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Charming cozy series in which the servants solve the mysteries for their befuddled beloved Scotland Yard Inspector boss.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Aug 16, 2016 |
I read the description of these 3 stories as "gentle Mysteries". I think that is the perfect description. They are enjoyable light reading. These being the first 3 stories I am interested in where the characters go from here. Unfortunately it seems many of the later titles are out of print. ( )
  johnf641 | Feb 23, 2010 |

This is an omnibus edition that contains several paperbacks, in this case, the first several in this series. They were OK. I didn't think that they were particularly interesting or well-written, and I didn't think any of the characters were interesting or well-written.

That said, they weren't bad, or offensive, just not very good.

Like I said, "meh." ( )
  teckelvik | Sep 3, 2009 |
This book actually has three "Mrs. Jeffries" novels included. It's the first I've read and I have to say I loved them! These are what I would call "gentle" murders. I could recommend it to anyone. These are not thrillers but good night time reading.

Inspector Gerald Witherspoon lives in a nice house with servants and an income he inherited. But he works in homicide at Scotland Yard during the 1890's. His housekeeper is Mrs. Jeffries, a widow of a former policeman. She oversees a cook named Mrs. Goodge who is overweight and has rheumatism so she never leaves her kitchen. But she has a way of getting gossip from all the delivery boys, tradesmen and hawkers who come in to do business with her. Mrs. Jeffries also has the maid, Betsy, who is good about chatting up maids, shopkeepers and young men. Then there is poor, simple Wiggins, the 19 yr old footman. He is faithful to do anything asked of him but can't ever figure out why it's asked of him. Then there is the coachman, Smythe, who haunts the pubs and talks to coachmen and butlers. He's also Mrs. J's heavy artillery with a bewildered backup from Wiggins. Next door is the crazy old American heiress, Luty Crookshank, whom I imagine looks and sounds like Granny of the Beverly Hillbillies. She and her butler, Hatchet, pitch in too and they can get info from the nobs. Mrs. Jefferies marshalls her crew together to solve the murders poor Inspector Witherspoon is assigned. Their job is to assist him without him knowing he is being assisted. They don't want to hurt his feelings or make him feel inadquate because they all love him.

In the first novel, "The Inspector And Mrs Jeffries", a Dr. Bartholomew Slocum is poisoned. In the second novel, "Mrs Jeffries Dusts For Clues", a murdered woman's body is found buried in a cellar of a condemned home that is being torn down. And in the last novel, "The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries", a mean wealthy woman is shot to death in her own bedroom after visiting a seance that warned her of doom.

I recommend these gentle mysteries. You come to love the characters. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425203468, Paperback)

Everyone's awed by Inspector Witherspoon's Scotland Yard successes, but they don't know about his secret weapon. Her name is Mrs. Jeffries, and she keeps house for the Inspector - and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task. Because as she knows all too well, a crimesolver's work is never done.

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An omnibus edition containing the first three adventures featuring the adventures of the Victorian housekeeper turned sleuth.

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