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Mrs. Jeffries on the Ball (1994)

by Emily Brightwell

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When Hannah Greenwood is murdered at the Queen's Jubilee, suspicion falls on the members of her literary circle. The case makes a baffling turn when it seems that no one has a motive for the murder. Since Inspector Witherspoon was a guest at the ball, the job of finding the murderer falls to him. Fortunately, Mrs. Jeffries is there to help him read between the lines...and identify the guilty party behind the deadly plot.… (more)

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It is the year of Queen Victoria's Jubilee and there are celebration balls in her honour. While Gerald Witherspoon, of Scotland Yard, is attending one with his neighbour Lady Ruth Cannonberry, things come to an abrupt and deadly halt. A scream and a thud is heard. Seems someone has stabbed one of the guests and shoved her off the upstairs balcony, into the midst of the guests on the terrace.

The ball is being given by Lucinda Marlow, a member of the Hyde Park Literary Circle. The reason is not just in honour of the Queen's Jubilee, but also to announce the winner of the poetry contest among the group members. Members who all seem to have secrets and jealousies that they don't want people to know. Who among them is the murderer and why was Hannah Greenwood murdered?

This event sets in motion the household staff of Inspector Witherspoon. That secret source of clues, hints and affirmation of Witherspoon's ability/reputation of solving crimes. The only fly in the ointment is the presence of Edwina Livingston-Graves, Witherspoon's cousin who is visiting. She is a mean, demanding, snoopy, complaining bat with a cat of the same temperament. Witherspoon isn't fond of her either. How the staff keeps her out of things and still get things done adds an extra dash of humour. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Aug 10, 2019 |
Lighthearted cozy-mystery. In Victorian, England the entire house staff, led by Housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries, work to solve crimes for their master, Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard.
Very Christie-like all clues are not necessarily given, but relationships are the important key. Everyone involved likes helping the Inspector. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 29, 2016 |
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