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Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues (Mrs Jeffries #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  394 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In Victorian London, housekeeper Mrs Jeffries sends the staff to inquire for Luty Belle Crookshank's missing blonde friend Mary Sparks. Employer, Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon, digs up blonde body wearing Mary's dress, not her shoes, a stolen brooch and betrothal ring. Mary's flirty friend Cassie cannot be found with any of her three claimed boyfriends.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1993 by Berkley
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Gail
The domestic staff of Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon are asked by the eccentric American Luty to find a missing girl, Mary. Mary was a maid and a friend of Luty. As the staff, led by Mrs. Jeffries goes about asking questions, they discover another missing girl. At the same time, Inspector Witherspoon investigates a badly decomposed body of a young girl. Mistaken identities, sexual escapades, love across class boundaries, and justic all swirl into unmasking the murderer in this entertaining ...more
George
Oct 08, 2007 George rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: British Mystery Readers
Second in the Mrs. Jeffries - Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard Victorian England mysteries. Mrs. Jeffries, Witherspoon's housekeeper, and her house hold staff again help the somewhat plodding Witherspoon solve another mystery. This involves a murder along with the disappearance of a girl, unsure identities, many suspects, as well as other developments which tax Mrs. Jeffries and her crew to unravel while keeping Witherspoon on the correct path along with not knowing that they are doing it. ...more
Susan
I didn't like this book as much as the first in the series. I don't know if it was because it took me so long to read, with the holidays and all, but I found myself trying not to confuse the characters when it should have been pretty straightforward.

I do enjoy the Mrs. Jeffries and the other household servants so will surely read the next in the series and hopefully it won't take as long to read as this one did.
An Odd1
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Set in Victorian London, clues unfold gradually so readers can guess. Housekeeper Mrs Hepzibah Jeffries puts research together and feeds the results to her employer, Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon. Gossipy cook Mrs Goodge milks her kitchen suppliers. Grinning big coachman Smythe buys pints in smoky taverns. Eager young footman Wiggins watches and hotfoots after suspects. Sparkling inquisitive maid Betsy coaxes family secrets from servants. Eas
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Damaskcat
Mrs Jeffries is housekeeper to Inspector Witherspoon – a nice but not very clever Scotland Yard detective. Because all his domestic staff are grateful to him for providing them with not too arduous jobs and a roof over their heads they work together to solve his cases for him.

In this delightful Victorian mystery Luty Belle Crookshank – an eccentric elderly American lady – asks for Mrs Jeffries’ help in finding out what happened to a missing parlour maid she had befriended. In the process of tra
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Angie Rhodes
The second book, in Emily Brighwell's Victorian Murder Mysteries, starring Mrs Jeffries, the murder solving house keeper of the bumbling Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard,
A maid has gone missing, along with a broach,of a rich snotty lady,, the maid is one Mary Sparks, known, to Luty Belle Crookshank, Mrs Jeffries good friend. Luty is upset,that Mary has just dissapeared,saying that she would never just go off,without telling Luty, why and where she was going, , then a body turns up,, wearin
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Jennifer Bagby
Nov 25, 2013 Jennifer Bagby marked it as to-read
Mrs Jeffries
1. The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries (1993)
2. Mrs Jeffries Dusts For Clues (1993)
3. The Ghost and Mrs Jeffries (1993)
4. Mrs Jeffries On the Ball (1994)
5. Mrs Jeffries Takes Stock (1994)
6. Mrs Jeffries On the Trail (1995)
7. Mrs Jeffries Plays the Cook (1995)
8. Mrs Jeffries and the Missing Alibi (1996)
9. Mrs Jeffries Stands Corrected (1996)
10. Mrs Jeffries Takes the Stage (1997)
11. Mrs Jeffries Questions the Answers (1997)
12. Mrs Jeffries Reveals Her Art (1998)
13. Mrs Jeffries Takes the C
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Gayle
A rather grisly murder needs solving and the household help at Inspector Witherspoon's is hot on the trail of the murderer, putting all the pieces together, and, as always making the Inspector seem more effective than he really is. Just the kind of book I like to read after I've read too many serious non-fiction books.
Sarah
Victorian murder mystery: servants and housekeeper Mrs Jeffries helps their boss solve the crimes. Well read audiobook but the story is nothing special.
Elizabeth
Fun Victorian mysteries for cozy lovers. Full of wit and Mrs Jeffries always helps the inspector solve the crime.
Janette
I've read a couple of these, really stupid, can't believe I read them, don't bother!
Mary Byrnes
Fun read. Love the characters. Great if you like Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.
Kurt
Compared to this series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series is a page-turning thriller!
Cheryl
Such a delightful little series set in Victorian England with the domestic staff of a police inspector contriving to solve the murders he is assigned and feed him the information without him realizing it.

This was a nice little installment. I had some guesses as to the who and why dunit of it all, but it was just fun to go with the flow and watch it all unfold. Does a nice job of bringing in the relationship with Luty Bell Crookshank and Hatchet.
kami
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Constable and Robinson Ltd 2013
Alissa
This is a good book, I loved it!


When a body was found in a abandon houses basement, rotten, The inspector was called on the case. Even though he hates to look at the body, he has to do it, so he dose. But since it has been two months since the murder, no one can identify the body! How can the inspector solve a case if he dosen't know who the victim is?
Connie
2nd in Mrs. Jeffries series. Luty Bell wants Mrs Jeffries help in finding a lost maid. In looking for her, the Inspector discovers a dead body and believes it to be the dead maid. Lots of sleuthing was done by the staff of the Inspector and I found this to be a very good and easy book to read.
Wilde Sky
A woman’s body is discovered in Victorian England and a detective is sent to investigate, with (unknown to him) the help of his domestic staff.

Quite entertaining, but some of the plot points and writing were a bit clunky.
Kathy Moberg
This, the second book in the series, failed to particularly interest or charm me. The general premise is fun, and I rather liked the first book, but this time around, it all seemed too contrived and simplistic.
D.L. Williams
Mrs. Jeffries does it again, I like the concept of the book, the inspector doesn't really like his job, but he is considered a good detective because Mrs. Jeffries and the staff solve the crimes.
VerJean
Oh, NO! Now I have another mystery series that I must read !!!
What great typical British characters for a mystery series.
Upstairs / Downstairs of Mystery.
Great story.
Read in 2009.
Mary_ellen Batcho
I have really enjoyed this series and especially the work ethic and the loyalty to the employer and to each other. A great read.
Verity W
Fun and light Victorian set murder mystery. I like the premise but I never quite enjoy the books as much as I want to!
Dee
This was my bookclub selection. We've picked better books.

For me, it seemed like 'an old lady book'.

Georgia Lengyel
Mrs. Jeffries and crew are starting to grow on me. A good cozy mystery with a lot of twists and turns.
Scott
Story got a little confusing and complicated. Some of the assumptions were a real stretch!
Roxane
Funny little stories where everything just miraculously falls into place...
Lauren
Sweet fun mystery in which the "help" really helps.
Cindy
This is such a gentle read. Very cozy.
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