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Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up (Mrs. Jeffries #29)

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Ring in the season with another Mrs. Jeffries tale of holiday homicide.

Under a bundle of mistletoe, art collector Daniel McCourt lies with his throat slit, a bloody sword next to his body. Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case-preferably before the eggnog is ladled out on Christmas Eve-but of course he will require assistance from the always sharp-witted h
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Published November 1st 2011 by Berkley Hardcover
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Inspector Witherspoon is called out for a high-profile case. The wealthy Daniel McCourt is murdered in his study with one of the ceremonial Oriental swords he collects. He had invited a group to tea so he could unveil his latest purchase, an extremely rare and valuable sword, but before he could gloat the party broke up. So who murdered him, if everyone had left the house? Inspector Witherspoon is sure to solve the case … or rather, his housekeeper Mrs Jeffries, along with the other servants of ...more
Inspector Witherspoon has another murder to solve. Daniel McCourt, a collector of antiques, is found dead in his study. Right before he was murdered, he hosted an afternoon tea and the six attendees were all known to be people he competed against for his collection. His wife has just inherited a great fortune and had informed him that she would be handling the finances from that time on. The inspector must try to solve the case before Christmas. Mrs. Jeffries and her minions are on hand to point ...more
Daniel McCourt, an Asian art collector, has been murdered by one of his own swords. The murder occurred just after a tea party where he planned to show off his most recent acquisition. A fire in the servants hall broke up the party early and no one else was in the house when Mr. McCourt was killed. Who would hate him enough to kill him? Was it his formerly meek wife; his cousin, also an art collector; his other cousin who feels cheated out of his inheritance; his appraiser who may be a fraud; a ...more
When Daniel McCourt is murdered, it is almost inevitable that Inspector Gerald Witherspoon gets the case - after all he does have a reputation for solving murders. While his household staff and friends dislike murder, they are thrilled that they have another chance to help their beloved Inspector solve another case, even if he doesn't know they are working behind the scenes to help him. All of them will have to work hard to solve this case - it is almost Christmas and Scotland Yard wants this ca ...more
The book begins with Inspector Witherspoon's household preparing for Christmas and the McCourt family holding an afternoon gathering. Daniel McCourt has gathered a group of acquaintances to brag about his acquisition of an ancient artifact, although no one, including his wife, knows what it is. Before he has a chance to reveal his acquisition, he is brutally murdered with his own sword. Inspector Witherspoon is called in to investigate the case. As in other "Mrs. Jeffries" books his household as ...more
"Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up" is a historical mystery set in England in the late 1800's, though we don't know the exact year. This book was the twenty-ninth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the mysteries of the previous books.

There were enough setting and time period details to give the story a historical feel. The characters were engaging and realistic, though not highly complex. The suspense came from

All Detective Inspector Witherspoon wanted was a quiet Christmas and some time to buy his new god-daughter a gift but something got in the way - a little something called . . . . . murder. DI Witherspoon and his Scotland Yard partner, constable Barnes, are called in to solve the case of death by sword. An odd choice of weapon? Maybe not for this victim!

Daniel McCourt, a vain, egotistical and mean spirited man has a passion for collecting oriental antiquities and loves to gloatingly show off his
A Grand Tradition Continues, February 3, 2013
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up (A Victorian Mystery) (Hardcover)
I've read all the Mrs. Jeffries and the Inspector books thus far in this series and feel right at home with this charming staff of do gooders.

Tea is being served at Elena & Daniel McCourt's home and the guests have arrived. Just then yelling is overheard in another room between the hosts. Shortly thereafter a fire breaks o
So, late Victorian housekeeper helps Police Inspector boss solve cases--behind his back, employing a cast of...well, it seems like thousands, but it's really roughly a dozen.

It's one of those books I cast in my head as I read it. Mrs. Jeffries is very Angela Lansbury (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, not Cabot Cove); Mrs. Goodge is played by "Mrs. Hudson"; Smythe is a cross between Bryan Brown and Hugh Jackman; Betsy is Amy Pond; Ludy is Kathy Bates (as in Titanic with just a touch of Cloris Leachman);
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To tell you the truth, I’m not a big mystery girl. I usually guess the plot by the end of the story, so I tend to avoid the whole mystery genre. Not only that, but most mysteries I’ve read are more like monologues of a protagonist’s life than a genuine mystery novel. I was a little reluctant to read Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up, I admit. However, I actually was really pleased after reading it. Considering that I am not easily pleased, that’s saying
It's almost Christmas and households all over England are getting ready for the holidays. Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of the staff at Inspector Witherspoon's house are especially excited this year because they get to pamper the new baby of Betsy (one of the maids) and Smythe (the coachman). Nearby, the McCourt household is full of arguments between Daniel and his wife Elena and a gathering for afternoon tea is spoiled by a small fire in the servant's quarters. Daniel is furious that the party end ...more
Shirley Schwartz
This is a wonderful Victorian Cozy series. This is a wonderful little Christmas mystery with Mrs. Jeffries and her crew in full force solving another of their beloved Inspector Witherspoon's murder cases. I read this series for the characters and after 29 odd books, I've come to feel that I know these characters that live in Upper Edmonton Gardens. The setting is London just before Christmas. Betsy has just had a baby girl and she and the baby's father Smythe are living their own lives in a flat ...more
Ring in the season with another Mrs. Jeffries tale of holiday homicide.

Under a bundle of mistletoe, art collector Daniel McCourt lies with his throat slit, a bloody sword next to his body. Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case-preferably before the eggnog is ladled out on Christmas Eve-but of course he will require assistance from the always sharp-witted housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, who has a few of her own theories on why McCourt had to die by the sword.

I have enjoyed all the Mr
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Mrs. Jeffries enlists the aid of her household staff when Inspector Witherspoon is given a homicide case right as the Christmas season peaks. Inspector Witherspoon is so excited about his first Christmas with his godchild, Amanda Belle, that he wants to tie this murder up quickly so he can buy her a worries that she is two months old...

Quickly we learn the victim was slayed by his own Oriental sword and that there is a large group of persons not mourning his passing.

As the staff begins
Alannah Davis
My first time reading an entry in this Victorian era cozy mystery series. I was not disappointed.

When Daniel McCourt, a collector of antique swords, is murdered, Inspector Witherspoon must interrupt his Christmas preparation in order to solve the case. His trusty and beloved servants, led by Mrs. Jeffries, band together to do their own detective work in places and situations where the inspector can't go.

I have to really be in the mood for period mysteries, so I was pleasantly surprised at how m
Alyson Reuben
Those who love cozy mysteries are probably already familiar with Emily Brightwell's Victorian Mrs. Jeffries. If you're a lover of cozies and haven't read any of her stories, I recommend giving her a try. I've read nearly the entire series, although I haven't done reviews on them. The books are great for when you want a lighthearted historical mystery that isn't too intense.

This one in particular happens to be a holiday story, but, hey, there's nothing wrong with a little Christmas in June! Besi
I love this series. This is one of the 32 books in this series and I love to go back and revisit the people who keep growing and learning in "their lives".

Inspector Witherspoon and his neighbor, Lady Ruth Cannonberry, are out Christmas shopping for the Inspector's 3 month old goddaughter, when he's tracked down & informed that there's a murder for him to solve. The household is soon informed of the newest case, and off to make the rounds they are. Betsy, as a new mom, is taking a back seat
This is a true cozy mystery set in Victorian England. The Inspector is helped in his investigation by a number of servants. Although this is a series book, I didn't feel that I needed to read earlier ones to relate to the characters. I did think it took a bit too long to solve the mystery.
Brett Bydairk
Another light mystery that takes place in the eternal fin-de-siècle Victorian London, this one involves collectors of Orientalia, including swords, with one of which someone is killed.
It's just a few days before Christmas, and once again Inspector Gerald Witherspoon catches the hard case. The relationship between him and Lady Ruth Cannonberry is getting warmer, Betsy and Smythe have a 4-month old baby, and the new girl is slowly fitting in, finding her place in the group of irregulars that help
I just love this mystery series! It probably won't win any literary awards, but it is charming. The series is set in the Victorian era. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Inspector Gerald Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. He is very successful at solving murders, but little do people know, little does he himself know, that most of his success is thanks to Mrs. Jeffries and his household staff who scurry around, trying to find as much information as they can to help solve the mystery. Will he ever ...more
Elizabeth Emmite
Another good entry in a wonderful series.
This installment in the series was a fun, entertaining mystery like all the others. Although, there was far more recapping about the characters and their relationships than is needed at this point in a series. While some is of course needed for readers who start in the middle of the series, it should be just enough to encourage them to start/ catch up by reading previous works. I also hope the next few stories are not set at Christmas, since this is the second one in a row that has been. But, ov ...more
Elizabeth S
If you liked the earlier ones, you'll like this one as well since it follows suite quite nicely. I enjoyed watching Betsy adjust to being a mother and how that changed her contributions. Small comment about the end: (view spoiler) ...more
Mary Byrnes
I am enjoying this series immensely hate getting so close to the end of it. The characters have become like old friends.
Like this series of cozy mysteries. Main characters are interesting and likable. This particular story wasn't my favorite, but still good.
Sandy Page
A nice cozy mystery.
This is a 2 STAR book at best, but I gave an extra star for good, clean language and the Downton-Abbey-like setting. The story had waaaayyyy too many characters - couldn't remember (and didn't really care) who they were from one chapter to the next, and the daily repeated questioning and re-hashing was pretty tiresome. This is the first I've read of this series - can't believe it's number 29 - and I won't be going out of my way to look for more.
I wanted to like this one but more than anything it annoyed me. My main problem was how the reader kept getting hit over the head with how much these amateurs helped the investigator and apparently half of London knew it, including the constable Witherspoon works with, but the Inspector is too daft to realize it. I think it's supposed to be charming and light mystery, but I couldn't appreciate it. Not for me, I guess.
I always enjoy the Mrs. Jeffries mysteries. They are good old-fashioned cozies for those of you who've never read one. While you don't need to read them in order to follow the mystery in each book, there has been significant character development over the course of the series. I've thought some of them had better plots than others but they are all entertaining and this one is no exception.
Maria Martin
Didn't finish it, couldn't get into the characters, plotline, setting, etc. Sorry! I was so hoping I would like this series, because I enjoy cozy mysteries.
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