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Mrs. Jeffries Learns the Trade (Mrs. Jeffries #1-3)

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(Compilation of 3 Mrs. Jeffries books)

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 t
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2005)
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An Odd1
Feb 19, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fun is in ambience, atmosphere, Victorian setting, lovable team, eccentrics, dubious suspects, vital bits of gossip. Everyone confides in motherly housekeeper Mrs Hepzibah Jeffries 57 p 20, knowledgeable in police procedures from decades with late Yorks hire husband. Over pre-dinner sherry, she coordinates clues for Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon. He puzzles mildly over solutions that staff who appreciate his generosity and kindness effect.

Over nightly cocoa, she delegates enquiries. Coach
Aug 01, 2010 Rebes rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. It's really irritating to me in any book or movie when the woman who does all the work doesn't get the credit.
Jun 04, 2015 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, own
Mrs. Jeffries Learns the Trade by Emily Brightwell includes the first three books in the series.

I made it through the first two, but am not sure I will ever read the third one. I love historical mysteries when they are well written. The Mrs. Jefferies books left me with too many questions to enjoy the books. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for a police inspector. Her husband was a former policeman. There are several other members of the household staff, cook, maid, footman, etc. Yet it never ex
Barb Martin
A library patron recommended this book series to me. This book contains the first three novels: "The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries," "Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries." Mrs. Jeffries is the Victorian-era housekeeper for a police inspector who sometimes misses the mark in his police investigations. She and the rest of the staff step step in to lend a hand, and she deftly steers his thoughts in the right direction to solve the crime. Light-hearted and a quick read, the ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Janell rated it liked it
This is a compilation of the first three mysteries in this series and includes The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues and The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries.

The mysteries themselves were fairly well written with the second story being my favorite. The inspector was a little more effective with his own detecting in that one. The characters are quirky and fun, although the inspector is really a little too clueless for me. During this era, murderers were hung and it bothered me th
Sep 16, 2012 pdarnold rated it really liked it
There are 3 books in one.

Book 1 - The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries. I enjoyed the story. It's a "bit" of a Sherlock Holmes type story but with a supporting cast that Mr. Witherspoon (the detective) is unaware aids him in his job. Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of the household staff are a hoot!"

Book 2 - I read the second book in this 3 books in 1 paperback April 1 through 4 2012. Once again I enjoyed the offbeat characters of the staff of Inspector Witherspoons. This time around the American neighbo
Tom Franklin
May 12, 2011 Tom Franklin rated it it was ok
This is a collection of the first three "Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries" by Emily Brightwell, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries; Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues; The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries.

Mrs. Jeffries is the head housekeeper for kind but inept Victorian police detective who would much rather return to his former position in the Scotland Yard records department than having to deal with these nasty murders. It should come as no surprise that the Inspector's housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, is the real brains b
Laura Mitchell
Sep 30, 2013 Laura Mitchell rated it liked it
This book is actually a collection of the first "Mrs. Jeffries" stories; I happened to start in on this series with a later book, so I read this one for the purpose of seeing the beginning of the series. I was somewhat disappointed by the way the characters are portrayed in the first story (The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries), these are developed into more interesting and workable characters in later books. The inspector in particular in the first story is rather inept, and keeps trying to make the ...more
Janet Sketchley
Apr 17, 2016 Janet Sketchley rated it really liked it
This is the first three Mrs. Jeffries novels bundled into one book: The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues, and The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries.

It's a fun start to the series. Mrs. Jeffries is police Inspector Witherspoon's housekeeper, and because he's so kind to the staff, they secretly "help" him solve his murder cases (because he's not really that good at it on his own). This makes for a lot of amateur sleuthing and then finding ways to help the Inspector "discover" the s
Jan 13, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
This book is really three books in one as it includes the first three books of the Mrs. Jeffries series. Murder and mayhem abound. Detective Witherspoon is very busy and needs help from his housekeeper and other members of his household staff. Help he does not know he is getting. Here we get to meet the wonderful characters as they first start out and as they get to know each other. Brightwell's London is quite believable and easy to imagine. If you like historical fiction murder mysteries that ...more
May 03, 2015 ToriLynn rated it it was amazing
Jul 23, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, victorian

Each of these three books is a great read--Emily Brightwell is a skillful author, who has brought an endearing cast of characters to life!

Like every writer, she gains experience & confidence as time goes on--her books get better & better. It's so much fun to go back to the beginning and watch as Ms. Brightwell learns her own trade, and feels her way through the mystery of these characters who populate her imagination.
Sep 30, 2011 Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 clever stories in the style of Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple". Except in these stories the housekeeper and the whole house staff of Inspector Witherspoon get involved in the clandestine sleuthing. Good light mystery reading without all the blood & gore that seems prevalent in a lot of today's mystery fiction.

I am looking forward to reading more novels by Emily Brightwell.
May 28, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
I wanted to try a Mrs. Jeffries cozy mystery series. Was happy to find an omnibus that had the first three books in the series as I like to read them in order. Many of the early books are out of print and not available in e-book form. Like the characters in the book-Mrs. Jeffries, the household staff-neighbor Luty Crookshank and her butler Hatchet. Will continue with the series.
Jan 12, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Barbara by: Laurie Allen
Shelves: mystery
This book contains the first three Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries. I very much enjoyed these mysteries. They were clean and interesting and the characters are just delightful.
Mar 19, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
This collection includes Brightwell's first 3 Mrs. Jeffries novels: The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries, Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues, and The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries. The series features likeable characters in light mysteries. The mysteries are easy and the characters never face any real danger. Just a nice, quick, fluffy read.
Dec 12, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
These are fun and fluffy mysteries when you are in the mood for something light, frothy and totally safe. The characters are a lot of fun, as the servants solve the mysteries to help their employer with his job, but can't let him know.
Aug 13, 2011 Brackman1066 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This series is clever enough, but I have a personal distaste for major characters who are idiots. It turns out Inspector Witherspoon is one. I won't seek out the rest of the series.
Jan 18, 2008 Karen rated it it was ok
This book is actually my daughters. She got it for her birthday. I felt like a light read so I borrowed it. I finished it, but am not sure I would read others from the series.
Jan 11, 2015 Suzan rated it really liked it
Word of warning this is not a new book in the series! It is the first three books in one book with a new name.
Feb 28, 2015 Whitney rated it liked it
The mysteries were interesting to begin with but they got to be too detailed and too long as they went on.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Didn't realize this one was a compilation of the first three books in the series which I had already read.
Jul 08, 2013 Holly rated it liked it
A pleasant, mindless read with endearing characters. A little predictable but enjoyable nevertheless.
Dec 31, 2008 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
I found the main cast of characters charming for the most part and enjoyed reading their interactions.
Apr 25, 2012 WinieP rated it really liked it
These are the first three in the Mrs. Jeffries mysteries. Cozy, light mysteries without gore or profanity.
D.L. Williams
Nov 22, 2013 D.L. Williams rated it liked it
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Feb 06, 2011 Alida rated it really liked it
I really like how the author develops the characters in this series.
Mar 14, 2012 Margaret rated it liked it
this is an english mystery, very light reading, but I liked it.
Dec 19, 2008 Terry rated it liked it
So nice to find a new mystery series that is well written.
Dec 29, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it
Nice cozy series with some interesting twists...
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Cheryl Lanham was born on 11 October 1948 in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, USA. Her family moved to Southern California in 1959 and she grew up in Pasadena. After graduating from California State University, she decided to work her way around the world and took off for England. She didn’t get much further because she met Richard James Arguile, the Englishman who became her husband, g ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Mrs. Jeffries (1 - 10 of 34 books)
  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries (Mrs. Jeffries, #1)
  • Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues (Mrs. Jeffries, #2)
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Jeffries (Mrs. Jeffries, #3)
  • Mrs. Jeffries Takes Stock (Mrs. Jeffries, #4)
  • Mrs. Jeffries on the Ball (Mrs. Jeffries, #5)
  • Mrs. Jeffries on the Trail (Mrs. Jeffries, #6)
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