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Mrs. Jeffries Plays the Cook (Mrs. Jeffries #7)

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Minerva Kenny is a dear woman, but her tendency to "borrow" things without asking has finally caught up with her. William Barrett has learned Minerva's shameful secret, and he's holding it over her head. Mrs. Jeffries and the staff have hatched a scheme to save her...but when they try to recover the damning evidence from Barrett, they discover something more shocking: Barr ...more
Published November 1st 1995 by Berkley
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May 10, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing
Another intriguing read from Emily Brightwell, featuring Inspector Gerald Witherspoon and his trusty team (his housekeeper, cook and friends) to assist him in detection, while ensuring he gets some good leads and confident that it was all (nearly all) his own work.

There is an interesting and well rounded cast of characters in the search for William Barrett's murderer, and with no shortage of suspects. Unfortunately Mrs Goodge, the cook has been called away to see her aunt, who is gravely ill. Th
Jan 27, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Victorian, cooking, mystery
Doing a favor for Lady Cannonberry, Smythe encounters a murder victim. Now the staff must let Inspector Witherspoon know about the murder without involving them. The victim is dislike by every one he knows. Mrs Goodge is not there to cook the meals. Everyone. tries to cook; all manage to mess up the meal. While the inspector keeps looking for a good meal, he is understanding. Mrs Jeffries is always a light and relaxing read.
Nov 11, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
It's a sad day for Inspector Witherspoon's household when the cook, Mrs. Goudge (sp?), has to go care for an elderly aunt for a few days, because everyone else on staff (except coachman Smythe) is a terrible cook. They can't even hire a temporary cook because Smythe, while doing a little housebreaking to save a lady from blackmail, encountered the murdered householder and Inspector Witherspoon is on the case. Or so he thinks. He has no idea his household staff really solves his crimes, and they ...more
Oct 30, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
Mrs. Jefferies and her cohorts are asked to help when a friend of Lady Cannonberry's, Minerva Kenny, is caught lifting trinkets from a friends home. She has a problem in that she takes things but then returns them. The man who caught her is threatening to tell everyone that she is a thief. The big problem occurs when the man, William Barrett, is found murdered the next day and Minerva was seen going into his house right before the murder occurred. Mrs. Gooch has been called to a sick relative's ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it
Yet another enjoyable read in Emily Brightwell's Mrs. Jeffries series. It seems that with each book, they get harder and harder to put down!
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Jun 08, 2015 Maria Thermann rated it liked it
Emily Brightwell's light-hearted Victorian murder mystery series may be a little repetitive in structure, but the regular characters are well drawn and sufficiently interesting to keep the reader coming back for more.

This time the whodunit starts with a moral dilemma: the household staff of Inspector Witherspoon are asked by friend Lady Cannonberry to intervene on behalf of a spinster kleptomaniac who simply cannot help herself when it comes to the knickknacks and ornaments of her socialite frie
Oct 02, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite humorous in parts.
Jan 15, 2014 Damaskcat rated it really liked it
Mrs Goodge – the cook in Scotland Yard detective Inspector Witherspoon’s household has been called away to one of her relatives who is ill. Mrs Jeffries is a hopeless cook – she would be the first to admit – though she is very good at solving mysteries with the help of the rest of the domestic staff. The Inspector has a murder to solve but it looks like he will have to do it accompanied by permanent indigestion unless Mrs Goodge returns to the household.

This is an interesting mystery with plenty
Lynn Demsky
Jun 25, 2015 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, comical
“Oh dear. Mrs. Goodge, the cook, is away, and the staff has to help cook the meals in her absence. The trouble is, none of them remotely measure up, and they and the Inspector have to eat horrible meals. The Inspector, of course, is too polite to complain, and only asks now and then if Mrs. Jeffries (the housekeeper and leader of the staff) has found a replacement cook. Of course they can't hire a replacement cook - the staff has to investigate the murder in SECRET, and it wouldn't do to have a ...more
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Sep 02, 2014 Addison Public Library rated it really liked it
A kleptomaniac’s friend appeals to Mrs. Jeffries for help when she fears her friend is being blackmailed. Before Mrs. Jeffries can help, the possible blackmailer is found dead. When Inspector is Witherspoon is assigned to the case, he soon finds himself adrift in a sea of suspects, all who wanted the man dead. Mrs. Jeffries finds her own investigations hampered when the staff is forced to take over the cooking when the regular cook is called away on a family emergency, which makes for some inter ...more
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Feb 05, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Barb Martin
Aug 30, 2015 Barb Martin rated it liked it
Mrs. Goodge is away, and Inspector Witherspoon and his household staff are a tad peckish. But they don't have time for hunger. They have to figure out who killed a miserable wretch hated by half of London. Was Smythe seen slipping into the dead guy's study to steal a China dog? Does someone know he found the body? Mrs. Jeffries and crew have to sift through a lot of conflicting information to solve this case. If only they had something decent to eat.
In this Mrs. Jeffries novel, the cook in her Victorian household, Mrs. Goodge, has to leave to visit a sick relative. So, Mrs. Jeffries must be the cook, and the housekeeper and help the Inspector solve a murder. It's a wonder she has time for it all!
Oct 19, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it
An enjoyable installment in the series which shows us that there is something Mrs. Jeffries can't do: cook. It also marks the inclusion of Ruth Cannonberry into the group of sleuths. The mystery was nof my favorite in the series, but it was good.
Aug 30, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing
I had to read this out of order as I bought it and sold it before reading the others in front of it. This was about the cook being called away to care for a sick aunt and the other staff are called on to cook the meals. No one but Smythe could cook properly.
Apr 04, 2016 Molly rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a Mrs. Jeffries book and I loved it. Mainly because, Betsy and Smythe seem to be getting closer to being together. Swoon.
Apr 25, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing
I like the Mrs. Jeffries books. Maybe they are a little far fetched but I still enjoy the mystery and the setting.
Apr 01, 2016 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
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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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