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Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time (Mrs. Jeffries #25)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  327 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A two-story killer.

Train enthusiast Francis Humphreys took his last breath while relatives and neighbors visited downstairs. But if everyone was downstairs, who could have stolen into Uncle Francis?s study, killed him, and escaped? Mrs. Jeffries will have to lend her downstairs common sense to this upstairs murder mystery.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 31, 2009 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Train enthusiast Francis Humphreys has invited several relatives and neighbors over for tea. Since he is always punctual, his family is surprised when he doesn’t show up on time for tea. Soon they discover there is a very good reason why he didn’t show up – while they were all together downstairs someone murdered Humphreys. Scotland Yard puts their best man on the job – Inspector Gerald Witherspoon. Unbeknownst to Witherspoon, his household staff has helped him solve several murders in the past. ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cece
Shelves: mystery, 2009
This is the most recent in the Mrs. Jeffries series, so I know nothing about how the characters developed or how Brightwell's writing has altered throughout the previous books.

What I do know is that this was a fun and intriguing mystery. The servants were a bit more independent than in the usual Victorian fare. The only negative for me was that the segments within the chapters seemed too short. I wanted MORE information, not less. However, this deficit may be placed firmly at the feet of the au
Feb 20, 2010 Rdonn rated it liked it
This series is delightful, real escape fiction. For a fast, not too taxing read, I'd recommend it. Each book follows a formula, the people in the household of the Inspector, who really solve his murder mysteries are a great bunch!!
Feb 24, 2010 Marti rated it liked it
As I was about to add this book, I looked again at the cover, and discovered that the artist must not have read the book. He or she depicted the victim with two onlookers peering in the window--but Francis Humphreys was on the second floor. This was a variation of the locked door mystery, where all the suspects this time were at tea when the murder occurred. There were various reasons they might have wanted him dead--rather much dealing with money. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Inspector ...more
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Apr 25, 2009 Mary (Biblophile) rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this cozy mystery series set in Victorian England. Though it does stretch the imagination to think the inspector hasn't a clue about the staff helping to solve the mysteries, it adds to the overall charm. It's also often amusing to see how Mrs. Jeffries manages to steer Inspector Witherspoon in the proper direction.
Feb 22, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it
While I have enjoyed all of the previous books in the series, they've been fairly easy to unravel. This time I was able to figure out a few points, but I couldn't put my finger on the murderer's identity. It was quite a surprise and a welcome change. An added bonus to an already entertaining series.
Samantha Grace
Feb 05, 2017 Samantha Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Mrs. Jeffries story that I've read and I found it entertaining. Not as good as M.C. Beaton, but a decent read. I'll definitely read a more since I'm running out of others.
Oct 19, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
Francis Humphreys is a wealthy man who has opened his home to several relatives. He is also known as an avid train enthusiast and writes to the railroad officials whenever the train that runs by his home is late by as little as a minute. He has invited neighbors and also his arch rival to tea but as the guests and family wait for him to arrive a shot is heard and Mr. Humphrey is found dead with a bullet through his head. Inspector Witherspoon is assigned the case but Lionel Gates, an ambitious y ...more
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Dec 21, 2013 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.

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Jan 28, 2015 Sandra Guerfi rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you love Agatha Christies these are right up your alley. They're Victorian mysteries about Inspector Witherspoon who is aided, unbeknownst to him in his inquiries by his staff of domestics, lead by Mrs. Jeffries the housekeeper. They are delightful who dunnits to while a way a rainy day. Great series. In this one a man who cared more for his trains than his family is shot dead while they're all gathered for tea. With all the suspects with motives having the same alibi who could have done this ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Babs rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Mysteries
I have to admit I did not figure this one out quickly like some of the others. It was a great read and love this series as I have said before. The characters keep growing as we go and it is nice to see some of them come around and actually mature a bit, but they still stay funny at times.
Dec 10, 2010 Vince rated it it was ok
Not one of her best.
May 14, 2009 Barbra rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A fun read with Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon's household. "Everyone was downstairs so who killed Uncle Francis".
Jul 03, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
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This is an author I will be reading more of. The story is well told with lots of interesting charaters and clues. I even managed to solve a bit of the mystery myself.
Nov 18, 2014 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Dec 14, 2013 Alida rated it liked it
Again, 3 1/2 stars. I figured out how the murder was done, just not who did it. :-)
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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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