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Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead (Mrs Jeffries #28)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Arlette Montrose Banfield angered many marriageable women when she snagged the handsome Lewis Banfield-but were they angry enough to poison her? Mrs. Jeffries doesn't mind getting her hands dirty to uncover the greed behind her murder.

Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2011)
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Shirley Schwartz
I do enjoy this Victorian cozy mystery series, and look forward to each new book that comes out. This was a respectable showing, but I did find that the book was not as well plotted as most of the others in this series. A young, modern woman is poisoned at her own dinner party. There is no shortage of suspects in this fairly complex case. The characters are realistic, and I do love the people that live in Upper Edmonton Gardens. The mystery was a good one, and there were lots of red herrings to ...more
Always enjoy the Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries series and the latest book didn't disappoint. Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead finds Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of the gang doing what they do best. A proper mystery with plenty of clues. It was the perfect read for the few hours I was stuck on an airplane.
Lady Cannonberry is invited to attend a party at the home of someone she doesn't know very well but thinks could be a good friend. Arlette Montrose Banfield is married to a wealthy businessman of an old family but she's also the daughter of artists and a good businesswoman. She and Ruth seem to have much in common, which is why it comes as a huge shock when Arlette drops dead at her party. The doctor claims no young woman drops dead of natural causes and all signs lead to cynanide poisoning. Kno ...more
Inspector Gerald Witherspoon seems to always get tough murder cases and his latest case is no different - Arlette Montrose Banfield was killed with poison at a dinner party in front of hundreds of guests. There are plenty of suspects for Witherspoon and Constable Barnes to deal with - luckily for Witherspoon his household staff and close friends are there to help him (even if he doesn't know it). Mrs. Jeffries and gang are excited to have another case to work on - but will new maid Phyllis spoil ...more
I love this series, this is the 29th book in it and as usual, I can't wait for the next one.

The household has been a bit quiet with no new cases to solve. Betsy & Smith are awaiting the arrival of their new little one and eveyone is a bit antsy about not doing anything. The Inspector's lady friend, Lady Ruth Cannonberry, has been invited to a dinner party of some note by a new bride and arrives to find that there is some discord there. As the dinner progresses it is obvoius to one and all t
A young woman has married a man by the name of Lewis Banfied who is a member of one of Englands old, monied families. His aunt, Geraldine Banfied does not approve because her nephew married outside of their class. On the night that Mr and Mrs Lewis Banfied are hosting their annual summer ball, Mrs. lewis drops dead while sipping champagne at a table with her husband and several other guest. She was posioned. Who did it? It is up to Police constable Weatherspoon, his supervisor Barnes to solve th ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Shelley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
I would give this story 3-1/2 stars. I really enjoyed it! The characters are believable and likable. This is my first Emily Brightwell's, Mrs. Jeffries, A Victorian Mystery read for me. Unbeknownst to me, the author has a whole series, 28 to be exact up to 2011 when this one was written. How'd I miss these delightful novels all these years is a mystery to me? I just happened to come across it in the Salvation Army second hand book section of the store and you can beat, my eyes are now peeled for ...more
Beautiful young Arlette Banfield and her husband are hosting their annual ball when Arlette is poisoned. Fortunately, Inspector Witherspoon's inamorata Lady Cannonbury is on the scene, and is able to preserve most of the evidence before the police arrive. She helps the Inspector's loyal crew of servants and friends with the investigation, unbeknownst to him. The servants are worried about the new maid Phyllis-- will she participate in their investigation, will she tell the inspector what they're ...more
I love these books. They are such a fun read!
Like all the other 20 or so Mrs. Jefferies this work was very good. Not only does the author provide a fun and thought provoking mystery but she also does an excellent job providing a story and relationship among the characters outside of the mystery. This book especially shows how she is able to incorporate new characters and growth among the existing characters while still keeping in tact their ability to solve the murder and maintain personal lives and relationships with one and other. Over ...more
Kyra E.
Love the series!
Brett Bydairk
Another in the series involving the household staff of a Scotland Yard detective who help him solve murders, unknown to him. I like the way the characters interact, and grow over time: one pair had a growing romance over the course of many books, got married a couple of books ago, and now she is pregnant.
The stories are rather lightweight, but much of the interest comes from the interaction of the characters, and how they gather information on the murders.
Mrs Jeffries is wonderful all the characters are. Again another great read they solve it again.
Very good book. Believable characters. The mystery plot of the story so well done that you find yourself changing your mind on whodunit every few chapters. Something very sweet and touching about how the characters care about the lead male sleuth and the way they work so well with each other with respect and dignity. Will read more of this series.
Michelle Fidler
Another good cozy read. I have all but one in the series and have read quite a few of the other ones in this series. Inspector Witherspoon's servants help him solve the murder, but he doesn't know that they're helping him in this Victorian mystery series.
This is the first one in the series I've had a chance to read, I wish my library carried all of them. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters were very likable as well. I'll be checking out as many as I can!
Sep 24, 2011 Elaine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: cozy
I've been meaning to start this series for a while and I don't know what took me so long. I will be reading more. I love the characters and the mystery was fun to try and figure out.
This series never gets old. The character development is excellent and if you like cozy mysteries, you'll love Mrs. Jeffries, the Inspector and the rest of the household.
I like this cast of characters every time I read them. Well thought out mystery, not too easy but not so hard you can't narrow it down to a couple of people.
Arlette Montrose Banfield has been poisoned. Mrs. Jeffries & her London house crew help the inspector solve the murder. I liked it. :)

Once again, the housekeeper and servants of Inspector Witherspoon solve his case for him. Nice light reading.
Enjoyable, I've been bouncing around this series, but it doesn't matter, the characters are always nice to revisit.
Elizabeth S
Really 3 1/2 stars. Another great read in the Mrs. Jeffries series. I just like these cozy mysteries.
Always a fun, light read. I got a little lost in this one for a bit but it still kept my interest.
Brenda at MyShelf
Detailed mystery. likeable characters.
Tammy Ross
Nice light non-complicated easy read.
I like this series....will read more.
Love all of these books.
E Goldberg
Very enjoyable read.
Mar 02, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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