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Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen

(Mrs. Jeffries #32)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The holiday season brings a mix of merriment, mayhem, and murder. And it falls to Inspector Witherspoon—with a significant portion of help from the ever-watchful Mrs. Jeffries—to find the culprit…


Orlando Edison is a stockbroker using London’s infatuation with foreign mining ventures to make a fortune. He has curried favor with the nation’s most respe
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Berkley
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Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been way too long since I've immersed myself in a Mrs. Jeffries novel, and it was great pleasure to get back to it. The cast of characters is as endearing as ever, and the story an easy read. I hope not to stay away so long next round, regardless of how huge my tbr is at the moment!
Shirley Schwartz
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
There's one thing better than a Christmas mystery at Christmastime, and that's a Victorian Christmas cozy during the season. And that is what this book is. Mrs. Jeffries and her crew are trying to help their inspector when a man is murdered in his home just before Christmas. Even though the man was well-liked, there doesn't appear to be a shortage of suspects in this killing. This book has probably got the longest list of suspects that I've ever seen in this enjoyable series. There is lots of ex ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Love this series and it was nice to start reading them again. In Merry Gentlemen we have the crew trying to help the Inspector find out who killed Orlando Edison. He had three investors go in on a mine that is now bankrupt but could that be the cause of his death?

With a lot of rumors going around anything is possible so Mrs Jeffries need to weed out and find the truth.

It was nice to read about Betsy and the baby in this one and the rest of the gang seeing what is going on. The author does a grea
Barb Martin
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A well-liked man is murdered, and Inspector Witherspoon is assigned to discover the perpetrator. The formula of the Mrs. Jeffries books is routine, but the novels are enjoyable fluff.
Another in the Mrs. Jeffries mysteries that takes place in London during the Victorian era. It does not really involve Christmas but rather takes places just before Christmas with homes etc decorated for the season. I once again thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Inspector Witherspoon, Constable Barnes, and Witherspoon's downstairs staff headed by the inimitable Mrs. Jeffries. This time one of the ton is found dead on his doorstep just after the holiday Christmas carolers have left. He ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was my first Mrs. Jeffries mystery, and although the mystery element was solid (there were enough suspects to keep things interesting for a good long while), it just fell a little short of three Goodreads stars ("liked it"). Admittedly, I may have been able to forgive this book its shortcomings a little more readily had I already been familiar with the characters - too much time was spent on introducing us to the various members of the household staff and I couldn't get a good idea of who a ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The latest in the Mrs. Jeffries cozy historical mystery series set in Victorian England finds Inspector Witherspoon's household preparing for the winter holidays. Their preparations are interrupted by the death of Orlando Edison, a well-connected stockbroker. Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of the household must help Witherspoon solve the mystery of Edison's death, without letting the Inspector know they solved it, in time to celebrate. Thirty-second in the series, it's entertaining and you don't hav ...more
Scotland Yard inspector Witherspoon is called to a murder scene when a mining developer is found killed just before Christmas. As usual, his staff is ready to help find clues, with his housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries at the head of their efforts. But some of the loyal servants have their own pre-holiday distractions, so it takes a little while for the facts to come in.
Maria Kiguthi
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you have read any of the Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries you will know what to expect in this book. The household all helps in solving the mystery of the stock promoter (not broker). Fun to read.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I thoroughly enjoyed this 'cozy' mystery and plan to read others...
Fun !
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very British who-done-it involving a wealthy man whose head was bashed in by a mining shovel. The house staffers solve the mystery and wrap things up neatly..
Diane Davis
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful book in the Mrs Jeffries series... I could guess the murderer in this one..
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#37 in the end of the 19th century London based mystery series in which Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon's domestic staff headed by Mrs. Jefferies, without his knowledge, work to help him solve his murder cases. The recurring and well developed helpers” are Barnes (Witherspoon’s detective sergeant), Mrs. Goodge (cook), Smythe (coachman), Betsy (maid and later Smythe’s wife), Wiggins (servant), Phyllis (maid and newest addition), Luty (wealthy American widow), Hatchet (Luty’s butler), and Ruth ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friend gave me this one to read because she loves this series. I am not a huge mystery reader. I usually figure out what is going on before the story gets there, so I don't read a lot of mysteries. I thought this one was pretty good. I liked the writing style and the characters. Not sure that I will read the rest of the series, but it was good.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy these Mrs. Jeffries books. This is #32 and the unofficial detectives are as charming as usual.

The suspects were a bit difficult to keep straight and could have used some more details as to their character but all in all a pleasant read.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this entry in the series more than the previous one. The mystery was a bit more engaging, and I particularly enjoyed the way the character of Phyllis is developing. These books are very enjoyable light reading; they're definitely formulaic, but well done.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title caught my attention -- and the book lived up to my expectations. It was a light-hearted romp cloaked as a mystery story. There was a bit of nefarious doings, but nothing that destroyed the general feel-good tone of the story. A quick and pleasant read.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story but hard to follow at times because each paragraph seemed to be a new set of characters. I do not plan on reading another book in this series.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing Mrs Jefferies book! Looking forward to the next in the series.
Fran Burdsall
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Exactly what it is purported to be: a charming English mystery with charming upstairs-downstairs characters. Well constructed and fun to read.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Another enjoyable Mrs Jeffries story although I did not enjoy this one as much as earlier stories. Interesting plot and ending. I did not feel that the writing was as good as in past stories.
Very cozy Victorian mystery. Will read more when I'm in a 'cozy' mood...
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everyone in Inspector Witherspoon’s household is preparing for Christmas. Unfortunately, the staff’s plans start to go awry when the Inspector is assigned to the murder of stockbroker Orlando Edison right before the holidays. The Inspector takes his new assignment in stride, but the household is disappointed. Usually everyone jumps at the chance to help the Inspector with his cases, but this time they are off their game. Their minds are wandering when they should be asking questions and importan ...more
Joan Crim
Mar 14, 2017 added it
Shelves: christmas
Book was good but slow
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Orlando Edison's staff is looking forward to a night at the theater as a Christmas treat. They leave their employer listening to a group of Christmas carolers and when they return, they discover their master has been killed. Chief Inspector Barrows discovers Edison lying over the front step of his house with bits of his head dashed everywhere and a golden shovel lying there. He calls in Inspector Witherspoon to solve the case. The staff at Upper Edmonton Gardens are distracted by their own inter ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
It is Christmas time and while Inspector Gerald Witherspoon's household staff is usually excited to help him solve a murder case this year they are distracted by other things. When Mrs. Jeffries realizes they aren't much help to Witherspoon (who is unaware of their help behind the scenes) in this latest case she does what she can to pull them together. But is it too late to help the Inspector solve the murder of Orlando Edison?

“Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen“is the 32nd book in Emily Brig
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Jefferies and the Merry Gentlemen is the thirty second book in the A Victorian Mystery series.

I always enjoy going back to Victorian England to read a fun mystery and the Mrs. Jefferies is just the thing to read and enjoy.

Mrs. Jefferies in Inspector Witherspoon's housekeeper. Mrs. Jefferies, with the help of her staff and neighbor Lady Ruth Cannonberry, they investigate the Inspector's murder cases and pass along their findings to the Inspector's Constable Barnes.

In this book Orlando Ediso
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
"Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen" is a historical mystery set in Victorian England. This was the 32nd book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil any previous whodunits.

The characters were likable and acted realistically. The household gets off to a slow start due to other interests distracting them from investigating. I liked how Witherspoon did some good investigation on his end and how he's getting better at catching o
Linda C
Mrs. Jeffries and her staff continue to work behind the scenes at solving murder cases and passing pertinent information to their employer, Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. This story involves a mining investor who is about to testify in court concerning a mining company bankruptcy. He is setting his affairs in order the night before trial, hinting that he is going to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may, including on him. Of course, he is the murder victim, never making i ...more
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