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Mrs. Jeffries on the Ball

(Mrs. Jeffries #5)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  62 reviews
DINNER, DANCING ... AND DEATH
The Jubilee Ball in honor of Queen Victoria was meant to be a festive affair... but for Hannah Greenwood, it was a fatal event. Since the victim belonged to the prestigious Hyde Park Literary Circle, the shadow of suspicion falls on her fellow members. And since Inspector Witherspoon was a guest at the ball, the job of finding the murderer
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1994 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Stacie  Haden
This is a great little series. Lots of heart ...more
Yorky Caz
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love these books! Totally underated. How did I never know about them before! They were written in the 90's so have been around for ages! The household is made up of a great bunch of servants all with their own secrets, little bits of backstory sneak into each book which I love. The story lines are great though sometimes the author has a tendancy to use too many characters so its a little confusing who is who, that said highly recommend and I am starting the next one straightaway!!
Doward Wilson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Inspector Witherspoon is Scotland Yard's top detective when it comes to solving messy or strange murders. No one really understands how the quiet, unassuming man of inherited wealth went from records file clerk to the leading murder detective with no unsolved crimes in his career. They don't realize that unbeknownst to him, that he has an entire crew working behind the scenes to help him find the answers! Meet Mrs. Jeffries, the inspector's housekeeper and the brains behind his astounding ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, england
A fun, fast read. This series is always enjoyable, no matter which book it is.
Stephen Lawton
Although these are very formulaic the characters are so lovely they’re always an enjoyable read.
Damaskcat
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mrs Jeffries arranges for her employer, Detective Inspector Gerald Witherspoon to take a neighbour to a ball being held in connection with awards being made by a literary society. Fortunately or unfortunately a member of the society is murdered during the ball and Witherspoon finds himself investigating the crime ably assisted in the background by his domestic staff.

I found this mystery an entertaining read during a stressful few hours and it helped me to relax. I did work out who the murderer
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Michaela Witt
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this Mrs Jeffries mystery, I found there to be to many names to remember who was who. I found myself going back to remember who they were.
Victoria
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked how I got to see more of the characters as real people, not flat fronts. Good thing for character development!
Carol
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Mrs. Jeffries on the Ball by Emily Brightwell is the fifth book in the Mrs. Jeffries cozy mystery series. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon, who doesn't have the best investigative skills, so she, along with the rest of the household staff, actually solve each of his cases through careful interviewing without ever letting on to the Inspector or the Yard. When a woman is murdered at a ball honoring the Queen's Jubilee, suspicion falls on her fellow members ...more
Chazzi
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history-era
It is the year of Queen Victoria's Jubilee and there are celebration balls in her honour. While Gerald Witherspoon, of Scotland Yard, is attending one with his neighbour Lady Ruth Cannonberry, things come to an abrupt and deadly halt. A scream and a thud is heard. Seems someone has stabbed one of the guests and shoved her off the upstairs balcony, into the midst of the guests on the terrace.

The ball is being given by Lucinda Marlow, a member of the Hyde Park Literary Circle. The reason is not
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Amy Firman
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-crime
This may be my favourite so far in this series! We get more character development of the staff of Upper Edmonton Gardens especially Smythe and the plot is well paced and entertaining. This instalment sees the murder of Hannah Greenwood, a member of the Hyde Park literary circle, who was stabbed at a ball which Witherspoon was attending. The various members of the circle all try to hide information and the various motives really made this an interesting read.
Melissa
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why are these Mrs. Jeffries books so fun? I only ever give them 4 stars because I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I think they're underrated and awesome, otherwise I'd give them 5 stars. Oh what the heck.
Mili Fay
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Writing: 5 Stars;
Characters: 5 Stars;
Plot: 4 Stars;
Entertaining: 4 Stars;
Read Again? No.

Total: 4 Stars;

A pleasant, classic murder mystery. What makes this book interesting is not the plot, but the interactions between characters. I enjoyed it.
Szilvia
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Charming, little, quick read
This is the 3rd book I read from the series and yes, it’s the same formula, yes , the eagerness of the “Downstairs” is annoying , yes , you can easily find out whodunnit ... still , I need to continue to the 4th book
Terri
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books are quick-read mysteries with a good character set and relationships reminiscent of the kinder, gentler time — at least for the middle and upper classes — when Victoria rules the British Empire.
Natasha
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book but since I'm new to the series I need to try another to get a better feel for it.
JZ
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The opening chapter is a thing of beauty. I loved the whole book, but really, listen to the development of the characters and background. So well done.
Karen Broughton
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely cosy read, love this series such a fun read.
Emily
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, pleasant.
Megan
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-book
Well, I saw that one coming. But I'm still enjoying the characters so on to the next one.
Eileen Lynx
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute fun series. I’m looking forward to the next book.
Nancy Hollingsworth
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun and quick murder mysteries.
An Odd1
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
"Sometimes the best place to start an investigation isn't with the suspects, it's with the victim" p 58. Housekeeper Mrs Jeffries, widow wed decades to Yorkshire policeman, feeds Scotland Yard Inspector Gerald Witherspoon clues collected by staff and friends that increase over series. Indeed, as Hyde Park Literary Circle meeting opens, malicious Mrs Hannah Greenwood is vengeful "make her pay" p 1 toward elegant slender Rowena Stanwick, as are all conniving members, angry at each other.

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Janey
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fh, read-2017
An easy read, but hard to guess the outcome. Entertaining with likeable main characters.
Bev Taylor
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
it is jubilee year and hyde park literary club r celebrating with a competition and a ball

but the latter is cut short by a woman falling from a balcony with a knife in her back - and the inspector is a guest!

he heads the case and needless to say he is ably assisted by his staff - without his knowledge of course. he really is a bumbler, but a nice one

the victim had no friends and no enemies - so why and who?

the club unveils a few secrets and home truths as the case unfolds and the inspector
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Maria Thermann
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
So far this is my favourite in the Mrs Jeffries series - boasting an intricate plot with plenty of suspects and a good dollop of humour, Mrs Jeffries On The Ball is far more accomplished than some of the author's earlier offerings.

Set against the backdrop of the 1887 Jubilee celebrations, the novel deals with a particularly baffling case for slightly inept Inspector Witherspoon and his household.

A women is murdered at a ball, where none of the guests are entirely what they seem. Far from being
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Christy Lockstein
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Mrs. Jeffries on the Ball by Emily Brightwell is the fifth book in the Mrs. Jeffries cozy mystery series. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon, who doesn't have the best investigative skills, so she, along with the rest of the household staff, actually solve each of his cases through careful interviewing without ever letting on to the Inspector or the Yard. When a woman is murdered at a ball honoring the Queen's Jubilee, suspicion falls on her fellow members ...more
Rebecca
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, mystery, historical
Shy Inspector Witherspoon--who never wanted to be an inspector anyway and doesn't exactly know how he's become so successful at solving murders--also doesn't quite know how he comes to be escorting an attractive lady to a local ball, but he's finding it surprisingly easy to talk to her--until a body comes plummeting down from the fourth-floor balcony. And of course, he gets stuck with the investigation. His household staff, on the other hand, is delighted, because of course it's they who do all ...more
Cathy Frankland
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable book in the series. I like the way that other characters (Hatchet) are becoming more involved and that there are little extra side plots (Smythe). A quick read, but always fun.
Wina
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Audiobook-reader, Lindy Nettleton, is good but could be better.
These are enjoyable, cozy mysteries in Victorian England. The characters are entertaining, and you become attached to them. Their stories and relationships evolve over time. The mystery itself is good, too. The premise is a little silly--that the servants can solve the mystery without the inspector finding out. He is also not very smart, but smart enough to get the job done. I believe that if I read these in print, it would be easier
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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, ...more

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