Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead - 28th in the Mrs. Jeffries Mystery series
Author: Emily Brightwell
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: England, Victorian Era
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Emily's Website/Blog: www.emilybrightwell.com
A wonderful Mrs. Jeffries tale full of humorous details and much suspense. Mrs. Jeffries makes one think of Christie's Miss Marple in Victorian times. Except that Mrs. Jeffries enlists the help of all the servants in the house along with some of the neighbors and their servants.
Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Inspector Witherspoon and keeps him up on all the gossip. The Inspector is very successful at Scotland Yard and is asked for especially when a difficult case comes up. But, most people, including his superiors do not know of his secret weapon (Mrs. Jeffries) who is one of many that help (unbeknownst to the Inspector) him get the right man or woman who is the perpetrator of the crimes. No matter the type of crime Mrs. Jeffries and her co-horts are the people behind the man that solves these cases.
It seems that hearts all over England broke when the rich and handsome Lewis Banfield married out of his class, so to speak, and married an artist's model instead of one of the marriageable daughters of the upper crust. Arlette Banfield is not an idiot but, a very independent woman with modern ideas and much intelligence. At the Banfield Ball, an annual occurrence, someone poisons Arlette's champagne. Her husband is destroyed, as were her family. Inspector Witherspoon is called in but, this case is a difficult one. Mrs. Jeffries and her household are on the job and don't mind sticking their various noses into the business of the upper class to help uncover the greed, hatred and envy of the murder of Mrs. Banfield.
I so enjoyed this book. I have read some of the others but, this one really took my fancy. I would highly recommend this book to any mystery readers, cozy or not. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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