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Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time
By Emily Brightwell

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Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time
A Victorian Mystery
By Emily Brightwell
Wheeler Publishing, Large Print Edition (2009)
ISBN 10: 1-4104-1723-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-4104-1723-7
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - January 18, 2010

A simple tea scheduled to be held at Humphreys House goes terribly wrong when the guests hear a gunshot. Racing toward the sound of the shot, the guests find their host, Francis Humphreys, dead, a bullet hole in his forehead. As events unfold, almost every guest had a motive to have murdered Francis. It will take a keen eyed detective to unravel the mystery surrounding Francis's murder, and to discover who the killer is. Luckily for Inspector Gerald Witherspoon, he has a secret weapon, his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries!

Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time is another entertaining addition to the Mrs. Jeffries Victorian mystery series. For years, Mrs. Jeffries and her fellow servants at Upper Edmonton Gardens, have made it a habit of helping Inspector Witherspoon with his cases, evelvating him to one of the most respected detectives in London. The investigation into the murder of Francis Humphreys is to be no different, and Mrs. Jeffries and her team jump right in. So quickly in fact that they are 'onto' the case, almost before the Inspector even has a chance to get a handle on what occurred at Humphreys House.

Once again, aiding Mrs. Jeffries on this case is Smythe, a former servant who made his fortune in Australia. Upon his return to England he had found his old mistress on her death bed. She had made him promise to stay on and take care of her nephew, Inspector Witherspoon, and only Mrs. Jeffries knows his secret. To the rest, he is just another servant. However, his hidden wealth gives him an added edge when helping out on the Inspector's cases.

Emily Brightwell, the writer of the Mrs. Jeffries series, is in high form in this book. The mode of Humphreys's death is a big mystery. At the time of his murder he was in a second floor study, while the first floor was filled with the various neighbors and relatives he had invited over for tea. No one, including the servants, saw anyone go upstairs, nor down after the shot was fired. So who killed Humphreys and how did they get into the room. More important, how did the killer make his escape? Was it one of the guests, or was the murder carried out by an outsider? Mrs. Jeffries will need to bring all her skills to bare to solve this complicated case, and even more so to pass her solution on to Inspector Witherspoon so that he thinks that he solved the murder on his own. Parallel to following Mrs. Jeffries and her crew's investigation of the case, Brightwell also lets us tag along with the Inspector has he does his job, making this both a police procedural and an amateur detective novel.

Set in Victorian England, this is a charming cozy mystery that is infused with a Victorian atmosphere. As well, this case has a bit of train lore interspersed throughout, namely because the murder victim was a train enthusiast. Full of interesting characters, a few nice plot twists, and a sprinkling of humor, this is a must read for all of Mrs. Jeffries fans. It will also delight anyone looking for a diverting, cozy mystery with which to while away a few pleasant hours. For those new to this series, Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time is a perfect book to begin with. Brightwell provides enough background information for you to get a feel for the main characters' backstory and to jump right into the story without any further introduction.

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