I’ve been prolonging review this series and since I’ve done the first part, found here, I’ve never got around to finishing the rest of the ones I’ve read. Anyways, here is part two of Mrs. Jeffries series book reviews.
Introduction to the series: The series takes place during Victorian England, a time period that I absolutely enjoy reading. We are introduced to Mrs. Hepzibah Jeffries the housekeeper of Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. So you may wonder what this woman knows about crimes, well she used to be married to a cop as well and has always helped her husband while he was still alive. Along with Mrs. Jeffries, an assortment of people in the house also help Mrs. Jeffries gather information for her to solve the case. There’s the coachman Smythe, Betsy the maid, footman Wiggins and the cook Mrs. Goodge. Along with these other characters, they are also being assisted by their friends Mrs. Luty Bell Crookshank and her valet Hatchet. All this eclectic group of individuals makes these books an amazing read. All these characters are usually present in all the books I’ve read so far, but there is one or two when someone is missing.
Book 6: Mrs. Jeffries on the Trail
This was an interesting read because it was a bit confusing. Not the writing of the author, but rather the relationships between the characters. However, at the end of it all, it was a good read. This book takes us to the foggy streets of London, where a flower seller is found dead. Of course, Mrs. Jeffries and her assortment of amateur sleuths are at it again to help the inspector with this murder.
Book 7: Mrs. Jeffries Plays the Cook
To be honest, I really found this book in the series one of the funniest. Only because Mrs. Jeffries literally had to play as the cook, since Mrs. Goodge was off helping one of her sick relatives, everyone was left fending for themselves. It’s always hilarious when Inspector Witherspoon has his moods, where he dislikes something, but is too nice to say anything. I find that such an endearing quality in him. As for the mystery itself, I quite enjoyed it. I like it when the group help solves a case of their own and it becomes tied in with the mystery of the Inspector. The group helps a woman named, Minerva Kenny, with her thieving ways, but when they got there, the group finds a body instead.
Book 8: Mrs. Jeffries and the Missing Alibi
Hmmm…I don’t want to say it, but I found the Inspector to be an idiot in this novel. I get that his intentions were good, but he could have been hanged for this one. So many eye-rolling happening while I was reading this novel. However, the mystery in this one has got to be my favorite from the whole series by far and if I have a say in it, I think the people deserved what they got.
Book 9: Mrs. Jeffries Stands Corrected
This is where Inspector Witherspoon shows us that he can solve his own crimes. He totally makes it up from the previous novel, because in this one, he is able to crack the case on his own time AND Mrs. Jeffries was at a loss here. I’m not saying that I dislike Mrs. Jeffries, far from it, but it’s also nice to know that the Inspector is not as bumbling as he is portrayed. The mystery itself wasn’t really that amazing, but then again the readers are not brought into the middle of the case since the group was unable to get information from the Inspector. Either way, it was an ok read.
Book 10: Mrs. Jeffries Takes the Stage
This was an ok read for me as well. It really wasn’t much of a mystery but it was still well written. As usual, I enjoy the different characters that the author has included and when you add in actors to boot, it’s even more dramatic. So of course it was entertaining, but I’ve read better books in the series in terms of the mystery. I would have enjoyed it more if Mrs. Jeffries wasn’t second-guessing herself the whole time.
So that’s Book 6-10 of Mrs. Jeffries series. I’m still really liking the series as a whole and the characters are even more getting developed farther into the series.