4 star rating
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide
Mrs. Jeffries, Book #31
By Emily Brightwell
ISBN #: 9780425252123
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Valerie


If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love Mrs. Jeffries!


Beautiful and new in town, Ellen Langston-Jones doesn’t have any enemies. So, when she’s found dead in the communal gardens, Inspector Witherspoon quickly narrows the field of suspects down to one: Lucius Montague, who was seen threatening Mrs. Langston-Jones shortly before her death.

The Inspector and all of London are positive that he’s the killer, but Mrs. Jeffries has doubts. Her biggest problem is that Lucius Montague is a very disagreeable character and no one—including Inspector Witherspoon’s staff—is inclined to save his skin. Now, she must turn the tide of the investigation…or watch an innocent man take the fall for the real killer.

A Mrs. Jeffries Mystery She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon…and keeps him on his toes. Everyone’s awed by his Scotland Yard successes—but they don’t know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries’ polished detection skills are up to the task…proving that behind every great man there’s a woman—and that a crimesolver’s work is never done. (Goodreads)


I don’t know why, but I’ve been in such a reading slump lately. It’s ridiculous, especially since last year I would honestly carry books anywhere. Nowadays, I still read like crazy, but it’s hard to find a book to take me out of the slump and into the reading world.

Enter Mrs. Jeffries. This book reignited my LOVE for books. I’m so not kidding. In this huge sea of authors and publishers and books, sometimes a girl just needs something familiar and charming to convince her that books really do cure all.

This is one of those charming mysteries, death being handled in such a delicate way. (Yes, that does sound really morbid. I am aware!) I like how it’s so Victorian and not drab but refreshing. It actually would be quite cute if it weren’t a murder mystery.

What I love about Mrs. Jeffries is that these mysteries truly are mysteries. There’s no guessing beforehand about who the guilty is. There’s no question, however, that once the answer is revealed, that it makes complete sense. Everything about this book is well thought out and perfectly planned. This isn’t one of those books where the author randomly throws in a plot twist that confuses the reader. This is a book for readers who enjoy thinking while they read.

(Nope, I’m not going to spoil the book for you!)

That being said, I’m so glad I picked up such a good book. It’s perfect for reading while sipping on some tea when you’re sick. Or really, any other occasion too!