Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cozy Up!: Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up

Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up
by Emily Brightwell
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The book begins with Inspector Witherspoon's household preparing for Christmas and the McCourt family holding an afternoon gathering. Daniel McCourt has gathered a group of acquaintances to brag about his acquisition of an ancient artifact, although no one, including his wife, knows what it is. Before he has a chance to reveal his acquisition, he is brutally murdered with his own sword. Inspector Witherspoon is called in to investigate the case. As in other "Mrs. Jeffries" books his household assists, without his knowledge, in solving the case by subtly interviewing people of society and members of domestic staffs to find out if they can contribute any information about the crime. Mrs. Jeffries cleverly pieces together information she and her colleagues (Mrs. Goodge, Smythe, Wiggins, Luty, Ruth Cannonbury, Hatchett and a few others) learn and information she learns from the Inspector and figures out who killed McCourt then relays the information to Witherspoon's fellow police officer Constable Barnes, who then helps initiate an arrest. This is a fun book to read and includes believable three-dimensional characters with everyday worries and lives.

Review written by Phyllis

1 comment:

  1. Nice review, Phyllis! I'm inspired to read a cozy mystery now.

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