Emily Brightwell - Mrs Jeffries and the Best Laid Plans - Little, Brown Book Group

Mrs Jeffries and the Best Laid Plans

By Emily Brightwell

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A charming series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper.

Home and hearth is never safe when you have this many enemies.

A friendless old miser, banker Lawrence Boyd, is found dead at home. Called to the scene, Inspector Witherspoon is lucky to have Mrs. Jeffries's help - since the list of suspects includes just about everyone Boyd's ever met.

Praise for the Mrs Jeffries Mysteries:

'It's murder most English all the way!' The Literary Times

'Fascinating murder mystery . . . wit and style . . . a winning series. Mrs. Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian Mystery' The Paperback Forum

Biographical Notes

Having married an Englishman in 1976, Cheryl Arguile lived near London for a while before moving back to California, where she had been brought up. She then decided to embark on a writing career first as a romantic novelist (Sarah Temple) and later writing for young adults (Cheryl Lanham) but is best known as Emily Brightwell for the Mrs Jeffries series.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781472125767
  • Publication date: 08 Aug 2019
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Constable
Mrs Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian mystery — The Paperback Forum
Humour, suspense, adventure and touches of romance . . . delightful — Rendezvous
It's murder most English all the way! — The Literary Times
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