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Emily Brightwell is the author of Mrs. Jeffries Aims to Win (2023), Mrs. Jeffries and the Midwinter Murders (2021), Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice (2021), Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel (2019) and other 75 books.

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Mrs. Jeffries Aims to Win

release date: Aug 01, 2023
Mrs. Jeffries Aims to Win
Mrs. Jeffries must help Inspector Witherspoon crack a new case and catch a killer in this next installment of the beloved Victorian Mystery series. Successful businessman Jeremy Marks wasn’t highly regarded by any of the members of the West London Archery Club. Most of them considered him a buffoon and a bore. But everyone was stunned when the fellow was murdered during a lull in the club’s annual archery competition. He’d been shot with arrows from a longbow during a raging thunderstorm. But those who knew Marks well understood that the unkempt "court jester" persona adopted by the late, unlamented man was as fake as the smile he wore. As Inspector Witherspoon investigates the murder, he discovers the victim had real enemies amongst the assembled archery contestants. Marks was notorious for not paying his bills, cheating vendors, bad-mouthing business rivals, and worst of all, betraying his business partners. The dead man had built a whole career and amassed quite a substantial fortune by harming those who trusted him. It will take Mrs. Jeffries and the inspector’s household as well as their friends to sort out fact from fiction and target a killer.

Mrs. Jeffries and the Midwinter Murders

release date: Nov 16, 2021
Mrs. Jeffries and the Midwinter Murders
Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon should be checking off their Christmas present list but instead they're listing murder suspects in this latest entry of the beloved Victorian Mystery series. Harriet Andover had no intention of dying young like her silly siblings had. She intended to outlive them and outdo them as she always had. But Harriet discovers that the best intentions can lead to murder when she is strangled inside her mansion with a house full of holiday guests. As much as Inspector Witherspoon enjoys his job delivering justice, the last thing he wanted was a complicated murder case just a week before Christmas. He soon discovers that Harriet's own husband and grown stepchildren are not overcome with grief and neither are most of her friends. And to put the icing on the Christmas cookies, the room where Harriet's body was found was locked from the inside and she had the only key in her pocket. Mrs. Jeffries and the household have no intention of letting their inspector down and learn that Harriet's sister may have died from foul play as well. As the clues mount, this dedicated band of merry sleuths will not rest until they've delivered a stocking full of coal to a crafty killer.

Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice

release date: Jan 26, 2021
Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice
Mrs. Jeffries always keeps her friends close and now must keep an enemy even closer if she is going to catch a killer. . . . Inspector Nigel Nivens is not a nice man or a good investigator. In fact, he’s terrible at his job and has always done everything he can to make life difficult for Inspector Witherspoon. But even his powerful family can’t help him after he maliciously tried to hobble Witherspoon’s last homicide investigation. He’s been sent to a particularly difficult precinct in the East End of London as penance. When a paid informant is found shot in an alley, Nivens thinks that if he can crack the case, he’ll redeem himself and have a much-needed chance at impressing his superiors. But there’s one big problem with his plan—Niven’s distinct antique pistol is found at the scene of the crime and even more evidence is uncovered that links the Inspector to the murder. Despite their mutual dislike for Nivens, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon know the man isn’t a cold-blooded killer. Now they’ll just have to prove it. . . .

Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel

release date: Sep 24, 2019
Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel
When a wealthy widow is murdered, Mrs. Jeffries investigates what happens when money can't buy your life in this all-new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series. Margaret Starling wasn’t the sort of woman anyone expected to be murdered. She was on the advisory board of the London Angel Alms Society, she was an active member of St. Peter’s Church, and, best of all, she was always willing to lend a hand to a friend or a neighbor in need of advice. She was also a wealthy upper-class widow. But money alone won’t protect you when someone decides it’s high time you met your maker. Margaret’s next-door neighbor considered her an odious busybody, the Reverend Reginald Pontefract wished she’d never set foot in St. Andrew’s, and half the advisory board of the London Angel Alms Society heartily hoped she’d come down with a case of the gout before the next quarterly meeting. All in all, Margaret wasn’t as well regarded as she’d always thought she was. But Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon know that justice isn’t a popularity contest, and they won’t rest until they sift through the suspects to catch a sinister scrooge.

Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods

release date: Mar 12, 2019
Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods
When poison fells an arrogant and rude businessman in public, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon both realize they are looking for a deranged maniac in this all new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman’s ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder. The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes – his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer. The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don’t welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon but he has his job to do, and Mrs. Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down…

Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women

release date: Oct 17, 2017
Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women
Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon solve a holiday homicide in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series. Christopher Gilhaney isn't a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase's Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night's fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn't been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer—and quickly! With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans—all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbor, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn't take time off for Christmas.

Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong

release date: May 02, 2017
Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong
Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian Mytery series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. Thomas Mundy checks in to London’s Wrexley Hotel, but he never checks out. The maid finds him on the floor of his room, bludgeoned to death by his own walking stick. Inspector Witherspoon is soon on the case and learns Mundy had a reputation for being polite, charming, and diligent—an unlikely victim for such a violent crime. But Mrs. Jeffries and the household staff uncover that Mundy was less an amiable businessman and more a duplicitous con man with enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Now Witherspoon and his staff must determine who on their lengthy list of suspects had the motive to put Mundy in the red. 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.

Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize

release date: Mar 01, 2016
Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize
Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. NIPPED IN THE BUD The ladies of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are known for a bit of friendly rivalry, but the backstabbing has never been literal—until now. When Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier, is found dead in Mrs. Helena Rayburn’s conservatory, Inspector Witherspoon is called in to weed out a murderer. When it comes out that Mrs. Rayburn and her flowery friends knew each other from long ago, Mrs. Jeffries begins to suspect that there’s more to unearth about this case than meets the eye. Now she, along with the rest of Inspector Witherspoon’s household and friends, will have to dig up the past to figure out which gardening gentlewoman had a grudge worth killing for... 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. NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED!

Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away

release date: Feb 03, 2015
Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away
OLD SINS CAST LONG SHADOWS Normally dead bodies in a graveyard are buried—but not this one. When a woman is found strangled in a North London cemetery with an old newspaper clipping clutched in her hand, Inspector Witherspoon is surprised to find that he and the victim have crossed paths before. Alice Robinson was a respectable widow who ran a quiet Islington lodging house. None of her lodgers have any apparent motive to murder their landlady. But nagging suspicions are lodging in the Inspector’s mind—only he knows that “Alice Robinson” is not her real name. Now he’ll need the help of Mrs. Jeffries to revisit an old case that has haunted him for years and to get the real story.

Mrs. Jeffries Serves at Six

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Mrs. Jeffries Serves at Six
If you like Downton Abbey, you'll love Mrs. Jeffries! NOW IN ONE VOLUME--THREE VICTORIAN MYSTERIES FEATURING MRS. JEFFRIES A DETECTIVE IN THE HOUSE Everyone's awed by Inspector Witherspoon's Scotland Yard successes, but they don't know about his secret weapon. Her name is Mrs. Jeffries, and she keeps house for the Inspector--and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task. Because as she knows all too well, a crimesolver's work is never done... Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post The dubious dealings of ruthless businessman Harrison Nye have finally done him in. But with his associate keeping secrets and his maid missing, Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries have their work cut out for them as they make it their business to find the culprit ... Mrs. Jeffries Pleads Her Case When the death of Harlan Westover is ruled a suicide after a slipshod investigation, it's up to Mrs. Jeffries and her staff to gently nudge the Inspector in the right direction before a killer gets away with another murder... Mrs. Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney A dead man dressed like a vicar is discovered outside a church. An address found on the man leads Witherspoon to a dilapidated house where a skeleton is stuffed in the chimney. Luckily he has Mrs. Jeffries to help him sweep up this mess of a case...

Mrs Jeffries Pinches the Post

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Mrs Jeffries Pinches the Post
Mrs Jeffries keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon - and keeps him on his toes. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, her polished detection skills are up to the task, proving that behind every great man there's a woman -? and that a crime solver's work is never done... Harrison Nye may have been involved in some dubious business dealings, but no one ever expected him to be murdered. Now Inspector Witherspoon must root out the perpetrator of the underhanded deed. Nye's business associate visited him just hours before the murder and seems to know more than he's letting on. And when his maid disappears, the business gets even deadlier. Now, Mrs. Jeffries and her staff must dig through the sins of Nye's past to discover which one caught up with him...

Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen

release date: Nov 04, 2014
Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen
Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon investigate the murder of influential London stockbroker Orlando Edison as Christmas approaches.

Mrs Jeffries Appeals the Verdict

release date: Jun 07, 2018
Mrs Jeffries Appeals the Verdict
After a perfectly decent local woman is killed during a robbery, the Witherspoon household receives a surprising visit from a stranger named Blimpey Groggins. He claims his best buddy was convicted of the crime. He also claims the peaceable chap didn't even know how to fire a gun. And considering he's to be hanged in three weeks, Blimpey's desperate to find the real killer. With the trail cold, the crime allegedly solved, and the evidence mucked up, Mrs. Jeffries and her belowstairs cohorts have their work cut out for them if they want to save an innocent man from the gallows. 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

Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide

release date: May 07, 2013
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide
If you like Downton Abbey, you'll love Mrs. Jeffries! IN THE WEEDS 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.

Mrs Jeffries Stalks the Hunter

release date: Jun 07, 2018
Mrs Jeffries Stalks the Hunter
Sir Edmund Leggett is flattered to be stalked by a young lady. But she soon makes herself scarce after he's murdered in cold blood. The police hold the young woman to blame. But Inspector Witherspoon has other ideas and consults his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries - who always gets to the heart of the matter. 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

Mrs. Jeffries Sallies Forth

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Mrs. Jeffries Sallies Forth
Mrs. Jeffries, housekeeper to Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon, helps solve three murder cases, including one in which a theater critic known for his harsh reviews turns up dead in a canal.

Mrs. Jeffries Takes Tea at Three

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Mrs. Jeffries Takes Tea at Three
Mrs. Jeffries, housekeeper to Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon, helps solve three murder cases, including one in which Inspector Witherspoon is the main suspect.

Mrs Jeffries and the Silent Knight

release date: Jun 07, 2018
Mrs Jeffries and the Silent Knight
Sir George Braxton was found lying face down in a frozen fountain with the back of his skull bashed to bits. The case is complicated by a distinct lack of holiday cheer in the victim's three argumentative middle-aged daughters and their sullen houseguests. Even the cranky cat hates everyone. To top it all off, the Home Secretary has called in Inspector Witherspoon over the heads of some touchy local lads, making matters stickier than a plum pudding. Only the help of his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, and her crime-solving staff will give the poor Inspector any chance of sleeping in heavenly peace on Christmas Eve . . . 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

Mrs. Jeffries Defends Her Own

release date: May 01, 2012
Mrs. Jeffries Defends Her Own
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. When the general office manager of Sutcliffe Manufacturing is murdered, no one is really surprised. Ronald Dearman was anything but a dear man. The tyrannical bully had more than enough enemies to go around. But who hated him enough to walk into his office and put a bullet between his eyes? For once, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon doesn't get the case; it's given to another inspector. Then someone from Mrs. Jeffries' past—someone she'd hoped to never see again—shows up and begs for her help. Now Mrs. Jeffries must step into the fray and stop a terrible miscarriage of justice…

Mrs Jeffries Rocks The Boat

release date: Jun 07, 2018
Mrs Jeffries Rocks The Boat
Mirabelle Daws travelled all the way from Australia to Sheridan Square to visit her sister - only to die in the middle of a locked garden. All the residents of Sheridan Square have a key to the garden - but no-one seemed to know that Mirabelle was planning to arrive. So the question facing Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon is: who wanted to make sure that Mirabelle's visit was very, very short-lived? 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

Mrs. Jeffries Takes a Second Look

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Mrs. Jeffries Takes a Second Look
Inspector Witherspoon's housekeeper Mrs. Jeffries is the secret to his success as she helps him solve a businessman's murder, a murder at a Jubilee celebration, and the murder of a woman selling flowers on a foggy night.

Mrs Jeffries and the Feast of St Stephen

release date: Jun 07, 2018
Mrs Jeffries and the Feast of St Stephen
The case is an unexpected bother for Inspector Witherspoon's household, already abuzz with plans for the holidays, but Scotland Yard wants this crime solved before Christmas. Now the busy sleuths must rally in support of their Inspector - especially since the clues are harder to find than a silver sixpence in a plum pudding . . . 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

Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up

release date: Nov 01, 2011
Mrs. Jeffries & the Mistletoe Mix-Up
Ring in the season with another Mrs. Jeffries tale of holiday homicide. Moments after a high tea is interrupted by a fire in the servants’ hall, art collector Daniel McCourt is found sprawled on the floor of his study under a bundle of mistletoe, his throat slit by the bloody sword lying next to his body. Could the killer be a disgruntled lover, sending a message by murdering McCourt under the mistletoe? Could it be one of his fellow collectors, pointedly using one of McCourt’s own acquisitions to kill him? Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case—preferably before Christmas Eve—but of course he will need some assistance from the always sharp-witted Mrs. Jeffries, who has her own theories on why McCourt had to die by the sword...

Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead

release date: May 03, 2011
Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead
Arlette Montrose Banfield angered many marriageable women when she snagged the handsome Lewis Banfield-but were they angry enough to poison her? Mrs. Jeffries doesn't mind getting her hands dirty to uncover the greed behind her murder.

Prime Crime Holiday Bundle

release date: Dec 01, 2010
Prime Crime Holiday Bundle
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up with this collection of six holiday themed mysteries! HOLIDAY GRIND: A Coffeehouse Mystery by Cleo Coyle When Village Blend manager and head barista Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa’s slaying to her coffeehouse menu. MRS. JEFFRIES & THE YULETIDE WEDDINGS: A Victorian Mystery by Emily Brightwell The week before Christmas, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon’s staff prepares for the long-awaited wedding of Betsy and Smythe. But an unwelcome surprise falls in his lap: a Yuletide murder. MRS. JEFFRIES & THE FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN: A Victorian Mystery by Emily Brightwell When the host of a Yuletide dinner drops dead before the second course, Mrs. Jeffries and the busy sleuths must rally in support of their overworked Inspector. A CAROL FOR A CORPSE: A Hemlock Falls Mystery by Claudia Bishop To save their inn from a lawsuit, the Quilliam sisters need to prove a skier's death was no accident. But the slope-side slayer has a message for Meg and Quill: You better watch out... YOU BETTER KNOT DIE: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman When the husband of Molly Pink’s neighbor has gone missing, the crochet fiend gets hooked on unraveling another mystery. FLEECE NAVIDAD: A Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton When a librarian is murdered, Kelly Flynn and her knitting crew try to separate the lion from the lambs—before someone else gets fleeced.

Mrs. Jeffries Speaks Her Mind

release date: Jun 01, 2010
Mrs. Jeffries Speaks Her Mind
The eccentric Olive Kettering swore someone was trying to harm her. Too bad no one listened, though plenty wanted her dead. When Olive is shot and killed, Mrs. Jeffries has no problem speaking her mind to see justice served.

Mrs Jeffries Takes The Cake

release date: Apr 23, 2015
Mrs Jeffries Takes The Cake
The evidence was all there: a dead body, two dessert plates, and a gun. Could it be that Mr. Ashbury was sharing his cake with his killer? The old bloke had enemies galore - even his oown daughter disliked him. Mr. Ashbury's son-in-law doesn't want Inspector Witherspoon asking questions. Of course this doesn't stop Mrs. Jeffries and her staff snooping around.

Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings

release date: Nov 03, 2009
Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings
“A charming story with just the right dash of holiday spirit to make it a great seasonal offering.” –Fresh Fiction The week before Christmas, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon's staff prepares for the long-awaited wedding of Betsy and Smythe. But when a middle-aged spinster is killed in what looks like a random crime, the Inspector suspects otherwise. With uncooperative witnesses, sulking relatives, and a second Christmas wedding, a simple investigation seems as unlikely as catching St. Nick at work.

Mrs Jeffries Reveals Her Art

release date: Apr 23, 2015
Mrs Jeffries Reveals Her Art
Behind every great detective there's a woman who's an even greater crime solver! The artist's model never even showed up to Neville Grant's house - nor was expected, according to the cranky Mr Grant. But with all of his ranting and raving, it was hard getting a straight answer. Then, one of Grant's houseguests suddenly dies right before their eyes - and it was no accident! Now, Mrs Jeffries has to work double-time to find the missing model and the killer. And she'll have to get her whole staff involved - before someone else becomes the next still life...

Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time

release date: Mar 03, 2009
Mrs. Jeffries in the Nick of Time
A two-story killer. Train enthusiast Francis Humphreys took his last breath while relatives and neighbors visited downstairs. But if everyone was downstairs, who could have stolen into Uncle Francis?s study, killed him, and escaped? Mrs. Jeffries will have to lend her downstairs common sense to this upstairs murder mystery.
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