Flu Review (You know, since we're not technically quarantined anymore): The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

The Inspector And Mrs. Jeffries, by Emily Brightwell

Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for the detective Witherspoon.  When some befuddling details come to light in a murder case the inspector is assigned to, Mrs. Jeffries and the entire household staff becomes embroiled in solving the case without raising suspicion that they are helping.

The first thing I noticed about this book was the way the author presents details in a relaxing way.  I never felt like I was obtaining details, but simply submerging myself in another atmosphere.  The entire house of staff is involved in the mystery so it takes quite a talented writer to nurture each roll without overloading the reader with too much information.  Emily Brightwell does just that.  She develops each person to a depth that is both engaging and endearing, but not overwhelming.

The banter between the servants is very inspiring in that you follow them through their daily lives and get to watch as they develop character and respect for one another.  Since the inspector used to be a common man until he inherited, the inconsistency of a master and servant having a friendship is done away with since he does not view himself as a higher class than his workers.

There is a deep humanity woven into this story, a very realistic approach to each personality and the ebb and flow of a life in motion for so many different people.  It is simply refreshing.

This is the first in a very long series that is just a delight.  Each book I have read has the same charm but does not become monotonous at all.  I would give it 5 out of 5 Stars


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Review by WCPL librarian Jenny

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