This is a wonderful little Christmas mystery with Mrs. Jeffries and her crew in full force solving another of their beloved Inspector Witherspoon's murder cases. I read this series for the characters and after 29 odd books, I've come to feel that I know these characters that live in Upper Edmonton Gardens. The setting is London just before Christmas. Betsy has just had a baby girl and she and the baby's father Smythe are living their own lives in a flat closeby to the Inspector's house. One of London society's movers and shakers has been murdered with an antique sword in his own home. The pressure is on Inspector Witherspoon to pull some of his many rabbits out of the hat, and solve this case quickly. There is lots of fun and warm heartedness between the covers of an Emily Brightwell book. I look forward to the new books in this series each time, and Ms. Brightwell does not disappoint.
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