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.
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I really enjoy the Mrs. Jeffries series, and I think this is book #35 or so. I did find that there was plenty of action in the book and Mrs. Jeffries and her crew were kept exceedingly busy trying to figure this one out. For one thing there were an anwful lot of suspects who had good motives for getting rid of Thomas Mundy. And Mr. Mundy was an unlikeable person, so it's difficult for them to get a handle on his comings and goings and his personal interactions. The murder occurs in a little hotel call the Wrexley Hotel, and there aren't a lot of people, suspects or otherwise that live in London. Most are tourists, transients and people who want to remain annonymous like Mr. Mundy himself. The crime itself was pretty violent and it occurred in Mundy's hotel room. But Mrs. Jeffries and her assorted partners from Upper Edmonton Gardens stick to it, follow what clues there are, and persevere until the real killer is found. Lots of fun and lots of coming and going out of the back door of this little hotel.