The Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries


"The Mrs. Jeffries stories are written in the style and spirit of the Victorian cozy mysteries, and Agatha Christie would be proud. Author Emily Brightwell provides the reader with a perfect balance of old-time gentility and ruthless, cold-blooded murder, not to mention ample mystery and intrigue in the tradition of the best whodunits. Brightwell’s writing style is fluid and fun to read. Her descriptions of the Victorian London locations carry the ring of truth, and add greatly to the allure of the story."

- Don Metzler -  Gumshoe Review - March 2009 issue


Emily writes:

I am very fond of Inspector Witherspoon, a kind and very decent person, but he lacks the detecting skills of Mrs. Jeffries. (She is the widow of a Yorkshire policeman.) However, I didn't want the Inspector to appear "bumbling" and "inept" so he does do his own investigation, assisted by the reliable Constable Barnes, and gets some clues himself by his hard work, but it is the domestic staff led by Mrs. Jeffries that uncover the secrets that the "well-to-do" Londoners didn't think their own servants would notice! These servants were invisible, not worthy of much consideration, which makes them the real stars of this series.   


Rights A Wrong

Latest Mystery - #35

Mrs Jeffries Rights A Wrong"

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.

May 2017 


 Endorsement From England: 

From Daily Mail March 3, 2017:

Nowadays Dame Vera lives quietly here with Virginia and son-in-law Tom, and a full-time carer. Among her favourite TV programmes are Antiques Roadshow and Agatha Christie dramas like Poirot and Miss Marple.

‘I love a good murder mystery,’ she laughs.

Unlike many people half her age she’s also a great reader, lapping up Victorian murder mysteries by her favourite author Emily Brightwell.

Click Here: Entire List of Published Mrs.Jeffries Mysteries 


Click Here: Emily Brightwell Interview : Destination Mystery Podcast by Laura Brennan August 20 2016 



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