Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen

Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen

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"Orlando Edison is a stockbroker using London's infatuation with foreign mining ventures to make a fortune. He has curried favor with the nation's most respected aristocrats, even inviting three of the most influential investors in England--known as the Merry Gentlemen--to be part of his latest enterprise. Despite his mysterious past, Edison is now welcomed in the highest circles and moves with ease among the rich and powerful. Yet a few days before Christmas, he is found sprawled across his doorstep, murdered. Charismatic and charming, Edison was kind to his servants and generous with his friends. Why would someone want him dead? Inspector Witherspoon and his household are all looking forward to the festive season. Witherspoon is eager to spend time with his godchild. Wiggins, the footman, is infatuated with football and would rather cheer goals than chase down clues. And Mrs. Goodge longs to bake recipes from the latest cookbooks. But they all know their duty, and led by the intrepid Mrs. Jeffries, they plan to see justice served for the holidays..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780425268087
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm.


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Oct 08, 2020

This is another mystery at Christmastime when the sleuths are interested in holiday things. A financial power broker is murdered on his front step after he had sent his staff to a play as a Christmas gift. Everyone they talk to says Orlando Edison was a good person and a good employer. And possibly a ladies man. No one seems to have much of a motive. And Wiggins and Phyllis and Mrs. Goodge too are not bringing their A game. But Mrs. Jeffries with the help of Mrs. Goodge get everyone back on track. Inspector Witherspoon seems more befuddled than ever, and there is a young women who could be in danger, but the kitchen sleuths persevere.

There is one statement by a vicar to Constable Barnes which is never followed up on, but that is the only hole in the story. I would have enjoyed a little Christmas spirit in the last chapter after the murderer gets caught.


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