Mrs. Jeffries and the Silent Knight

Written by Emily Brightwell
Review by Dana Cohlmeyer

The latest offering in Emily Brightwell’s series of Mrs. Jeffries mysteries finds Inspector Witherspoon being summoned to Richmond to investigate the murder of a baronet found face down in a frozen fountain with his skull bashed in. Readers of this series are well aware that the Inspector’s (unbeknownst to him) secret weapon is his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, and her cadre of loyal co-workers intent on solving mysteries. As she and her staff fan out across London to follow up leads, Mrs. Jeffries finds time to surreptitiously feed their findings back to the Inspector so that he continues to amaze everyone with his crime-solving abilities.

This intriguing Victorian mystery rife with below-stairs humor is entertaining and recommended. The only complaint would be too many people to keep track of – sometimes flipping back and forth was the only way to keep certain things straight. In spite of that, the book is still charming. Rainy day? Grab a pot of tea, a plate of biscuits and Mrs. Jeffries & the Silent Knight.