Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong by Emily Brightwell

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Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong
by Emily Brightwell

ISBN-13: 9780399584206
Trade Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: May 2, 2017

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Thomas Mundy checked into London's Wrexley Hotel but he never checked out. The maid found 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 and charming.

But Mrs. Jeffries and the household staff uncover that Mundy was less of an amiable businessman and more of a duplicitous con man with enemies on both side of the Atlantic. Now Witherspoon and his staff must determine who on their lengthy list of suspects put Mundy in the red.

My Review:
Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong is a historical mystery set in England in the late 1800's. It's the thirty-fifth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunit of previous books.

It's a clue-based puzzle mystery. There were plenty of clues, and plenty of people who hated the man and could have done it. We even see the murder happen (though no name or gender clues were dropped), so the reader knows some things that the main characters don't. I was pretty certain of whodunit by a little after halfway through.

I liked that Inspector Witherspoon collected a fair number of clues rather than getting practically nowhere on his own. After 35 cases, I'd hope he was becoming fairly competent, too! It seems like everyone except Witherspoon knows that he has help, but I guess the author is kind of stuck with that premise.

The story had enough historical detail to provide a historical feel. There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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