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Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. NIPPED IN THE BUD The ladies of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are known for a bit of friendly rivalry, but the backstabbing has never been literal—until now. When Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier, is found dead in Mrs. Helena Rayburn’s cons Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. NIPPED IN THE BUD The ladies of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are known for a bit of friendly rivalry, but the backstabbing has never been literal—until now. When Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier, is found dead in Mrs. Helena Rayburn’s conservatory, Inspector Witherspoon is called in to weed out a murderer. When it comes out that Mrs. Rayburn and her flowery friends knew each other from long ago, Mrs. Jeffries begins to suspect that there’s more to unearth about this case than meets the eye. Now she, along with the rest of Inspector Witherspoon’s household and friends, will have to dig up the past to figure out which gardening gentlewoman had a grudge worth killing for... 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. NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED!


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Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. NIPPED IN THE BUD The ladies of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are known for a bit of friendly rivalry, but the backstabbing has never been literal—until now. When Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier, is found dead in Mrs. Helena Rayburn’s cons Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey. NIPPED IN THE BUD The ladies of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are known for a bit of friendly rivalry, but the backstabbing has never been literal—until now. When Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier, is found dead in Mrs. Helena Rayburn’s conservatory, Inspector Witherspoon is called in to weed out a murderer. When it comes out that Mrs. Rayburn and her flowery friends knew each other from long ago, Mrs. Jeffries begins to suspect that there’s more to unearth about this case than meets the eye. Now she, along with the rest of Inspector Witherspoon’s household and friends, will have to dig up the past to figure out which gardening gentlewoman had a grudge worth killing for... 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. NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED!

30 review for Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    Murky goings on in the closed, snobbish world of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society. A lady who keeps a conservatory and gardeners to win prizes, and wants to get on committees, and pays exotic plant hunters for specimens, is told of a catastrophe. A man lies dead in the conservatory, a pair of gardening shears the weapon that killed him. Oh, the social embarrassment. I liked the plants, the constant allusions to India (also class-ridden) and the governess and ayahs for children, which Murky goings on in the closed, snobbish world of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society. A lady who keeps a conservatory and gardeners to win prizes, and wants to get on committees, and pays exotic plant hunters for specimens, is told of a catastrophe. A man lies dead in the conservatory, a pair of gardening shears the weapon that killed him. Oh, the social embarrassment. I liked the plants, the constant allusions to India (also class-ridden) and the governess and ayahs for children, which make the book different to many Victorian crime tales. I found however that the difficulties of constructing a mystery at this point in time, mean the author gives us many conversations in place of action. Too many for me. Good mark for having some conversations with servants and shopkeepers. Mrs Jeffries is a lady who enjoys meddling and detecting, like a Miss Marple of her day, and she and a Scotland Yard detective Witherspoon work on the murder case. I have not read any earlier books about these crime solvers, which may be to my disadvantage as they are well set in their ways, and a fan might get more out of the book than I did. I read an e-ARC through Fresh Fiction. This is an unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Inspector Witherspoon, Mrs Jefferies and his house are back solving mysteries. This one is a diff one to solve as the motive dates back to India. Three ladies went out to India to find husbands are back in England as widows. They are friendly rivals in an Orchid And Exotic Plant Society. They all want to win the BIS at the flower exhibit. The murder occurs behind a Conservatory of one of the ladies. The murder victim supped rare orchids to the women. Tension is supplied by an another lady who wa Inspector Witherspoon, Mrs Jefferies and his house are back solving mysteries. This one is a diff one to solve as the motive dates back to India. Three ladies went out to India to find husbands are back in England as widows. They are friendly rivals in an Orchid And Exotic Plant Society. They all want to win the BIS at the flower exhibit. The murder occurs behind a Conservatory of one of the ladies. The murder victim supped rare orchids to the women. Tension is supplied by an another lady who was in India at the same time but not really accepted as a member of the group. Mrs Jefferies must find an answer before the Inspector arrests the wrong person. I was dismayed to find all the editing errors and trusted they will be corrected. I am pleased to see a new book in the series Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkeley Publishing Group through NetGalley for an honest review of the book. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Schwartz

    I found this book a bit confusing. There were far too many suspects for the murder of a local rare plant seller. The book seemed to descend into all-out cat fights among four very unlikeable women many times during the course of the story. Mrs. Jeffries and her crew manage to uncover all the old secrets and dirty dealings, but I have to admit that all the women involved were so unlikeable that I didn't care in the end who actually did the deed. I usually love these cozy Victorian mysteries and I I found this book a bit confusing. There were far too many suspects for the murder of a local rare plant seller. The book seemed to descend into all-out cat fights among four very unlikeable women many times during the course of the story. Mrs. Jeffries and her crew manage to uncover all the old secrets and dirty dealings, but I have to admit that all the women involved were so unlikeable that I didn't care in the end who actually did the deed. I usually love these cozy Victorian mysteries and I like the returning characters. I still like the characters, but this stories certainly not my favourite from this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Number 34 is here and it is another gem in the series! Mrs. Jeffries and the gang return in another adventure to help the Inspector solve a murder. Hiriam Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier is found dead in Helena Rayburn's conservatory. Did she kill him? Who would want him dead? Is it one of the other ladies that have a shared past in India? As always the characters are well written and vividly described. All the favourites are back. With the staff helping the Inspector (without his knowldge o Number 34 is here and it is another gem in the series! Mrs. Jeffries and the gang return in another adventure to help the Inspector solve a murder. Hiriam Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier is found dead in Helena Rayburn's conservatory. Did she kill him? Who would want him dead? Is it one of the other ladies that have a shared past in India? As always the characters are well written and vividly described. All the favourites are back. With the staff helping the Inspector (without his knowldge ofcourse) sift through the clues, and sometimes, point him in the right direction, the crime is solved. This mystery keeps you guessing until all is revealed. Many viable suspects and an intriguing plot will keep you entertained. I cannot wait for the next in the series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Sullivan

    I love, love, love these books. I look forward to the next one from the moment I finish the last and this one, as always, did not disappoint. Don't know what else to say. I love the way the period is depicted. I love the development of all the characters and how they interact with each other. This series is a gem from first book to last. I love, love, love these books. I look forward to the next one from the moment I finish the last and this one, as always, did not disappoint. Don't know what else to say. I love the way the period is depicted. I love the development of all the characters and how they interact with each other. This series is a gem from first book to last.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This is the 34th book in the Mrs Jeffries series and I still can't get enough of this little old lady solving murders. One thing I appreciate about these books is that every book hits the ground running. No waiting around and getting stiff joints here! The characters are wonderful and I have loved growing with them. I can't wait for #35! This is the 34th book in the Mrs Jeffries series and I still can't get enough of this little old lady solving murders. One thing I appreciate about these books is that every book hits the ground running. No waiting around and getting stiff joints here! The characters are wonderful and I have loved growing with them. I can't wait for #35!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    An excellent mystery. It kept me guessing until very near the end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Enjoyable - leaves me wanting to read another title by her!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    Apparently there are around 30 of these “Mrs. Jeffries” mysteries. Set in England around the turn of the 20th century, the stories revolve around a manor house in London. It is not a typical household because the servants have much more free time and basic freedoms than would normally be in such a household. Mrs. Jeffries, the housekeeper to Inspector Witherspoon of the police department, often has a sherry with the Inspector and listens while he tells her of the case he is working on. She and t Apparently there are around 30 of these “Mrs. Jeffries” mysteries. Set in England around the turn of the 20th century, the stories revolve around a manor house in London. It is not a typical household because the servants have much more free time and basic freedoms than would normally be in such a household. Mrs. Jeffries, the housekeeper to Inspector Witherspoon of the police department, often has a sherry with the Inspector and listens while he tells her of the case he is working on. She and the rest of the staff then, unbeknown to the inspector, get involved if it is an interesting case. Mrs. Jeffries is able to feed information to the unsuspecting Inspector to help him solve the cases. In this case, the story opens in the house of Helena Rayburn, an upper class widow who is very involved with exotic plants especially orchids. She is hosting a luncheon of several friends, all of whom had been in India years ago to seek husbands among the British officers stationed there. All 4 of the ladies had married and now, years later, were widows. They had started their own small exclusive orchid society as well as belonging to the Royal Horticultural Society. They were getting ready for the yearly HRS competition for honor of having the most perfect plant specimen. Towards the end of the luncheon a maid came in and told Mrs. Rayburn that she must come immediately into the conservatory. When she entered the conservatory she found the body of the gentleman who supplied the ladies with their plants … but he had been stabbed to death with gardening shears. Could Mrs. Jefferies and her staff find out what who killed him --- and why??? ---- It was an involved story with many characters the reader had to keep up with. ….. I’m not sure I’d like to read another of this series

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This is the first book I've read in this series. Set during Victorian times in England, Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon. The inspector has an amazing record of solving crimes, but doesn't realize that his household staff, led by Mrs. Jeffries, work behind the scenes on his cases. Mrs. Jeffries, along with the cook, maid, footmen and several others, including the inspector's lady friend, all meet secretly twice a day to discuss progress on each case. In th This is the first book I've read in this series. Set during Victorian times in England, Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon. The inspector has an amazing record of solving crimes, but doesn't realize that his household staff, led by Mrs. Jeffries, work behind the scenes on his cases. Mrs. Jeffries, along with the cook, maid, footmen and several others, including the inspector's lady friend, all meet secretly twice a day to discuss progress on each case. In this book, a purveyor of exotic plants is found dead in the conservatory of a society matron who very much wants to win the local orchid competition. Several of her friends, who were enjoying luncheon at the house on the day of the murder, are also suspects, and the case seems to relate to events that occurred many years ago in India. The household staff members interview servants, shopkeepers, neighbors, people at pubs and others to crack the case. Mrs. Jeffries discusses the case at the end of each day with the inspector over a glass of sherry, and gently gathers information and makes subtle suggestions for avenues of inquiry to him. This was an enjoyable mystery and I liked the upstairs/downstairs angle and how seriously the servants and others took their work of helping Mrs. Jeffries and the inspector.

  11. 4 out of 5

    George

    #34 in the end of the 19th century London based mystery series in which Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon's domestic staff headed by Mrs. Jefferies, without his knowledge, work to help him solve his murder cases. The recurring and well developed helpers” are Barnes (Witherspoon’s detective sergeant), Mrs. Goodge (cook), Smythe (coachman), Betsy (maid and later Smythe’s wife), Wiggins (servant), Phyllis (maid and newest addition), Luty (wealthy American widow), Hatchet (Luty’s butler), and Ruth #34 in the end of the 19th century London based mystery series in which Scotland Yard Inspector Witherspoon's domestic staff headed by Mrs. Jefferies, without his knowledge, work to help him solve his murder cases. The recurring and well developed helpers” are Barnes (Witherspoon’s detective sergeant), Mrs. Goodge (cook), Smythe (coachman), Betsy (maid and later Smythe’s wife), Wiggins (servant), Phyllis (maid and newest addition), Luty (wealthy American widow), Hatchet (Luty’s butler), and Ruth (next door neighbor and romantic interest for Witherspoon). When Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier, is murdered in Mrs. Helena Rayburn’s conservatory, Inspector Witherspoon is called in to solve the case. This brings him into contact with the ladies of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society. It comes out that Mrs. Rayburn and fellow members have known each other from long ago, Mrs. Jeffries begins to suspect that there’s more to unearth about this case than meets the eye and the solutiont may be tied to events that happened years earlier in India. There are many cross currents going on making it difficult for both Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries to solve the case.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mariah (Mariah's Nerdy Notes)

    Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize is number 34 in the Mrs. Jeffries series, but is the first one I have read. A dear friend of mine lent this and another book in the series to me over a year ago and I pushed them off expecting a cozy mystery that I was just not in the mood for. I was pleasantly surprised by this book for a number of reasons. What I expected was a dolt of an inspector who relied on his house keeper, who was vastly superior in intelligence, to solve his cases. I was entirely wrong. Eac Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize is number 34 in the Mrs. Jeffries series, but is the first one I have read. A dear friend of mine lent this and another book in the series to me over a year ago and I pushed them off expecting a cozy mystery that I was just not in the mood for. I was pleasantly surprised by this book for a number of reasons. What I expected was a dolt of an inspector who relied on his house keeper, who was vastly superior in intelligence, to solve his cases. I was entirely wrong. Each of these characters was unique. Inspector Witherspoon was a competent police investigator who doesn't realize his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries is helping him. Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of the household provide unique insights. Their daily meetings along with several other unique characters use their talents and their various roles to bring information to the table, quite literally. Was this high literature? No. Was this the best mystery I have ever read? No. If you go into this expecting a cozy mystery, you will not be disappointed and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will recommend it to others as a quick, but satisfying read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    JayeL

    An orchid hunter is killed in the conservatory of a window trying to become chair of an important committee in the Royal Horticultural Society. All the evidence points to her as the killer. Mrs. Jeffries is a housekeeper for a police inspector in 1896. She helps solve his cases by gathering behind the scenes information. He doesn't know she is helping along with his entire staff, neighbor and a few other people whose connection was a little unclear to me. This was number 34 in the series, which I An orchid hunter is killed in the conservatory of a window trying to become chair of an important committee in the Royal Horticultural Society. All the evidence points to her as the killer. Mrs. Jeffries is a housekeeper for a police inspector in 1896. She helps solve his cases by gathering behind the scenes information. He doesn't know she is helping along with his entire staff, neighbor and a few other people whose connection was a little unclear to me. This was number 34 in the series, which I didn't know when I checked it out. I was able to follow along. I thought the premise of the actual murder was clever. I thought the villain was hard to spot, but also evil enough not to be sympathized with. There were too many of the helpers. I had a hard time keeping track of who was whom. I think they were all interesting characters, but the story would have been fine with fewer of them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Hobbit

    Four members of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are having lunch at Helena Rayburn's house when a body is found in the house's plant conservatory. Hiram Filmore, the victim, is a supplier of orchids for two of the women. He was hit over the head and stabbed in the heart with a pair of pruning shears belonging to Helena Rayburn. Inspector Witherspoon can't understand how women could be so competitive over winning a prize for orchids that one of them might have committed murder. His ho Four members of the Mayfair Orchid and Exotic Plant Society are having lunch at Helena Rayburn's house when a body is found in the house's plant conservatory. Hiram Filmore, the victim, is a supplier of orchids for two of the women. He was hit over the head and stabbed in the heart with a pair of pruning shears belonging to Helena Rayburn. Inspector Witherspoon can't understand how women could be so competitive over winning a prize for orchids that one of them might have committed murder. His housekeeper Mrs Jeffries and the rest of his household staff and friends have a way of uncovering information and secretly passing it the the Inspector so he can solve his cases. Mrs Jeffries' crew discover this murder may not have its origin in orchid competitions; all the suspects were in India years earlier at the same time. More than one of them had secrets, and at least one wanted revenge!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I consider this series to be what I refer to as "brain candy." It's fun and engaging, but not usually demanding to read. Understand that I mean no disrespect; I enjoy these books a great deal, and will very likely keep reading them as long as they keep being published. This is another fun entry in the series; the mystery is intriguing, and even though at least one character is thoroughly unlikable, there are reasons for that person's behavior. If you haven't enjoyed others in the series, you pro I consider this series to be what I refer to as "brain candy." It's fun and engaging, but not usually demanding to read. Understand that I mean no disrespect; I enjoy these books a great deal, and will very likely keep reading them as long as they keep being published. This is another fun entry in the series; the mystery is intriguing, and even though at least one character is thoroughly unlikable, there are reasons for that person's behavior. If you haven't enjoyed others in the series, you probably won't like this one, as it does adhere to the formula. But if you do enjoy the series, you'll most likely enjoy this one, too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Mrs. Jeffries and friends help the Inspector with a confusing and tough case. This time, four ladies have secrets from the past with murderous consequences. Everything comes to the surface from competitive social climbing to vengeful actions. All the way to the end, the Inspector, Constable Barnes and Mrs. Jeffries detectors try to figure out who committed the brutal crime. As a reader of this series, it had me changing my mind several times. Emily Brightwell knows just how to introduce a little Mrs. Jeffries and friends help the Inspector with a confusing and tough case. This time, four ladies have secrets from the past with murderous consequences. Everything comes to the surface from competitive social climbing to vengeful actions. All the way to the end, the Inspector, Constable Barnes and Mrs. Jeffries detectors try to figure out who committed the brutal crime. As a reader of this series, it had me changing my mind several times. Emily Brightwell knows just how to introduce a little tantalizing clue here and there to make things interesting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barb Martin

    I knew whodunit early on in this installment of the Mrs. Jeffries Victorian cozy mysteries. Figuring how the why took a little longer. These books follow a very specific formula, and it works because I enjoy the interactions of the Inspector, his household staff and their friends as they investigate murders among, mostly, rich London residents. A purveyor of exotic flowers is discovered murdered in a rich woman's conservatory as she and three guests enjoy luncheon. As the evidence mounts against o I knew whodunit early on in this installment of the Mrs. Jeffries Victorian cozy mysteries. Figuring how the why took a little longer. These books follow a very specific formula, and it works because I enjoy the interactions of the Inspector, his household staff and their friends as they investigate murders among, mostly, rich London residents. A purveyor of exotic flowers is discovered murdered in a rich woman's conservatory as she and three guests enjoy luncheon. As the evidence mounts against one of the suspects, the inspector and crew must weed out the truth.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Although this is the 34th book in the "Mrs. Jeffries" series but I had never read any books by Emily Brightwell before. I was pleased to find a prolific new (to me) author of cozy mysteries. I wasn't disappointed with this book. I was a bit confused by the many different characters in the sleuthing group but, once I read other books ion this series, I'm sure I will become more familiar with them The mystery was good although the solving of the murder involved a few assumptions that stretched the im Although this is the 34th book in the "Mrs. Jeffries" series but I had never read any books by Emily Brightwell before. I was pleased to find a prolific new (to me) author of cozy mysteries. I wasn't disappointed with this book. I was a bit confused by the many different characters in the sleuthing group but, once I read other books ion this series, I'm sure I will become more familiar with them The mystery was good although the solving of the murder involved a few assumptions that stretched the imagination.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    #34 secrets from decades before in India set four women at each other’s throats as several want revenge for two murders, an affair, blackmail, effects of dead soldiers not received by their families. Loss of prestige, society standing and position on orchid and narcissus garden club/society awards are threatened as revenge takes precedence and Mrs. Jeffries and her household servants track Down clues and detailed to enlighten Inspector Witherspoon and Constable Barnes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol Fillmore

    I enjoyed this read, it kept me turning the pages to see who killed Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier. It was this character which grabbed my attention: my surname is Fillmore, and I have a great-grandfather named Hiram. I am curious why the author chose this character's name! Looking forward to reading other titles in this series although it might take some time to find titles. A search of our library database was disappointing, not a single title. I enjoyed this read, it kept me turning the pages to see who killed Hiram Filmore, an orchid hunter and supplier. It was this character which grabbed my attention: my surname is Fillmore, and I have a great-grandfather named Hiram. I am curious why the author chose this character's name! Looking forward to reading other titles in this series although it might take some time to find titles. A search of our library database was disappointing, not a single title.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bette

    Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of Inspector Witherspoon’s staff are back helping to solve his latest murder case. Ably assisted by Constable Barnes and their friends they are out nosing out clues and background for Mrs. Jeffries to feed Inspector Witherspoon with his dinner. Delightful cozy mystery set in Victorian time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A great read, as always. These delightful books are easy reads, not obvious in who the killer is and a good way to take a break if you are on a "binge" of something else, such as Christmas themed cozies (its the 18th of December). I always highly recommend these book as well as this series and this is no exception. A great read, as always. These delightful books are easy reads, not obvious in who the killer is and a good way to take a break if you are on a "binge" of something else, such as Christmas themed cozies (its the 18th of December). I always highly recommend these book as well as this series and this is no exception.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Another fun vacation read. More enjoyable than some in the series because all the sleuthing characters find clues to help solve the murder. Also one can learn something about plants and orchids and the British time in India, which is where I was while reading this story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Penn

    Very enjoyable. I really like this series when I need an easy read that's still interesting and can hold my attention. Very enjoyable. I really like this series when I need an easy read that's still interesting and can hold my attention.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I always enjoy visiting Upper Edmonton Gardens and the household staff who secretly helps Inspector Witherspoon solve murders. I did figure out who did it quite early on this time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    3.5 stars. A fun, cute, light mystery. A good addition to the series and nice to read in between other long and more difficult books, but still keeps one thinking and engaged.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Another winner!! Love this series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I have read all the books so far in this series and really enjoy them. I love Murdoch Mysteries and Downtown Abbey so this series is a great fit for me!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Once again, the household at Upper Edmonton Gardens has an unusual crime to solve, one whose motives stem from far in the past. This one is a fun read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    It was not my favorite ...too many suspects. I will continue reading Mrs Jeffries ...I have read the first 34 now. :) I am thankful that Emily Brightwell continues to write them !

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