Emily Brightwell

A pseudonym for Cheryl Argule, Emily Brightwell writes Victorian murder mysteries about Mrs Jeffries. Born on 10 November, 1948 in Richwood, West Virginia, Emily (or Cheryl) now lives in California with her husband.

Her Mrs Jeffries stories find the clever housekeeper assisting Inspector Witherspoon in cracking complex crime cases.


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    Emily Brightwell Collection - 5 Books (Collection)

    Emily Brightwell

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    There's nothing better than a traditional mystery and Emily Brightwell's cosy crime novels following the intrepid sleuth Mrs Jeffries are addictive, charming and full of gentle surprises.

    Set in Victorian London, this five-book collection follows the quick-witted housekeeper Mrs Jeffries as she helps the mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon solve a number of murder cases with subtle nods and nudges in the right direction.

    Full of period detail, quirky crimes and plenty of laughter, this is a delightful collection.

    For fans of authors like: Rebecca Tope, M.C. Beaton, Agatha Christie
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    Mrs Jeffries Dusts for Clues (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper. A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime. A priceless brooch and a parlour maid go missing at the same time, and Inspector Witherspoon is called in to investigate. He finds the brooch, on a corpse, but draws a blank on the missing girl. Her employer, Luty Belle Crookshank, has more faith in Mrs Jeffries than the police, and rightly so..."...the body was only found today." Witherspoon paused and took a deep breath. "And the murder was committed several months ago." "Several months ago!" Mrs Jeffries was scandalized. The trail would be colder than a February frost.'
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    Mrs Jeffries on the Ball (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper. A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime. Murder strikes at a Jubilee Ball in Queen Victoria's honour, which is also attended by Inspector Witherspoon and Mrs. Jeffries. The victim was a widely disliked member of the Hyde Park Literary Circle, where investigations into the crime open old wounds and reignite petty grievances...'Aghast, the inspector's jaw dropped even farther. He couldn't believe this. "Lady Cannonberry, have you any idea what you're saying?"'
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    Mrs Jeffries on the Trail (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    With London's streets deserted, a young flower girl is murdered. But why was she out so late on the foggiest night of the year? The inspector has no where to even begin looking for a suspect. However Mrs. Jeffries, his housekeeper, is even more accomplished at detection than she is at household management. This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper. A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime.
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    Mrs Jeffries Takes Stock (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    Inspector Witherspoon has never come up against a case which he couldn't solve ...with the help of his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries. But now he's confronted with a bewlidering murder. It seems as though the victim has cheated his stockholders out of a fortune, which leaves each of them with a strong motive for the crime. So Mrs Jeffries is confronted with a complex brew of murder and high finance. This time even she might not manage to add it all up...This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper. A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime.
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    The Ghost and Mrs Jeffries (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

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    This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper. A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime. Early in the new year, Mrs. Hodges attends her first seance and the medium foresees her death. That same night, the prediction comes true, and Scotland Yard's Inspector Witherspoon, is on the case. As ever, his housekeeper Mrs Jeffries is observing and coming to her conclusions. "Witherspoon sighed. He'd so hoped that 1887 would be a good year, one that wouldn't have people murdering one another every time one turned around."
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    The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    This charming series of Victorian murder mysteries features mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard and, more importantly, Mrs Jeffries, his housekeeper. A policeman's widow herself, her quick wits allow her to nudge the Inspector in the right direction to solve the crime. When a doctor is discovered dead in his own office, Mrs Jeffries is on the look-out for a prescription for murder, determined to discover the culprit, despite how her employer feels about interviewing suspects..."He hated questioning people. He could never tell whether or not someone was actually lying to him, and he knew, shocking as it was, that there were some people who lied to the police on a regular basis."
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    Mrs Jeffries Sweeps the Chimney (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    A dead man dressed like a vicar is propped against a church wall, clutching the address of a dilapidated cottage that's abandoned - except for a human skeleton inside. Inspector Witherspoon's only prayer is to seek the counsel of his housekeeper and secret weapon, Mrs. Jeffries - who proves that a great crimesolver's work is never done. Praise for the Mrs Jeffries Mysteries: 'It's murder most English all the way!' The Literary Times 'Fascinating murder mystery ...wit and style ...a winning series. Mrs. Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian Mystery' The Paperback Forum
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    Mrs Jeffries Pinches the Post (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    A RUTHLESS END FOR A RUTHLESS MAN Harrison Nye may have been involved in some dubious business dealings, but no one ever expected him to be murdered. Now Inspector Witherspoon must root out the perpetrator of the underhanded deed. Nye's business associate visited him just hours before the murder and seems to know more than he's letting on. And when his maid disappears, this dirty business gets even deadlier. Now, Mrs. Jeffries and her staff must root through the sins of Nye's past to discover which one caught up with him ...Praise for the Mrs Jeffries Mysteries: 'It's murder most English all the way!' The Literary Times 'Fascinating murder mystery ...wit and style ...a winning series. Mrs. Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian Mystery' The Paperback Forum
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    Mrs Jeffries Rocks the Boat (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    Mirabelle Daws travelled all the way from Australia to Sheridan Square to visit her sister - only to die in the middle of a locked garden. All the residents of Sheridan Square have a key to the garden - but no-one seemed to know that Mirabelle was planning to arrive. So the question facing Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon is: who wanted to make sure that Mirabelle's visit was very, very short-lived? Praise for the Mrs Jeffries Mysteries: 'It's murder most English all the way!' The Literary Times 'Fascinating murder mystery ...wit and style ...a winning series. Mrs. Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian Mystery' The Paperback Forum
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    Mrs Jeffries Weeds the Plot (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    Eccentric Annabeth Gentry pretty much keeps to herself. Besides her recent inheritance - and the attention her bloodhound gets for digging up the body of a murdered thief - her life is in fact, rather dull. So why does she think that someone is trying to kill her? That's what Mrs. Jeffries and her staff have to find out. What they discover is a dead body next door, and three attempts on Annabeth's life. It sounds like there's a jealous dog in their midst. Mrs. Jeffries will have to sniff out some clues before the plot thickens ...Praise for the Mrs Jeffries Mysteries: 'It's murder most English all the way!' The Literary Times 'Fascinating murder mystery ...wit and style ...a winning series. Mrs. Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian Mystery' The Paperback Forum
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    Mrs Jeffries Pleads Her Case (Paperback)

    Emily Brightwell

    When a magistrate rules Harlan Westover's death a suicide, something smells fishy. Amidst a sea of unanswered questions, the clever Mrs. Jeffries wants to get to the bottom of it - and make sure someone doesn't stage another "suicide" ...Praise for the Mrs Jeffries Mysteries: 'It's murder most English all the way!' The Literary Times 'Fascinating murder mystery ...wit and style ...a winning series. Mrs. Jeffries is the Miss Marple of Victorian Mystery' The Paperback Forum
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