Tuesday, January 26, 2021


I'm joining Berkley Mystery today
in celebrating the release of  
Book 39 in the Victorian Mysteries
by Emily Brightwell

Mrs. Jeffries always keeps her friends close and now must keep an enemy even closer if she is going to catch a killer. . . .

Inspector Nigel Nivens is not a nice man or a good investigator. In fact, he’s terrible at his job and has always done everything he can to make life difficult for Inspector Witherspoon. But even his powerful family can’t help him after he maliciously tried to hobble Witherspoon’s last homicide investigation. He’s been sent to a particularly difficult precinct in the East End of London as penance.

When a paid informant is found shot in an alley, Nivens thinks that if he can crack the case, he’ll redeem himself and have a much-needed chance at impressing his superiors. But there’s one big problem with his plan—Niven’s distinct antique pistol is found at the scene of the crime and even more evidence is uncovered that links the Inspector to the murder.

Despite their mutual dislike for Nivens, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon know the man isn’t a cold-blooded killer. Now they’ll just have to prove it. . . .

Emily Brightwell was born in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Her family moved to Southern California in 1959 and she grew up in Pasadena. After graduating from California State University Fullerton, she decided to work her way around the world and started in England. She didn't get any further because she met future her husband there, got married and moved back to California. While living in Long Beach, she decided to pursue her dream and become a writer - despite having two children and a full-time job. She began the Mrs. Jeffries series in 1993 with "The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries" and has written thirty-eight more mysteries in the series in the following twenty-four years. The latest mystery is "Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel" - a hardcover - published September 24th 2019. It is now available as a trade paperback. Emily has signed to write three more Mrs. Jeffries mysteries in the coming years..the next title being: "Mrs. Jeffries Demands Justice" coming January 2021.

Now that her children are grown and have left home - Emily and her husband live in Northern Nevada. Her books are also sold in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Hungary. Emily is an Everton FC supporter, loves Korean TV dramas, and baking.


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  1. Thanks, Lisa. 39 books, in the series...Wow!
    I need to read some of these.
    Happy Tuesday!
    Pat T.

  2. Thank you for bringing "MRS. JEFFERIES DEMANDS JUSTICE" by Emily Brightwell to our attention.

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I know I'd enjoy having the opportunity to read it. Love the cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net