Mar 162019
 


Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods (A Victorian Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
37th in Series
Berkley (March 12, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0451492226
ISBN-13: 978-0451492227
Kindle ASIN: B07DSZX8CW

When poison fells an arrogant and rude businessman in public, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon both realize they are looking for a deranged maniac in this all new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series

On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman’s ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder.

The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes – his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer.

The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don’t welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon but he has his job to do, and Mrs. Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down…

from AnazonAbout The Author

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-four more mysteries in the series in the following twenty-one years. Now that her children are grown and have left home – Emily and her husband live in the Bay Area.

Find out more about the author on her webpage here.

Click here for the complete series of Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries on Amazon.

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Oct 282017
 


Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women (A Victorian Mystery)
Cozy mystery
36th in Series
Berkley (October 17, 2017)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399584220
Kindle ASIN: B01MYBG5M3

As the holidays approach, all is merry and bright for Inspector Witherspoon, Mrs. Jeffries, and the staff at Upper Edmonton Gardens…but murder knows no season.

MURDER UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

Christopher Gilhaney isn’t a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase’s Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night’s fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn’t been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer—and quickly!

With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans—all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbor, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn’t take time off for Christmas.

from AnazonAbout The Author

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-four more mysteries in the series in the following twenty-one years. Now that her children are grown and have left home – Emily and her husband live in the Bay Area.

Find out more about the author on her webpage here.

Click here for the complete series of Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries on Amazon.

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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something you like here and become a follower.

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May 042017
 



Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong (A Victorian Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
35th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 2, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Trade Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399584206
Kindle ASIN: B01KGZVUJS

Mrs. Jeffries is back in the New York Times bestselling Victorian Mystery series, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey.

Thomas Mundy checks in to London’s Wrexley Hotel, but he never checks out. The maid finds 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, charming, and diligent—an unlikely victim for such a violent crime.

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

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.

from AnazonAbout The Author

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-four more mysteries in the series in the following twenty-one years. Now that her children are grown and have left home – Emily and her husband live in the Bay Area.

Find out more about the author on her webpage here.

Click here for the complete series of Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries on Amazon.

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

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Mar 122016
 

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I am excited to welcome Emily Brightwell to Escape With Dollycas!

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Falling in Love Again
How Secondary Characters Capture Your Heart
(Post provided by publicist)

I’ve had my nose in a book since my parents realized I needed glasses in third grade. I’ve even had moments when it seemed the only person in the world who understood me was a character in a novel – of course that was when I was fourteen, but you get my drift. Next to air, food, water and shelter, books are the best things ever!

When I read, I get so deep into a good story that I practically clone the protagonist; sometimes I’m a hero fighting against impossible odds, or a noir detective with a drinking problem or a quaint English spinster fearlessly tracking a murderer. But sometimes, even when I absolutely love the main character, I find myself fascinated by one of the bit players, you know, a secondary character that the author shoved in to move the plot forward. This doesn’t just happen in books either, much as I enjoy the antics of Sheldon, Penny, Leonard and Raj, the real reason I turn on The Big Bang Theory is in hopes that one of their parents will show up on the screen. Who can forget Sheldon’s mother or Penny’s father or even Raj’s parents Skpying from India? These characters were originally put into the show to enhance a particular plot in a specific episode, but there was something about all of them that made viewers love them so much, they’ve made repeat appearances.

mrs. jeffries and the inspectorThe first time it happened to me was in the very first book of the series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries. I had absolutely no idea that Luty Belle Crookshank would end up becoming a major character in the series, but that tart tongued little old lady grabbed hold of me and demanded to become part of the Mrs. Jeffries universe. What’s more, she wasn’t the only one who wanted in; Hatchet, Dr. Bosworth, Blimpey Groggins and a whole host of other characters have become such a part of the series that if I leave them out for a book or two, I get complaints from their fans.

I’ve thought long and hard about why this happens, why does someone invented to keep a story line moving suddenly go from bit player to repeat performer? The only answer I can come up with is that writers subconsciously endow some of them with heroic characteristics.

mrs. jeffries wins the prizeLuty Belle has many flaws; she’s blunt, bossy, slightly paranoid and prone to hiding her Colt .45 pistol inside her fashionable muff. So why do people love her? Because from the first time she was introduced, readers understood that the most important force driving her was a deep commitment to justice.

In other words, I believe secondary characters become important and take on a life of their own when they manifest the very best attributes of the human spirit. It helps to make them slightly odd too…but that’s another story.

Blimpey Groggins, a buyer and seller of information, is another character that readers like; what’s special about him? He’s not necessarily committed to justice. Oh, he likes it well enough, but if the price is right, he’ll sell what he knows to just about anyone; crooks, confidence tricksters, bankers, stockbrokers, insurance investigators and even second story burglars. Blimpey buys and sells information to whoever needs it regardless of class, race, creed, nationality or status. He’s an equal opportunity salesman with several very strong principles – he won’t tolerate murder and won’t sell to anyone who is going to use his information to harm a woman or child. He also treats his employees decently. These characteristics, along with his wry observations about Victorian London, have made him a favorite with my readers.

Hatchet, Dr. Bosworth and a multitude of other characters that pop in and out of the series have now become fan favorites. The only thing they have in common is that all of them have at least one, if not more, characteristics that elevate them from a plot prop to a genuine character. Dr. Bosworth may know a lot about bullet holes and the gun that made them, but readers like him because he is committed to healing the sick. Hatchet is liked because of his relationship and commitment to Luty, his employer. He feels he owes her a great debt because when he was in the depths of misery, she gave him a second chance at life. She’s rich so he can’t repay her with money, so he’s doing what he can to make the world a better place.

Secondary characters aren’t always noble, nice or polite, for the most part, they’re flawed and occasionally, quite annoying, but they have a way of grabbing us and making us remember them. I’d like to say the Mrs. Jeffries universe is now complete and there simply isn’t anymore room for anyone else. But….there is a character in my latest book, Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize who I suspect might insist on showing up again. Oh well, there’s always room for one more.

~Emily

mrs. jeffries wins the prize
Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize: A Victorian Mystery
Cozy Mystery
34th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (March 1, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268117
E-Book ASIN: B00Z8VTESA
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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 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.

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About The Author

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-three more mysteries in the series in the following twenty-one years. Now that her children are grown and have left home – Emily and her husband live in the Bay Area.

Find out more about the author on her webpage here.

Click here for the complete series of Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries on Amazon.

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

This year I am trying to build my Twitter following so for this giveaway 4 Bonus Entries will be awarded by following me on Twitter. @dollycas

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Contest Will End March 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST
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Jun 082013
 

Mrs. Jeffries x 2
If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love Mrs. Jeffries!

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.

 

Mrs. Jeffries Defends Her Own (A Victorian Mystery)
30th in Series
Cozy Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 1, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425248058
E-Book File Size: 411 KB
ASIN: B0072O01NS

When the general office manager of Sutcliffe Manufacturing is murdered, no one is really surprised. Ronald Dearman was anything but a dear man. The tyrannical bully had more than enough enemies to go around. But who hated him enough to walk into his office and put a bullet between his eyes?

For once, Inspector Gerald Witherspoon doesn’t get the case; it’s given to another inspector. Then someone from Mrs. Jeffries’ past—someone she’d hoped to never see again—shows up and begs for her help. Now Mrs. Jeffries must step into the fray and stop a terrible miscarriage of justice…

Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide (A VICTORIAN MYSTERY)
31st in Series
Cozy Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (May 7, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252123
E-Book File Size: 675 KB
ASIN: B009KUXDWS

Beautiful and new in town, Ellen Langston-Jones doesn’t have any enemies. So, when she’s found dead in the communal gardens, Inspector Witherspoon quickly narrows the field of suspects down to one: Lucius Montague, who was seen threatening Mrs. Langston-Jones shortly before her death.

The Inspector and all of London are positive that he’s the killer, but Mrs. Jeffries has doubts. Her biggest problem is that Lucius Montague is a very disagreeable character and no one—including Inspector Witherspoon’s staff—is inclined to save his skin. Now, she must turn the tide of the investigation…or watch an innocent man take the fall for the real killer.

About Emily Brightwell
Emily Brightwell is the pen name of Cheryl Arguile. She is the author of all twenty-three published titles in her Victorian murder mystery series, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries.

Emily Brightwell lives in Southern California. She has also written romance novels as Sarah Temple and Young Adult novels as Cheryl Lanham.

Find out more on her web page here and on:
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