In the nick of time is another Victorian mystery by Emily Brightwell. Mrs. Jeffries and her household servants once again use all their skills to help their master, Inspector Witherspoon solve another case. This ‘cozy ‘is written in the style of all great English mysteries. These books, and there are many of them, are reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.
The case they are trying to solve this time is a murder of an uncle while all the suspects and those with any motive are waiting downstairs for the uncle. They are all here for tea and all present in that room when the murder takes place and the shot is heard. There is a wealth of suspects if it wouldn’t be for the fact in the form of clues they were all gathered together and had alibis.
The plots in these books all involved a murder and every member of the household staff meets together to try to solve the murder without the inspector knowing it. They manage to help him by revealing bits and pieces to the inspector during a daily conversation with Mrs. Jeffries.
He doesn’t know he is being led and guided by his faithful and loyal household. When they have a case, that is the inspector has a case, in addition to their regular duties they are out gathering evidence. The source of their information are usually other household staff from other great houses.
Brightwell usually gives them a complicated case to solve in their own way. The stories are lighthearted and fun and even though mysteries do not focus on the blood and gore.
I highly recommend these this books for light reading and fun mysteries to solve.