Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bring in the New Year with This Victorian Cozy Mystery!

Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne.

Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered.

Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin’s unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason—one that’s a threat to Queen Victoria herself.
Death Below Stairs
Kat Holloway Mysteries #1
Jennifer Ashley
Pub Date: 1/2/18
Berkley Books
Genre: Historical Mystery
Rating: 5/5
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The first in a new series from Jennifer Ashley, Death Below Stairs puts readers in the life of a 29-year-old Victorian cook. Kat Holloway is a fierce and passionate woman who makes her living cooking for wealthy homeowners. Her most recent post is suitably situated and she thinks she couldn't do better. Until she starts her second day of work by finding a dead body in her larder, that is.

I don't read a lot of historical mysteries, but Death Below Stairs is one that makes me think I've been missing out. I felt like I was reading the diary of a real Victorian cook and transported to that time and place. I loved every minute of it! Kat is such a lively character and when Daniel McAdam comes around she practically jumps off the pages. Their chemistry is obvious, but Kat would rather insist he tell all his secrets rather than allow herself to be charmed. Surprise of all surprises, this fast-moving mystery has a bit of action to complement the drama. When Kat stumbles upon a Fenian conspiracy that could cause harm to the Queen she unites with various, and quite eccentric, characters to save the day.

Kat's voice is unique in the way she tells the story as if she's speaking to you personally. She has a friendly, inviting tone that I was helpless to resist. Death Below Stairs is a fun cozy mystery that might leave you craving a giant slice of seedcake, but at least your craving for mystery will be satisfied!
*ARC received via First to Read*

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