by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Kat Holloway Mysteries #2
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat's employer asks for help in clearing her friend's name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair's wealthiest families.
Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum. As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.
Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley is the second novel in the Kat Holloway Mysteries and offered another suspenseful mystery, with wonderful banter as we deal with life above and below in 1880 London. Kate, respectfully referred to as Mrs. Holloway is the cook in wealthy Mayfair home. With a sharp mind and excellent skills with a kitchen knife Kat finds herself enthralled in another mystery when there is a rash of home burglaries.
Lady Cynthia asks for Kat’s help when her friend’s husband accuses his wife of stealing valuable paintings from their ancestral home to pay off gambling debts. That is quite the switch, No? When she bumps into Daniel he is working at an unsavory pawnshop. Once again he cannot tell her what he is doing, but when she shares her kitchen woes, he sends a clever street urchin, named Tess. I liked Tess and hope she continues to be a part of the series.
In this installment local homes are being pilfered for ancient artifacts and something is going on with the kitchen door. Is it Tess the new help or is this somehow linked to Lady Cynthia’s friend? Kat will face danger before it’s all sorted out and what an adventure it was.
Once again Ashley pulled me right into the story. I found myself at the kitchen table below stairs, sipping tea and taking it all in. I love not only the mysteries in Kat Holloway mysteries, but the talks of food as Kat prepares meals. I will not be applying for Kat’s job anytime soon! We even get to visit another kitchen in the area and oh my what a night that was.
Kat Holloway is one of my favorite characters and I love the relationship she has both with Lady Cynthia and the staff. Then there is her complicated relationship with Daniel. We see some development and it delighted me. Secondary characters from suspects, gentry and staff added depth to the story and were all colorful.
Danger, near death, suspense and delightful banter made Scandal Above Stairs a splendid read. Fans of historical fiction, cozy mysteries and strong heroines will enjoy spending time with these characters.Danger, near death, suspense and delightful banter made Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley a #mustread #historical #mystery Click To Tweet
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