Thursday, January 11, 2018

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley (A Below Stairs Mystery #1)

Death Below Stairs

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Jennifer Ashley
Series: A Below Stairs Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
ISBN-10: 0399585516
ISBN-13: 978-0399585517
Genre: Historical 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)Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

I had a strong connection to this story from the start. It had a classic murder mystery feel but based in a "Downtown Abbey" flair. The pace was quick and engaging but then it stalled. Pushing on, I'm happy to say that it came back once again strong, providing a white-knuckle reading straight through the conclusion.

I received this ARC copy of Death Below Stairs from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Death Below Stairs is set for publication Jan. 2, 2018.

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