Also by this author: Death Below Stairs, Midnight Wolf
Series: Kat Holloway Mysteries #2
Published by Berkley on July 3rd 2018
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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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.


by Jennifer Ashley

In the second installment cook and hobby sleuth Kat Holloway is intrigued by a series of burglaries in noble houses where antiquities have been stolen. At her side again her merry band of sidekicks. I love every single one of them. They are colorful, unique and a little eccentric.

In Scandal Above Stairs we are being introduced to a new character, Tess, who fits well into Kat’s group of friends. Although Tess was a little prickly in the beginning I enjoyed the developing friendship between the cook and her new assistant. Kat has a couple years on Tess and is always there for her with her inherent kindness but also leads young Tess with a firm hand.

While I enjoyed the mystery I would have liked to see more of Daniel. I don’t mind a slow burn romance but I need the page time with the hero to see the relationship develop. I’m aware that this series is more a mystery than romance but I’d still like to see a little more of the developing feelings between Kat and Daniel. Kat is a very rational woman with a clever head on her shoulders but it is obvious that she’s come to care deeply for him and his son.

I could have told him that nothing short of a hurricane could make me leave at this moment, and then it would be only to seek shelter with him where we might carry on kissing.

We get a little more details about the cook’s love interest. Daniel is one of those deep waters that hides a lot of secrets. I am very much looking forward to discovering more about him. He is such a sweet man with the heart of a lion and a protective streak to boot.

“These men have no honor, Kat. I do not want them to grow angry with me and use you to punish me.”
I regarded him in surprise. “Would it punish you?”
His voice softened. “Indeed, it would.” 

Jennifer Ashley shows us once more that she’s pouring all her knowledge of Victorian England into these stories. I love her descriptions of Kat’s food although they might get little too much sometimes. Overall this was an enjoyable new book in the Kat Holloway series and I’m looking forward to solving her next case! Hopefully with a little bit more romance and Daniel!


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1 Comment

  • This sounds like it will be an interesting mystery. I am not sure that I have even read a historical mystery before. I love this cover and have seen it on some blogs. I will have to add this one. I am glad you liked it! =)

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